9780791447185

Boston Confucianism : Portable Tradition in the Late-Modern World

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    9780791447185

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    0791447189

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2000-10-01
  • Publisher: State Univ of New York Pr
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Summary

Is it possible to be a Confucian without being East Asian, as so many philosophers have been Platonists without being Greek? Strangely enough, many scholars would answer in the negative, citing the inextricable connection between Confucianism and East Asian culture. Boston Confucianism argues to the contrary, maintaining that Confucianism can be important to the contemporary global conversation of philosophy and should not be confined to an East Asian context. It promotes a multicultural philosophy of culture and makes a contribution to Confucian-Christian dialogue, showing that the relations among the world's great civilizations today is not a "clash", as Samuel Huntington has argued, but an entanglement whose roots are worth sorting and whose contemporary mutual developments are worth promoting.

Author Biography

Robert Cummings Neville is Professor of Philosophy, Religion, and Theology at Boston University and Dean of the School of Theology

Table of Contents

Foreword xi
Tu Weiming
Preface xxi
The Short Happy Life of Boston Confucianism
1(24)
Portable Confucianism: Roots and Branches
1(7)
Ritual Propriety
8(3)
Pragmatism
11(4)
Confucian Critique for Boston
15(6)
Bostoniam Modifications of Confucianism
21(4)
Confucianism on Culture
25(16)
Philosophy of Culture
25(2)
An Elementary Theory of Culture and Nature in Xunzi
27(2)
Chinese Orientations to Culture: Confucian, Daoist, Legalist, Moist, and Buddhist
29(4)
Confucius, Mencius, and Xunzi Compared
33(5)
Confucian Contributions to a Contemporary Philosophy of Culture
38(3)
Confucianism in the Contemporary Situation
41(16)
Historical Background
41(2)
Interpretive, Bridging, and Normative Philosphers
43(4)
Roger T. Ames and David L. Hall
47(3)
Cheng Chungying
50(2)
Wu Kuangming
52(5)
Confucian Spirituality
57(26)
Philosophy and Religion
57(5)
Spirituality and Ultimate Reality`` Defining Hypotheses
62(7)
Self, Truth, and Transformation
69(5)
Confucian Spirituality in a Scientific Society
74(5)
Confucian Spirituality in a Global Moral Democracy and Ecology
79(4)
Tu Weiming's Confucianism
83(24)
Conversation and Existential Choice: Way of the Sage
83(5)
The Question of Conversion
88(4)
The Question of Ritual
92(4)
The Question of Love (Ren)
96(6)
The Question of Evil
102(5)
Motif Analysis East and West
107(22)
Motif Analysis
107(4)
Comparison
111(4)
Ancient Cultural Motifs and Their Development
115(6)
Relations of Motifs to Deeper Imaginative Artifacts
121(3)
Motifs and Their Sequelae
124(5)
Motif of Being
129(18)
The Trouble with Being
129(2)
Philosophy as Engagement
131(3)
Western Motifs for Being
134(1)
The Dialectic of Being
135(4)
South and East Asian Motifs for Being
139(8)
Motifs of Transcendence
147(20)
Transcendence as a Category
147(4)
Transcendence in Ancient Confucianism
151(3)
Transcendence in Neo-Confucianism
154(4)
God and the Imago Dei
158(3)
John Wesley and the Image of God
161(6)
Resources for a Conception of Selfhood
167(26)
Problems with the Self
167(2)
The Self as Contradictory and Self-Deceived in Western Thought
169(6)
The Self in Confucian Thought
175(4)
Self-Deception in Confucian Thought
179(7)
The Self as Orientation and Poise
186(7)
Confucianism, Christianity, and Multiple Religious Identity
193(18)
Engaging Problematic Cases
193(1)
Filial Piety as Holy Duty
194(7)
Ritual Propriety
201(3)
Jesus as Model
204(2)
Multiple Religious Identity
206(5)
Notes 211(12)
Bibliography 223(14)
Index 237

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