Boston Confucianism: Portable Tradition in the Late-Modern World

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Is it possible to be a Confucian without being East Asian, as so many philosophers have been Platonists without being Greek? Strangely enough, many scholars would answer in the negative, citing the inextricable connection between Confucianism and East Asia culture. Boston Confucianism argues to the contrary, maintaining that Confucianism can be important to the contemporary global conversation of philosophy and should not be confined to an East Asian context. It promotes a multicultural philosophy of culture and ...
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Is it possible to be a Confucian without being East Asian, as so many philosophers have been Platonists without being Greek? Strangely enough, many scholars would answer in the negative, citing the inextricable connection between Confucianism and East Asia culture. Boston Confucianism argues to the contrary, maintaining that Confucianism can be important to the contemporary global conversation of philosophy and should not be confined to an East Asian context. It promotes a multicultural philosophy of culture and makes a contribution to Confucian-Christian dialogue, showing that the relations among the world's great civilizations today is not a "clash," as Samuel Huntington has argued, but an entanglement whose roots are worth sorting and whose contemporary mutual developments are worth promoting.
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Maintains that Confucianism is important to Western philosophy and should not be narrowly conceived as an Eastern religion. Promoting multiculturalism through renewed East-West and Confucian-Christian dialogue, Neville (philosophy, religion, and theology, Boston U.) fosters the idea that the world is not a clash of civilizations but an entanglement worth sorting out. One of the most interesting topics is the notion of taking on multiple religious identities, as in the Three Schools Movement (Confucianism, Buddhism, and Daoism) or in the simultaneous practice of Christianity and Confucianism. Do Neville and his editors sense the West now ready to juxtapose Christian parable to Confucian analect, to practice a more Asian-style religious syncretization? Now that the West's recently educated have been exposed to pomo scholarship advancing and describing our late- capitalist, post-industrialist, polymorphous and rhizomatous identity constituted by the joyful sprouting and blossoming of multiple cultural performativities, Boston Confucians just might be on to something. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
1 The Short Happy Life of Boston Confucianism 1
2 Confucianism on Culture 25
3 Confucianism in the Contemporary Situation 41
4 Confucian Spirituality 57
5 Tu Weiming's Confucianism 83
6 Motif Analysis East and West 107
7 Motifs of Being 129
8 Motifs of Transcendence 147
9 Resources for a Conception of Selfhood 167
10 Confucianism, Christianity, and Multiple Religious Identity 193
Notes 211
Bibliography 223
Index 237
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