Confucianism and its Critics

Examines how Confucianism was once criticized in Chinese history and is now embraced in modern China.

This apparent contradiction will be central to this paper’s examination of Confucianism and its critics in modern China. This paper will show that while Confucianism was initially dismissed by critics in the early twentieth century as being an outmoded philosophy supporting a weak imperial government, later critics have come to recognize that it has a place today in Chinese life.