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《Journal of Hengshui University》 2018-05
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The Regression of Benevolence Theory and the Establishment of Democratic Benevolence Theory: The Context and Prospects of Wu Guang's Democratic Benevolence Theory

LI Hongwei;School of Marxism,Hebei University of Technology;  
The characteristic of Wu Guang's democratic benevolence theory lies in the idea of "new embodiment and new application". He criticizes that the ideological construction from Kang Youwei to the modern Neo-Confucianists in the 20 th century did not bring about the real change of the traditional Confucianism in the new historical era. He not only strongly emphasizes the "benevolence" connotation of the traditional Confucianism, especially its moral humanism, but also adds "democracy" connotation to various new styles, which is most highlighted on the one hand, but is also most questioned on the other hand. The proposition is tenable that Wu Guang in his theory emphasizes that democracy is not only a means of system construction or even just the means itself but also values and general moral rationality. It can be seen from the exposition of the sages both at home and abroad that democracy is not only the means of system construction, election and policy-making but also values, value concerns of human beings, tolerance, understanding, negotiation, communication, ideas and ways of life, etc. Thus, democracy is consistent with benevolence, from which we can see that democratic benevolence can be greatly developed.
【CateGory Index】: B262
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