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Preface to the Chinese Edition人权与中国思想》 [Human Rights and Chinese Thought] (2012)
In the years since this book was first published, scholars and citizens in both East and West have continued to discuss the relations between the universality and historical- cultural particularity of human rights. There is no question that China’s continuing rise in economic and political prominence has fueled desires to see a rise of Chinese values as well: surely a five-thousand-year-old civilization has much to contribute to the contemporary world? In China, the last few years have witnessed a wide-ranging debate that pits advocates of “universal values” against those who favor a “China model.” Human rights are certainly not the only topic in this debate; disputants have covered economic and political organization, general values like freedom and well-being, and whether the global community is or should be converging on a single set of values. Perhaps one lesson that should be drawn from this debate is that there is no one answer— neither a single understanding of “universal values” nor a single “China model”—that applies to all of these different spheres.
Citation InformationStephen C. Angle. "Preface to the Chinese Edition" 人权与中国思想》 [Human Rights and Chinese Thought] (2012)
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