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How Master Mou Removes Our Doubts
A Reader-Response Study and Translation of the Mou-tzu Li-huo lun
How Master Mou Removes Our Doubts
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John P. Keenan - Author
SUNY Series in Buddhist Studies
Price: $60.50 
Hardcover - 229 pages
Release Date: December 1994
ISBN10: 0-7914-2203-8
ISBN13: 978-0-7914-2203-8

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Paperback - 229 pages
Release Date: November 1994
ISBN10: 0-7914-2204-6
ISBN13: 978-0-7914-2204-5

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This is the first English translation of the earliest Chinese Buddhist text, but it is more than a translation. Keenan shows that Mou-tzu's Treatise on Alleviating Doubt is a Buddhist hermeneutic on the Chinese classics. Using a reader-response method of examining the text, Keenan shows how the rhetoric convinces readers that one can remain culturally Chinese yet be a Buddhist.

The Introduction explains the reader-response methodology, develops the movement of the dialogue in terms of this method, and clarifies the rhetorical impact of Master Mou's argument. The Introduction is followed by the thirty-seven articles of the text. Each article is first translated into English, then the contextual images and ideas are unpacked for each, and finally each article is subjected to a reader-response critique that shows what the argument accomplishes in each of its progressive steps.

John P. Keenan is Associate Professor of Religion at Middlebury College.


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Table of Contents

Preface

Introduction Reading the Mou-tzu Li-huo lun:Socioliterary Strategies

The Intent of the Li-huo lun

Modem Scholarship

The Approach of Literary Criticism

Reader-Response Criticism

The Plot of the Mou-tzu Li-huo lun

Interpretation As a Function of an Institutional Community

The Argument of the Li-huo lun

Notes to Introduction

The Preface to the Li-huo lun

Background and Context

English Translation of Preface: Mou-tzu's Treatise on the Removal of Doubt

Reader-Response Criticism

Mou-tzu's Dialogue with His Critics

Each of Thirty-Seven Articles Treated in Three Parts:

1. English Translation

2. Source Codes (Background textual images and ideas)

3. Reader-Response Criticism (What the argument accomplishes in each of its progressive steps)

Notes to Articles

Bibliography

Index


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