In the twentieth century, in both China and the West, ritual became marginalized in the face of the growth of secularism and individualism. In China, especially during the Cultural Revolution under Mao Tse-tung but also as a result of the Chinese Revolution of 1911 under Sun Yat-Sen, Confucianism and its essentially ritualistic comportment to the world, were vigorously suppressed. In the West, while the process of de-ritualization has been generally more gradual, it has been nonetheless drastic. In contrast to this situation, this volume investigates the crucial role ritual plays in constituting the human understanding of their place in the cosmos, the purpose of their lives, and imbues human existence with a more complete sense of meaningfulness. This volume presents the work of philosophers from both China and the West as they reflect upon the constitutive role that ritual plays in human life. They reflect not only on ritual in general but also on specific Confucian and Christian appreciations of ritual.
- Ethics + Moral Philosophy, Religious, Eastern / General
- February 29, 2012
- March 23, 2012