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Recontextualization of traditional Chinese "rights": socio-philosophical examinations

The concept of rights has gradually emerged as the subject of a particular academic field of study—a complex one, involving three aspects: conceptual approaches, theoretical orientation, and practical development. The study of Chinese “rights” 1 should be involved in the fundamental interrelation of all forms of Chinese human values and social behavior. This study will focus on the ways in which certain naïve, vague and implied consciousness and spontaneous and haphazard actions of Chinese rights have affected the processes of Chinese social changes and human development. A convergence of goals of “rights” means that an essential restructuring of basic research and its cross-cultural comparisons must be developed. The study’s central theme is that questions and analytical modes of “rights” in Chinese human development are rapidly being challenged as a fundamental framework for philosophical criticism, and in its place will appear new research from investigators with interdisciplinary, multi-methodological approaches and analytical examinations. This article attempts to recontextualize traditional Chinese “rights” through socio-philosophical and historical-cultural perspectives.

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