Theology & Philosophy

Harmony and Freedom: East and West


Participants in the colloquium explored the main ethical, political, and economic senses that the notion of harmony has acquired in Chinese philosophy, and contrasted such views with relevant reflections in the Western liberal tradition, with particular emphasis on the implications of those alternative understandings of harmony for individual liberty.


Conference Readings

Chan, Wing-Tsit, comps. A Source Book in Chinese Philosophy. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1973.

Wong, David. “Soup, Harmony and Disagreement.” Presentation at the Parekh Institute of Indian Thought, Center for the Study of Developing Societies in Delhi, India, August 4, 2017. Page(s): 1-31.

Bell, Daniel A. and Yingchuan Mo. “Harmony in the World 2013: The Ideal and the Reality,” online appendix to Daniel A. Bell’s The China Model (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2015).

Bastiat, Frédéric. Economic Harmonies [1850]. Edited by George B. de Huszar. Translated by W. Hayden Boyers. Irvington-on-Hudson: The Foundation for Economic Education, 1996. (accessed March 2, 2017).

Confucius. The Analects. Edited by D.C. Lau. London: Penguin Books, 1979.

Cooper, Anthony Ashley, Third Earl of Shaftesbury. Characteristicks of Men, Manners, Opinions, Times, Volume I. Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, 2001.

Hayek, F. A. Law, Legislation and Liberty, Volume 1: Rules and Order [Phoenix series]. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 1973.

Hume, David. An Enquiry Concerning the Principles of Morals. Indianapolis: Hackett Publishing Co., 1983.