Chinese Cultural Tradition and Cosmopolitanism


  • AN Ximeng Department of Philosophy, Shanxi University, 03006 Taiyuan, Shanxi Province, P. R. China.



Internationalism, stateless world, World government, The legal system, Democracy, Citizens of the world


Cosmopolitanism is an ideal, not a reality. It's a decentralized theory, not a systematic theory. It has many different names. From the ancient to the modern times, it has been increasingly perfect and close to realization. It has been partially fulfilled in the world. Confucius once advocated "great harmony with the world". Sun Yat-sen carried forward the concept of "the world for the common good",and he absorbed the "universal ideas" of Western socialists. The idea of "world government" was formed in recent times. It was the ideal of our sages to organize a "union of sovereign states" to jointly maintain peace and eliminate war. This article is just to sort out the idea of the unity of the world, without any practical suggestions. This is a theoretical idea, not a practical one. Chinese scholars in modern times studied western ideas and then used them to examine Chinese classics to find new ideas. By combing through old papers, they gained a lot and were able to enlighten the people. We should have a grand vision, facing the world more advanced thinkers broad spirit.


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How to Cite

Ximeng, A. . (2023). Chinese Cultural Tradition and Cosmopolitanism. International Journal of Sino-Western Studies, (24).



Comparative Religious and Cultural Studies