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Having a Word with Angus Graham
At Twenty-Five Years into His Immortality
Having a Word with Angus Graham
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Carine Defoort - Editor
Roger T. Ames - Editor
SUNY series in Chinese Philosophy and Culture
Price: $85.00 
Hardcover - 250 pages
Release Date: March 2018
ISBN13: 978-1-4384-6855-6



Critical reflections on the work of Angus Charles Graham, renowned Western scholar of Chinese philosophy and sinology.

This volume engages with the works and ideas of Angus Charles Graham (1919–1991), one of the most prominent Western scholars of Chinese philosophy, at the twenty-fifth anniversary of his passing. Over a professional career of more than thirty years, Angus Graham produced an impressive amount of scholarship on a wide array of topics, ranging from Chinese grammar and philology to poetry and philosophy. His combination of rigorous scholarship and philosophical originality has continued to inspire scholars to tackle related research topics, and in so doing, has required of them a response to his views. This book illustrates the range of scholarship still elaborating upon, disagreeing with, and reacting to Graham’s work on Chinese thought, philosophy, philology, and translation.

“Graham’s prolific writings have shaped the field of Chinese philosophy for the last four decades. Taking stock of how much contemporary discourse on Chinese philosophy has been influenced by Graham’s works and how far it has come from Graham’s days, while suggesting possible future trajectories, is timely. In addition, some of the contributors’ accounts of their personal encounters with Graham give readers a rather intimate and fascinating portrayal of the man behind the ideas.” — Tao Jiang, coeditor of The Reception and Rendition of Freud in China: China’s Freudian Slip

Carine Defoort is Professor of Sinology at the University of Leuven in Belgium. She is the author of The Pheasant Cap Master (He guan zi): A Rhetorical Reading, also published by SUNY Press, and the coeditor (with Nicolas Standaert) of The Mozi as an Evolving Text: Different Voices in Early Chinese Thought. Roger T. Ames is Humanities Chair Professor in the Department of Philosophy at Peking University and Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at the University of Hawai‘i. His many books include Confucian Cultures of Authority (coedited with Peter D. Hershock) and Xu Bing and Contemporary Chinese Art: Cultural and Philosophical Reflections (coedited with Hsingyuan Tsao), both also published by SUNY Press.

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