There was a clear desire to ‘disprove’ Weber’s thesis and demonstrate that a Confucian culture was actually no less capable than the Protestant Ethic of developing a modernized kind of capitalism. While not exactly a neoliberal, Kahn believed that there were no limits to the progress that capitalism (and technology) could produce, and he felt that too many people in the United States were too critical of capitalism and its social influences. A strict ritual was introduced and maintained, by force when necessary, to preserve the white caste from contacts with Asiatics on a basis of equality and to maintain the former's prestige as the dominant group’ (Wertheim 1968, p. 432). ScienceDirect ® is a registered trademark of Elsevier B.V. ScienceDirect ® is a registered trademark of Elsevier B.V. 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Analects 1.15 likens the project of cultivating one’scharacter to crafting something fine from raw material: cutting bone,carving a piece of horn, polishing or grinding a piece of jade. Evidence for this cultural approach is found in various empirical researches, including: Martin's (1990) analysis of the role of Protestant sects in generating a dynamic process among segments of the urban poor in contemporary Latin American cities that fosters entrepreneurial activities; Redding's study of the relation between basic aspects of Chinese culture—such as Confucian ethic and family attitudes—and the entrepreneurial behavior among overseas Chinese (1990); Landa's thesis of the entrepreneurial success of ethnically homogeneous middlemen groups in Africa and in Southeast Asia (1991). The first adheres to the rise of industrial producer capitalism and, therefore, to Weber’s thesis, while the second has to do with the contemporary type of consumer capitalism that has increasingly characterized Western societies since the mid-twentieth century. But there were other reasons for Confucianism’s failure to contribute to a rationalized capitalist system. Others have migrated to Southeast Asia in large numbers at the beginning of the twentieth century to work in plantations, mines, and the construction sector. Chinese society is driven by ‘individual interacts with individual’ (Liang, 2010, p. 171) based on ‘personal ethical emotions and lofty ideals’ (p. 172); Western society is driven by ‘people interact with things’ (p. 172) based on ‘scientific technology and social organisation’ (p. 173). True or False: Daoism is noted for its strict ethical codes; its detailed descriptions of what is good and bad in the universe. The Confucian system of ethics is the fundamental motivation of all pursuits in life in society and has been embedded in civilisation for two millennia. In contrast, Aristotle drew a sharp distinction between the economic relationships of the family and the political relationships of the state (Schochet, 1975), while Confucius integrated the relationship of family and state. This is the philosophical root of doing business: following the ethics of the ‘rule of man’ rather than the ‘rule of law’ is common business practice for firms. It is in response to these doubts that Immanuel Kant developed his absolutist, deontological, and cognitivistic ethics. Hawker centers, food courts, and markets exist alongside big department stores, pizza parlors, and hamburger outlets. As Steve Coutinho worries, “What is the Daoist’s allegiance to their own human existence?” (Coutinho, 2004: 165). The key reason is due to the coherent Confucian culture. Is Daoist meta-ethics sufficient to keep them connected to the human? Right into the 1980s Southeast Asia, except the city state of Singapore, showed only relatively low rates of urbanization. Confucius believed that rituals brought order in life and that moral standards could be maintained only through observance of rituals. It either explains the structure of certain kinds of state in terms of the structure of the family (as a model or as a claim about the historical growth of the state), or it attempts to justify certain types of state by appealing to the structure of the family. Confucius based his system of ethics on six virtues: xi, zhi, li, yi, wen, and ren. Duty thus reflects precisely how the moral is that which is universally necessary and commanded by the power of our reason. According to Confucians, the ethical significance of emotions lies in the point that an ethical life is also emotional and virtues are inclinational, which constitutes a challenge to Western ethical theories engaged in seeking justifications for abstract moral rules. About 1190 the Neo-Confucian philosopher Zhu Xi published a compilation of remarks attributed to Confucius, which had been transmitted both orally and in writing. This diversity was analyzed in detail in earlier anthropological studies (Koentjaraningrat 1985, Boon 1977, Lombard 1990, and many others). I argue that Xunzi’s moral psychology cannot be captured by either of the two models Soek characterizes, but presents to us a third alternative: it gives us a good example of a hybrid model of these two. The book should have a wide readership among professional scholars and graduate students in Chinese philosophy, specifically Confucian ethics, Daoist ethics, and comparative ethics. A. Martinelli, in International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences, 2001. H.-D. Evers, in International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences, 2001. Daoism [] stands alongside Confucianism as one of the two great religious/philosophical systems of China. Not only is it possible, but it is perfectly legitimate to reflect on the traditional teachings and evolve Confucian and Daoist ethics if both the traditions were to have relevance for the modern world. Purushottama Bilimoria, ... Maxine Haire, in Encyclopedia of Violence, Peace, & Conflict (Second Edition), 2008. Nevertheless, it is possible for modern philosophy to do so. Most of its current inhabitants of Chinese descent are Hokkien Chinese whose ancestors were imported by the British Empire as plantation workers in the nineteenth century. Notwithstanding its seeming rigor and absolutism, Kantianism is parsimonious and abstemious; it neither presuppose reference to specific cultural contexts and customs, nor does it offer a set of rules. Tu Wei-Ming describes it as follows: “The most basic stuff that makes the cosmos is neither solely Daoism and Confucianism also agree that all people are born good and deserve to be rewarded by their governments and not being punished. Nevertheless, Confucian scholar-officials produced favourable economic policies during the imperial period in China. Unlike virtually all the other contributions, Justin Tiwald draws on a markedly post-classical Confucian thinker, the eighteenth-century giant Dai Zhen, to develop his account of a "non-naïve" version of "sympathetic understanding" and its role in ethical deliberation. Moreover, he takes Xunzi to prioritize the rational faculties, thinking that they can and should monitor emotional responses, and override them when needed. Virtue ethics, like Confucian ethics another form of virtue ethics, has as a fundamental assumption that humans are not born moral, but instead are socialized into morality. Modernization theory owes much to Weber’s writings, despite not having taken into account his – admittedly oblique – critique of modern values, and their fragmentation as a result of disenchantment, followed by their homogenization in rationalized capitalist activity. In other words, decision-making through complex social processes engenders an institutional environment constructed by guanxi. Soek understands Confucian ethics in general to operate with the emotion-based model, but his argument mainly concerns Mencius’ work. I thought it might be productive to extract some of my analysis here for discussion. The first explicit link made between Confucianism and the economic growth of East Asian societies is commonly held to have been made by Herman Kahn in World Economic Development: 1979 and Beyond. In this paper I explore the extent to which Xunzi may, or may not, be a moral rationalist by investigating the roles reason and emotion play in Xunzi’s moral psychology. Indeed, Xunzi’s emphasis on ritual practices in the cultivation of xin and qing toward sagehood sheds light on a possible interplay between reason and emotion in ideal moral judgment/decision. Accordingly, he established a comprehensive ritual procedure (礼) for people to follow the formal rules, and instituted human ethical relations (人伦) as a basis for informal personal interactions. Qi is “vital energy”, the difference between the living and the dead. Lin Biao, it was said, ‘used the doctrines of Confucius and Mencius as a reactionary ideological weapon in his plot to usurp Party leadership, seize state power and restore capitalism in China’ (Publisher’s Note, 1974). The Cosmic Dao is “imperceptible” and “indiscernible,” in the sense of being indeterminate or not any particular thing; it is the void that latently contains all forms, entities, and forces of particular phenomena. There is no other force or power that determines morality than the power of self-legislated duty. Kant argues that we must suspend all appeal to history, folklore, and religion in order to reflect on what we take to be truly moral. Which of the following explains what the Dao actually represents? Hence, Confucianism became the orthodox philosophy in imperial China and has remained as such into the present time. Confucian ethics is also a natural law tradition that has been significantly influenced by Taoism. Confucius’s thought was interpreted in various ways during the next 1,500 years by later philosophers who were recognized as founders of their own schools of Confucian and Neo-Confucian philosophy. Whatever the validity of Kahn’s thesis may be, his notion of the Confucian economic ethic began spreading, eventually reaching the very civilizations to which it was meant to apply. The position of women has been regarded as strong throughout Southeast Asia; in particular in matrilineal societies like the Minangkabau (Kahn 1993). Similar strategic group conflicts, rather than class struggle, signified the situation in most countries, except perhaps in the socialist states of Vietnam and Laos, were party cadres, another strategic group, maintained power after the communist victory in the Vietnam War. Both are associated with an individual founder, though in the case of Daoism the figure, Laozi (flourished 6th century BCE), is extremely obscure, and some aspects of his traditional biography are almost certainly legendary. It appears, in fact, that the People’s Action Party under Lee Kuan Yew’s leadership was seeking to create a convenient ideology of authoritarian Confucianism in order to secure its place in power. According to Kant, there are two indispensable presuppositions of morality: an absolutely free will and a rational nature. Southeast Asian urbanism has its roots in the Chinese-influenced walled city form, like Bangkok or Mandalay, the Malay or Muslim ports like Malacca, Banten, or Makassar, the court cities like Yogyakarta, and the colonial cities like Yangoon, Singapore, or Manila (Evers and Korff 2000). Be that as it may, their respective traditions share many of the same ideas (about humanity, society, the ruler, heaven, and the universe), and, over the course of millennia, they have influenced and borrowed from each other. Confucianism, also known as Ruism, is a system of thought and behavior originating in ancient China.Variously described as tradition, a philosophy, a religion, a humanistic or rationalistic religion, a way of governing, or simply a way of life, Confucianism developed from what was later called the Hundred Schools of Thought from the teachings of the Chinese philosopher Confucius (551–479 BCE). It is in this sense that Weber’s thesis ought to be understood: Confucianism could very well have stimulating effects on some kind of capitalist-friendly practice, but not the historically and culturally particular kind that was to emerge in the West. A lover of antiquity, Confucius broadly attempted to revive the learning, cultural values, and ritual practices of the early Zhou kingdom (beginning in the 11th century BCE) as a means of morally renewing the violent and chaotic society of his day (that of the Spring and Autumn Period) and of promoting individual self-cultivation—the task of acquiring virtue (ren, or “humaneness”) and of becoming a moral exemplar (junzi, or “gentleman”). Confucian ethics, dispensing with a religious, metaphysical or empirical theoretical foundation for normative ethics, uses appeal to tradition as a justificatory device. Capitalism thrives on consumerism, as its dynamism stands in a direct relationship with the intensity of demand and the ability to supply. Talking about the differences, Confucianism focuses on rituals while Taoism emphasizes the nature. 13. Gerschenkron's critique is framed in his theory of the different paths to economic development; according to him, different countries develop through a different mix of what he calls the ‘institutional agents’ of development, such as private entrepreneurs, merchant banks, and governments. An epistemic culture of local Southeast Asianists is emerging, contributing to a further construction of Southeast Asia as a sociocultural unit. Confucian values focus on social harmony, how to achieve it, how to maintain it through tradition, internalization of virtues, and service to and honoring of others-an external, future-oriented focus of concern while also remembering and revering ancestors. Some Confucian societies have a long history of cultural arrogance, self-confidence and self-respect. Most of the relevant books and articles are still produced by foreign scholars, affiliated to universities or research institutions around the globe, but an increasing proportion of works are written by Southeast Asian nationals or by scholars, attached to Southeast Asian universities. Even since the end of the dynastic period (1911) and the establishment of the communist People’s Republic (1949), which was often violently hostile to religion, the influence of both Daoism and Confucianism in Chinese culture remains strong. But it should be by now rather obvious that this campaign was first and foremost ideologically driven rather than genuinely searching for understanding of the extent to which Confucian characteristics could have a positive influence on a functional capitalist society. Middle classes have developed a special life-style of their own that blends Western consumerism with elements of Asian modes of living. ethics in such ancient traditions as Hinduism, Buddhism, and Confucianism. Unlike Confucianism, however, Daoism eventually developed into a self-conscious religion, with an organized doctrine, cultic practices, and institutional leadership. By signing up for this email, you are agreeing to news, offers, and information from Encyclopaedia Britannica. Morality, in other words, both expresses the dignity of the human being and commands its utmost reverence and respect. Social scientists have taken up the cultural analysis of modernity (Hooker 1995). Wang’s discussion inspires further consideration of what a moral rationalist might be, and the extent to which Xunzi might be considered as one. A comparative critique shows that Taoist ethics needs support of tradition as Confucian ethics needs trust of experience and thought in … Colonial Southeast Asian societies were ‘moulded on racial principles: belonging to the dominant white upper caste provided one with prestige and power largely independent of one's personal capabilities. The philosophical concept from which the tradition takes its name, dao, is broad and multifaceted, as indicated by the many interrelated meanings of the term, including “path,” “road,” “way,” “speech,” and “method.” Accordingly, the concept has various interpretations and plays various roles within Daoist philosophy. Taoism is more metaphysical than Confucian thought but it provides a philosophical background for the more worldly pragmatism of Confucianism. As counterevidence Gerschenkron brings the cases of eighteenth-century France's fermiers généraux and of nineteenth-century Russia's emancipated serfs, who became entrepreneurs in spite of an unfavorable cultural environment. To this end, I address Soek’s and Slingerland’s recent work on this subject. In its most profound interpretation, the Cosmic Dao, or the Way of the Cosmos, it is the immanent and transcendent “source” of the universe (Daodejing), spontaneously and incessantly generating the “ten thousand things” (a metaphor for the world) and giving rise, in its constant fluctuation, to the complementary forces of yinyang, which make up all aspects and phenomena of life. To be sure, Confucians had a generally negative view of the commercial class, which was probably a reflection mainly of Legalist views (Hansen, 2000) but was still explicitly held by seminal Confucians such as Xunzi (third century bce), as we shall see. Confucianism, also known as Ruism, is a system of philosophical and "ethical-sociopolitical teachings" sometimes described as a religion. Demographic changes and the decline of fertility due to family planning has strengthened the position of women in Thailand, Vietnam, and Indonesia, giving them greater control over their own lives (Gerke 1992). A conventional but unlikely story has it that Laozi and Confucius (551–479 BCE), the founder of Confucianism, once met and that the former (older) philosopher was not impressed. Generally speaking, whereas Daoism embraces nature and what is natural and spontaneous in human experience, even to the point of dismissing much of China’s advanced culture, learning, and morality, Confucianism regards human social institutions—including the family, the school, the community, and the state—as essential to human flourishing and moral excellence, because they are the only realm in which those achievements, as Confucius conceived them, are possible. Confucianism or Daoism or the advent of Buddhism from India. Kahn suggests that we may have to accept that ‘societies based on the Confucian ethic may in many ways be superior to the West in the pursuit of industrialization, affluence and modernization’ (Kahn, 1979: 121). The basic ideas and doctrines of philosophical Daoism are set forth in the Daodejing (“Classic of the Way to Power”)—a work traditionally attributed to Laozi but probably composed after his lifetime by many hands—and in the Zhuangzi (“Master Zhuang”) by the 4th–3rd-century-BCE Daoist philosopher of the same name. Following Weber and Parsons (and in a similar vein to Marshall Berman's perceptive study of modernity, 1982), scholars like Peter Berger, Brigitte Berger, and Kellner (Berger et al. It is, for instance, interesting that in the 1970s and into the mid-1980s, the Singapore leadership praised and encouraged ‘rugged individualism’ until it suddenly began endorsing its exact opposite, namely a Confucian kind of collectivism, duty, and self-sacrifice (Englehart, 2000). The political scientist Mark T. Berger referred in 1996 to ‘values and virtues in East Asia that are strikingly similar to those (Protestant) qualities that are perceived to have underpinned the rise of the West in an earlier era’ (Yao, 2002: 6). We have mentioned at the introduction to this article on Chinese ethics that the ancient Confucians and Daoists did not develop a branch of studies called ethics. ... A Daoist-Confucian Proposals for Global Ethics.” Daoism is an umbrella that covers a range of similarly motivated doctrines. 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