The inner conflict of modernity, the moderateness of Confucianism and critical theory

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This paper deals with Care of the Self under globalization. The first part refers to Johann P. Arnason's interpretation of Jan Patočka's work on super-civilization and shows the contradictions facing people in the Modern Era. It suggests that the concept of moderateness is an adequate point of departure for handling the various contradictions of the current epoch. The second part looks at selected aspects of Confucian philosophy in which moderateness, that is, the permanent search for a "middle position" is an integral part of that philosophical tradition. The critical actualisation of Confucianism as proposed for instance by Heiner Roetz is seen as an appropriate way of developing the dialogical characteristics of Confucian philosophy. In the last part it is stressed that critical theory is of relevance when identifying various forms of suffering and because of its ability to understand and critically evaluate diverse cultural and social contexts.

Seiten (von - bis)466-484
FachzeitschriftHuman Affairs
PublikationsstatusVeröffentlicht - 26 Okt. 2017
Extern publiziertJa

ÖFOS 2012

  • 603126 Interkulturelle Philosophie