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The Way of Complete Perfection
The Way of Complete Perfection (June 2013)
A Quanzhen Daoist Anthology
Louis Komjathy - Selected, translated, and with an introduction by

An anthology of English translations of primary texts of the Quanzhen (Complete Perfection) school of Daoism.

Originating about 1163 CE, Quanzhen (Complete Perfection) Daoism is one of the most important Daoist movements in Chinese history. It remains the dominant form of monastic Daoism in the modern world, especially in its Longmen (Dragon Gate) lineage. This landmark anthology provides complete or partial tran...(Read More)
 
 
Emerald City
Emerald City (May 2013)
The Birth and Evolution of an Indian Gemstone Industry
Lawrence A. Babb - Author

A fascinating study of the gemstone industry of Jaipur, with special emphasis on its ownership class.

Lawrence A. Babb’s Emerald City provides an intriguing portrait of the gemstone cutting industry of the North Indian city of Jaipur. It focuses on the ownership class consisting mainly of Jains and members of northern India’s traditional trading communities. Based on oral-historical investig...(Read More)
 
 
The Journal of Japanese Philosophy, Vol. #1, Issue #1
The Journal of Japanese Philosophy, Vol. #1, Issue #1 (5/2013)
Mayuko Uehara - Editor-in-Chief
Lam Wing-keung Kevin - Associate editor
Ching-yuen Cheung - Assistant editor
John W. M. Krummel - Assistant editor
Curtis Rigsby - Book Review editor

 
 
Gandhi's Ascetic Activism
Gandhi's Ascetic Activism (March 2013)
Renunciation and Social Action
Veena R. Howard - Author

Discusses Gandhi’s creative use of ascetic practice, particularly his practice of celibacy, for nonviolent activism.

More than six decades after his death, Mohandas Gandhi continues to inspire those who seek political and social liberation through nonviolent means. Uniquely, Gandhi placed celibacy and other renunciatory disciplines at the center of his nonviolent political strategy, conducting original exp...(Read More)
 
 
The Kyoto School
The Kyoto School (January 2013)
An Introduction
Robert E. Carter - Author
Thomas P. Kasulis - Foreword by

An accessible discussion of the thought of key figures of the Kyoto School of Japanese philosophy.

This book provides a much-needed introduction to the Kyoto School of Japanese philosophy. Robert E. Carter focuses on four influential Japanese philosophers: the three most important members of the Kyoto School (Nishida Kitaroµ, Tanabe Hajime, and Nishitani Keiji), and a fourth (Watsuji Tetsuroµ), ...(Read More)
 
 
Rethinking Autonomy
Rethinking Autonomy (January 2013)
A Critique of Principlism in Biomedical Ethics
John W. Traphagan - Author

Provides a critique of and alternative to the dominant paradigm used in biomedical ethics by exploring the Japanese concept of autonomy.

This groundbreaking book offers a critical examination of the concept of autonomy, one with major implications for biomedical ethics. Working from the perspectives of ethnography and medical anthropology, John W. Traphagan argues that the notion of autonomy as a foundational ...(Read More)
 
 
Dubious Facts
Dubious Facts (December 2012)
The Evidence of Early Chinese Historiography
Garret P. S. Olberding - Author

An innovative approach to historical records assesses how evidence claims and policy arguments were put forth in the royal courts of early China.

What were the intentions of early China’s historians? Modern readers must contend with the tension between the narrators’ moralizing commentary and their description of events. Although these historians had notions of evidence, it is not clear to what ext...(Read More)
 
 
Red Genesis
Red Genesis (December 2012)
The Hunan First Normal School and the Creation of Chinese Communism, 1903-1921
Liyan Liu - Author

2013 Best Publication Award for Original Scholarship, presented by the Association of Chinese Professors of Social Sciences in the United States

Looks at the role of the Hunan First Normal School in fostering a generation of founders and key figures in the Chinese Communist Party.

How did an obscure provincial teachers college produce graduates who would go on to become founders and ideologues of t...(Read More)
 
 
Spiritual Masters of the World's Religions
Spiritual Masters of the World's Religions (December 2012)
Victoria Kennick - Editor
Arvind Sharma - Editor

Discusses the notion of a spiritual master and looks at examples in a variety of world religions.

What is a spiritual master? Spiritual Masters of the World’s Religions offers an important contribution to religious studies by addressing that question in the context of such themes as charismatic authority, role models, symbolism, and categories of religious perception. The book contains essays by sch...(Read More)
 
 
The Ordination of a Tree
The Ordination of a Tree (December 2012)
The Thai Buddhist Environmental Movement
Susan M. Darlington - Author

A firsthand look at the Thai Buddhist environmental movement and its activist monks.

Thai Buddhist monks wrap orange clerical robes around trees to protect forests. “Ordaining” a tree is a provocative ritual that has become the symbol of a small but influential monastic movement aimed at reversing environmental degradation and the unsustainable economic development and consumerism that fuel it. Thi...(Read More)
 
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