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Democratic Equality and Confucian Hierarchy
May 23, 2017 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Speaker: Joseph Chan, University of Hong Kong
Discussant: Archon Fung, Harvard Kennedy School of Government
**Please register HERE no later than Friday, May 12.**
NOTE: The paper will be circulated one week in advance to all seminar participants.
Joseph Chan is professor of the Department of Politics and Public Administration at the University of Hong Kong. A leading scholar in Confucian political theory and perfectionism, Chan has published many path-breaking articles in journals such as Philosophy and Public Affairs, Oxford Journal of Legal Studies, History of Political Thought, Journal of Chinese Philosophy, and Philosophy East and West, among others. His recent book, Confucian Perfectionism: A Political Philosophy for Modern Times (Princeton University Press, 2014), proposes a novel normative theory called “moderate Confucian perfectionism,” which justifies the perfectionist promotion of the Confucian conception of the good life in a way that is compatible with pluralism, human rights, and personal and moral autonomy. Chan is currently working on a new book project that aims to critically examine the moral foundations of the democratic ideals of popular sovereignty, political equality, and the right to vote and offer an alternative normative theory, at the heart of which lie political meritocracy and certain forms of morally justifiable hierarchy.