Expanding Process: Exploring Philosophical and Theological Transformations in China and the West

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SUNY Press, Jul 1, 2009 - Philosophy - 249 pages
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Expanding Process explores how comparative philosophy expands our understanding of the critical themes of process, change, and transformation. John H. Berthrong examines how notions of process manifest and shape the classical Confucianism of Xunzi, the early medieval Daosim of the Liezi, and Zhu Xiís Song Dynasty daoxue (Teaching of The Way). Berthrong links these various Chinese views of process and transformation to contemporary debates in the American process, pragmatic, and naturalist philosophical movements. Stressing how our pluralistic world calls for comparing and even appropriating insights from diverse cultural traditions, Berthrong contends that comparative philosophy and theology can broaden the intellectual frontiers and foundations of any serious student of contemporary global thought.

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John H. Berthrong is Associate Professor of Comparative Theology at Boston University School of Theology. He is the author of several books, including Concerning Creativity: A Comparison of Chu Hsi, Whitehead, and Neville and All Under Heaven: Transforming Paradigms in Confucian-Christian Dialogue, both also published by SUNY Press.

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