The Rise of Confucianism

Date: 4:15 pm | Saturday 8 October 2011

Venue: Elder Hall

Communism has lost its capacity to inspire the Chinese. But what is replacing it? And what should replace it? Clearly, there is a need for a new moral foundation for political rule in China, as well as a new philosophy that can provide moral guidance in everyday life. To the surprise of most China-watchers, what is emerging owes less to Western liberal-democracy than it does to the old and venerable tradition of Confucianism. Daniel A. Bell explores the reasons for the revival of Confucianism and discusses some proposals for a more progressive form of Confucianism that offers a compelling alternative for China.


Daniel Bell's participation is made possible by the Confucius Institute at the University of Adelaide.

  • Wheelchair accessible