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Confucianism in Context
Classic Philosophy and Contemporary Issues, East Asia and Beyond
Confucianism in Context
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Wonsuk Chang - Editor
Leah Kalmanson - Editor
SUNY series in Chinese Philosophy and Culture
Price: $75.00 
Hardcover - 255 pages
Release Date: November 2010
ISBN10: 1-4384-3191-0
ISBN13: 978-1-4384-3191-8

Price: $26.95 
Paperback - 255 pages
Release Date: July 2011
ISBN10: 1-4384-3190-2
ISBN13: 978-1-4384-3190-1

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A wide-ranging consideration of Confucianism for Western readers.

What is Confucianism? This book provides a comprehensive view of the tradition and its contemporary relevance for Western readers. Discussing the development of Confucianism in China, the work shows the deep impact of Korean and Japanese cultures on Confucian thinking. A dialogic way of thought, highly sensitive to locations and conditions, Confucianism is shown to be a valuable philosophical resource for a multicultural, globalizing world. In addition to discussing Confucianism’s unique responses to traditional philosophical problems, such as the nature of self and society, Confucianism in Context also shows how Confucian philosophy can contribute to contemporary issues such as democracy, human rights, feminism, and ecology.

“…the essays skillfully explore many of the challenges of modern Confucianism.” — Religious Studies Review

Wonsuk Chang is Senior Researcher at the Academy of Korean Studies in South Korea. Leah Kalmanson is a PhD candidate in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa.

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Table of Contents


Youngjin Choi

Introduction: The Confucian Tradition—an Evolving Narrative
Wonsuk Chang and Leah Kalmanson

1. Transmitting the Dao: Chinese Confucianism
John Berthrong

2. The History of Confucianism in Korea
Youngjin Choi

3. The History of Confucianism in Japan
Peter Nosco

4. What Is Confucianism?
Roger T. Amesi

5. Confucian Person in the Making
Wonsuk Chang

6. Confucianism and Democracy
Sor-hoon Tan

7. Confucianism and Human Rights
Sangjin Han

8. The Short Happy Life of Boston Confucianism
Robert Neville

9. A Feminist Appropriation of Confucianism
Li-Hsiang Lisa Rosenlee

10. Confucian Trajectories on Environmental Understanding
Michael C. Kalton

Appendix I: List of Names
Appendix II: Historical Periods

List of Contributors

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