SUNY series in Chinese Philosophy and Culture
Challenges deep-seated assumptions about the traditionalist nature of Confucianism by providing a new interpretation of the emergence of modern Confucianism in Republican China.
The Origins of Chinese Literary Hermeneutics
Explores how China’s oldest poetry collection was interpreted in a Confucian exegetical text—the Mao Commentary—in the mid-second century BCE.
Writing Early China
Considers what unearthed documents reveal about the creation and transmission of knowledge in ancient China.
A Sourcebook in Classical Confucian Philosophy
Applies a method of comparative cultural hermeneutics to let the tradition speak on its own terms.
The Annotated Laozi
A clear translation and helpful explanations illuminate this ancient classic of self-cultivation for a modern audience.
The Craft of Oblivion
Examines the intersections between forgetting and remembering in classical Chinese civilization.
From Metaphysical Representations to Aesthetic Life
Reevaluates Western and Chinese philosophical traditions to question the boundaries of entrenched conceptual frameworks.
The Chinese Love Story from the Tenth to the Fourteenth Century
Traces the development of the Chinese love story during the Song and Yuan dynasties.
A Walk in the Night with Zhuangzi
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.
The Future of China's Past
Addresses the question of China's rise and what it portends for the future.
The Many Lives of Yang Zhu
Presents the most important portrayals of the Daoist master Yang Zhu throughout Chinese history, from the Warring States period until today.
Approaches to Chan, Sŏn, and Zen Studies
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.
A Conceptual Lexicon for Classical Confucian Philosophy
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.
Lore and Verse
Explores how poetry was used to disseminate and interpret history in early medieval China.
Technical Arts in the Han Histories
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.
Self-Cultivation in Early China
An introduction to ancient Chinese ideas on how to live a good life.
Cognition and Practice
Explores the aesthetic theory of one of China's most important and influential contemporary philosophers.
The Emergence of Word-Meaning in Early China
Posits the origin of a specifically Chinese concept of “word-meaning,” and sheds new light on the linguistic ideas in early Chinese philosophical texts.
A Philosophical Defense of Culture
Draws on two different but strikingly similar streams in our world tradition to argue for the contemporary philosophical relevance of “culture.”
The Contemplative Foundations of Classical Daoism
Brings early Daoist writings into conversation with contemporary contemplative studies.
Friendship and Hospitality
Offers a comparative and deconstructive reading of the cross-cultural encounter between the Jesuits and their Confucian hosts in late Ming China.
Human Beings or Human Becomings?
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.
Reconsidering the Life of Power
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.
Confucian Role 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.
Beyond the Troubled Water of Shifei
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.
John Dewey and Daoist Thought
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.
Experiments in Intra-cultural Philosophy Set (Volumes 1 and 2)
Argues that we move beyond philosophy that is simply “comparative” and uses John Dewey’s late period reflections as the basis for an alternative.
Zhuangzi and the Becoming of Nothingness
Investigates the cosmological and metaphysical thought in the Zhuangzi from the perspective of nothingness.
John Dewey and Confucian Thought
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.
Literate Community in Early Imperial China
Through an examination of archaeologically recovered texts from China’s northwestern border regions, argues for widespread interaction with texts in the Han period.
In Pursuit of the Great Peace
Examines the Great Peace (taiping), one of the first utopian visions in Chinese history, and its impact on literati lives in Han China.
Dao and Sign in History
Provides a new perspective on important linguistic issues in philosophical and religious Daoism through the comparative lens of twentieth-century European philosophies of language.
Appreciating the Chinese Difference
A wide-ranging exploration and critical assessment of the work of a major figure in Chinese and comparative philosophy.
Heaven Is Empty
Offers a new perspective on the relationship between religion and the creation of the first Chinese empires.
Language as Bodily Practice in Early China
Challenges the idea held by many prominent twentieth-century Sinologists that early China experienced a “language crisis. ”
Apophatic Paths from Europe to China
An encounter between Franke’s philosophy of the unsayable and Eastern apophatic wisdom in the domains of poetry, thought, and culture.
Having a Word with Angus Graham
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.
Reading for the Moral
Reassesses didacticism in seventeenth-century Chinese vernacular fiction and challenges the view that the late Ming was a notoriously immoral time.
Expressing the Heart's Intent
Using Li Zehou’s theories of aesthetics, argues for the importance of the arts to philosophy.
Confucianism for the Contemporary World
Discusses contemporary Confucianism's relevance and its capacity to address pressing social and political issues of twenty-first-century life.
Birth in Ancient China
Reveals cultural paradigms and historical prejudices regarding the role of birthing and women in the reproduction of society.
Between History and Philosophy
Analyzes the use of anecdotes as an essential rhetorical tool and form of persuasion in various literary genres in early China.
China's Lonely Revolution
Presents a new view of the Chinese revolution through the lens of the local Communist movement in Hainan between 1926 and 1956.
Confucianism and American Philosophy
A comparative analysis of Confucianism and the American Transcendentalist and Pragmatist traditions.
Neo-Confucian Ecological Humanism
Addresses Ming Dynasty philosopher Wang Fuzhi’s neo-Confucianism from the perspective of contemporary ecological humanism.
Self-Realization through Confucian Learning
Confucian philosopher Xunzi’s moral thought is considered in light of the modern focus on self-realization.
The Rhetoric of Hiddenness in Traditional Chinese Culture
Considers the role of hiddenness in the history of cultural production in premodern China.
Zhuangzi's Critique of the Confucians
Looks at the Daoist Zhuangzi's critique of Confucianism.
The Commentarial Transformation of the Spring and Autumn
Shows how the text evolved from a non-narrative historical record into a Confucian classic.
The Heir and the Sage, Revised and Expanded Edition
A comprehensive analysis of the transformations of ancient history in early Chinese texts.
Crossing the Gate
Challenges the accepted wisdom about women and gender roles in medieval China.
Understanding the Analects of Confucius
A new translation and commentary of the Analects for contemporary audiences.
Fundamentals of Comparative and Intercultural Philosophy
Discusses the conditions of possibility for intercultural and comparative philosophy, and for crosscultural communication at large.
The Deep Ecology of Rhetoric in Mencius and Aristotle
Discusses philosophers Mencius and Aristotle as socio-ecological thinkers.
Chinese Thought as Global Theory
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.
Daoism, Meditation, and the Wonders of Serenity
An overview of Daoist texts on passive meditation from the Latter Han through Tang periods.
In the Shadows of the Dao
Challenges standard views of the origins of the Daodejing, revealing the work’s roots in a tradition of physical cultivation.
Embracing Our Complexity
Using the thought of Christian thinker Thomas Aquinas and Neo-Confucian Zhu Xi, explores how to exercise and limit authority.
Returning to Zhu Xi
A reconsideration of Zhu Xi, known as the “great synthesizer” of Confucianism, which establishes him as an important thinker in his own right.
Encounters of Mind
Discusses the journey of Buddhist ideas on awareness and personhood from India to China.
Whose Tradition? Which Dao?
Considers the notable similarities between the thought of Confucius and Wittgenstein.
Confucian Propriety and Ritual Learning
A reconsideration of the Confucian concept li (ritual or ritual propriety), one that references Western philosophers as well as the Chinese context.
Translating China for Western Readers
Explores the challenges of translating Chinese works for Western readers, particularly premodern texts.
From Comparison to World Literature
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.
The Sage Returns
An interdisciplinary exploration of the contemporary Confucian revival.
Why Be Moral?
Explores the resources for contemporary ethics found in the work of the Cheng brothers, canonical neo-Confucian philophers.
Moral Cultivation and Confucian Character
A consideration of Confucian ethics that employs the work and concerns of the eminent comparative ethicist Joel J. Kupperman.
These Bones Shall Rise Again
David N. Keightley’s seminal essays on the origins of Chinese society are brought together in one volume.
Reconstructing the Confucian Dao
Discusses how Zhou Dunyi's thought became a cornerstone of neo-Confucianism.
Communication and Cooperation in Early Imperial China
Challenges traditional views of the Qin dynasty as an oppressive regime by revealing cooperative aspects of its governance.
Witchcraft and the Rise of the First Confucian Empire
Contests long-standing claims that Confucianism came to prominence under China's Emperor Wu.
Ritual and Religion in the Xunzi
Challenges traditional views to consider Xunzi as a religious thinker.
Moral Relativism and Chinese Philosophy
A wide ranging consideration of the work of contemporary ethicist David Wong.
Beyond Oneness and Difference
Continues the author’s inquiry into the development of the Chinese philosophical concept Li, concluding in Song and Ming dynasty Neo-Confucianism.
The Canon of Supreme Mystery by Yang Hsiung
Translation of the first grand synthesis of classic Chinese thought.
Music, Cosmology, and the Politics of Harmony in Early China
Explores the religious, political, and cultural significance attributed to music in early China.
Ironies of Oneness and Difference
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 Shaman and the Heresiarch
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.
Li Zhi, Confucianism, and the Virtue of Desire
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.
The Old Master
A unique translation of and commentary on the Laozi, based on the oldest edition of the work.
Mortality in Traditional Chinese Thought
A wide-ranging exploration of traditional Chinese views of mortality.
Riding the Wind with Liezi
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.
Xu Bing and Contemporary Chinese Art
Explores how Xu Bing and other contemporary Chinese artists use Western ideas within a Chinese cultural discourse.
Taking Confucian Ethics Seriously
A consideration of Confucian ethics as a living ethical tradition with contemporary relevance.
Interpretation and Literature in Early Medieval China
Explores the new literary and interpretive milieu that emerged in the years following the decline of China’s Han dynasty.
Confucianism in Context
A wide-ranging consideration of Confucianism for Western readers.
Philosophy and Religion in Early Medieval China
An exploration of Chinese during a time of monumental change, the period after the fall of the Han dynasty.
What Is Enlightenment
A cross-cultural work which reinvigorates the consideration of enlightenment.