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Chinese Metaphysics and its Problems


Chenyang Li, Franklin Perkins, Robin R. Wang, JeeLoo Liu, Chris Fraser, Roger T. Ames, Jiyuan Yu, Michael Puett, Hans-Rudolf Kantor, Vincent Shen, Brook Ziporyn, John Berthrong, John Makeham
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  • Date Published: March 2018
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107474505

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  • This volume of new essays is the first English-language anthology devoted to Chinese metaphysics. The essays explore the key themes of Chinese philosophy, from pre-Qin to modern times, starting with important concepts such as yin-yang and qi and taking the reader through the major periods in Chinese thought - from the Classical period, through Chinese Buddhism and Neo-Confucianism, into the twentieth-century philosophy of Xiong Shili. They explore the major traditions within Chinese philosophy, including Daoism and Mohism, and a broad range of metaphysical topics, including monism, theories of individuation, and the relationship between reality and falsehood. The volume will be a valuable resource for upper-level students and scholars of metaphysics, Chinese philosophy, or comparative philosophy, and with its rich insights into the ethical, social and political dimensions of Chinese society, it will also interest students of Asian studies and Chinese intellectual history.

    • The first English-language anthology focused exclusively on Chinese metaphysics
    • Written by a team of leading scholars in the field, providing the most up-to-date perspectives
    • Uses a comparative perspective and a broad coverage of topics making Chinese metaphysics accessible to readers with a Western philosophical background
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    'As the publisher's blurb states, this is 'the first English-language anthology devoted to Chinese metaphysics'. With its twelve meaty chapters and a helpful introduction it is an extremely solid and welcome addition to the rapidly growing body of literature on comparative philosophy … Anyone with an interest in Chinese or comparative philosophy, with or without prior exposure to the Chinese side, will learn much from it.' Joseph A. Adler, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews

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    • Date Published: March 2018
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107474505
    • length: 252 pages
    • dimensions: 230 x 153 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.4kg
    • contains: 7 b/w illus. 3 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction Chenyang Li and Franklin Perkins
    1. Yinyang narrative of reality: Chinese metaphysical thinking Robin R. Wang
    2. In defense of Chinese qi-naturalism JeeLoo Liu
    3. What is a thing (wu 物)? The problem of individuation in early Chinese metaphysics Franklin Perkins
    4. The Mohist conception of reality Chris Fraser
    5. Reading the Zhongyong 'metaphysically' Roger T. Ames
    6. Logos and Dao: conceptions of reality in Heraclitus and Laozi Jiyuan Yu
    7. Constructions of reality: metaphysics in the ritual traditions of classical China Michael Puett
    8. Concepts of reality in Chinese Mahāyāna Buddhism Hans-Rudolf Kantor
    9. Being and events: Huayan Buddhism's concept of event and Whitehead's ontological principle Vincent Shen
    10. Harmony as substance: Zhang Zai's metaphysics of polar relations Brook Ziporyn
    11. A lexicography of Zhu Xi's metaphysics John Berthrong
    12. Xiong Shili's understanding of the relationship between the ontological and the phenomenal John Makeham
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  • Editors

    Chenyang Li, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
    Chenyang Li is Associate Professor of Philosophy and the Founding Director of the Philosophy program at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. His publications include The Confucian Philosophy of Harmony (2013), The Tao Encounters the West: Explorations in Comparative Philosophy (1999), The East Asian Challenge for Democracy: Political Meritocracy in Comparative Perspective (edited with Daniel Bell, Cambridge, 2013), and Moral Cultivation and Confucian Character: Engaging Joel J. Kupperman (edited with Peimin Ni, 2014).

    Franklin Perkins, DePaul University, Chicago
    Franklin Perkins is Professor of Philosophy at DePaul University, Chicago, and Visiting Professor in Philosophy at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. His publications include Leibniz and China: A Commerce of Light (Cambridge, 2004), Leibniz: A Guide for the Perplexed (2007), and Heaven and Earth Are Not Humane: The Problem of Evil in Classical Chinese Philosophy (2014).


    Chenyang Li, Franklin Perkins, Robin R. Wang, JeeLoo Liu, Chris Fraser, Roger T. Ames, Jiyuan Yu, Michael Puett, Hans-Rudolf Kantor, Vincent Shen, Brook Ziporyn, John Berthrong, John Makeham

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