Confucianism and Ecology: The Interrelation of Heaven, Earth, and Humans

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Confucianism demonstrates a remarkable wealth of resources for rethinking human-earth relations. This second volume in the series on religions of the world and the environment includes sixteen essays that address the ecological crisis and the question of Confucianism from three perspectives: the historical describes this East Asian tradition's views of nature, social ethics, and cosmology, which may shed light on contemporary problems; a dialogical approach links Confucianism to other philosophic and religious ...

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Confucianism demonstrates a remarkable wealth of resources for rethinking human-earth relations. This second volume in the series on religions of the world and the environment includes sixteen essays that address the ecological crisis and the question of Confucianism from three perspectives: the historical describes this East Asian tradition's views of nature, social ethics, and cosmology, which may shed light on contemporary problems; a dialogical approach links Confucianism to other philosophic and religious traditions; an examination of engaged Confucianism looks at its involvement in concrete ecological issues.

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Contributors demonstrate that Confucianism has significant intellectual and spiritual resources to offer discussions regarding attitudes toward nature, the role of the human, and environmental ethics. Topics include Enlightenment values and the present ecological crisis; the philosophy of Ch'i as an ecological cosmology; and how Confucianism can cope with some specific contemporary issues. Paper edition (unseen), $24.95. Distributed by Harvard University Press. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780945454151
  • Publisher: Center for the Study of World Religions
  • Publication date: 8/28/1998
  • Series: Religions of the World and Ecology Series
  • Pages: 428
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Mary Evelyn Tucker is Senior Lecturer, Yale Divinity School.

John Berthrong is Associate Dean for Academic and Administrative Affairs, Boston University School of Theology.

Peter K. Bol is Professor of East Asian Languages and Civilizations, Harvard University.

Wm. Theodore de Bary is John Mitchell Mason Professor of the University, Emeritus and Provost, Emeritus of Columbia University.

Tu Weiming is Professor of Chinese History and Philosophy at Harvard University.

Lawrence E. Sullivan is Professor of the History of Religions, Harvard Divinity School, and Director of the Center for the Study of World Religions.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Series Foreword
Introduction: Setting the Context
Beyond the Enlightenment Mentality 3
"Think Globally, Act Locally," and the Contested Ground Between 23
Companionship with the World: Roots and Branches of a Confucian Ecology 37
Early Confucianism and Environmental Ethics 59
Extending the Neo-Confucian Tradition: Questions and Reconceptualization for the Twenty-First Century 77
The Continuity of Being: Chinese Visions of Nature 105
Response and Responsibility: Chou Tun-i and Confucian Resources for Environmental Ethics 123
The Philosophy of Environmental Correlation in Chu Hsi 151
Ecological Implications of Yi Yulgok's Cosmology 169
The Philosophy of Ch'i as an Ecological Cosmology 187
The Trinity of Cosmology, Ecology, and Ethics in the Confucian Personhood 211
Motifs for a New Confucian Ecological Vision 237
Orientation, Self, and Ecological Posture 265
Confucianism and Garden Design: A Comparison of Koishikawa Korakuen and Worlitzer Park 275
Some Thoughts on Confucianism and Ecofeminism 293
From Heaven-and-Earth to Nature: Chinese Concepts of the Environment and Their Influence on Policy Implementation 313
Notes on Contributors 343
Index 347
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