Yong Chen , PhD (2005), Vanderbilt University, is Research Professor of Chinese philosophy and religion at El Colegio de Mexico. He has published a number of articles on contemporary Confucianism, including "Renewing Confucianism as a Living Tradition in 21st Century China."
Scholars and graduate students in the fields of Confucian studies and Chinese religions, and anyone interested in the religiosity of Confucianism and its contemporary relevance.
"[Chen's way of looking] at the debate over Confucian religiousness provides a way toward understanding the existential condition of the Chinese people in modern times and the obsession of Chinese intellectuals with the conundrum of tradition and modernity."
Christian Jochim, San Jose State University, Review of Religion and Chinese Society 2.2 (2015)
"The author can not only expose the epistemological significance of defining Confucian within the category of religion, but also he shows that the controversy over the religious character of Confucianism can be dissociated from the nationalistic and “salvific” attempts of the apparently Confucian essence and nature of Chinese culture (pp. 137-175). [...] Yong Chen proposes in his book a comprehensive and contextual approach to solving the problem of whether Confucianism is a religion. This should make sinologists and scholars in religious studies, and graduate students in the fields of Confucian studies and Chinese religions, and anyone interested in the religiosity of Confucianism and its contemporary relevance delve into this book and search for his or her answer to this question."
Zbigniew Wesołowski, Monumenta Serica 62 (2014)
Table of contents
Chapter 1: Problems and Ambiguity Surrounding the Question of Confucian Religiosity
1. The Epistemological Problem: Transculturing the Term Religion
2. The Linguistic Ambiguity of Terms: Rujia, Rujiao, Ruxue
3. Values and Implications in the Discourse on Confucian Religiosity
Chapter 2: Historical Discussions on the Question of Confucian Religiosity
1. Kang Youwei and the Kongjiao Controversy
2. The Resurrection of the Controversy: Context, Agenda, and Rhetoric
3. Western Scholarship on Confucian Religiosity
Chapter 3: Epistemological Significance on the Controversy over Confucian Religiosity
1. The Pragmatic Turn in Defining Religion
2. Definability of Confuciansim in Terms of Religion
3. Epistemological Significance of the Controversy
Chapter 4: Cultural and Historical Significance of the Controversy over Confucian Religiosity
1. Fractured Continuity between Tradition and Modernity
2. The New Confucian Approach to the Question on Confucian Religiosity
3. The New Confucian Approach to the Problem of Modernity
4. The Theoretical Limitation of New Confucianism
5. Engaging Tradition in Post-Confucian Paradigms
6. Jiang Qing as a Confucian Religion Maker