Turning Classic Models into Utopias: The Neo Confucianist Critique: IJCS

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Abstract

Confucian utopian models were reconstructed during the Sung dynasty (907-1279) However, the transformative capacity of this utopian thrust was limited. Here, it is argued that the roots of the utopian thrust of the Sung can be found in the process by which Confucianism was institutionalized & the kinds of tensions generated by this process. The limited impingement of the utopian thrust of the Sung on Chinese society & policy can be explained by: (1) the attempt to implement the reformulated vision within the very same institutional structure; & (2) the structural characteristics of the literati as a group. 42 References. Modified HA
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)93-110
Number of pages18
JournalInternational Journal of Comparative Sociology
Volume29
Issue number1-2
DOIs
StatePublished - 1988

Keywords

  • Asian religions ; History and sciences of religions ; Other religions (China, Japan, etc.) ; Sociology ; Sociology of religion

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