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[Vol.15 (2011)] The Problem of Disseminating Contemporary Neo-Confucianism in Southeast Asia
Author : Tee Boon-Chuan
Date : 20.01.30
Page : 219-260
Keyword : Contemporary Neo-Confucianism, Southeast Asia, development, Efficient Cause, Formal Cause, Ritual System, Ritual Ceremony.
Abstract :

This essay explores the potential of disseminating Contemporary Neo-Confucianism
in Southeast Asian academia from Aristotle’s perspective of efficient cause and formal
cause respectively. From the first efficient cause perspective, the disagreement on the
significance of Confucianism in comparative religio-philosophical studies in general
(non-Mandarin academia) and Song-Ming Confucianism in Confucian Studies in
particular (Mandarin academia) is taken as the cause of low potential of Contemporary
Neo-Confucianism in the region. While from the formal cause perspective, the potential
is also low because of the theoretical approach of Contemporary Neo-Confucianism
toward ritual system in scientific and political areas compared with Southeast Asian
academia which is more practical (Mandarin academia) and ceremonial (non-Mandarin
academia) in several related areas. In a nutshell, the potential of disseminating
Contemporary Neo-Confucianism is no more optimistic than the current conditions of
insufficient efficient and formal cause in Southeast Asia.

Attachments : vol.15-12.pdf

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