Department of Public Policy, City University of Hong Kong firstname.lastname@example.org How Would Li's Account Overcome the Conflict of Incest Harmoniously? Professor Chenyang Li's insightful volume, The Confucian Philosophy of Harmony (2014), is the first book-length, content-rich, and serious exploration of the Confucian ideal of he , harmony. The book convincingly shows that Confucianism cherishes harmonious relations and emphasizes the utmost goal of world harmony (p. 145).1 To take harmony as a supreme value, Li wants us to "maintain a high level of harmony consciousness" and "give harmony a prominent place in exercising judgments in daily life" (p. 169). In a nutshell, Confucian harmony has five key characteristics in his account: (1) heterogeneity, (2) tension, (3) coordination and cooperation, (4) transformation and growth, and (5) renewal (p. 9). Since tension can result in conflict, and conflict can set back the ideal of harmony and impede the process of harmonization, and since Li states that "Confucians see harmonization as a process of overcoming conflict" (p. 13), I am particularly interested in what guidelines Li's account has provided to overcome or resolve conflict in society harmoniously. Indeed, certain guidelines have been implicit in characteristics (3) and (4). Under "coordination and cooperation,"
Philosophy East and West – University of Hawai'I Press
Published: Dec 28, 2017
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