Study of the Value of Soft Power of the Traditional Confucian Moral Sentiments

Wei GUAN, Hui TIAN, Quanjiao Yü


Western philosophy is basically holding the dichotomy of reason and emotional attitude. Rational ability than emotional, it has an innate superiority for inductive, which is originated in the way of Plato’s classic thinking. But in comparison with the rational, the perceptual is often considered as blind, spontaneous, and difficult to control and dominate. In the tradition of Western philosophy, the relationship between the emotional and rational has been unequal; the sensibility is always at a disadvantage position, even once reduced to the ability to collect empirical material. Then, is perceptual has rich content itself. What is the relationship between the emotional and moral? This problem has not meant a good answer.
The crux of the problem is that the real person is a whole life. This whole life is required to cross-examine the meaning and value of life. The meaning and value of life are closely connected with emotion. Chinese traditional Confucianism especially places great importance on the emotional problems. This attention to the emotional issues of concern for man as man, that is to say, for the meaning and value of life, traditional Confucianism focus on the value and dignity of the person.


Soft power; Confucian; Moral sentiments

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