The Tao Encounters the West: Explorations in Comparative Philosophy

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  • Copyright: 1999-04-01
  • Publisher: State Univ of New York Pr
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Author Biography

Chenyang Li is Associate Professor of Philosophy and Chair of the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies, Monmouth College

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introductionp. 1
Being: Perspective versus Substancep. 11
Being as Identityp. 11
The Being of the Oxp. 13
Knowing What There Isp. 20
Transformation of the Butterflyp. 27
One-Only versus One-Many Identityp. 30
Truth: Confucius and Heideggerp. 35
Truth as an Ontological Conceptp. 36
Ethical Implicationsp. 45
Truth and Freedomp. 54
Why Semantic Truth Has Been Marginalizedp. 57
Language: Pragmatic versus Semanticp. 63
Rectification of Namesp. 63
Rigid Designationp. 76
Names as Prescriptionsp. 85
Ethics: Confucian Jen and Feminist Carep. 89
Self and Society: The Foundation of Jen and Carep. 90
Jen and Care as the Central Moral Idealsp. 96
Jen and Care: Ethics without General Rulesp. 100
Jen and Caring with Gradationsp. 105
How a Care Ethics Could Have Oppressed Womenp. 108
Family: Duty versus Rightsp. 115
Critiques of Some Recent Theoriesp. 116
The Confucian Perspectivep. 127
A Confucian Responsep. 138
Religion: Multiple Participation versus Exclusionismp. 139
The Religiousness of Chinese Religionsp. 142
The Difference between Three Religionsp. 146
Tension and Complementarityp. 148
Being Taoist-Buddhist-Confucianp. 152
Some Philosophical Considerationsp. 156
Justice: Confucian Values and Democratic Valuesp. 163
Democracy and China's Needp. 164
Whether There Has Been Democracy in Traditional Chinese Culturep. 169
Whether Confucianism and Democracy Are Compatiblep. 172
Democracy as an Independent Value System in Chinap. 180
Concluding Remarksp. 191
Notesp. 193
Bibliographyp. 217
Indexp. 229
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