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The Democracy of the Dead: Dewey, Confucius, and the Hope for Democracy in China

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BY DAVID L. HALL AND ROGER T. AMES
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS, LASALLE OPEN COURT, 1999
267 PAGES
ISBN 0-8126-9394-9 HARDBACK

David Hall and Roger Ames rely upon a very useful and adaptable source in John Dewey in making their case for the possibility of democracy in China. From their point of view, any chance of a democratic China depends upon China’s reaffirmation of Confucian philosophy, especially as outlined by Confucius himself in the Analects, and the engagement with Western social thinking on democracy. John Dewey is a perfect choice for this engagement.