The five philosophers who will shape global politics in 2018, Quartz, 29 December 2017

Quartz News, a digital news outlet for business people in the new global economy, published an article about the philosophers and their philosophies who will influence global politics in 2018, noting that global leaders and grassroots ideologues continue to refer to philosophers as the inspiration behind their political outlook. On China, the article noted that Xi Jinping, the leader of China, is a vocal fan of the ancient philosopher Confucius. Kwan Im Thong Hood Cho Temple Professor at Yale-NUS College, Bryan Van Norden argued that much of Xi’s interest in Confucianism is opportunistic. He also opined that President Xi promotes Confucianism in order to give the people of China a set of values to believe in, hoping to encourage obedience. He also suggested that President Xi’s emphatic endorsement of Confucius may not lead to the subservience he desires as rulers may not be happy with the heroic ideals inspired by the classics.

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