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    Confucius is finally rehabilitated. Party dignitaries kneel at his ancestral shrine. The benevolent Confucian is a new image of China for the outside, and for Chinese dealing with the collapse of ideology and the moral fabric of their society. The word tianxia is usually translated “all under Heaven.” It has a complicated history and a complicated contemporary appropriation in a desperate ideology-cum-PR campaign. The tianxia-idea is that China has for millennia been a government of all under he…Read more
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    Indian Epistemology and Metaphysics (review)
    Review of Metaphysics 71 (4). 2017.
    The book collects seventeen new research papers on themes in Indian philosophy, contributed by contemporary scholars from around the world. The principal themes are knowledge and logic, consciousness, existence, and the self. The editor explains that the studies discuss Indian sources in their own context, rather than trying to be comparative or make connections to other traditions. This unfortunate directive is fortunately ignored by the strongest papers. Claus Oetke shows that despite their i…Read more
  •  7
    Truth and Predication by Donald Davidson (review)
    Common Knowledge 25 (1-3): 423-423. 2019.
    The ideas of the late Donald Davidson are beginning to be appreciated beyond their origin in Analytic philosophy of language. Davidson doesn’t make appropriation easy. He was an Analytic philosopher’s philosopher, intricately technical, indifferent to questions outside a narrow specialization. As prose, Davidson is elegant, spare, subtle, and indirect. A great deal is left unsaid. If Quine were H. L. Mencken, Davidson would be Henry James. To follow the argument carefully, you need a course in l…Read more
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    Critical Notice of Putnam (review)
    Canadian Journal of Philosophy 24 (4): 665-688. 1994.
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    Dewey for a New Age of Fascism: Teaching Democratic Habits by Nathan Crick (review)
    Common Knowledge 26 (3): 434-434. 2020.
    Dewey watched the rise and fall of European fascism, writing about it many times in several contexts and venues. He analyzed its motives and its means, and was not sanguine that such a thing would never happen in the United States. Instead, he seemed to think the conditions were favorable, but also that there was still time for precautionary action. Dewey was enough of a Jeffersonian to think that democracy begins in neighborly communities. A democratic public has to be recreated each generation…Read more
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    The Book of Beginnings (review)
    Common Knowledge 22 (3): 500-500. 2016.
    What is it to enter a way of thought? No way of thought can be summarized. Translation is unreliable. Following a historical development is exhausting and remains external to the vitality of the thought. For Jullien, a way of thought can be entered effectively only by beginning to work with it, which for him means passing through it in order to learn how to question something beyond doubt. What we cannot imagine doubting may suddenly alter under the oblique effect of another way of thought that …Read more
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    The first book to focus on the intersection of Western philosophy and the Asian martial arts, _Striking Beauty_ comparatively studies the historical and philosophical traditions of martial arts practice and their ethical value in the modern world. Expanding Western philosophy's global outlook, the book forces a theoretical reckoning with the concerns of Chinese philosophy and the aesthetic and technical dimensions of martial arts practice. _Striking Beauty_ explains the relationship between Asia…Read more
  •  4
    The Art of War
    In Vanishing Into Things: Knowledge in Chinese Tradition, Harvard University Press. pp. 121-139. 2015.
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    The Soul of Knowledge
    History and Theory 36 (1): 63-82. 1997.
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    Living data
    Human Affairs 30 (4): 512-517. 2020.
    We see new technologies changing how we live, and seemingly set to do so at a rising pace. How should we describe these changes, and what exactly is changing? I discuss the theory of technical change in Simondon, On the Modes of Existence of the Technical Object. Once we understand precisely what sort of change qualifies as “technical,” we see that the changes in question today have little to do with technology as such, more with a new infrastructure for its deployment.
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    Foundations of transcendental philosophy Nova Methodo (review)
    History of European Ideas 18 (5): 820-821. 1994.
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    Pragmatism and Hermeneutics
    In Babette Babich (ed.), Hermeneutic Philosophies of Social Science: Introduction, De Gruyter. pp. 287-294. 2017.
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    Putnam und Rorty über Objektivität und Wahrheit
    Deutsche Zeitschrift für Philosophie 42 (6): 989-1006. 1994.
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    The Dawn of Human Culture (review)
    Common Knowledge 9 (2): 353-353. 2003.
    Juxtaposing two dates in human evolution poses a mystery. Anatomically modern people (with our bodies, brains, and genes) apparently first appear in Africa 100,000 years ago. Yet there is no evidence of them behaving like us — no evidence of modern human culture — until 50,000 years ago. For the first 50,000 years of our existence we were archaeologically indistinct from Neanderthal or erectus. Then everything quickly changed, forever. Why this gap? What were we waiting for? Klein, a leading Ame…Read more
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    In Vanishing Into Things: Knowledge in Chinese Tradition, Harvard University Press. pp. 66-120. 2015.
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    Another New Nietzsche (review)
    History and Theory 42 (3): 363-377. 2003.
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    Jürgen Habermas, The Philosophical Discourse of Modernity Reviewed by (review)
    Philosophy in Review 8 (10): 402-405. 1988.
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    Foucault's nominalism
    In Shelley Tremain (ed.), Foucault and the Government of Disability, University of Michigan Press. pp. 93--107. 2005.
  • David Ingram, Critical Theory and Philosophy (review)
    Philosophy in Review 11 (3): 200-201. 1991.
  • “Pragmatism and Confucian Empiricism"
    In Confucianism and Deweyan Pragmatism. pp. 40-48. 2021.
    Dewey was a pragmatist, and pragmatism is an empiricism. I think Dewey would insist that his empirical orientation in the theory of knowledge is not independent of his democratic orientation in social philosophy. My contribution to the discussions of this volume pursues three questions. One is how Dewey saw the connection between empiricism and democracy. Another is whether there is a comparable empiricism in Chinese tradition. A third is whether ideas of knowledge and ideas of government are re…Read more
  • Difference Unlimited
    In Gary Brent Madison (ed.), Working Through Derrida, Northwestern University Press. 1993.