The Confucian Creation of Heaven: Philosophy and the Defense of Ritual Mastery

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SUNY Press, 1990 - Philosophy - 349 pages
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Demonstrating that the relation between practice and theory in early Confucianism is highly systematic, the author suggests that Confucianism represents a species of 'synthetic' philosophy, distinct from the analytical traditions of the West but equally rigorous in its attempt to disclose the foundations of understanding. He illustrates how theory served as an ancillary activity, expressing ethical insights derived from the systematic structure of core ritual practice, and legitimizing those insights in terms of teleological model of their efficacy in creating a divinely ordained political utopia. The central agenda of the early Confucians is pictured as the preservation and promotion of ritual skills and the aesthetic social perspectives they generate. Metaphysical and political theory serve as practical vehicles mediating between the skill-based philosophy of the early Confucian community and the changing features of the intellectual, social, and political environments in which that community had to survive.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
PreConfucian Heaven
19
Masters of the Dance
30
The Sage and the Self
64
Two Levels of Meaning The Role of Tien in the Analects
79
Tactics of Metaphysics The Role of Tien in the Mencius
99
Ritual as a Natural Art The Role of Tien in the Hsun Tzu
131
Sagehood and Philosophy
171
Appendix B Theory of the Origins of the Term Ju
190
Appendix C Hsun Tzu Treatise on Tien
198
Notes
205
Glossary
299
Abbreviations
317
Bibliography
321
Index
339
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Appendix A The Origins of the Term Tien
181

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Robert Eno is Assistant Professor of East Asian Languages and Cultures and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Indiana University.

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