Tension and Harmony: A Comment on Chenyang Li’s The Confucian Philosophy of Harmony

Tension and Harmony: A Comment on Chenyang Li’s The Confucian Philosophy of Harmony Department of Philosophy, Lingnan University waiwaichiu@ln.edu.hk Reconstruction of Harmony Chenyang Li's new book, The Confucian Philosophy of Harmony, challenges current interpretations of Confucianism by focusing on a long neglected idea -- harmony. It also challenges an ideology, found in both the East and the West, that harmony is either static conformity or well-disguised conflict. As Li explains, the book is a reclamation of `harmony' for its proper use in designating the kind of harmony advocated in traditional Chinese thought and, mainly, Confucianism (p. 10).1 Li does this by carefully examining the status of harmony in the Confucian classics, arguing that it is the most comprehensive and penetrating idea. Other Confucian values such as ren , li , zhong , and dao are either intertwined with, or derived from, harmony. For Li, Confucian harmony is a continuous process that always produces and transcends creative tensions. It may be argued that Confucians view the world not as a static entity, but as an unending harmonization. Li's reconstruction of the idea of harmony is largely solid and convincing, and while I generally agree with his view on its conceptual status, my attempts to situate his interpretation in a larger context have http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Philosophy East and West University of Hawai'I Press

Tension and Harmony: A Comment on Chenyang Li’s The Confucian Philosophy of Harmony

Philosophy East and West, Volume 67 (1) – Dec 28, 2017

Loading next page...
 
/lp/university-of-hawai-i-press/tension-and-harmony-a-comment-on-chenyang-li-s-the-confucian-oZuoeihm0d
Publisher
University of Hawai'I Press
Copyright
Copyright © 2008 University of Hawai'i Press.
ISSN
1529-1898
Publisher site
See Article on Publisher Site

Abstract

Department of Philosophy, Lingnan University waiwaichiu@ln.edu.hk Reconstruction of Harmony Chenyang Li's new book, The Confucian Philosophy of Harmony, challenges current interpretations of Confucianism by focusing on a long neglected idea -- harmony. It also challenges an ideology, found in both the East and the West, that harmony is either static conformity or well-disguised conflict. As Li explains, the book is a reclamation of `harmony' for its proper use in designating the kind of harmony advocated in traditional Chinese thought and, mainly, Confucianism (p. 10).1 Li does this by carefully examining the status of harmony in the Confucian classics, arguing that it is the most comprehensive and penetrating idea. Other Confucian values such as ren , li , zhong , and dao are either intertwined with, or derived from, harmony. For Li, Confucian harmony is a continuous process that always produces and transcends creative tensions. It may be argued that Confucians view the world not as a static entity, but as an unending harmonization. Li's reconstruction of the idea of harmony is largely solid and convincing, and while I generally agree with his view on its conceptual status, my attempts to situate his interpretation in a larger context have

Journal

Philosophy East and WestUniversity of Hawai'I Press

Published: Dec 28, 2017

There are no references for this article.

You’re reading a free preview. Subscribe to read the entire article.


DeepDyve is your
personal research library

It’s your single place to instantly
discover and read the research
that matters to you.

Enjoy affordable access to
over 18 million articles from more than
15,000 peer-reviewed journals.

All for just $49/month

Explore the DeepDyve Library

Search

Query the DeepDyve database, plus search all of PubMed and Google Scholar seamlessly

Organize

Save any article or search result from DeepDyve, PubMed, and Google Scholar... all in one place.

Access

Get unlimited, online access to over 18 million full-text articles from more than 15,000 scientific journals.

Your journals are on DeepDyve

Read from thousands of the leading scholarly journals from SpringerNature, Elsevier, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford University Press and more.

All the latest content is available, no embargo periods.

See the journals in your area

DeepDyve

Freelancer

DeepDyve

Pro

Price

FREE

$49/month
$360/year

Save searches from
Google Scholar,
PubMed

Create folders to
organize your research

Export folders, citations

Read DeepDyve articles

Abstract access only

Unlimited access to over
18 million full-text articles

Print

20 pages / month

PDF Discount

20% off