International Journal of Philosophy 2021; 9(2): 90-99 http://www.sciencepublishinggroup.com/j/ijp doi: 10.11648/j.ijp.20210902.13 ISSN: 2330-7439 (Print); ISSN: 2330-7455 (Online) On Marxist Confucianism: The New Direction of China's Ideological Development in the 21 st Century Zhang Maoze Institute of Chinese Thought and Culture, Northwest University, Xi’an, China Email address: To cite this article: Zhang Maoze. On Marxist Confucianism: The New Direction of China's Ideological Development in the 21 st Century. International Journal of Philosophy. Vol. 9, No. 2, 2021, pp. 90-99. doi: 10.11648/j.ijp.20210902.13 Received: April 10, 2021; Accepted: April 24, 2021; Published: May 8, 2021 Abstract: To integrate Marxism and Confucianism, to establish and develop Marxist Confucianism, is the main trend of the sustainable development of Chinese ideology and culture. Confucianism should learn from Marxism, strengthen its scientificity and contemporaneity, and Marxism should also learn from Confucianism to enhance its influence on the working people in the daily life. Marxism and Confucianism have a lot of similarities and complement each other in ideology, such as demonstrating that people can become ideal people, which have become the internal foundation of the establishment of Marxist Confucianism. In the process of Sinicization of Marxism, Confucianism has attracted the attention of some Marxist scholars. Today, we should follow the path of our predecessors and continue to move forward. Marxist Confucianism is socialist Confucianism. It is not only the Confucianism based on the small production in ancient China, but also the Confucianism under the condition of socialized large-scale production in the 20th and 21st century; It is Chinese Confucianism and has worldwide influence; It is an academic achievement developed further under the banner of democracy and Science in the May 4th movement of China, so it is a democratic Confucianism as well as a scientific Confucianism; Like ancient China, it is the Confucianism of intellectuals, and like Marxists, it is the Confucianism of the working masses. As a socialist Confucianism, its historical mission is to promote the further Sinicization of Marxism, the modernization of traditional Confucianism, the development and improvement of socialist morality, and to help the masses overcome the alienation of human nature and become ideal people.