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Confucianism, Law, and Democracy in Contemporary Korea


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Introduction, Sungmoon Kim / Part I: In Search of Confucian Constitutionalism in the Korean Context / 1. Conceptualizing Korean Constitutionalism: Foreign Transplant or Indigenous Tradition?, Chaihark Hahm / 2. Confucianism that Confounds: Constitutional Jurisprudence on Filial Piety in Korea, Marie Seong-Hak Kim / 3. Locating Feminism beyond Gender and Culture: A Case of the Family-Head System in South Korea, Hee-Kang Kim / 4 Civil Confucianism in South Korea: Liberal Rights, Confucian Reasoning, and Gender Equality, Sungmoon Kim / Part II: Liberalism, Democracy, and Confucianism-Doubts and Hopes / 5. Qualitative Defects of Korean Constitutional Democracy and Political Rationalism as a Confucian Legacy, Bi Hwan Kim / 6. Confucianism and the Meaning of Liberalism in the Contemporary Korean Legal System, Junghoon Lee / 7. Confucius for Our time: Reflections on Politics, Law, and Ethics, Fred Dallmayr / Part III: Epilogue / 8. On Confucian Constitutionalism in Korea: A Metacommentary, Hwa Yol Jung / Acknowledgments / Contributors / Index

About the Author

Sungmoon Kim is Associate Professor of Political Theory at City University of Hong Kong. He is the author of Confucian Democracy in East Asia: Theory and Practice (2014). Contributors Fred Dallmayr, Packey J Dee Professor Emeritus of Philosophy and Political Science, University of Notre Dame; Chaihark Hahm, Professor of Law, Yonsei University; Hwa Yol Jung, Emeritus Professor of Political Science, Moravian College; Bi Hwan Kim, Professor of Political Theory, Sungkyunkwan University; Hee-Kang Kim, Associate Professor of the Department of Public Administration, Korea University; Marie Seong-Hak Kim, Professor of History, St. Cloud State University; Sungmoon Kim, Associate Professor of Political Theory, City University of Hong Kong; Junghoon Lee, Associate Professor of Jurisprudence and Legal History, University of Ulsan.


This theoretically sophisticated volume marks a significant advance in our understanding of the interplay between Confucian and constitutional discourses. The contributions are both focused and varied, with a richness that befits the traditions under examination, and demonstrate the power of theorizing from East Asia. -- Tom Ginsburg, Leo Spitz Professor of International Law, Ludwig and Hilde Wolf Research Scholar and Professor of Political Science, The Univeristy of Chicago
This ground breaking volume addresses one of the most important questions of our time: what is-or might be-the contemporary relevance of Confucianism? Rich, learned, and impressive, the essays it contains greatly expand our understanding of the promise and the pitfalls of contemporary applications of this ancient philosophy. -- Rahul Sagar, Yale NUS College

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