New Dimensions of Confucian and Neo-Confucian Philosophy: Contemporary Allegory and the Search for Postmodern Faith

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SUNY Press, 1991 - Religion - 619 pages
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This is the first book to thoroughly explore Confucian and Neo-Confucian metaphysics and ethics, building upon the creativity and temporality of human existence and human nature as well as their extension into human culture. Fundamental essays deal cogently with the relationship between Chinese language and Chinese philosophy, offering general categories which shape the matrix of ideas woven in Chinese philosophy from its very beginnings. Along with more general characterizations, there are themes placing Confucian thinkers in touch with modern communication theories, perceptions of individuals, religious themes, and scientific worldviews. Conceptual and comparative essays probe the frontiers of Chinese philosophy in its contemporary Confucian revival.
 

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Contents

Chinese Philosophy and Confucian
1
A Characterization
65
The Nature and Function of Skepticism
108
Conscience Mind and the Individual
129
Chinese Philosophy and Symbolic Reference
165
Rectifying Names ChengMing in Classical
221
On yi as a Universal Principle of Specific Application
233
Some Aspects of the Confucian Notion of Mind
246
Confucius Heidegger and the Philosophy of
339
Method Knowledge and Truth in Chu Hsi
375
Unity and Creativity in Wang Yangmings
396
Practical Learning in Yen Yuan Chu Hsi
424
Religious Reality and Religious Understanding
451
The Consistency and Meaning of the FourSentence
481
Century NeoConfucian Philosophy
504
Categories of Creativity in Whitehead
537

Theory and Practice in Confucianism
261
Dialectic of Confucian Morality and Metaphysics
280
A Philosophical
311
Glossary
559
Index
599
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Chung-ying Cheng is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. He is also the founder of the International Society of Chinese Philosophy and the Journal of Chinese Philosophy.

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