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Peimin Ni
Grand Valley State University
  1. Seek and You Will Find It; Let Go and You Will Lose It: Exploring a Confucian Approach to Human Dignity.Peimin Ni - 2014 - Dao: A Journal of Comparative Philosophy 13 (2):173-198.
    While the concept of Menschenwürde (universal human dignity) has served as the foundation for human rights, it is absent in the Confucian tradition. However, this does not mean that Confucianism has no resources for a broadly construed notion of human dignity. Beginning with two underlying dilemmas in the notion of Menschenwürde and explaining how Confucianism is able to avoid them, this essay articulates numerous unique features of a Confucian account of human dignity, and shows that the Confucian account goes beyond (...)
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  2. The Confucian Account of Freedom.Peimin Ni - 2002 - In Xinyan Jiang (ed.), The Examined Life: Chinese Perspectives: Essays on Chinese Ethical Traditions. Global Publications, Binghamton University. pp. 119-139.
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    The Golden Rule.Peimin Ni & Jeffrey Wattles - 1999 - Philosophy East and West 49 (2):214.
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    Do Not Take Confucians as Kantians: Comments on Liu Qingping’s Interpretation of Confucian Teachings.Peimin Ni - 2008 - Dao: A Journal of Comparative Philosophy 7 (1):45-49.
    LIU Qingping’s criticism of Confucian teachings of filial piety, though valuable in stimulating critical attitude toward classic Confucianism, is largely based on misinterpreting Confucians as Kantians. The article tries to show that, unlike the Kantian rule-oriented ethic that provides universal ethical principles, Confucianism focuses on the process of person-making, and the teachings of classic Confucianism are more like gongfu instructions than moral principles. Looking from the gongfu perspective, Liu’s criticism becomes misdirected, if not irrelevant.
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  5. On Confucius.Peimin Ni - 2002 - Wadsworth.
  6. How Far is Confucius an Aristotelian?: Comments on May Sim’s Remastering Morals with Aristotle and Confucius.Peimin Ni - 2009 - Dao: A Journal of Comparative Philosophy 8 (3):311-319.
    The paper tries to point out that while May Sim’s book is helpful for stimulating critical and systematic comparative study of Aristotle and Confucius, its overly Aristotelian approach results in the author’s misleading assessment of Confucius and Confucianism. Because Confucianism aims primarily at offering systematic instructions of how to live a good life, and not at establishing a theory or finding truth, the true value of Confucianism would be eclipsed if he is taken against an Aristotelian measure.
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    The Changing Status of Chinese Philosophy.Peimin Ni - 2013 - Journal of Chinese Philosophy 40 (3-4):583-600.
    The article tries to stress the historical nature of the issue about the “legitimacy of Chinese philosophy.” It argues that we are facing an era in which the question will no longer be whether the thoughts of traditional Chinese masters can be comfortably adopted by a foreign “family”; instead, it will be whether we can make the marriage of Chinese traditional thoughts and Western philosophy a constructive process through which philosophy, whether Chinese or Western, can be rejuvenated with renewed legitimacy (...)
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    Reading Zhongyong as a Gongfu Instruction: Comments on Focusing the Familiar.Peimin Ni - 2004 - Dao: A Journal of Comparative Philosophy 3 (2):189-203.
    Roger Ames and David Hall’s Focusing the Falimiar makes a significant contribution to revealing the holistic and dynamic worldview entailed in the Confucian classic--the Zhongyong. Yet their emphasis on metaphysics eclipses an important dimension of the book—the “gongfu” (kungfu) instruction dimension. In this paper, the author first explains this concern by discussing Ames’ and Hall’s translation of the key terms of the book, namely “zhong,” “yong,” and “cheng.” Then he shows that their work, though falls short of revealing the gongfu (...)
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    Deliberate One-Sidedness as a Method of Doing Philosophy: Reflections on Rosemont’s View of the Person.Peimin Ni - 2018 - Comparative Philosophy 9 (1).
    As one of the most influential comparative philosophers of our time, Henry Rosemont, Jr. is known for his unrelenting criticisms against Western libertarian ideas, and for advocating ideas derived from classic Confucian thought. One of the criticisms against him is that his views are one-sided, and hence unfair to Western libertarian ideas. In this paper, I argue that Rosemont’s one-sidedness is deliberate. His theory is not intended to be a balanced account. I will illustrate that Rosemont’s way of conceiving the (...)
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    A Qigong Interpretation of Confucianism.Peimin Ni - 1996 - Journal of Chinese Philosophy 23 (1):79-97.
    Against the overly intellectualistic reading of Confucianism, this paper argues for understanding Confucianism from the perspective of qigong (or gongfu) cultivation that aims at increasing the abilities to lead a good life.
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    Teaching Chinese Philosophy On-Site.Peimin Ni - 1999 - Teaching Philosophy 22 (3):281-292.
    Despite consistent student interest in Chinese philosophy, the author reports that American students tend to demonstrate a sense of distance from Chinese authors and texts, often exoticizing or romanticizing them. This paper describes one pedagogical strategy that proved highly effective for overcoming this cultural distance which can hinder students’ ability to engage critically or deeply with the material. The author recounts her experience of teaching a six week Chinese philosophy course to illustrate how becoming acquainted with the place and culture (...)
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    Changing the Past.Peimin Ni - 1992 - Noûs 26 (3):349-359.
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    Can Bad Guys Have Good Gongfu?—A Preliminary Exploration of Gongfu Ethics.Peimin Ni - 2016 - Journal of Chinese Philosophy 43 (1-2):9-31.
    This paper tries to explore a gongfu ethics on the basis of traditional Chinese ethical theories. Used in the sense that the Song-Ming Neo-Confucians did, “gongfu” means the art of life in general and not merely the martial arts, although martial arts can be taken as a paradigm example of gongfu. The paper begins with the question “can bad guys have good gongfu,” which leads to three answers, each representing one stage of the dynamic relationship between morality and gongfu: The (...)
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    Rectify the Heart-Mind for the Art of Living: A Gongfu Perspective on the Confucian Approach to Desire.Peimin Ni - 2014 - Philosophy East and West 64 (2):340-359.
    Different from the commonly used moralistic perspective, this article articulates and evaluates major ideas about human desire within the Confucian tradition through a gongfu perspective, and shows that, although there are historical reasons for blaming Confucianism for suppressing human desires and suffocating humanity, what classic Confucianism advocates is ultimately about how to cultivate humanity, transform human desires, and live artistically, and not imposing a rigid normative moral system externally to constrain human life, making it unsatisfying.
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    Philosophy of Gongfu Revealed Through Confucius: Responses to Chenyang L I and Huaiyu W Ang ’s Comments on My Book Confucius: The Man and the Way of Gongfu.Peimin Ni - 2018 - Dao: A Journal of Comparative Philosophy 17 (2):267-276.
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    The Other Side of the Coin—Response to the Comments on My Paper on a Confucian Approach to Human Dignity.Peimin Ni - 2016 - Dao: A Journal of Comparative Philosophy 15 (4):631-637.
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    Review of The Golden Rule by Jeffrey Wattles. [REVIEW]Peimin Ni - 1999 - Philosophy East and West 49 (2):214-215.
  18. Moral Cultivation and Confucian Character: Engaging Joel J. Kupperman.Chenyang Li & Peimin Ni (eds.) - 2014 - State University of New York Press.
    In this volume, leading scholars in Asian and comparative philosophy take the work of Joel J. Kupperman as a point of departure to consider new perspectives on Confucian ethics. Kupperman is one of the few eminent Western philosophers to have integrated Asian philosophical traditions into his thought, developing a character-based ethics synthesizing Western, Chinese, and Indian philosophies. With their focus on Confucian ethics, contributors respond, expand, and engage in critical dialogue with Kupperman’s views. Kupperman joins the conversation with responses and (...)
     
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    Confucius Making the Way Great, Rediscovering China Series.Peimin Ni - 2010 - Shanghai Translation Publishing House.
    Through a systematic "gongfu" reading of Confucius, this book shows how Confucius' ideas are different from dogmatized or overly intellectualistic understandings of Confucianism and how the Master s insights can be a rich resource for re-enchanting the world and the contemporary life. Review: The book is a thoughtful and inspiring presentation of Confucianism as arguably the longest and most influential ethical and spiritual traditions in human history. It is highly readable with many insightful observations.
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  20. Confucius: The Man and the Way of Gongfu.Peimin Ni - 2016 - Rowman & Littlefield Publishers.
    Through a systematic introduction of Confucius as a historical figure, a spiritual leader, a philosopher, a political reformer, an educator, and a person, this book offers a comprehensive, lucid, and in-depth articulation of Confucius and his teachings for Western students.
     
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  21. Hume and the Definition of "Cause".Peimin Ni - 1991 - Dissertation, The University of Connecticut
    The thesis aims at analyzing metaphysical implications of the ordinary concept of "cause". The approach is justified through a discussion of Hume's theory of causation, accompanied by discussions about the nature of definition itself. ;Four major metaphysical problems of causation are discussed: The ontological status of cause ; the temporal relation between causes and effects ; the direction of causation ; and causal necessity . ;Through analytical discussions of the existing literatures on those problems, the thesis identifies certain metaphysical assumptions (...)
     
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  22. Kinds of Warrant : A Confucian Response to Plantinga's Theory of the Knowledge of the Ultimate.Peimin Ni - 2009 - In M. T. Stepani͡ant͡s (ed.), Knowledge and Belief in the Dialogue of Cultures. Council for Research in Values and Philosophy.
    The paper uses Alvin Plantinga’s notion of “warrant” as a reference to show that Confucian beliefs are warranted in a different sense. It is warranted through an immanent reflection, determination, and manifestation of human virtues, not through a transcendental plan. By comparing Plantinga’s theory of warranted Christian beliefs and the Confucian approach to its own beliefs, I try to explain why Confucians are not worried about whether their beliefs are in general true or not.
     
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  23. On Reid.Peimin Ni - 2002 - Wadsworth.
     
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