Anticipating China: Thinking Through the Narratives of Chinese and Western Culture / Edition 1

Anticipating China: Thinking Through the Narratives of Chinese and Western Culture / Edition 1

by Davidl. L. Hall, Roger T. Ames
     
 

This book shows that failure to assess the significant cultural differences between China and the West has seriously affected our understanding of both classical and contemporary China, and makes the translation of attitudes, concepts, and issues extremely problematic.

By providing parallel accounts of the contrasting developments of classical Chinese and

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This book shows that failure to assess the significant cultural differences between China and the West has seriously affected our understanding of both classical and contemporary China, and makes the translation of attitudes, concepts, and issues extremely problematic.

By providing parallel accounts of the contrasting developments of classical Chinese and Western traditions, Anticipating China offers a means of avoiding the implicit cultural biases which so often distort Western understanding of Chinese intellectual culture. The book shows that failure to assess the significant cultural differences between China and the West has seriously affected our understanding of both classical and contemporary China, and makes the translation of attitudes, concepts, and issues extremely problematic.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791424780
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
07/01/1995
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
360
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

(Abridged)

Acknowledgments

Introduction: Anticipating the Argument

1. Clearing a Path to China
2. Circles and Squares

1. Squaring the Circle

1. From Chaos to Cosmos
2. Rest and Permanence
3. The Watershed: Zeno and the Power of Paradox
4. Counterdiscourse: Heraclitus and Anaxagors
5. From Theoria to Theory
6. Counterdiscourse: The Sophists
7. Socrates and Plato: Eros and Its Ironies
8. Aristotle: Four Beginnings of Thought
9. Humanitas and the Imago Dei
10. The Persistence of the Rational Ethos
11. Counterdiscourse: Challenges to the Rational Ethos

2. The Contingency of Culture

1. The First and Second Problematics
2. China and the First Problematic
3. Comparing Comparative Methods
4. Intercultural Vagueness

3. Extending the Circle

1. Acosmotic "Beginnings"
2. Analogical Discource in the Confucian Analects
3. Experiments in Rationalism
4. The Emergence of Han Thinking
5. The Dominance of Han Thinking
6. A Closing Anticipation

Notes
Bibliography of Works Cited
Index

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