Thinking Through Confucius

ISBN-10: 0887063772

ISBN-13: 9780887063770

Edition: 1987

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Thinking Through Confucius critically interprets the conceptual structure underlying Confucius' philosophical reflections. It also investigates "thinking," or "philosophy" from the perspective of Confucius. Perhaps the philosophical question of our time is "what is philosophy". The authors suggest that an examination of the Chinese philosophy may provide an alternative definition of philosophy that can be used to address some of the pressing issues of the Western cultural tradition. This book finds an appropriate language for the interpretation of traditional Chinese philosophical thought -- a language which is relatively free from the bias and presuppositions of Western philosophy.
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Book details

List price: $33.95
Copyright year: 1987
Publisher: State University of New York Press
Publication date: 10/15/1987
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 416
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.188
Language: English

Wade-Giles/Pinyin Conversion Table
Some Uncommon Assumptions
An Immanental Cosmos
Conceptual Polarity
Tradition as Interpretive Context
"At fifteen my heart-and-mind were set upon learning. . . ."
The Conditions of Thinking
Learning (hs�eh)
Reflecting (ssu)
Realizing (chih)
Living up to One's Word (hsin)
An Illustration: The Book of Songs
". . . at thirty I took my stance. . . ."
Personal Articulation: Some Alternatives
The Mutuality of Ritual Action (li) and Signification (yi)
Ritual Action (li)
Signification (yi)
The Authoritative Person
Jen as Authoritative Person
Jen and Person Making
An Illustration: Po I and Shu Ch'i
". . . at forty I was no longer of two minds. . . "
The Primacy of Aesthetic Order
The Aesthetics of Praxis
The Masses (min)
Min and Jen
Individual Absoluteness and Individual Relativity
Effecting Sociopolitical Order (cheng)
Cheng and Cheng
Law and Ritual Action: Hsing , Fa and Li
Shame (ch'ih) and Guilt (tsui)
The Exemplary Person: Ch�n Tzu
The Ch�n Tzu as Model
". . . at fifty I realized the ming of t'ien. . . "
The Question of Confucius' Cosmology
T'ien and T'ien Ming
The Historical Development of T'ien
T'ien and Transcendence
T'ien Ming
A Characterization of Te from Early Literature
Te A Philosophic Reconstruction
Confucius' Understanding of Tao
Tao and Transcendence
Field and Focus
Confucian Religiousness
Confucian Cosmology as Ars Contextualis
". . . at sixty my ear was attuned. . . "
The Centrality of Communication
Sage (sheng jen): A Philological and Literary Analysi
The Sage and the Ordering of Names (cheng ming)
The Aesthetic Character of Classical Chinese
Cheng Ming : The Ordering of Names
The Sage as Virtuoso
Shu : The Unifying Thread
Shu as "Deference"
The Language of Deference
The Sage as Master of Communication
Allusive Analogy
Thinking as Attunement
". . . and at seventy I could give my heart-and-mind free rein without overstepping the mark."
The Failings of Confucius
Opportunities for Engagement
Invitation to a Future
Bibliography of Works Cited
Finding List for Passages from the Analects
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