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    A Moral Metaphysics and a Metaphysics of Morals: Xunzi and Kant
    Journal of Chinese Philosophy 49 (2): 174-180. 2022.
    I explore two important ways of thinking that the philosophical understanding of morality requires metaphysics: the moral metaphysics I ascribe to Xunzi and Kant’s metaphysics of morals. Both Xunzi and Kant held that a metaphysics of nature is inadequate for a metaphysical understanding of human moral agency. Xunzi invoked the human Dao to allow for the agency of the heart-mind, and Kant invoked the Categorical Imperative to allow for the agency of the moral self. Both Xunzi and Kant stretched m…Read more
  •  6
    God’s Knowledge and Ours: Kant and Mou Zongsan on Intellectual Intuition
    Journal of Chinese Philosophy 40 (5): 47-58. 2013.
    This article examines Mou Zongsan’s claim that “if it is true that human beings cannot have intellectual intuition, then the whole of Chinese philosophy must collapse completely, and the thousands years of effort must be in vain. It is just an illusion.” I argue that Mou’s commitment to establishing and justifying a “moral metaphysics” was his main motivation for rejecting Kant’s denial of the possibility of humans having intellectual intuition. I consider the implications of Mou’s response to K…Read more
  • Introduction
    Journal of Chinese Philosophy 35 (5): 5-10. 2008.
  •  5
    Vulnerable Selves and Openness to Love
    Angelaki 25 (1-2): 80-83. 2020.
    In this personal tribute to Pamela Sue Anderson, based on many conversations, I try out the idea that she was seeking to locate an underlying metaphysical and ethical unity that makes our human vulnerability, love and reflective self-understanding both possible and intelligible. I trace this unity in Pamela’s philosophical imaginary to resonances or retrievals from three philosophers who featured in her “internal dialogues”: Spinoza, Kant and Levinas. I also allude to the great influence on Pame…Read more
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    The French feminist philosopher Michèle Le Doeuff has taught us something about “the collectivity,” which she discovers in women’s struggle for access to the philosophical, but also about “the unknown” and “the unthought.” It is the unthought which will matter most to what I intend to say today about a fundamental ignorance on which speaker vulnerability is built. On International Women’s Day, it seems appropriate to speak about – or, at least, to evoke – the silencing which has been imposed on …Read more
  •  10
    Pamela Sue Anderson urges feminist philosophers to embrace Michèle Le Doeuff’s revaluation of women in philosophy through according “fair value” to intuition as an intellectual faculty, a view of intuition articulated by Henri Bergson. She asks whether women who follow Bergson could be given fair value along with intuition. She turns from Le Doeuff’s writings on intuition to writings by Bergson and by Beauvoir, but periodically returns to Le Doeuff herself. In the end, a picture of freedom, frie…Read more
  •  3
    Making the Human Mind
    Philosophical Books 33 (3): 170-172. 1992.
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  • Sentience
    Philosophical Books 19 (2): 85-87. 1978.
  •  7
    Mind and belief
    Philosophical Books 14 (3): 6-8. 1973.
  •  10
    Emotion and object
    Philosophical Books 14 (2): 30-33. 1973.
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    Journal of Chinese Philosophy 36 (4): 501-502. 2009.
  •  33
    Chinese whispers
    The Philosophers' Magazine 21 (21): 15-16. 2003.
  • Points of View (review)
    Philosophy 74 (2): 282-295. 1999.
  •  30
    Aspects of the self in the Analects
    The Philosophers' Magazine 65 91-98. 2014.
  • Philosophy: a Guide Through the Subject
    with A. C. Grayling and E. P. Tsui-James
    Philosophical Quarterly 47 (188): 421-422. 1997.
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    The Blackwell Dictionary of Western Philosophy
    with Jiyuan Yu
    Wiley-Blackwell. 2004.
    The Blackwell Dictionary of Western Philosophy is a concise reference to the whole history of western philosophy, from ancient Greece to the present day. Spans all the major branches of western philosophical inquiry, all of the key figures Explains the meaning and usage of each philosophical concept in a fresh and engaging style Each entry on philosophical terms concludes with an illustrative quotation from a significant philosopher, to enhance the reader’s understanding Entries on terms and ind…Read more
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    Levinas, : Chinese and Western Perspectives (edited book)
    with Dachun Yang and Linyu Gu
    Wiley-Blackwell. 2008.
    Leading Chinese and Western philosophers work alongside one another to explore the writings of one of the twentieth century’s most perplexing and original ethical and metaphysical thinkers. Comparative discussion of Lévinas on phenomenology, ethics, metaphysics and political philosophy within European philosophy and with Chinese philosophy Innovative accounts of Lévinasian themes of surpassing phenomenology, post-Heideggerian philosophy, the philosophy of saintliness, transcendence and immanence…Read more
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    Chinese whispers
    The Philosophers' Magazine 21 15-16. 2003.
  • Zheng zhi zhe xue zong lun (edited book)
    Zhongguo she hui ke xue chu ban she. 2010.
  •  12
    Journal of Chinese Philosophy 35 (s1): 5-10. 2008.
    No Abstract
  •  6
    Aspects of the self in the Analects
    The Philosophers' Magazine 65 91-98. 2014.
  •  11
    The Mind and its Depths
    Philosophical Books 35 (4): 273-275. 1994.