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They involved, on the one side, a European power driven by a doctrine of action -- the belief that free trade and the internationalisation of commerce would create wealth for all nations, and the utopian idea that this would produce a new peaceful world order -- and, on the other, protectionist China under a literati which, in the light of `the Confucian Renaissance under the Manchus, discounted doctrinairism in the belief that this had caused the Ming dynasty to fall, valued reason and rejected the idea that trade could elevate human society.
This will only be possible when individual reason is exempt both from the impositions of religious and political absolutism, which translates into tyranny, and from the temptations of social and individualist doctrinairism, whose realisation is anarchy.
11) His rejection of absolutism and doctrinairism and his support for Socratic skepticism (pp.