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The good is one, its manifestations many : Confucian essays on metaphysics, morals, rituals, institutions, and genders

Author: Robert C Neville
Publisher: Albany : State University of New York Press, 2016.
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Building on his long-standing work in metaphysics and Asian philosophy, Robert Cummings Neville presents a series of essays that cumulatively articulate a contemporary, progressive Confucian position as a global philosophy. Through analysis of the metaphysical and moral traditions of Confucianism, Neville brings these traditions into the twenty-first century. According to Confucianism, rituals define most of our  Read more...
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Neville, Robert C.
Good is one, its manifestations many.
Albany : State University of New York Press, 2016
(DLC) 2016007752
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Robert C Neville
ISBN: 9781438463438 143846343X
OCLC Number: 954424437
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: Preface; Chapter One The Good Is One, Its Manifestations Many; Ultimacy and Value; Value in Form; Ethics; Chapter Two Contemporary Confucian Cosmopolitanism; Introduction; Decision-Making; Engaging Others; Attaining Wholeness; Identity and Value; Religion and Ontological Piety; Conclusion; Chapter Three Systematic Metaphysics and the Problem of Value; Systematic Metaphysics and Scientific Reductionism; Metaphysics and Our Civilization; A Contemporary Confucian Theory of Value; Chapter Four New Projects for Chinese Philosophy; Creative First-Order Issues; Re-sorting the Canon. Global PortabilityCosmogony; Cosmology; Ritual Studies; Ritual and Culture; Ritual and Politics; Chapter Five Philosophy's Fight between Engagement and Distance: A Confucian Resolution; Philosophy and the Axial Age; Philosophy as Distance; Philosophy as Engagement; Philosophy in the Academy; Confucians in the Academy: Scholar-Officials; Philosophical Cultivation; Chapter Six William Ernest Hocking: The First Boston Confucian; Hocking as a Boston Confucian; Zhu Xi, Science, and World Philosophy; Zhu Xi's Metaphysics; Zhu Xi and Buddhism Compared; Zhu Xi's Lessons for Hocking. Hocking and PragmatismChapter Seven Cheng Chung-ying as a Constructive Philosopher; Cheng's Contemporary Sources; Speculative Interpretation; Interpretation of Classic Texts; System; Philosophic Truth over Interpretation; Cheng's Challenges; Chapter Eight Wu Kuang-ming as One of Three Stooges; One of Three Stooges; Wu's Daoism; Confucian Scotism; Comparison: Daoism and Confucianism; Chapter Nine Spiritual Foundations of Chinese Culture; Introduction; An Ecological Model of Religion; Religion and Spirituality Defined; Chinese Culture Intact; Chinese Culture Not Intact. Chapter Ten Selfhood and Value: Pragmatism, Confucianism, and PhenomenologyExperiential Frames and Phenomenology; Interactive Experience and Ritual: The Western Contribution of Confucianism; The Self; Chapter Eleven Individuation and Ritual; Ritual and Xunzi; Individuation; Otherness; Ritual Abuse; Chapter Twelve Authority in Social Institutions, Accountability, and Credibility; Sincerity in Authority; Communitarianism versus Individualism; Perceived Credibility and Sincerity; Conditions for Credibility; Chapter Thirteen Confucianism and Toleration; What Is Confucianism? Toleration, In-groups, and Out-groupsToleration and Narrative; Toleration and Personal Respect; Toleration and Harmony: The Ethical Metaphysics of Principle; Some Confucian Morals of Toleration; Chapter Fourteen Confucian Humaneness across Social Barriers; "Love with Distinctions"; Ritual Theory; Humaneness, Ritual, and Otherness; Chapter Fifteen Confucianism and the Feminist Revolution: Ritual Definition and the Social Construction of Gender Roles; Introduction; Nature, Society, and Persons; Ritual; Gender Roles and Rituals; Observations on Transformation; Epilogue; Notes; Bibliography.
Other Titles: Essays.
Responsibility: Robert Cummings Neville.

Abstract:

Building on his long-standing work in metaphysics and Asian philosophy, Robert Cummings Neville presents a series of essays that cumulatively articulate a contemporary, progressive Confucian position as a global philosophy. Through analysis of the metaphysical and moral traditions of Confucianism, Neville brings these traditions into the twenty-first century. According to Confucianism, rituals define most of our relations with other individuals, social institutions, and nature, and while rituals make possible the positive institutions of high human civilization, they may also lead to harmful behaviors, including racism, xenophobia, and sexism. Neville argues that the amendment of rituals that institutionalize oppression is a positive task, which should be undertaken from within a skillfully ritualized life rather than in the form of external criticism. Confucianism, in Neville?s hands, is a left-wing, progressive, liberal political philosophy, one that can address institutionalized oppression and suggest a path for moving forward.
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