Confucius Makes a Comeback in China

Scholars and businessmen embrace his meritocratic views
One cornerstone of Confucian thought is filial obedience Photograph by Imaginechina via AP Images

On Oct. 27 dozens of scholars packed a conference room in Beijing’s university district for a weekend forum on Confucianism. There was much discussion of traditional topics, like the leadership role in society for junzi—or the exemplary gentleman—and the proper place for xiaoren—the short-sighted, acquisitive average citizen. These were first raised by the Chinese sage some 2,500 years ago and compiled by his disciples in the Analects.

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