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    Zhuangzi: Closet Confucian?Michael Nylan - 2017 - European Journal of Political Theory 16 (4):411-429.
    Confucius and Zhuangzi are the two most famous thinkers in all of Chinese history, aside from Laozi, the Old Master. They occupy positions in the history of Chinese thinking roughly comparable to those held by Plato and Epicurus in the Western narrative of civilisation, in that they offer visions of the engaged political life and the engaged social self to which later political theorists and ethicists invariably return. For the last century or so, if not longer, Sinologists and comparative philosophers (...)
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    Han classicists writing in dialogue about their own tradition.Michael Nylan - 1997 - Philosophy East and West 47 (2):133-188.
    Despite the scathing criticisms leveled at Han philosophy by orthodox Neo-Confucians and their latter-day scholastic followers, the most accurate characterization of many extant pieces of Han philosophical writing would be "critical" (rather than "superstitious") and "probing" (rather than "derivative"). In defense of this statement, three major Han philosophical works are examined, with particular emphasis on the treatment in these works of classical tradition and classical learning. The three works are the "Fa yen" (ca. A.D. 9) by Yang Hsiung, the "Lun (...)
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    Lots of Pleasure but Little Happiness.Michael Nylan - 2015 - Philosophy East and West 65 (1):196-226.
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    The Chinese pleasure book.Michael Nylan - 2018 - New York: Zone Books.
    This book takes up one of the most important themes in Chinese thought: the relation of pleasurable activities to bodily health and to the health of the body politic. Unlike Western theories of pleasure, early Chinese writings contrast pleasure not with pain but with insecurity, assuming that it is right and proper to seek and take pleasure, as well as experience short-term delight. Equally important is the belief that certain long-term relational pleasures are more easily sustained, as well as potentially (...)
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    Confucian Piety and Individualism in Han China.Michael Nylan - 1996 - Journal of the American Oriental Society 116 (1):1-27.
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    The Documents Classic as Guide to Political Philosophy in the Early Empires.Michael Nylan - 2021 - Journal of Chinese Philosophy 48 (1):40-55.
    This essay provides an overview of the prescriptions advanced by the Han-era Documents classic, since it was indisputably the Documents that served as the chief guide to political philosophy in the early empires for members of the elite with the requisite high cultural learning. It presents the authoritative pronouncements of the Documents on a number of key issues, such as, Who has the legitimacy to rule? How shall the good ruler and his officials act to retain legitimacy? What is the (...)
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    Eloge: Nathan Sivin (1931–2022).Marta Hanson, Michael Nylan & Hilary A. Smith - 2023 - Isis 114 (1):182-186.
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    On Citation Practices in the Guodian Manuscripts.Ruyue He & Michael Nylan - 2019 - In Shirley Chan (ed.), Dao Companion to the Excavated Guodian Bamboo Manuscripts. Cham: Springer Verlag. pp. 41-62.
    This essay argues that the Guodian citations relating to the Documents classic, when read together with other evidence regarding early manuscript cultures in China, contradict the dominant scholarly view in the present-day People’s Republic of China, which imagines not only a single Urtext for the pre-Qin Documents classic, but also a single textual community familiar with the same masterworks and Classics across the entire swathe of land held by the modern nation-state of China. Contrary to this view, the early transmission (...)
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  9. A note on logical connectives in the Huainanzi.Michael Nylan - 2014 - In Sarah A. Queen & Michael Puett (eds.), The Huainanzi and textual production in early China. Boston: Brill.
     
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  10. Empire in the Classical Era in China (323 BC-AD 316).Michael Nylan - 2008 - In Fritz-Heiner Mutschler & Achim Mittag (eds.), Conceiving the Empire: China and Rome Compared. Oxford University Press.
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    Exemplary Women of Early China: The Lienü Zhuan of Liu Xiang transed. by Anne Behnke Kinney.Michael Nylan & Benjamin Daniels - 2016 - Philosophy East and West 66 (2):662-666.
    A new translation of Liu Xiang’s 劉向 Lienü zhuan 列女傳 is long overdue.1 And most of the translation by Anne Behnke Kinney, Exemplary Women of Early China: The Lienü Zhuan of Liu Xiang, is very well done indeed. At the same time, Kinney has made a series of odd and clearly intentional choices when translating the classic, choices worth querying. Most importantly, she insists on translating the classic as if it directly addressed its readers, even if this insistence rides roughshod (...)
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    Fusion, Comparative, "Constructive Engagement Comparative," Or What? Third Thoughts on Levine's Critique of Siderits.Michael Nylan & Martin Verhoeven - 2016 - Journal of World Philosophies 1 (1):119-127.
    We have been invited to contribute a short assessment of Levine's response to Siderits’ position in the emerging debate between "fusion philosophy" and "comparative philosophy." Perhaps a brief word is in order regarding our backgrounds: Michael Nylan is a student of early China, with strong inter-disciplinary training and interests, who has attempted work in both philosophy and translation. Martin Verhoeven is a historian by training, a translator by avocation, and a Buddhist practitioner. Both of us have committed ourselves for decades (...)
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    Golden Spindles and Axes: Elite Women in the Achaemenid and Han Empires.Michael Nylan - 2012 - In Steven Shankman & Stephen W. Durrant (eds.), Early China/Ancient Greece: Thinking through Comparisons. SUNY Press. pp. 251-281.
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    Investments in Patriotism: A Case Study of the PRC in the Post-Deng Era.Michael Nylan - 2019 - Journal of World Philosophies 4 (1):55-86.
    This paper explores two types of investment in the current People’s Republic of China, both of which promote fantasies about the past and future, presumably as a way to forestall uncomfortable conversations about the present. But the author is less interested in state decisions than in what makes an unofficial person “buy into” such fantasies. Her answer is, “misperceptions about tradition”, longstanding cultural preoccupations, and genuine desires to secure honor and glory in an insecure world. Her largely diagnostic paper briefly (...)
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    Li Zehou's Lunyu jindu.Michael Nylan - 2016 - Philosophy East and West 66 (3):739-756.
    This essay takes as it subject Lunyu jindu 論語今讀, Li Zehou’s “translation” from classical into modern Chinese of one of the Four Books, a classic that long-standing tradition claims was generated within the immediate circles of Master Confucius himself. Rather than blandly touting the inherent superiority of whichever brands of Chinese or Confucian “tradition” currently meet the approval of leading PRC figures in establishment politics, academia, and the media—old Daotong 道統 truisms retrofitted for nationalistic purposes 1—Li wants to deconstruct “tradition”. (...)
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  16. Li Zehou's Lunyu jindu (Reading the analects today).Michael Nylan - 2018 - In Roger T. Ames & Jinhua Jia (eds.), Li Zehou and Confucian philosophy. Honolulu: East-West Center.
     
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    Pleasures and Delights, Sustaining and Consuming.Michael Nylan - 2015 - In R. A. H. King (ed.), The Good Life and Conceptions of Life in Early China and Graeco-Roman Antiquity. Boston: De Gruyter. pp. 181-210.
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    Remembering Herb Fingarette.Michael Nylan - 2022 - Philosophy East and West 72 (4):857–860.
    In lieu of an abstract, here is a brief excerpt of the content:Remembering Herb FingaretteMichael Nylan (bio)Over the years, several people have remarked to me that Herb "disappeared" or "disengaged" after his retirement. His standing, at the time of his retirement, was beautifully captured in the 1999 volume Rules, Rituals, and Responsibility: Essays Dedicated to Herbert Fingarette, edited by his student Mary Bockover.But remembering Herb Fingarette, I recall the first two times I spoke with him, by email and eventually in (...)
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    Six Boundaries of the Body and Body Politic in Early Confucian Thought.Michael Nylan - 2002 - In David Lee Miller & Sohail H. Hashmi (eds.), Boundaries and Justice: Diverse Ethical Perspectives. Princeton University Press. pp. 112-135.
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  20. The Rhetoric of `Empire' in the Classical Era in China.Michael Nylan - 2008 - In Fritz-Heiner Mutschler & Achim Mittag (eds.), Conceiving the Empire: China and Rome Compared. Oxford University Press.
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    The writing of weddings in middle-period china: Text and ritual practice in the eighth through fourteenth centuries (review).Michael Nylan - 2010 - Philosophy East and West 60 (2):pp. 298-303.
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    Vital Matters, A. C. Graham, and the Zhuangzi.Michael Nylan - 2018 - In Carine Defoort & Roger T. Ames (eds.), Having a Word with Angus Graham: At Twenty-Five Years Into His Immortality. Albany, NY: Suny Series in Chinese Philoso. pp. 79-97.
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    Wang Chong : Connaissance, Politique et Verite en Chine Ancienne.Michael Nylan & Nicolas Zufferey - 1998 - Philosophy East and West 48 (3):519.
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    Talk about "Barbarians" in Antiquity. [REVIEW]Michael Nylan - 2012 - Philosophy East and West 62 (4):580-601.
  25. Book Review. [REVIEW]Michael Nylan - 2008 - Journal of the American Oriental Society 128 (4):745-746.
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    Review of The Writing of Weddings in Middle-Period China: Text and Ritual Practice in the Eighth through Fourteenth Centuries, by Christian de Pee. [REVIEW]Michael Nylan - 2010 - Philosophy East and West 60 (2):298-303.
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    Transformations of the Confucian Way, and: Histoire de la pensee chinoise (review). [REVIEW]Michael Nylan - 2000 - Philosophy East and West 50 (4):632-637.
    In lieu of an abstract, here is a brief excerpt of the content:Reviewed by:Transformations of the Confucian Way, and: Histoire de la pensáe chinoiseMichael NylanTransformations of the Confucian Way. By John H. Berthrong. Boulder, Colorado: Westview Press, 1998. Pp. xiv + 250.Histoire de la pensáe chinoise. By Anne Cheng. Paris: Editions du Seuil, 1997. Pp. 650.Reviewing bad books, W. H. Auden once observed, is bad for the character. On the assumption that the reverse must also be true, I am delighted (...)
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