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.
An introduction to ancient Chinese ideas on how to live a good life.
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.
Explores the aesthetic theory of one of China's most important and influential contemporary philosophers.
Offers an in-depth exposition of the Confucian conception of persons as the starting point of Confucian ethics.
A unique work on the underlying ontology, cosmology, and moral philosophy of the Yijing.
Offers a compelling intercultural perspective on body, art, self, and society.
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.
Places the phenomenologies of Merleau-Ponty and Nishida in dialogue and uncovers a demand for a motor-perceptual form of faith in both philosophers’ meditations on artistic expression.
Critically introduces the philosophical system of Li Zehou, one of the most significant modern scholars of Chinese history and culture.
Argues that we move beyond philosophy that is simply “comparative” and uses John Dewey’s late period reflections as the basis for an alternative.
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.
Reveals the complicity between the Kyoto School’s moral and political philosophy, based on the school’s founder Nishida Kitarō’s metaphysics of nothingness, and Japanese imperialism.
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.
Explores how writers across five continents and four centuries have debated ideas about what it means to be an individual, and shows that the modern self is an ongoing project of global history.
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.
Investigates the cosmological and metaphysical thought in the Zhuangzi from the perspective of nothingness.
A holistic reinterpretation of Santayana’s thought in terms of a dramatic philosophy of life.
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.
A meditation on how religious language tries to limn the liminal, conceive the inconceivable, speak the unspeakable, and say the unsayable.
An encounter between Franke’s philosophy of the unsayable and Eastern apophatic wisdom in the domains of poetry, thought, and culture.
Explores how the emotional experience of gratitude has been enlisted in neoliberal governance through the language of debt.
Attempts to think anew about philosophical questions from the perspective of breath and breathing.
A study of comparative metaphysics that explores the concepts of Reality and Appearance and their relevance to contemporary religious consciousness.
A comparative analysis of Confucianism and the American Transcendentalist and Pragmatist traditions.
Discusses philosophers Mencius and Aristotle as socio-ecological thinkers.
A fresh reading of Oakeshott’s contributions to the ongoing conversation of modern political thought.
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.
Explores the development of Chinese thought, highlighting its concern with questions of coherence.
Uses Buddhist philosophy to discuss diversity as a value, one that can contribute to equity in a globalizing world.
A critique of the modern receptions of Islamic Peripatetic philosophy and a validation of the importance of Islamic philosophy for modern philosophy
Argues that philosophy, as multidisciplinary comparative inquiry, is essential to the contemporary academic study of religion.
A cross-cultural work which reinvigorates the consideration of enlightenment.
A work of and about comparative philosophy that stresses the importance of language in intercultural endeavors.
A much-needed consideration of methodology in comparative philosophy.
Traces the roots of logos in different cultural milieux.
Brings Confucianism and Daoism into conversation with contemporary philosophy and the contemporary world situation.
A study in comparative virtue ethics.
Argues that Confucianism can be important to the contemporary, global conversation of philosophy and should not be confined to an East Asian context.
Carl Olson is Professor of Religious Studies at Allegheny College in Pennsylvania. His previous books include The Indian Renouncer and Postmodern Poison: A Cross-Cultural Encounter and The Theology and Philosophy of Eliade: A Search for the Centre.
Examines liberal democracy and Confucianism as two value systems and argues for a future where both coexist as independent value systems in China.
Replaces communal altruism with communal egoism as a way of solving problems of too much violence and too little peace in the twenty-first century.
With a focus on educational computing, this book examines how technological practices align with or subvert existing forms of dominance. Examines the important question: Is the enormous financial investment school districts are making in computing tech
Examines the central ideas of Dharmakirti, one of the most important Indian Buddhist philosophers and their reception by Tibetan thinkers.
After exploring the theory and practice of politics in ancient China, ancient India, and modern Europe, Scharfstein argues that the justification for deception and force is inseparable from political life and assesses the chances for a better political future.
This book is an examination of nineteenth-century interpretations of Socrates by Hegel, Kierkegaard, and Nietzsche in the light of the contemporary debates over rationality in the modern world. These ...