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About the Author
Table of ContentsPreface
List of Figures and Tables
Part I: Embodied Cognition and Confucian Philosophy
Chapter 1: What is Embodied Cognition and why is it an exciting way to understand the mind?
Chapter 2: Embodied Moral Psychology and Confucian Human Heart
Part II: Aspects of Embodied Confucian Moral Psychology
Chapter 3: Moral Psychology of Confucian Philosophy
Chapter 4: Qing, the Embodied Emotion
Chapter 5: Character or Solution? Situated Confucian Virtue
Glossary of Key Terms
About the Author
What People are Saying About This
The main strengths of this study lie in a substantive statement of an embodied cognition approach to Confucian moral psychology, particularly the Mencian wing of the tradition. Seok outlines an alternative to existing rationalist and sentimentalist accounts of Confucian moral psychology, drawing extensively from a wide range of research programs across the cognitive sciences in ways accessible to the non-specialist. Along the way, he applies this new framework to a number of important issues in the corpus, including the nature of moral judgment, virtue, and emotion. The book provides a new and fruitful vantage point from which to evaluate some of the core assumptions of the classical Confucian thinkers.
There is a movement underway in philosophy that takes advantage of both advanced research in cognitive neuroscience and the latest developments in pre-modern Chinese philosophy with the goal of producing better-founded theories in philosophy more generally. In this book, Bongrae Seok demonstrates why he is among the leaders of this movement. Drawing from a wide range of scientific, interpretive, and philosophical sources, Seok draws a detailed and persuasive argument for understanding Confucian moral philosophy as a middle ground between virtue ethics and situationist ethics, and as an important alternative to prevailing hyper-rationalist theories of moral agency.