Confucian Thought: Selfhood as Creative Transformation

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SUNY Press, Jun 30, 1985 - Philosophy - 203 pages
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Confucian Thought: Selfhood as Creative Transformation is a collection of Tu’s seminal essays. It is a sustained deliberation on the substance and worth of the Confucian conception of personhood. This analysis complements Tu’s highly acclaimed Humanity and Self-Cultivation: Essays in Confucian Thought as a continued expression of his deepening understanding of Confucianism voiced through various perennial human concerns.

Tu weaves philosophic, historical, anthropological, sociological, and psychological perspectives into a coherent discussion of the Confucian themes that continue to inspire the modern intellectual mind. His is a vital contribution to Chinese thought and religion.
 

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The Master said, In old days men studied for the sake of self-improvement; nowadays men study in order to impress other people.

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Contents

I The Moral Universal from the Perspectives of East Asian Thought
19
Chinese Visions of Nature
35
III A Confucian Perspective on Learning to be Human
51
IV The Value of the Human in Classical Confucian Thought
67
V Jen as a Living Metaphor in the Confucian Analects
81
An Approach to Chinese Aesthetics
93
The FatherSon Relationship in Confucian Thought
113
VIII NeoConfucian Religiosity and HumanRelatedness
131
A Preliminary Questioning
149
A Note on Confucian Selfrealization
171
Glossary
183
Bibliography of Tu Weiming
201
Index
211
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Tu Wei-ming is Professor of Chinese History and Philosophy and Chairman of the Committee on the Study of Religion at Harvard University.

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