Between Good and Evil: Xunzi's Reinterpretation of the Hegemonic Rule as Decent Governance

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

5 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

This essay investigates Xunzi's political philosophy of ba dao (Hegemonic Rule). It argues that Xunzi's practical philosophy of ba dao was developed in the course of resolving the tension between theory and practice latent in Mencius's account of ba dao. Its central claim is that contra Mencius who remained torn between his ideal political theory of ba dao and the practical utility and moral value of ba dao, Xunzi creatively re-appropriated ba dao as a "morally decent" (if not morally ideal) statecraft, within the parameter of practical Confucian philosophy. After examining the moral and political value of ba dao in both domestic and international governance, the essay concludes by arguing that Xunzi's defense of ba dao should be understood in the context of what I call "negative Confucianism," without which the realization of the Confucian moral-political ideal (or positive Confucianism) is impossible.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)73-92
Number of pages20
JournalDao
Volume12
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013 Jan 14

Fingerprint

Governance
Evil
Xunzi
Tao
Reinterpretation
Moral Values
Confucianism
Mencius
Confucian
Ideal
Political philosophy
Political Theory
Philosophy
Political Values
Practical philosophy
Statecraft

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Philosophy

Cite this

@article{cab5e9c4c33746f79904facbbe1969d3,
title = "Between Good and Evil: Xunzi's Reinterpretation of the Hegemonic Rule as Decent Governance",
abstract = "This essay investigates Xunzi's political philosophy of ba dao (Hegemonic Rule). It argues that Xunzi's practical philosophy of ba dao was developed in the course of resolving the tension between theory and practice latent in Mencius's account of ba dao. Its central claim is that contra Mencius who remained torn between his ideal political theory of ba dao and the practical utility and moral value of ba dao, Xunzi creatively re-appropriated ba dao as a {"}morally decent{"} (if not morally ideal) statecraft, within the parameter of practical Confucian philosophy. After examining the moral and political value of ba dao in both domestic and international governance, the essay concludes by arguing that Xunzi's defense of ba dao should be understood in the context of what I call {"}negative Confucianism,{"} without which the realization of the Confucian moral-political ideal (or positive Confucianism) is impossible.",
author = "Sungmoon Kim",
year = "2013",
month = "1",
day = "14",
doi = "10.1007/s11712-012-9304-z",
language = "English",
volume = "12",
pages = "73--92",
journal = "Dao",
issn = "1540-3009",
publisher = "Springer Netherlands",
number = "1",

}

Between Good and Evil : Xunzi's Reinterpretation of the Hegemonic Rule as Decent Governance. / Kim, Sungmoon.

In: Dao, Vol. 12, No. 1, 14.01.2013, p. 73-92.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

TY - JOUR

T1 - Between Good and Evil

T2 - Xunzi's Reinterpretation of the Hegemonic Rule as Decent Governance

AU - Kim, Sungmoon

PY - 2013/1/14

Y1 - 2013/1/14

N2 - This essay investigates Xunzi's political philosophy of ba dao (Hegemonic Rule). It argues that Xunzi's practical philosophy of ba dao was developed in the course of resolving the tension between theory and practice latent in Mencius's account of ba dao. Its central claim is that contra Mencius who remained torn between his ideal political theory of ba dao and the practical utility and moral value of ba dao, Xunzi creatively re-appropriated ba dao as a "morally decent" (if not morally ideal) statecraft, within the parameter of practical Confucian philosophy. After examining the moral and political value of ba dao in both domestic and international governance, the essay concludes by arguing that Xunzi's defense of ba dao should be understood in the context of what I call "negative Confucianism," without which the realization of the Confucian moral-political ideal (or positive Confucianism) is impossible.

AB - This essay investigates Xunzi's political philosophy of ba dao (Hegemonic Rule). It argues that Xunzi's practical philosophy of ba dao was developed in the course of resolving the tension between theory and practice latent in Mencius's account of ba dao. Its central claim is that contra Mencius who remained torn between his ideal political theory of ba dao and the practical utility and moral value of ba dao, Xunzi creatively re-appropriated ba dao as a "morally decent" (if not morally ideal) statecraft, within the parameter of practical Confucian philosophy. After examining the moral and political value of ba dao in both domestic and international governance, the essay concludes by arguing that Xunzi's defense of ba dao should be understood in the context of what I call "negative Confucianism," without which the realization of the Confucian moral-political ideal (or positive Confucianism) is impossible.

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=84873747436&partnerID=8YFLogxK

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/citedby.url?scp=84873747436&partnerID=8YFLogxK

U2 - 10.1007/s11712-012-9304-z

DO - 10.1007/s11712-012-9304-z

M3 - Article

AN - SCOPUS:84873747436

VL - 12

SP - 73

EP - 92

JO - Dao

JF - Dao

SN - 1540-3009

IS - 1

ER -