Self as Person in Asian Theory and Practice

Edited by Roger T. Ames, Wimal Dissanayake, and Thomas P. Kasulis

Subjects: Asian Religion And Philosophy
Paperback : 9780791417249, 392 pages, January 1994
Hardcover : 9780791417232, 392 pages, February 1994

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Table of contents

Roger T. Ames

Part One: A Basis for Engagement

Introduction to Part One
Roger T. Ames

1. Recapturing Personal Identity
Robert C. Solomon

2. The Coordination of the Self and the Passions
Amélie Oksenberg Rorty

3. Rousseau, Hakuseki, and Hakuin: Paradigms of Self in Three Autobiographers
John C. Maraldo

Part Two: Person in Japanese Theory and Practice

Introduction to Part Two
Thomas P. Kasulis

4. Researching the Strata of the Japanese Self
Thomas P. Kasulis

5. Migawari: The Cultural Idiom of Self-Other Exchange in Japan
Takie Sugiyama Lebra

6. Spiritual Quests of Twentieth-Century Women: A Theory of Self-Discovery and a Japanese Case Study
Diane B. Obenchain
Part Three: Person in Chinese Theory and Practice

Introduction to Part Three
Roger T. Ames

7. Embodying the Universe: A Note on Confucian Self-Realization
Tu Wei-ming

8. The Focus-Field Self in Classical Confucianism
Roger T. Ames

9. To Be or Not to Be: The Postmodern Self and the Wu-Forms of Taoism
David L. Hall

10. Self and Collectivity: Socialization in Chinese Preschools
David Y. H. Wu

11. Beyond the Patrilineal Self: Constructing Gender in China
Margery Wolf
Part Four: Person in Indian Theory and Practice

Introduction to Part Four
Wimal Dissanayake

12. The Perception of Self in Indian Tradition
Bimal Krishna Matilal

13. Emotion Profiles: The Self and the Emotion of Pride
Padmasiri de Silva

14. Conceptualizing the Person: Hierarchical Society and Individual Autonomy in India
Mattison Mines

15 Self, Identity, and Creativity: Women Writers in India
Yamuna Kachru

16. Selves in Motion: An Indian-Japanese Comparison
Alan Roland




This book is a sequel to Self as Body in Asian Theory and Practice (SUNY, 1992) and anticipates a third book, Self as Image in Asian Theory and Practice. In order to address issues as diverse as the promotion of human rights or the resolution of sexism in ways that avoid inadvertent lapses into cultural chauvinism, alternative cultural perspectives that begin from differing conceptions of self and self-realization must be articulated and respected. This book explores the articulation of personal character within the disparate cultural experiences of Japan, China, and South Asia.

Wimal Dissanayake is a Senior Research Fellow attached to the East-West Center in Honolulu. He is also a member of the graduate faculty of the Department of Communication at the University of Hawaii. He is the author of several books on literature, film, and communication; the editor of the East-West Film Journal; and has co-edited Self as Body in Asian Theory and Practice , published by SUNY Press. Thomas P. Kasulis is Professor of Comparative Studies in the Humanities at the Ohio State University. He has been the Numata Visiting Professor in Buddhist Studies at the University of Chicago, a Japan Foundation Fellow at Osaka University, and a Mellon Faculty Fellow at Harvard. He has also served as the president of the Society for Asian and Comparative Philosophy. He is the editor and co-translator of The Body: Toward an Eastern Mind-Body Theory and co-editor of Self as Body in Asian Theory and Practice, both published by SUNY Press.


Roger T. Ames is Professor of Chinese Philosophy at the University of Hawaii. He edits the journal, Philosophy East and West. He is also the editor of Thinking Through Confucius; Nature in Asian Traditions of Thought: Essays in Environmental Philosophy (with J. Baird Callicott); and Self as Body in Asian Theory and Practice (with T. Kasulis and Wimal Dissanayake), all published by SUNY Press.