Traditional Confucianism and its Contemporary Relevance

Hang LIN


After a century of its retreat from political and social stages in East Asia, Confucianism eventually found its revival together with the economic industrialization in the region. The awakening consciousness of the traditional Confucian values leads to a reconsideration of their implication on a modern society. Despite the criticism on the actual relevance of Confucianism and modernization, there are precious elements within the Confucian values which provide the relevance of Confucianism to the future, such as an ethic of responsibility and the understanding of the humanistic meaning of life.
Key words: Confucianism; East Asia; Traditional Values

Resumé: Après un siècle de sa retraite des scènes politique et sociale en Asie de l'Est, le confucianisme a finalement trouvé son renouveau avec l'industrialisation économique dans la région. L'éveil de la conscience des valeurs confucéennes traditionnelles conduit à un réexamen de leur implication sur une société moderne. Malgré la critique sur la pertinence réelle du confucianisme et de la modernisation, il y a des éléments précieux dans les valeurs confucéennes qui fournissent la pertinence du confucianisme à l'avenir, comme une éthique de responsabilité et de la compréhension de la signification humaniste de la vie.
Mots-clés: Confucianisme; Asie De L'est; Valeurs Traditionnelles


Confucianism; East Asia; Traditional Values;Confucianisme; Asie De L'est; Valeurs Traditionnelles


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