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  1. Confucian Constructivism: A Reconstruction and Application of the Philosophy of Xunzi.Kurtis George Hagen - 2002 - Dissertation, University of Hawai'i
    In Part I, I offer a "constructivist" interpretation of Xunzi's philosophy. On the constructivist view, there is no privileged description of the world. Concepts, categories, and norms as social constructs help us effectively manage our way through the world, rather than reveal or express univocal knowledge of it. ;In the opening chapter, I argue that dao should be understood as open ended and that Xunzi's worldview allows for a plurality of legitimate daos---at least at the theoretical level. Chapter Two discusses (...)
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  • Naming/Power: Linguistic Engineering and the Construction of Discourse in Early China.Ori Tavor - 2014 - Asian Philosophy 24 (4):313-329.
    The interplay between language and politics has been the subject of increased academic interest in the last few decades. The idea that language can be used as a device not only for communication but also for control and manipulation, however, is by no means new. This article traces the emergence of one of the first fully formed Chinese theories of language, Xunzi’s ‘rectification of names’ doctrine, in order to reconstruct a social history of language in early China. In addition to (...)
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  • Han Fei's Doctrine of Self-Interest.Paul R. Goldin - 2001 - Asian Philosophy 11 (3):151 – 159.
    Chapter 49 of the Han Feizi, entitled 'Wudu', includes one of the earliest discussions in Chinese history of the concepts of gong and si: Han Fei takes si to mean 'acting in one's own interest'. Gong is simply what opposes si. 'Acting in one's own interest' is not inherently reprehensible in Han Fei's view; but a ruler must remember why ministers propose their policies: they are concerned only with enriching themselves, and look upon the ruler as nothing more than a (...)
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  • Zhu Xi onGong andSi.Shun Kwong-loi - 2005 - Dao: A Journal of Comparative Philosophy 5 (1):1-9.
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  • Zhu Xi on Gong (Impartial) and Si (Partial).Kwong-Loi Shun - 2005 - Dao: A Journal of Comparative Philosophy 5 (1):1-9.