Loubna El Amine F'17
Henry Luce Foundation/ACLS Program in China Studies Postdoctoral Fellowships 2017
The foundations of Confucian political thought: History, law, and the political community
In my research project, I delineate the early Confucian conception of the political community by asking two sets of questions. The first relates to the community’s boundaries. I investigate what the criteria for membership in it are and what social boundaries (like class, birth, etc.) matter. I also ask whether territory is important and if so, how it defines the political community. The second set of questions concerns the community’s ideational foundations. I primarily explore what explains the Confucian concern for the past and whether the concern with maintaining historical continuity can be considered sacred.