Thinking from the Han: Self, Truth, and Transcendence in Chinese and Western Culture


Examines the issues of self (including gender), truth, and transcendence in classical Chinese and Western philosophy.
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Examines the issues of self (including gender), truth, and transcendence in classical Chinese and Western philosophy.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780791436141
  • Publisher: State University of New York Press
  • Publication date: 12/1/1997
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 6.02 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 0.95 (d)

Table of Contents


Part I Metaphors of Identity

1. The Problematic of Self in Western Thought

Self, History, and Culture

The Modern Self

Mixing Metaphors: The Vagueness of the Self

2. The Focus-Field Self in Classical Confucianism

The "Selfless" Self

The Mindless Self

The Bodiless Self

The Aimless Self

The Nonwilling Self

Self as Field and Focus

3. The Focus-Field Self in Classical Daoism

The Tripartite Psyche and the Wu -Forms of Daoism

Dao and De :Difference and Deference

Self, Humor, and the Transformation of Things

4. Chinese Sexism

The Gender of Thinking

Dualistic Sexism

Correlative Sexism

Part II "Truth" as a Test Case of Cultural Comparison

5. Excursus on Method

The Way and the Truth

Ars Contextualis

What Has Athens to Do with Alexandria?

Some Ironies of the Search for Truth

6. Cultural Requisites for a Theory of Truth in China

Coherence and World Order

Reality and Appearance

Theory and Practice

Rational Arguments

Logic and Rhetoric

Sensibility Matrices: China and the West

7. A Pragmatic Understanding of the Way (Dao)

Plotting a Course (Dao)

One Way or Many?

Becoming an Exemplary Person (Junzi)

Living Up to One's Word (Xin) and Having Integrity (Cheng)

Becoming a Genuine Person (Zhenren)

Confucianism and Daoism: Convergences and Divergences

Truth and the Harmony of the Way

Part III Transcendence and Immanence as Cultural Clues

8. The Decline of Transcendence in the West

What is 'Transcendence'?

The Collapse of the Western Gods

Theology and Mysticism

The Waning of Transcendence in Science and Society

9. Tian and Dao as Nontranscendent Fields

The "Transcendence Debate" in Contemporary China



10. The Chinese Community without Transcendence

Could Socrates and Confucius Be Friends?

Rites and Rights


Works Cited


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