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Title: Li Zehou's reconception of the classical Confucian concepts of autonomy and individuality : with a focus on reading the analects today
Authors: Jia, JH 
Issue Date: 2020
Source: Asian studies (Azijske studije), 2020, v. 8, no. 1, p. 59-75
Abstract: Li Zehou coins the term "guanxi-ism" (relationalism) to confirm the Confucian self with its two aspects of social relations and independent character, while elaborating the classical Confucian notions of individuality, autonomy, and self-realization in his many works, especially in Reading the Analects Today. Li argues that Confucius interprets external ritual as a person' own internal intention and drive, and as a result elevates social and ethical regulations as personal emotions and the autonomous power of decision. With a certain transformative construction, Li expects that this Confucian project can be efficiently applied in developing humanity and reconstructing the cultural order in today's world.
Keywords: Li Zehou
Classical confucianism
Reading the analects today
Publisher: University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Philosophy
Journal: Asian studies (Azijske studije) 
ISSN: 2232-5131
EISSN: 2350-4226
DOI: 10.4312/as.2020.8.1.59-75
Rights: Authors retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License ( that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgement of the work's authorship and initial publication in this journal.
The following publication Jia J. (2020). Li Zehou’s Reconception of the Classical Confucian Concepts of Autonomy and Individuality: With a Focus on Reading the Analects Today. Asian Studies, 8(1), 59-75 is available at
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