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    A Confucian Slippery Slope Argument
    Confucian Academy: Chinese Thought and Culture Review 4 (1): 89-101. 2017.
    The Song and Ming dynasty Confucians make frequent use of what would today be identified as a slippery slope argument. The Book of Changes and its early commentaries provide both the language and the rationale for this argument, inasmuch as the Confucians regard these texts as a method for identifying tiny problems that will one day threaten the state. While today the slippery slope argument is often criticized for promoting an unreasoned resistance to change, a close look at its use by Confucia…Read more
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    Recent Attempts to Define a Dionysian Political Theory
    American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly 82 (4): 639-660. 2008.
    The Dionysian corpus makes virtually no statement about the authority of kings or the structure of nations, but it has nevertheless repeatedly been the subjectof political analysis. Several scholars have recently sketched out a Dionysian politics by drawing analogies between the Dionysian church and the city, and between the Dionysian bishop and the emperor. These analogies are of limited usefulness. They show that Dionysius does employ Platonic political language to describe the ecclesiastical …Read more
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    Clement of alexandria (review)
    Journal of the History of Philosophy 45 (2): 326-327. 2007.
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    The twentieth century discovered the concept of sacred place largely through the work of Martin Heidegger and Mircea Eliade. Their writings on sacred place respond to the modern manipulation of nature and secularization of space, and so may seem distinctively postmodern, but their work has an important and unacknowledged precedent in the Neoplatonism of Late Antiquity and the early Middle Ages. Sacred Place in Early Medieval Neoplatonism traces the appearance and development of sacred place in t…Read more
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    Principle and Place: Complementary Concepts in Confucian Yijing Commentary
    Philosophy East and West 66 (3): 861-882. 2016.
    The classical Western concept of place points in two directions: toward isolating things from one another and toward articulating their connections. Aristotle’s famous definition of a thing’s place as the limit of its surrounding body, which serves to isolate the thing from all but its immediate surroundings, sits side-by-side in the Physics with his theory of natural places, according to which things have places only in relation to each other.1 A thing’s natural place may be at the center—as th…Read more
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    A Response to Joseph Adler
    Dao: A Journal of Comparative Philosophy 18 (4): 637-638. 2019.
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    Vom Einen Zum Vielen: Texte des Neoplatismus im 12. Jahrhundert (review)
    American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly 77 (1): 142-145. 2003.
  • Religious Platonism
    with Kevin Corrigan
    In David Alan Warburton, Olav Hammer & L. B. Christensen (eds.), The Handbook of Religions in Ancient Europe. pp. 263-277. 2013.
  • Pseudo-Dionysius the Areopagite
    with Kevin Corrigan
    Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. 2004.
  • The Yi River Commentary on the Book of Changes
    with Cheng Yi and Robin R. Wang
    Yale University Press. 2019.
    This book is a translation of a key commentary on the Book of Changes, or Yijing, perhaps the most broadly influential text of classical China. The Yijing first appeared as a divination text in Zhou-dynasty China and later became a work of cosmology, philosophy, and political theory as commentators supplied it with new meanings. While many English translations of the Yijing itself exist, none are paired with a historical commentary as thorough and methodical as that written by the Confucian scho…Read more
  • Dionysius the Areopagite
    with Kevin Corrigan
    In James R. Lewis & Olav Hammer (eds.), The Invention of Sacred Tradition, . pp. 241-257. 2007.
  • Why Be Moral? Learning From the Neo-Confucian Cheng Brothers (review)
    Frontiers of Philosophy in China 11 158-162. 2016.
  • The luminaries of late thirteenth-century Europe took great interest in the mysterious fifth-century author known as Dionysius the Areopagite. They typically read Dionysius not in the original Greek, but in a Latin edition prepared sometime in the middle of the thirteenth century. This edition, which appeared first in Paris and later circulated all over Western Europe, was no mere translation. In addition to the famous translation made by Eriugena in the ninth century, it contained translations …Read more
  • Roots of Scientific Objectivity in the Quaestiones ad Thalassium
    In Sotiris Mitralexis, Georgios Steiris, Marcin Podbielski & Sebastian Lalla (eds.), Maximus the Confessor as a European Philosopher. pp. 131-139. 2017.
  • Erwin Panofsky developed the postulate of clarification to explain the mental habit common to Gothic architecture and Western medieval scholasticism, but the postulate is equally applicable to the commentary tradition of Song-dynasty China. The commentary on the Book of Changes authored by Cheng Yi (1033–1107) provides a good example of how the Confucians of the Song dynasty took their concern for clarity to a recognizably medieval extreme. By looking at how Cheng Yi understands and foregrounds …Read more
  • Pseudo-Dionysius
    with Kevin Corrigan
    In Nick Trakakis & Graham Oppy (eds.), Medieval Philosophy of Religion: The History of Western Philosophy of Religion, Volume 2. pp. 277-290. 2009.
  • The medieval fascination with the mysterious language of Dionysius the Areopagite is nowhere more evident than in the thirteenth-century textbook edition of his treatise on liturgical rites. Dionysius employed unfamiliar Greek to describe people, actions, and texts that would have been perfectly familiar to his readers. The Latin translation used in the thirteenth-century textbook strives to preserve this unfamiliarity, but commentaries are introduced between its lines and paragraphs, disrupting…Read more
  • The Neoplatonic philosopher Proclus disagrees with his predecessor Plotinus on the degree to which human souls can liken themselves to the paradigms, the intellectual formal causes of the sensible world. Plotinus claims that a part of the soul is itself an intellect and not just a likeness of an intellect, while Proclus denies that the soul can ever be more than a likeness of intellect. ;This explicit conflict between Proclus and Plotinus repeats itself implicitly in the work of the author who c…Read more