The Philosophical Challenge from China
Rigorously argued and meticulously researched, an investigation of current topics in philosophy that is informed by the Chinese philosophical tradition.
For too long, analytic philosophy discounted insights from the Chinese philosophical tradition. In the last decade or so, however, philosophers have begun to bring the insights of Chinese thought to bear on current philosophical issues. This volume brings together leading scholars from East and West who are working at the intersection of traditional Chinese philosophy and mainstream analytic philosophy. They draw on the work of Chinese philosophers ranging from early Daoists and Confucians to twentieth-century Chinese thinkers, offering new perspectives on issues in moral psychology, political philosophy and ethics, and metaphysics and epistemology. Taken together, these essays show that serious engagement with Chinese philosophy can not only enrich modern philosophical discussion but also shift the debate in a meaningful way.
Each essay challenges a current position in the philosophical literature—including views expressed by John Rawls, Peter Singer, Nel Noddings, W. V. Quine, and Harry Frankfurt. The contributors discuss topics that include compassion as a developmental virtue, empathy, human worth and democracy, ethical self-restriction, epistemological naturalism, ideas of oneness, know-how, and action without agency.
Contributors Stephen C. Angle, Tongdong Bai, Brian Bruya, Owen Flanagan, Steven Geisz, Stephen Hetherington, Philip J. Ivanhoe, Bo Mou, Donald J. Munro, Karyn L. Lai, Hagop Sarkissian, Bongrae Seok, Kwong-loi Shun, David B. Wong, Brook A. Ziporyn
Hardcover$50.00 S | £40.00 ISBN: 9780262028431 432 pp. | 7 in x 9 in 5 b&w illus.
Bruya (Eastern Michigan Univ.) articulates his goal as fostering a relationship between analytic philosophy and Chinese philosophy. In this, he succeeds: the 13 solid essays have a good, coherent flow and make readers thirsty for more.
Bruya's well-designed collection, which brings together many of the leading scholars in Chinese philosophy, offers a wide-ranging and persuasive account of how Chinese philosophy can be a resource for addressing current controversies in analytic philosophy. No other anthology can present a better showcase of the contemporary relevance and vitality of Chinese philosophy than this collection.
University of Hong Kong, author of Confucian Perfectionism: A Political Philosophy for Modern Times
Academic philosophy is gradually waking up from its dogmatic slumber and recognizing not only the existence of non-Western philosophical traditions, but also the fact that these traditions have very important things to say. This impressive volume explores the many dimensions of Chinese philosophy and how it bears on ancient philosophical questions, contemporary cognitive science, and contemporary political and ethical concerns. A must-read for anyone interested in philosophy in the twenty-first century.
Professor of Asian Studies, Canada Research Chair, University of British Columbia