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  1.  6
    Social Roles and Psychological Continuity: Developing a Confucian-Psychological Continuity Hybrid Account of Personal Identity and Ontology.Sammuel Byer - 2021 - Comparative Philosophy 12 (2).
    In this paper, I delineate a variety of questions related to personal identity and ontology. I develop and compare the Confucian conception of the person and the view of the person developed throughout Derek Parfit’s work on personal identity and ontology. I will demonstrate that the Confucian conception of the person has numerous instructive similarities with Parfit’s work on personal identity, despite a number of differences. I argue, briefly, that this project is worthwhile as a piece of comparative philosophy. One (...)
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    Between Mysticism and Philosophical Rationality: Al-Ghazālī on the Reasons of the Heart.Marilie Coetsee - 2021 - Comparative Philosophy 12 (2).
    In his seminal Orientalism and Religion, Richard King argues that Western scholars of religion have constructed a conceptual dichotomy between “mysticism” and “rationality” that has caused them to systematically distort the claims and arguments of Eastern thinkers. While King focuses primarily on Western scholarship on the Buddhist and Hindu traditions, this essay shows that his argument can also be extended to apply to Western scholarship on al-Ghazālī, whose sympathy for Sufism and apparent rejection of Greek philosophy has often earned him (...)
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    In Search of Buddhist Virtue: A Case for a Pluralist-Gradualist Moral Philosophy.Oren Hanner - 2021 - Comparative Philosophy 12 (2):58-78.
    Classical presentations of the Buddhist path prescribe the cultivation of various good qualities that are necessary for spiritual progress, from mindfulness and loving-kindness to faith and wisdom. Examining the way in which such qualities are described and classified in early Buddhism—with special reference to their treatment in the Visuddhimagga by the fifth-century Buddhist thinker Buddhaghosa—the present article employs a comparative method in order to identify the Buddhist catalog of virtues. The first part sketches the characteristics of virtue as analyzed by (...)
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    Confucian Leadership Democracy: A Roadmap.Yutang Jin - 2021 - Comparative Philosophy 12 (2).
    What kind of polity is justified by classic Confucian values? Adopting an interpretive approach, this paper explores the idea of leadership democracy being expressive of classic Confucian values by first introducing the models of leadership democracy associated with Weber and Schumpeter and second connecting Confucian elitist values to them. I argue that leadership democracy best realizes the Confucian emphasis on the people as the source of legitimacy and the ruler as the engine of good governance. The Confucian idea of people-rootedness (...)
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    Truth in Chinese Philosophy: A Commentary on Bo Mou’s Semantic-Truth Approaches in Chinese Philosophy.Chenyang Li - 2021 - Comparative Philosophy 12 (2).
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    Moral Virtue and Inclusive Happiness: From Ancient to Recent in Western and Confucian Traditions.Shirong Luo - 2021 - Comparative Philosophy 12 (2).
    What is the relationship between moral virtue and happiness? Does having moral virtues make their possessors happy? Can one be happy without them? Philosophers provide diverging answers to these questions due to their different understandings of the concept of happiness which has multifarious meanings and senses. In this essay, I compare the representative Western theories of happiness with what may be called “a classical Confucian view” informed by recent scholarship on classical Confucianism. I argue that for classical Confucian philosophers, especially (...)
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    A Unifying Pluralist Account of Truth and the Case of Chinese Philosophy Examined From the Cross-Tradition Engaging Vantage Point: Reply to Chenyang Li.Bo Mou - 2021 - Comparative Philosophy 12 (2).
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    Three Buddhist Distinctions of Great Consequence for Cross-Cultural Philosophy of Personal Identity.Antoine Panaïoti - 2021 - Comparative Philosophy 12 (2).
    This paper seeks to lay down the theoretical groundwork for the emergence of holistic cross-cultural philosophical investigations of personal identity ¾ investigations that approach the theoretical, phenomenological, psychological, and practical-ethical dimensions of selfhood as indissociable. My strategy is to discuss three closely connected conceptual distinctions that the Buddhist approach to personal identity urges us to draw, and a lucid understanding of which is essential for the emergence of appropriately comprehensive and thus genuinely cosmopolitan discussions at the cross-road between Western and (...)
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    Some Lessons on a Chronology of 20th Century Philosophy in Mexico.Carlos Pereda - 2021 - Comparative Philosophy 12 (2).
    The paper begins by criticizing the usual division of Latin America philosophy into three stages: founders, forgers and thecnicians. Then the history of philosophy in 20th in Mexico is narrated with the help of four maps that indicates the main positions and names. Towards the end, two kinds of lessons are drawn. The first is to promote the destruction of the vices of such a philosophy to regain its virtues. The second lesson comes from interpreting the metaphors of the previous (...)
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    Echoes From the Great Divide: On the Faltering Philosophical Dialogue Between Africa and the West.Peter Abspoel - 2021 - Comparative Philosophy 12 (1).
    Even in the field of comparative or cross-cultural philosophy, distinctive contributions by African philosophers are often side-lined – that is, relegated to niche publications. Why is it so hard for African philosophers to draw their Western colleagues into a real dialogue? An attempt is made to describe the field of tension; it is shown that some of the reflexes that manifest themselves in it reveal not just the attachment to specific perspectives or frames of reference, but also implicit ideas about (...)
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    Gaps: When Not Even Nothing Is There.Charles Blattberg - 2021 - Comparative Philosophy 12 (1):31-55.
    A paradox, it is claimed, is a radical form of contradiction, one that produces gaps in meaning. In order to approach this idea, two senses of “separation” are distinguished: separation by something and separation by nothing. The latter does not refer to nothing in an ordinary sense, however, since in that sense what’s intended is actually less than nothing. Numerous ordinary nothings in philosophy as well as in other fields are surveyed so as to clarify the contrast. Then follows the (...)
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    George Berkeley and Motoori Norinaga on Other Minds and There Being “Nothing to Be Done”.Wung Cheong Chim - 2021 - Comparative Philosophy 12 (1).
    The 18th century Irish philosopher George Berkeley argued that we might know of the existence of other minds based upon our experience of having certain sense-data or “ideas” imprinted upon us. This served, for Berkeley, ultimately as a basis for us to know of a “grand” other mind orchestrating the order among said ideas imprinted upon us, that is, God. This leap to God, however, has been challenged over the past three decades. A very rudimentary form could still be retained (...)
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  13. Empty or Emergent Persons? A Critique of Buddhist Personalism.Javier Hidalgo - 2021 - Comparative Philosophy 12 (1):76-97.
    In contrast to Buddhist Reductionists who deny the ultimate existence of the persons, Buddhist Personalists claim that persons are ultimately real in some important sense. Recently, some philosophers have offered philosophical reconstructions of Buddhist Personalism. In this paper, I critically evaluate one philosophical reconstruction of Buddhist Personalism according to which persons are irreducible to the parts that constitute them. Instead, persons are emergent entities and have novel properties that are distinct from the properties of their constituents. While this emergentist interpretation (...)
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    Book Review on Marxism, China and Globalization.Ian Hunt - 2021 - Comparative Philosophy 12 (1):10.31979/2151-6014(2021).120117.
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    Doing Philosophy Comparatively in the Balkans.Nevad Kahteran - 2021 - Comparative Philosophy 12 (1).
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    The Concept of Non-Duality in Śaṅkara and Cusanus.Jerome Klotz - 2021 - Comparative Philosophy 12 (1).
    When comparing diverse philosophical traditions, it becomes necessary to establish a common point of departure. This paper offers a comparative analysis of Advaita Vedānta Hinduism and esoteric Christianity, as represented by the two highly celebrated figures of Śaṅkara and Nicholas Cusanus, respectively. The common point of departure on which I base this comparison is the concept of “non-duality”—a concept that is fitting for at least two reasons. First, it is general enough to encompass both traditions, pervading the work of each (...)
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    In Memoriam: Adam Morton.Bo Mou - 2021 - Comparative Philosophy 12 (1).
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    Born Believer?Mark Siderits - 2021 - Comparative Philosophy 12 (1).
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    Reflection and Emotional Well-Being in Nietzsche and Zhuang Zi.Danesh K. Singh - 2021 - Comparative Philosophy 12 (1).
    Nietzsche and Zhuang Zi both believe that the supposed value of certain emotions they deem harmful should be questioned and that reflection can be utilized to change the emotions. They intend to disabuse those of their respective times of conventional morality, with the aim of achieving a state in which negative moral emotions are eliminated and a more natural way of life is embraced. Specifically, Nietzsche examines guilt, a remnant of an ascetic morality endorsed by the religious elite; Zhuang Zi, (...)
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    Buddhist Modernism, Scientific Explanation, and the Self.Sean Smith - 2021 - Comparative Philosophy 12 (1).
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    The Illusion of Self Revisited: Replies to Critics.Karsten J. Struhl - 2021 - Comparative Philosophy 12 (1).
    Anand Vaidya, Sean Smith, and Mark Siderits have presented thoughtful comments and provocative challenges to my article “What Kind of an Illusion is the Illusion of Self?” Their challenges raise significant questions about the nature of illusion, whether Buddhism is denying the self in all senses of the term, whether there could be a self that exists for some limited duration of time and has at least some measure of control, whether there is a phenomenal illusion of self, whether the (...)
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    Book Review on New Essays in Japanese Aesthetics.Mary Wiseman - 2021 - Comparative Philosophy 12 (1).
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