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  1. Alan Fox, Book Review: The Body, Self-Cultivation, and Ki-Energy. [REVIEW]
    The primary project involves an analysis of the phenomenon described as Ki-energy. This concept is found in some form or another and is called by a variety of names in a number of traditional yogic and medical technologies. Counterparts to Ki from other cultural traditions would be, for example: qi from the Chinese tradition; prana from the Indian traditions; nefesh or ruach from the Hebrew traditions; and so on. Phenomenologically, this life force accounts for the activity and "living-ness" of living (...)
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  2. Alan Fox, The Aesthetics of Justice: Harmony and Order in Chinese Thought.
    In his A Theory of Justice, John Rawls suggests that a society's notion of justice informs its distribution of rights, obligations, and goods. For him, "justice as fairness" ensures that the principles dictating this distribution be agreed upon fairly. I will argue that there is no exact parallel in the Chinese tradition to what Rawls is calling "justice as fairness." Instead, we see serving a similar purpose an emphasis on the regulation of harmonious processes within the body of society. This (...)
     
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  3. Alan Fox, ZHUANGZI (Chuang-Tzu) ׯ ×Ó.
    The first seven chapters of the text, often called the Inner Chapters, are generally attributed to Zhuang Zhou (Chuang Chou), who, according to legend, lived in what is now known as Honan from approximately 370-286 BC. The rest of the text is often understood to contain fragments of material, some of which are sometimes attributed to the same author as the Inner Chapters, some of which are attributed to other authors, including representatives of the Yangzhu (Yang Chu) tradition. For the (...)
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  4. Alan Fox (2009). Coutinho, Steve, Zhuangzi and Early Chinese Philosophy: Vagueness, Transformation, and Paradox. [REVIEW] Dao: A Journal of Comparative Philosophy 8 (2):209-211.
  5. Alan Fox (2008). Guarding What is Essential: Critiques of Material Culture in Thoreau and Yang Zhu. Philosophy East and West 58 (3):pp. 358-371.
    In his book "Walden", Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862) describes an experiment intended to determine what is essential in life. His analysis includes a critique of the excesses of material culture, concluding that the most important concerns for human beings revolve around the retention of what he calls "heat." I suggest that there are a number of interesting parallels between this analysis and a cluster of ideas generally describable as "protodaoist" and often attributed to the legendary and obscure figure known as (...)
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  6. Alan Fox (2007). Teaching Daoism as Philosophy. Teaching Philosophy 30 (1):1-28.
    I propose to consider chapter 1 of the famous, classic, and foundational Daoist text Dao De Jing, attributed to Laozi, in order to enable a non-expert to negotiate the subject of Daoism in a global philosophy context, and to further enhance the teaching of philosophy by introducing and emphasizing at least some of the controversies that inevitably surround interpretation of a classical set of texts and ideas. This forces students to see through simplistic dichotomies and form subtler conclusions, on their (...)
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  7. Alan Fox (2005). Process Ecology and the "Ideal"Dao. Journal of Chinese Philosophy 32 (1):47-57.
  8. Stephen C. Angle, Michael Barnhart, Carl B. Becker, Purushottama Bilimoria, Samuel Fleischacker, Alan Fox, Damien Keown, Russell Kirkland, David R. Loy, Mara Miller & Kirill Ole Thompson (2002). Varieties of Ethical Reflection: New Directions for Ethics in a Global Context. Lexington Books.
    The work pushes ethics beyond a Western philosophical tradition tending toward universalism to infuse and broaden modern ethical theory with relativistic Asian ethical principles.
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  9. Alan Fox (1996). Reflex and Reflectivity:Wuweiin theZhuangzi. Asian Philosophy 6 (1):59-72.
    Abstract I will explicate Zhuangzi's conception of wuwei as it is articulated in the image of the ?hinge of dao.? First, I will discuss the few actual instances of the term ?wuwei? in the Zhuangzi. Second, I will show that the text uses this imagery to suggest an adaptive or reflective mode of conduct. Third, I will analyse the metaphor of the hinge, and show how this metaphor can illuminate Zhuangzi's notion of wuwei and the behaviour of the realised person. (...)
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  10. Alan Fox (1992). Self-Reflection in the Sanlun Tradition: Madhyamika as the "Deconstructive Conscience" of Buddhism. Journal of Chinese Philosophy 19 (1):1-24.
  11. Alan Fox (1986). Book Review of Hsueh-Li Cheng's Empty Logic: Madhyamike Buddhism From Chinese Sources. [REVIEW] Journal of Chinese Philosophy 13 (3):361-364.
  12. Alan Fox, Book Review: In the Mirror of Memory: Reflections on Mindfulness and Remembrance in Indian and Tibetan Buddhism. [REVIEW]
    This book is the outgrowth of a panel of papers on the theme of "memory," presented at the 1987 Annual Meeting of the Buddhism Section of the American Academy of Religion. Four of the contributors to this volume, including Western phenomenologist Edward Casey from SUNY Stony Brook, participated in that panel, though the papers were obviously further developed since that inceptional presentation. The book focusses on the crucial but heretofore almost entirely overlooked topic of memory and remembrance as it appears (...)
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