Alejandro Bárcenas Texas State University
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Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy
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  1. Alejandro Bárcenas (2013). Han Fei's Enlightened Ruler. Asian Philosophy 23 (3):236-259.
    In this essay I revise, based on the notion of the ‘enlightened ruler’ or mingzhu and his critique of the literati of his time, the common belief that Han Fei was an amoralist and an advocate of tyranny. Instead, I will argue that his writings are dedicated to advising those who ought to rule in order to achieve the goal of a peaceful and stable society framed by laws in accordance with the dao.
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  2. Alejandro Bárcenas (2013). Jon the Cynic. In Jason Holt William Irwin (ed.), The Ultimate Daily Show and Philosophy: More Moments of Zen, More Indecision Theory. 114-124.
    Jon Stewart, a cynic? Perhaps not, according to some die-hard fans. But it's not difficult to imagine that for many viewers of The Daily Show, even those who enjoy watching the host “speak truth to power,” Stewart is no more than a neatly dressed cynic. The cynics lived in the heart of ancient democracies, confronting accepted habits, unchallenged assumptions, and above all institutional corruption. Their aim wasn't just to avoid what they considered to be harmful pursuits and practices, but to (...)
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  3. Alejandro Bárcenas (2012). Xunzi and Han Fei on Human Nature. International Philosophical Quarterly 52 (2):135-148.
    It is commonly accepted that Han Fei studied under Xunzi sometime during the late third century BCE. However, there is surprisingly little dedicated to the in-depth study of the relationship between Xunzi’s ideas and one of his best-known followers. In this essay I argue that Han Fei’s notion of xing, commonly translated as human nature, was not only influenced by Xunzi but also that it is an important feature of his political philosophy.
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  4. Alejandro Bárcenas (2009). Modern Japanese Aesthetics and the Neo-Kantians. In Raquel Bouso James W. Heisig (ed.), Frontiers of Japanese Philosophy 6: Confluences and Cross-Currents. Nanzan.
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  5. Alejandro Bárcenas (2006). Historia y Eticidad en la Antígona de Hegel. Apuntes Filosóficos 15 (29).
    This essay explains the role of history and ethical life (Sittlichkeit) in the first section of the chapter entitled “Spirit” in the Phenomenology of Spirit, in which Hegel interprets the meaning of Sophocles’' Antigone as the best expression of the ancient Greeks’ ethical life in its preliminary and most immediate state. It is argued, first, that Hegel’s understanding of the ethical life was developed as an alternative, based on history, to Kant’s notion of morals (Sitten) and, second, that Hegel considered (...)
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  6. Alejandro Bárcenas (2004). La Belleza de lo Impermanente como Proyecto Humanista: un Ensayo sobre los Orígenes de la Estética Japonesa y sus Raíces en la Filosofía Alemana. Contrastes: Revista Internacional de Filosofía 9 (2004).
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