Confucian philosophy emphasizes ritual propriety as ethical guidelines for behavior, but these are not static codes. Instead, humans have a moral obligation to adapt ritual propriety to their unique situations and our changing world. By doing this, humans co-create a harmonious cosmos conducive to diversity and belongingness. Can Confucianism’s emphasis on adaptability and harmony provide valuable perspectives for religion in our interconnected, transnational era?
Eiho Baba, James B. Duke Associate Professor of Asian Studies and Philosophy at Furman University, specializes in Chinese and Japanese philosophy, comparative philosophy, and metaphysics. He holds a PhD and an MA in Philosophy, an MS in Travel Industry Management, specializing in Hotel Management, and a BA in English Literature. Eiho is of Taiwanese and Japanese heritage.