Offers an innovative analysis of gates—as architectural components, visual images, and mental constructs—in early Chinese thought and material culture.
Sheds new light on the relationship between myth and history in ancient China and the central role they have played in shaping early Chinese thought.
Draws on Guo Xiang's commentary on the Zhuangzi to construct an account of freedom that is both metaphysical and political.
Provides a new model for reading the Shiji and other early Chinese historical texts.
Explores how China’s oldest poetry collection was interpreted in a Confucian exegetical text—the Mao Commentary—in the mid-second century BCE.
Biography of a major figure in modern Chinese history.
Challenges deep-seated assumptions about the traditionalist nature of Confucianism by providing a new interpretation of the emergence of modern Confucianism in Republican China.
Considers what unearthed documents reveal about the creation and transmission of knowledge in ancient China.
Applies a method of comparative cultural hermeneutics to let the tradition speak on its own terms.
A clear translation and helpful explanations illuminate this ancient classic of self-cultivation for a modern audience.
Examines the intersections between forgetting and remembering in classical Chinese civilization.
Reevaluates Western and Chinese philosophical traditions to question the boundaries of entrenched conceptual frameworks.
Traces the development of the Chinese love story during the Song and Yuan dynasties.
A complete translation and analysis of "All Things Flow into Form" (Fan wu liu xing), a recently discovered manuscript from the Warring States period (481–221 BCE).
Offers a renovated form of Confucian liberalism that forges a reconciliation between the two extremes of anti-Confucian liberalism and anti-liberal Confucianism.
Addresses the question of China's rise and what it portends for the future.
Presents the most important portrayals of the Daoist master Yang Zhu throughout Chinese history, from the Warring States period until today.
A comprehensive treatment of the shared traditions of Chan, Sŏn, and Zen in dynamic interaction across East Asia, acknowledging the changing and growing parameters of the field of Zen studies.
Uses a comparative hermeneutical method to explain the most important terms in the classical Confucian philosophical texts, in an effort to allow the tradition to speak on its own terms.
Offers three neo-Confucian understandings of broadening the Way as broadening oneself, through an ongoing process of removing self-boundaries.
Explores how poetry was used to disseminate and interpret history in early medieval China.
The first concerted attempt to analyze how the histories Shiji and Hanshu described the technical arts as they were applied in vital areas of the administration of pre-Han and Han China.
The ancient concept of spontaneous self-causation (ziran) from Daoism opens a path to understanding human action as self-organizing, attention as effortless, and art as somatic.
An introduction to ancient Chinese ideas on how to live a good life.
Explores the aesthetic theory of one of China's most important and influential contemporary philosophers.
Posits the origin of a specifically Chinese concept of “word-meaning,” and sheds new light on the linguistic ideas in early Chinese philosophical texts.
Draws on two different but strikingly similar streams in our world tradition to argue for the contemporary philosophical relevance of “culture.”
Brings early Daoist writings into conversation with contemporary contemplative studies.
Offers a comparative and deconstructive reading of the cross-cultural encounter between the Jesuits and their Confucian hosts in late Ming China.
Argues that Confucianism and other East Asian philosophical traditions can be resources for understanding and addressing current global challenges such as climate change and hunger.
Offers a compelling intercultural perspective on body, art, self, and society.
Offers new perspectives on modern Chinese political thought.
Offers an in-depth exposition of the Confucian conception of persons as the starting point of Confucian ethics.
Argues that the only way to understand the Confucian vision of the consummate moral life is to take the tradition on its own terms.
Challenges descriptions of East Asian societies as Confucian cultures and communitarian Confucian models as a political alternative to liberal democracy.
Offers the first focused study of the shifei debates of the Warring States period in ancient China and challenges the imposition of Western conceptual categories onto these debates.
Proposes an “intra-cultural philosophy” based on John Dewey’s “cultural turn” and promotes Daoist thought as a resource that can help to reconstruct outmoded assumptions that continue to shape how we currently think.
Argues that we move beyond philosophy that is simply “comparative” and uses John Dewey’s late period reflections as the basis for an alternative.
Investigates the cosmological and metaphysical thought in the Zhuangzi from the perspective of nothingness.
Assesses John Dewey’s visit to China in 1919–21 as an “intra-cultural” episode and promotes “Chinese natural philosophy” as a philosophical context in which to understand the connections between Dewey’s philosophy and early Confucian thinking.
Through an examination of archaeologically recovered texts from China’s northwestern border regions, argues for widespread interaction with texts in the Han period.
Examines the Great Peace (taiping), one of the first utopian visions in Chinese history, and its impact on literati lives in Han China.
Provides a new perspective on important linguistic issues in philosophical and religious Daoism through the comparative lens of twentieth-century European philosophies of language.
A wide-ranging exploration and critical assessment of the work of a major figure in Chinese and comparative philosophy.
Offers a new perspective on the relationship between religion and the creation of the first Chinese empires.
Challenges the idea held by many prominent twentieth-century Sinologists that early China experienced a “language crisis. ”
An encounter between Franke’s philosophy of the unsayable and Eastern apophatic wisdom in the domains of poetry, thought, and culture.
Critical reflections on the work of Angus Charles Graham, renowned Western scholar of Chinese philosophy and sinology.
Sheds new light on pre-modern Chinese gender relationships in the context of marriage, male Confucian literati self-presentation, and social networks.
Reassesses didacticism in seventeenth-century Chinese vernacular fiction and challenges the view that the late Ming was a notoriously immoral time.
Using Li Zehou’s theories of aesthetics, argues for the importance of the arts to philosophy.
Discusses contemporary Confucianism's relevance and its capacity to address pressing social and political issues of twenty-first-century life.
Reveals cultural paradigms and historical prejudices regarding the role of birthing and women in the reproduction of society.
Analyzes the use of anecdotes as an essential rhetorical tool and form of persuasion in various literary genres in early China.
Presents a new view of the Chinese revolution through the lens of the local Communist movement in Hainan between 1926 and 1956.
A comparative analysis of Confucianism and the American Transcendentalist and Pragmatist traditions.
Addresses Ming Dynasty philosopher Wang Fuzhi’s neo-Confucianism from the perspective of contemporary ecological humanism.
Confucian philosopher Xunzi’s moral thought is considered in light of the modern focus on self-realization.
Considers the role of hiddenness in the history of cultural production in premodern China.
Looks at the Daoist Zhuangzi's critique of Confucianism.
Shows how the text evolved from a non-narrative historical record into a Confucian classic.
A comprehensive analysis of the transformations of ancient history in early Chinese texts.
Challenges the accepted wisdom about women and gender roles in medieval China.
A new translation and commentary of the Analects for contemporary audiences.
Discusses the conditions of possibility for intercultural and comparative philosophy, and for crosscultural communication at large.
Discusses philosophers Mencius and Aristotle as socio-ecological thinkers.
Using Chinese thought, explores how non-Western thought can structure generally applicable social and political theory.
Four Warring States texts discovered during recent decades challenge longstanding understandings of Chinese intellectual history.
An overview of Daoist texts on passive meditation from the Latter Han through Tang periods.
Challenges standard views of the origins of the Daodejing, revealing the work’s roots in a tradition of physical cultivation.
Using the thought of Christian thinker Thomas Aquinas and Neo-Confucian Zhu Xi, explores how to exercise and limit authority.
A reconsideration of Zhu Xi, known as the “great synthesizer” of Confucianism, which establishes him as an important thinker in his own right.
Discusses the journey of Buddhist ideas on awareness and personhood from India to China.
Considers the notable similarities between the thought of Confucius and Wittgenstein.
A reconsideration of the Confucian concept li (ritual or ritual propriety), one that references Western philosophers as well as the Chinese context.
Explores the challenges of translating Chinese works for Western readers, particularly premodern texts.
Reintroduces the concept of “world literature” in a truly global context, transcending past Eurocentrism.
The career of communist revolutionary Wei Baqun, one of China’s “three great peasant leaders” and man of the southern frontier.
An interdisciplinary exploration of the contemporary Confucian revival.
Explores the resources for contemporary ethics found in the work of the Cheng brothers, canonical neo-Confucian philophers.
A consideration of Confucian ethics that employs the work and concerns of the eminent comparative ethicist Joel J. Kupperman.
David N. Keightley’s seminal essays on the origins of Chinese society are brought together in one volume.
Discusses how Zhou Dunyi's thought became a cornerstone of neo-Confucianism.
Challenges traditional views of the Qin dynasty as an oppressive regime by revealing cooperative aspects of its governance.
Contests long-standing claims that Confucianism came to prominence under China's Emperor Wu.
Challenges traditional views to consider Xunzi as a religious thinker.
A wide ranging consideration of the work of contemporary ethicist David Wong.
Continues the author’s inquiry into the development of the Chinese philosophical concept Li, concluding in Song and Ming dynasty Neo-Confucianism.
Translation of the first grand synthesis of classic Chinese thought.
Explores the religious, political, and cultural significance attributed to music in early China.
Explores the development of Chinese thought, highlighting its concern with questions of coherence.
An innovative approach to historical records assesses how evidence claims and policy arguments were put forth in the royal courts of early China.
The first book-length study in English of the Chinese classic, the Li sao (Encountering Sorrow). Includes translations of the Li sao and the Nine Songs.
Looks at the role of the Hunan First Normal School in fostering a generation of founders and key figures in the Chinese Communist Party.
A philosophical analysis of the work of one of the most iconoclastic thinkers in Chinese history, Li Zhi, whose ethics prized spontaneous expression of genuine feelings.
A unique translation of and commentary on the Laozi, based on the oldest edition of the work.
A wide-ranging exploration of traditional Chinese views of mortality.
New attention and fresh perspectives on the classic, but neglected, text of Daoism, the Liezi.
A fascinating look at Chinese perceptions of the United States and the cultural and political background that informs them.
Explores how Xu Bing and other contemporary Chinese artists use Western ideas within a Chinese cultural discourse.