The volume focuses on South Korea, whose traditional society was and remains the most Confucianized among pre-modern East Asian countries. It offers an interesting case for thinking about Confucian democracy and constitutionalism because its liberal-democratic institutions are compatible with and profoundly influenced by the Confucian habit of the heart. The book wrestles with the practical meaning of liberal rights under the Korean Confucian societal culture and illuminates a way in which traditional Confucianism can be transformed through legal and political processes into a new Confucianism relevant to democratic practices in contemporary Korea.
Fred Dallmayr, Packey J Dee Professor Emeritus of Philosophy and Political Science, University of Notre Dame; Chaihark Hahm, Professor of Law, Yonsei University; Hwa Yol Jung, Emeritus Professor of Political Science, Moravian College; Bi Hwan Kim, Professor of Political Theory, Sungkyunkwan University; Hee-Kang Kim, Associate Professor of the Department of Public Administration, Korea University; Marie Seong-Hak Kim, Professor of History, St. Cloud State University; Sungmoon Kim, Associate Professor of Political Theory, City University of Hong Kong; Junghoon Lee, Associate Professor of Jurisprudence and Legal History, University of Ulsan.