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  1. James Behuniak Jr (2011). Naturalizing Mencius. Philosophy East and West 61 (3):492-515.
    In a recent paper titled “Mencius and an Ethics of the New Century,” Donald J. Munro argues that recent theories in the evolutionary sciences regarding the biological basis of altruism and infant bonding might lend credence to Mencius’ philosophy of human nature.1 Such theories, says Munro, support Mencius’ contention that certain moral concepts derive from something that is inborn. What such naturalistic theories do not address, however, is whether or not these moral concepts are also “founded on something transcendental,” and (...)
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  2. James Behuniak (2011). The Really Hard Problem: Meaning in a Material World – By Owen Flanagan. Journal of Chinese Philosophy 38 (2):323-327.
  3. James Behuniak Jr (2010). Hitting the Mark: Archery and Ethics in Early Confucianism. Journal of Chinese Philosophy 37 (4):588-604.
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  4. James Behuniak (2010). John Dewey and the Virtue of Cook Ding's Dao. Dao: A Journal of Comparative Philosophy 9 (2):161-174.
    Certain discussions about “relativism” in the philosophy of Zhuangzi turn on the question of the morality of his dao 道. Some commentators, most notably Robert Eno, maintain that there is no ethical value whatsoever to Zhuangzi’s dao as presented in the Cook Ding episode and other “knack passages.” In this essay, it is argued that there is indeed a moral dimension to Cook Ding’s dao. One way to recognize it is to explore the similarity between that dao and John Dewey’s (...)
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  5. James Behuniak (2010). Wen, Haiming, Confucian Pragmatism as the Art of Contextualizing Personal Experience and World. Dao: A Journal of Comparative Philosophy 9 (2):249-252.
  6. James Behuniak Jr (2009). "Embracing the One" in the Daodejing. Philosophy East and West 59 (3):pp. 364-381.
    "Embracing the One" (baoyi 抱—) and "holding to the One" (zhiyi 孰—) are phrases that appear in different versions of the Daodejing. This essay argues that, in a specific philosophical context, these two phrases represent competing philosophical attitudes that stem from opposing cosmological visions. The recently unearthed "Great One Produces the Waters" (Taiyishengshui ) assists in the reconstruction of this philosophical context, as does a re-reading of the "One" in the famous generative sequence of chapter 42 of the Daodejing. Ultimately, (...)
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  7. James Behuniak Jr (2009). Li in East Asian Buddhism: One Approach From Plato's Parmenides. Asian Philosophy 19 (1):31 – 49.
    In Plato's Parmenides , Socrates proposes a 'Day' analogy to express one possible model of part/whole relations. His analogy is swiftly rejected and replaced with another analogy, that of the 'Sail'. In this paper, it is argued that there is a profound difference between these two analogies and that the 'Day' represents a distinct way to think about part/whole relations. This way of thinking, I argue, is the standard way of thinking in East Asian Buddhism. Plato's 'Day' analogy can then (...)
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  8. James Behuniak Jr (2005). "Symbolic Reference" and Prognostication in the Yijing. Journal of Chinese Philosophy 32 (2):223–237.
  9. James Behuniak & Roger T. Ames (eds.) (2005). Mengzi Xin Xing Zhi Xue. She Hui Ke Xue Wen Xian Chu Ban She.
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  10. John B. Cobb, Joseph Grange, William Hasker, Dirck Vorenkamp, Gu Linyu, James Behuniak, Yih-Hsien Yu, John Berthrong & Catherine Keller (2005). Process Thought and Chinese Philosophy. Journal of Chinese Philosophy 32 (2):159-296.
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  11. C. Taylor & James Behuniak Jr (2005). Ethical Issues for the Twenty-First Century. Special Supplement of Journal of Philosophical Research. By Frederick Adams. Charlottesville: Philosophy Documentation Center, 2005. Pp. 408. The Cambridge Companion to Arabic Philosophy. By Peter Adamson and Richard. [REVIEW] Philosophical Review 114 (2).
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  12. James Behuniak Jr (2002). Disposition and Aspiration in the Mencius and Zhuangzi. Journal of Chinese Philosophy 29 (1):65–79.
  13. James Behuniak (2002). Mencius on Becoming Human. Dissertation, University of Hawaii at Manoa
    This dissertation reinterprets the notion commonly translated as "human nature" (renxing in the Mencius by appealing to philosophical assumptions common to Warring States thought. Taking advantage of recently unearthed archeological finds from the Mencian school, the argument is made that renxing in the Mencius is most adequately understood as a dynamic disposition shaped by cultural and historical conditions, not as an a-historical "nature" common to all humans at all times. The notion of "becoming human" in the Mencius that results from (...)
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  14. James Behuniak (2001). Cua, A. S. Moral Vision and Tradition: Essays in Chinese Ethics. Review of Metaphysics 55 (1):129-131.
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  15. James Behuniak (2000). Nivison and the "Problem" in Xunzi's Ethics. Philosophy East and West 50 (1):97-110.
    David Nivison has argued that there is a problem in Xunzi's ethical thinking resulting from a tension between the "deontological" and "consequentialist" tendencies in his thought. Here it is argued that the problem Nivison locates in Xunzi is not so severe once it is recognized that being human, according to Xunzi, has more to do with being social, recognizing distinctions, and assuming roles than with having an open, unfilled "sense of duty." The famous "ladder" passage in the Xunzi (9.16a) is (...)
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  16. James Behuniak (2000). Reply to David Nivison. Philosophy East and West 50 (1):116-118.
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