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Neo-Confucian Self-Cultivation$
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Barry C. Keenan

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780824834968

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824834968.001.0001

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The Three Steps of Social Development

The Three Steps of Social Development

(p.61) Chapter 4 The Three Steps of Social Development
Neo-Confucian Self-Cultivation

Barry C. Keenan

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter examines the last three of the Eight Steps, which focus on social development. The preceding cultivation of the person discussed in the previous chapter is here linked directly to the social identity and influence of a given person in the family and tied to the health of the family. Because all people in the Confucian state should practice the first five steps of personal cultivation, and because their luminous virtue would then be visible in their lives, everyone would treat their kinsmen as kinsmen, everyone would treat their elders as elders—so that throughout the empire all would be tranquil.

Keywords:   social development, Eight Steps, Confucian Eight Steps, Confucian state, family, social identity

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