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Confucian Meritocracy and Passive Virtues

Kim Sungmoon, Professor of Public and International Affairs, City University of Hong Kong
Encina Hall West, Room 400

Sungmoon Kim is Chair Professor of Political Philosophy and Director of the Center for East Asian and Comparative Philosophy at the City University of Hong Kong. He received a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Maryland at College Park and taught previously at the University of Richmond and Yonsei University. His research interests include Confucian democratic and constitutional theory, East Asian political thought, and comparative political theory, and his essays have appeared in journals such as American Political Science ReviewBritish Journal of Political ScienceConstellationsContemporary Political TheoryCritical Review of International Social and Political PhilosophyEuropean Journal of Political TheoryHistory of Political ThoughtJournal of the History of IdeasJournal of PoliticsLaw & Social InquiryPhilosophy East and WestPhilosophy & Social Criticism, and The Review of Politics among others. Kim is the author of six books -- Confucian Democracy in East Asia: Theory and Practice (Cambridge University Press, 2014), Public Reason Confucianism: Democratic Perfectionism and Constitutionalism in East Asia (Cambridge University Press, 2016), Democracy after Virtue: Toward Pragmatic Confucian Democracy (Oxford University Press, 2018), Theorizing Confucian Virtue Politics: The Political Philosophy of Mencius and Xunzi (Cambridge University Press, 2020), Im Yunjidang (Cambridge University Press, 2022), and Confucian Constitutionalism: Dignity, Rights, and Democracy (Oxford University Press, 2023). In 2016-2017, Kim was a Berggruen Fellow at Harvard University‚Äôs Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics.