Ritual, Harmony and Freedom: Rediscovering the Modern Value of Confucianism
Journal of Chinese Philosophy
This paper reviews Neville's metaphysical reconstruction of Confucianism as a global philosophy and his development of a Confucian response to feminist criticisms. While affirming Neville's account for the importance of sincerity for Confucian ritual, I propose to bring out also the spontaneous dimension of Confucian ritual that is essential for overcoming various authoritarian and abusive practices in the past. This spontaneous dimension of Confucian ritual would disclose also a new understanding of harmony and freedom that would enhance Neville's project in suggesting an ideal of common good originating in the sensus communis of the human hearts.
Philosophy, Religion and Liberal Studies
Wang, H. (2020). Ritual, Harmony and Freedom: Rediscovering the Modern Value of Confucianism. Journal of Chinese Philosophy, 47(3-4), 271-282.