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    Review: Yearley on Mencius (review)
    Journal of Religious Ethics 21 (2). 1993.
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    In this book, Bryan W. Van Norden examines early Confucianism as a form of virtue ethics and Mohism, an anti-Confucian movement, as a version of consequentialism. The philosophical methodology is analytic, in that the emphasis is on clear exegesis of the texts and a critical examination of the philosophical arguments proposed by each side. Van Norden shows that Confucianism, while similar to Aristotelianism in being a form of virtue ethics, offers different conceptions of “the good life,” the vi…Read more
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    acedo's article is the first of five in a "Symposium on Citizenship, Democracy, and Education." Macedo follows Rawls (especially Political Liberalism [Columbia University Press, 1993]) in distinguishing "political liberalism" (PL) from "comprehensive liberalism" (CL), and advocating the former. CL defends liberalism based on "a comprehensive liberal ideal of life as a whole centered on autonomy or individuality." (Amy Gutmann and John Dewey are offered as examples of such liberals.) In contrast,…Read more
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    Zhuangzi’s Ironic Detachment and Political Commitment
    Dao: A Journal of Comparative Philosophy 15 (1): 1-17. 2016.
    Paul Gewirtz has suggested that contemporary Chinese society lacks a shared framework. A Rortian might describe this by saying that China lacks a “final vocabulary” of “thick terms” with which to resolve ethical disagreements. I briefly examine the strengths and weaknesses of Confucianism and Legalism as potential sources of such a final vocabulary, but most of this essay focuses on Zhuangzian Daoism. Zhuangzi 莊子 provides many stories and metaphors that can inspire advocates of political plurali…Read more
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    Response to angle and Slote
    Dao: A Journal of Comparative Philosophy 8 (3): 305-309. 2009.
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    The dao of kongzi
    Asian Philosophy 12 (3). 2002.
    This paper introduces the Analects of Kongzi (better known to English-speakers as 'Confucius') to non-specialist readers, and discusses two major lines of interpretation. According to one group of interpretations, the key to understanding the Analects is passage 4.15, in which a disciple says that 'loyalty' and 'reciprocity' together make up the 'one thread' of the Master's teachings. More recently, some interpreters have emphasised passage 13.3, which discusses 'correcting names': bringing word…Read more
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    Letters to the Editor
    Proceedings and Addresses of the American Philosophical Association 70 (2): 155-165. 1996.
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    An Open Letter to the APA
    Proceedings and Addresses of the American Philosophical Association 70 (2): 161-163. 1996.
    I am writing because I am disturbed by the apparent policy of many mainstream philosophy journals toward Chinese and comparative philosophy. The assumption seems to be that such work should be confined to the handful of specialist journals. I believe that this is an antiquated and counterproductive policy. Philosophers have recognized for a long time that any well-educated ethicist needs to know something about Aristotle, Kant, and the secondary work published on them. Because of changes in our …Read more
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    Teaching Philosophy & Graduate Student Education
    with David Boersema and Bryan W. Van Norden
    Proceedings and Addresses of the American Philosophical Association 78 (2): 15-20. 2004.
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    Mengzi and Xunzi: Two Views of Human Agency
    International Philosophical Quarterly 32 (2): 161-184. 1992.
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    Ethics in the Confucian Tradition: The Thought of Mencius and Wang Yangming
    with Philip J. Ivanhoe, David S. Nivison, R. P. Peerenboom, and Henry Rosemont
    Journal of Religious Ethics 28 (3): 449-470. 2000.
    Scholars of early Chinese philosophy frequently point to the nontranscendent, organismic conception of the cosmos in early China as the source of China's unique perspective and distinctive values. One would expect recent works in Confucian ethics to capitalize on this idea. Reviewing recent works in Confucian ethics by P. J. Ivanhoe, David Nivison, R. P. Peerenboom, Henry Rosemont, and Tu Wei-Ming, the author analyzes these new studies in terms of the extent to which their representation of Conf…Read more
  •  288
    Principles, Virtues, or Detachment? Some Appreciative Reflections on Karen Stohr’s On Manners
    Dao: A Journal of Comparative Philosophy 15 (2): 227-239. 2016.
    Karen Stohr’s book On Manners argues persuasively that rules of etiquette, though conventional, play an essential moral role, because they “serve as vehicles through which we express important moral values like respect and consideration for the needs, ideas, and opinions of others”. Stohr frequently invokes Kantian concepts and principles in order to make her point. In Part 2 of this essay, I shall argue that the significance of etiquette is better understood using a virtue ethics framework, lik…Read more
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    ■ ■ 1 the historical context I am not of their age or time and so have not personally heard their voices or seen their faces, but I know this by what is ...
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    Confucius and the Analects: New Essays (edited book)
    Oxford University Press USA. 2001.
    Confucius is one of the most influential figures--as historical individual and as symbol--in world history; and the Analects, the sayings attributed to Confucius and his disciples, is a classic of world literature. Nonetheless, how to understand both figure and text is constantly under dispute. Surprisingly, this volume is the first and only anthology on these topics in English. Here, contributors apply a variety of different methodologies (including philosophical, philological, and religious) …Read more
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    Mengzi and Xunzi: Two Views of Human Agency
    International Philosophical Quarterly 32 (2): 161-184. 1992.
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    "Nivison brings out the exciting variety within Confucian thought, as he interprets and elucidates key thinkers from over two thousand years, from Confucius himself, through Mencius and Xunzi, to such later Confucians as Wang Yangming, Dai Zhen, and Zhang Xuecheng."--Cover.
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    Letters to the Editor
    Proceedings and Addresses of the American Philosophical Association 74 (2): 99-107. 2000.
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    Црря штат штт
    with Kwong-Loi Shun on Moral Reasons and In Mencius
    Journal of Chinese Philosophy 18 353-370. 1991.
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    Reply to Robert Neville
    Philosophy East and West 53 (3): 420-420. 2003.
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    Competing Interpretations of the Inner Chapters of the "Zhuangzi"
    Philosophy East and West 46 (2): 247-268. 1996.
    In the Inner Chapters, arguments for a variety of different philosophical positions are present, including skepticism, relativism, particularism, and objectivism. Given that these are not all mutually consistent, we are left with the problem of reconciling the tensions among them. The various positions are described and passages from the Inner Chapters are presented illustrating each. A detailed commentary is offered on the opening of the Inner Chapters, arguing that it is best understood in an …Read more
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    An exceptional contribution to the teaching and study of Chinese thought, this anthology provides fifty-eight selections arranged chronologically in five main sections: Han Thought, Chinese Buddhism, Neo-Confucianism, Late Imperial Confucianism, and the early Twentieth Century. The editors have selected writings that have been influential, that are philosophically engaging, and that can be understood as elements of an ongoing dialogue, particularly on issues regarding ethical cultivation, human …Read more