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Even the most casual observer of Chinese society is aware of the tremendous significance of Confucianism as a linchpin of both ancient and modern Chinese identity. Furthermore, the Confucian tradition has exercised enormous influence over the values and institutions of the other cultures of East Asia, an influence that continues to be important in the global Asian diaspora. If forecasters are correct in labeling the 21st century 'the Chinese century,' teachers and scholars of religious studies and theology will be called upon to illuminate the history, character, and role of Confucianism as a religious tradition in Chinese and Chinese-influenced societies. The essays in this volume will address the specifically pedagogical challenges of introducing Confucian material to non-East Asian scholars and students. Informed by the latest scholarship as well as practical experience in the religious studies and theology classroom, the essays are attentive to the various settings within which religious material is taught and sensitive to the needs of both experts in Confucian studies and those with no background in Asian studies who are charged with teaching these traditions. The authors represent all the arenas of Confucian studies, from the ancient to the modern. Courses involving Confucius and Confucianism have proliferated across the disciplinary map of the modern university. This volume will be an invaluable resource for instructors not only in religious studies departments and theological schools, but also teachers of world philosophy, non-Western philosophy, Asian studies, and world history.

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"Teaching Confucianism should prove to be an invaluable resource for those of us who teach survey courses on China." —Lucien Ellington, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

"As Chinese philosophy is beginning to gain ground in the curricular offerings of many Philosophy Departments there is an increasing interest in the teaching of its most strategic topics. Richey has gathered a collection of essays by a wide range of scholars known for their work in Confucianism and Chinese intellectual and religious traditions. After teaching Confucianism for many years, I can say that the most fundamental issues are placed into the hands of able scholars well prepared to provide guidance and even inspiration." —Ronnie Littlejohn, author of Daoism: An Introduction

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195311600
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 2/5/2008
  • Series: AAR Teaching Religious Studies Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 248
  • Product dimensions: 9.30 (w) x 6.30 (h) x 1.10 (d)

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Berea College
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Table of Contents

Contributors     xi
Introduction: Teaching Confucianism as a Religious Tradition   John H. Berthrong   Jeffrey L. Richey     3
Teaching Confucianism in Practice
The Social and Religious Context of Early Confucian Practice   Mark Csikszentmihalyi     27
Learning Confucianism through Filial Sons, Loyal Retainers, and Chaste Wives   Keith N. Knapp     39
Divination and Sacrifice in Song Neo-Confucianism   Joseph A. Adler     55
Teaching Confucianism in History
The Mencius-Xunzi Debate in Early Confucian Ethics   Aaron Stalnaker     85
Understanding the Ethical Universe of Neo-Confucianism   Robert W. Foster     107
Problematizing Contemporary Confucianism in East Asia   Yiu-ming Fung     157
Teaching Confucianism in Dialogue
Reenchanting Confucius: A Western-Trained Philosopher Teaches the Analects   John J. Furlong     187
Teaching Confucianism in Christian Contexts   Judith A. Berling     203
Index     225
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