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Type: Journal article
Title: Notions of justice: a comparative cultural analysis
Author: Lin, D.
Citation: The International Journal of Evidence and Proof, 2016; 21(1-2):79-86
Publisher: Sage Publications
Issue Date: 2016
ISSN: 1365-7127
1740-5572
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Delia Lin
Abstract: This paper compares the conception of justice grounded on the liberal political thought and the Chinese notion of justice deeply rooted in Confucian and Legalist theories from the standpoint of the political culture they each supports. It argues that whereas the former supports the liberal culture marked by the plurality of reasonable doctrines and by seeing persons as free and equal, the latter supports an authoritarian culture based on a dogmatic, comprehensive moral doctrine. Such cultural differences have made it difficult for the Chinese elite holding a Confucian view to negotiate and appreciate the political conception of justice as fairness. This paper suggests that it is important for a modern state to formulate philosophies that accommodate the plurality of diverse and often incompatible doctrines and also to think about justice in procedural terms. For China to achieve this requires a change of political culture.
Keywords: Confucianism; justice; legalism; liberalism; Rawls
Rights: © The Author(s) 2016
RMID: 0030067190
DOI: 10.1177/1365712716676697
Published version: http://journals.sagepub.com.proxy.library.adelaide.edu.au/home/epj
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