Daniel Bell (University of Hong Kong): "On the Confucian Communist Comeback in Contemporary China"

Sep 28, 2023, 4:30 pm6:00 pm
Laura Wooten Hall, Room 301 (Kerstetter Room)
Open to Princeton University ID Holders


Event Description

Program in Ethics and Public Affairs


ABSTRACT: Few Chinese intellectuals and political reformers turned to Confucianism and Communism for political inspiration at the end of the twentieth century. But the traditions have mounted remarkable comebacks in mainland China. What explains the return of Confucianism and Communism? And what are the implications for Chinese academia and the political system? Drawing on his new book The Dean of Shandong (Princeton, 2023) -- "an inside view of Chinese academia and what it reveals about China's political system" that was selected as Financial Times Best Summer Book in 2023 -- Daniel A. Bell will attempt to answer these questions.

Daniel A. Bell  (貝淡寧) is Professor, Chair of Political Theory with the Faculty of Law at the University of Hong Kong. He served as Dean of the School of Political Science and Public Administration at Shandong University (Qingdao) from 2017 to 2022.   His books include The Dean of Shandong (2023),  Just Hierarchy (co-authored with Wang Pei, 2020), The China Model (2015), The Spirit of Cities (co-authored with Avner de-Shalit, 2012), China’s New Confucianism (2008), Beyond Liberal Democracy (2007), and East Meets West (2000), all published by Princeton University Press.   He is also the author of Communitarianism and Its Critics (Oxford University Press, 1993).  He is founding editor of the Princeton-China series (Princeton University Press), which translates and publishes original and influential academic works from China. His works have been translated in 23 languages. He has been interviewed in English, Chinese, and French. In 2018, he was awarded the Huilin Prize and was honored as a “Cultural Leader” by the World Economic Forum.