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  1. Is Backsliding Possible on Xunzi's View?Winnie Sung - 2024 - Dao: A Journal of Comparative Philosophy 24:1-25.
    This study raises the question whether it is possible, in Xunzi’s 荀子 view, for someone who has gone through moral transformation to backslide. I consider three possible interpretations. On the first interpretation, one’s dispositions are transformed by environmental forces. Backsliding is possible and likely. I rule out this interpretation because it is inconsistent with other aspects of Xunzi’s thought. On the second interpretation, one’s kind-determining constitution is transformed from a neutral constitution to a moral constitution. Backsliding is not possible because (...)
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    Political Intimacy and Self-Governance in the Dialogues of Confucius: An Exploratory Study on the Philosophical Potential of the Kongzi Jia Yu.Brian Bruya - 2024 - Dao: A Journal of Comparative Philosophy 23 (2):223-249.
    The Dialogues of Confucius (Kongzi Jia Yu 孔子家語) is an unexplored resource for the philosophy of Confucius. In this article, I make a first attempt at mining its riches. Focusing on Chapters 21 and 32, I reconstruct a multilevel theory of governing that is a cyclic process proceeding from the moral psychology of the individual to social organization, to the society as grounded in natural processes, and to the metaphysics of the natural processes themselves, thus adumbrating a metaphysics of morals (...)
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    Zhang, Jun 張俊, Two Systems of Chinese Aesthetics of Life 中國生命美學的兩個體系.Zheng Chen - 2024 - Dao: A Journal of Comparative Philosophy 23 (2):347-351.
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    Confucian Rituals and Aristotelian Habits.Kevin M. DeLapp - 2024 - Dao: A Journal of Comparative Philosophy 23 (2).
    This essay argues that Confucian ritual propriety (li 禮) and Aristotelian habit (hexis, ἔξις) play analogous roles within their respective ethical systems and that we can come to appreciate important dimensions of each category by juxtaposing it with the other. Despite numerous and deep dissimilarities, both li and hexis work to organize and publicize emotions and dispositions, ground true moral quality in phenomenally-present activity, and (leveraging insights from Marcel Mauss) contribute to shaping and actualizing an agent’s body and behavior. The (...)
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    Valmisa, Mercedes, Adapting: A Chinese Philosophy of Action.Fan He - 2024 - Dao: A Journal of Comparative Philosophy 23 (2):337-342.
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    The State of the Field Report XII: Contemporary Chinese Studies of the Philosophy of Language in the Gongsun Longzi.Qiao Huang - 2024 - Dao: A Journal of Comparative Philosophy 23 (2):283-307.
    The philosophy of language in the Gongsun Longzi 公孫龍子 has been a hot topic since the 20th century, but there is still controversy about what point Gongsun Long 公孫龍 is making. This article reviews representative studies of the philosophy of language in the Gongsun Longzi in Sinophone academia since 2000. Some studies (especially in journal articles) conceive that one or two of the discourses are on the philosophy of language, while the other discourses concern ontology, epistemology, semiotics, or logic. In (...)
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    “Benefit to the World” and “Heaven’s Intent”: The Prospective and Retrospective Aspects of the Mohist Criterion for Rightness.Bradford Jean-Hyuk Kim - 2024 - Dao: A Journal of Comparative Philosophy 23 (2).
    “Benefit to the world” and “Heaven’s intent” are not, as is often assumed, separate criteria for action in Mozi’s 墨子 ethics; they are the same in extension but not intension. When Mozi speaks in terms of “Heaven’s intent,” it is to highlight the criterion’s retrospective orientation and its scope; taking a cue from Heaven’s reactions to past deeds, agents specify the scope of “the world” by reference to the past performance of persons regarding benefit to the world. This diverges from (...)
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    Mengzian Sensitivity to Social Roles.Gina Lebkuecher - 2024 - Dao: A Journal of Comparative Philosophy 23 (2):191-222.
    Classical Confucian philosopher Mengzi 孟子 offers resources that can help shed light on the metaphysical status of moral qualities and answer the question of how we come to perceive them. I argue that Mengzi puts forward an account of virtue as sensitivity similar to that offered by John McDowell. Both thinkers endorse a particular kind of motivationally internalist naturalistic moral realism, and both explain virtue as analogous to perception of secondary qualities. I offer an original contribution to existing literature by (...)
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    Liu, Dachun, Wang Bolu, Ding Junqiang, and Liu Yongmu, Reconsideration of Science and Technology I: Reflection on Marx’s View.Carl Mitcham & Alfred Nordmann - 2024 - Dao: A Journal of Comparative Philosophy 23 (2):315-329.
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    Unmaking Roles in the Zhuangzi: Performances of Compliance, Defiance, and the In-Between.Sonya N. Özbey - 2024 - Dao: A Journal of Comparative Philosophy 23 (2):265-282.
    Many different and contradictory claims have been made about the political dimensions (or lack thereof) of the ancient Chinese text known as the Zhuangzi 莊子. The two main positions on this topic set the parameters of the debate. One interprets the Zhuangzi to be apathetic toward political participation, focusing on individual survival instead. The other emphasizes the text’s defiant streak and locates a deliberately subversive force within it. A third position redirects the focus of the debate to an important aspect (...)
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    Chai, David, ed., Daoist Resonances in Heidegger: Exploring a Forgotten Debt.Jana S. Rošker - 2024 - Dao: A Journal of Comparative Philosophy 23 (2):309-314.
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    Peng, Guoxiang 彭國翔, Methodology of Chinese Philosophy: How to Do Chinese Philosophy 中國哲學方法論: 如何治 “中國哲學”.Ruoyan Wang - 2024 - Dao: A Journal of Comparative Philosophy 23 (2):331-335.
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    Yang, Zebo 楊澤波, The Riddle of the Theory on the Goodness of Nature: Cracking Goldbach’s Conjecture in Confucian Studies 性善之謎: 破解儒學研究的哥德巴赫猜想.Junfeng Xu - 2024 - Dao: A Journal of Comparative Philosophy 23 (2):343-346.
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    The Dao of No-Thinking: The Original Core of Chan Thought.Ming Dong Gu - 2024 - Dao: A Journal of Comparative Philosophy 23 (1):99-116.
    Zen/Chan 禪 occupies a unique position in world intellectual history. This article argues that there is a trend in the development of Chan thought which significantly reduces the innovative nature of Huineng’s 慧能 original thought and evinces an institutional effort to realign Huineng’s school of Chan with the Buddhist establishment. Its main objective is to locate the original sources of Huineng’s Chan and restore the revolutionary ideas of his thought. Adopting an approach that integrates historical materials with psychology, neuroscience with (...)
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    Shaughnessy, Edward L., The Origin and Early Development of the Zhou Changes.Sutong Hao - 2024 - Dao: A Journal of Comparative Philosophy 23 (1):149-154.
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    Xiang, Shuchen, A Philosophical Defense of Culture: Perspectives from Confucianism and Cassirer.Olga Knizhnik & Yang Xiao - 2024 - Dao: A Journal of Comparative Philosophy 23 (1):159-165.
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    Wen, Gongyi 溫公頤, The History of Ancient Chinese Logic 中國古代邏輯史, 2 vols. Tianjin 天津: Nankai Daxue Chubanshe 南開大學出版社, 2019, 1344 pages. [REVIEW]Huimin Li - 2024 - Dao: A Journal of Comparative Philosophy 23 (1):155-158.
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    Hypocrisy as Described in the Analects and the Mengzi.Puqun Li - 2024 - Dao: A Journal of Comparative Philosophy 23 (1):39-57.
    I argue that the phenomenon of hypocrisy appears in many passages and connects to multiple ideas in the Analects: exemplary persons (junzi 君子), petty persons (xiaoren 小人), the village worthies or the village pleasers (xiangyuan 鄉愿), embellishment/concealment (wen 文), rituals (li 禮), the equilibrium aimed at between what is naturally given and how it is cultivated (wen zhi bin bin 文質彬彬), the madly ardent (kuang 狂), and the cautiously restrained (juan 獧). The discussion of hypocrisy in the Analects and its (...)
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    Revisiting Resentment against Heaven in Mengzi 2B13.Hyunwoo Park - 2024 - Dao: A Journal of Comparative Philosophy 23 (1):59-75.
    This essay suggests a coherent reading of Mengzi 孟子 2B13 where Mengzi appears to at once resent Heaven for the current social disorder and also deny his resentment. Some scholars opt to argue that Mengzi resents Heaven either briefly in the beginning or throughout the whole passage, presupposing that Mengzi considers Heaven as an agent that can be responsible for social disorder. The present essay opposes such view, suggesting that Mengzi cannot resent Heaven in a strict sense, but only figuratively. (...)
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    Confucian Meritocratic Democracy over Democracy for Minority Interests and Rights.John J. Park - 2024 - Dao: A Journal of Comparative Philosophy 23 (1):25-38.
    In Western political philosophy, democracy is generally the dominant view regarding what the best form of government is, and this holds even in respect to promoting minority rights. However, I argue that there is a better theory for satisfying minority interests and rights. I amass numerous studies from the social sciences demonstrating how democracy does poorly in accounting for minority interests. I then contend that a particular hybrid view that fuses a meritocracy with democracy can do a better job than (...)
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    Can Pragmatic Confucian Democracy Justify Electoral Representative Government?Zhichao Tong - 2024 - Dao: A Journal of Comparative Philosophy 23 (1):1-24.
    Past interpretations of the debate between Confucian meritocrats and Confucian democrats tend to center around abstract discussions of meritocratic versus democratic values. Yet, given the difficulties involved in settling on a common definition of “democracy” or “meritocracy,” such abstract discussions often end up talking past each other. In this article, I seek to offer a more precise framing of the debate by surveying the preferred institutional arrangement of one Confucian democrat, Sungmoon Kim, and that of two Confucian meritocrats, Daniel Bell (...)
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    Fung, Yiu-ming 馮耀明, Confucian Philosophy from the Perspective of Analytical Philosophy 從分析哲學觀點看儒家哲學.Jiabao Wang - 2024 - Dao: A Journal of Comparative Philosophy 23 (1):143-148.
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    Chen, Xia 陳霞, The Daoist View of Body: An Ecological Perspective 道教身體觀: 一種生態學的視角.Dan Xia - 2024 - Dao: A Journal of Comparative Philosophy 23 (1):137-141.
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    Analysis of Zheng in Zhuangzi’s Philosophy.Rongkun Zhang - 2024 - Dao: A Journal of Comparative Philosophy 23 (1):77-98.
    In Zhuangzi’s 莊子 philosophy, the concept of z_heng_ 正 occupies an important place in realizing the Daoist ideal of “inner sageliness and outward kingliness,” in terms of cultivating oneself and lifting others. However, very few scholars have concentrated on this topic and examined the role it plays in achieving the sagely realm. This article, therefore, is primarily intended to investigate the connotation of _zheng_ from the perspective of “virtuosity” (_de_ 德) and to clarify why this virtuosity can “align other living (...)
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    The State of the Field Report XI: Contemporary Chinese Studies of Zhuangzi’s Philosophy of Language in Mainland China.Heyang Zheng - 2024 - Dao: A Journal of Comparative Philosophy 23 (1):117-135.
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