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Thinking from the Han


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Prologue Part I Metaphors of Identity 1. The Problematic of Self in Western Thought Self, History, and Culture The Modern Self Mixing Metaphors: The Vagueness of the Self 2. The Focus-Field Self in Classical Confucianism The "Selfless" Self The Mindless Self The Bodiless Self The Aimless Self The Nonwilling Self Self as Field and Focus 3. The Focus-Field Self in Classical Daoism The Tripartite Psyche and the Wu -Forms of Daoism Dao and De :Difference and Deference Self, Humor, and the Transformation of Things 4. Chinese Sexism The Gender of Thinking Dualistic Sexism Correlative Sexism Part II "Truth" as a Test Case of Cultural Comparison 5. Excursus on Method The Way and the Truth Ars Contextualis What Has Athens to Do with Alexandria? Some Ironies of the Search for Truth 6. Cultural Requisites for a Theory of Truth in China Coherence and World Order Reality and Appearance Theory and Practice Rational Arguments Logic and Rhetoric Sensibility Matrices: China and the West 7. A Pragmatic Understanding of the Way (Dao) Plotting a Course (Dao) One Way or Many? Becoming an Exemplary Person (Junzi) Living Up to One's Word (Xin) and Having Integrity (Cheng) Becoming a Genuine Person (Zhenren) Confucianism and Daoism: Convergences and Divergences Truth and the Harmony of the Way Part III Transcendence and Immanence as Cultural Clues 8. The Decline of Transcendence in the West What is 'Transcendence'? The Collapse of the Western Gods Theology and Mysticism The Waning of Transcendence in Science and Society 9. Tian and Dao as Nontranscendent Fields The "Transcendence Debate" in Contemporary China Tian Dao 10. The Chinese Community without Transcendence Could Socrates and Confucius Be Friends? Rites and Rights Notes Works Cited Index

About the Author

David L. Hall is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Texas at El Paso. He is the author of The Civilization of Experience: A Whiteheadian Theory of Culture; The Uncertain Phoenix: Adventures Toward a Post-Cultural Sensibility; and Eros and Irony: A Prelude to Philosophical Anarchism. With SUNY Press, Professor Hall is coauthor of Thinking Through Confucius (with Roger T. Ames); and Anticipating China (with Roger T. Ames); author of The Arimaspian Eye and Richard Rorty: Prophet and Poet of the New Pragmatism. Roger T. Ames is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Hawaii and editor of Philosophy East and West. He is the author of The Art of Rulership: A Study in Ancient Chinese Political Thought and coeditor of Nature in Asian Traditions of Thought: Essays in Environmental Philosophy (with J. Baird Callicott); Self and Deception: A Cross-Cultural Philosophical Enquiry (with Wimal Dissanayake); Self as Body in Asian Theory and Practice; and Self as Person in Asian Theory and Practice (both with Wimal Dissanayake and Thomas Kasulis), all published by SUNY Press. He is also the translator of Sun-tzu: The Art of Warfare; and Sun Pin: The Art of Warfare (with D. C. Lau).


"I especially like the book's clarity of presentation and its attempt to address the way in which contemporary Westerners are likely to misunderstand the Chinese. The way the book draws attention to the practical effects that the different philosophical backgrounds of China and the West have on our current efforts at cross-cultural dialogue is extremely timely and gives life to the philosophical ideas considered. "The discussion of Chinese approaches to gender issues is fascinating, and it represents a real contribution to gender theory. The clarification of the way in which Chinese thought does and does not correspond to deconstructionist outlooks is helpful and surprising. The discussion of Daoism's use of humor is both delightful and seriously important for scholars of either tradition and the discussion of the li in relation to human rights is extremely helpful for ethical thought." -- Kathleen Higgins, The University of Texas at Austin

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