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    The Ethics of Self: Another Version of Confucian Ethics.Xunwu Chen - 2014 - Asian Philosophy 24 (1):67-81.
    My basic contention in this essay is that the proper characterization of Confucian ethics is not role-based ethics, rule-based ethics, or virtue ethics, but an ethics of the self or a self-based ethics. In essence, Confucian ethics is about how to realize a self in line with inner sagehood and outer kinghood ; it is about how to realize a self as fully self-conscious being-for-itself of definite character, substance, and personality. Confucian ethics does not start with the assumption that there (...)
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    Mind and Epistemic Constructivism: Wang Yangming and Kant.Xunwu Chen - 2019 - Asian Philosophy 29 (2):89-105.
    ABSTRACTThis essay explores the philosophical insights of Zhu Xi, Wang YangMing, Kant, and Husserl and therefore proposes a new epistemic constructivism. It demonstrates that a knowing mind is a co...
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    The Value of Authenticity: Another Dimension of Confucian Ethics.Xunwu Chen - 2015 - Asian Philosophy 25 (2):172-187.
    This paper explores the Confucian value of authenticity. Taking as the starting point of the Confucian concept of becoming authentic persons of bo, da, jing, and shen, the paper first demonstrates that a high–far–firm zhixiang, creativity, an examined life, and sincerity are four necessary conditions for a self to be an authentic one of bo, da, jing, and shen. It then demonstrates that Confucian ethics operates with a metaphysical concept of a substantive self and Confucian self-cultivation implies authenticating such a (...)
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    Happiness and Authenticity.Xunwu Chen - 2013 - Journal of Philosophical Research 38:261-274.
    Engaging in present debates on happiness, this essay shows that a good, happy life and an authentic life entail one another. Doing so, the essay first explores the Confucian approach to the relationships between happiness and authenticity, and between authenticity and value. It then presents the Heideggeran approach. Therefore, it demonstrates how authenticity, happiness, and value are inseparable in a person’s being; the so called fact-value dichotomy, even if it is applicable to non-human beings, has no magic touch in human (...)
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    Cultivating Oneself After the Images of Sages: Another Version of Ethical Personalism.Xunwu Chen - 2012 - Asian Philosophy 22 (1):51-62.
    Countering the general reading of Confucian ethics as a form of virtue ethics or humanistic ethics, this essay reads Confucian ethics as a form of ethical personalism. Doing so, it examines the ethical orientations in the Confucian classics, The Analects, Da Xue, and others, pointing out that the touchstone concept of Confucian ethics taught in these classics is the person, recalling the Confucian motto of ethical cultivation, ?inner sagehood and outer kinghood?. It demonstrates that only the name of personalism describes (...)
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    Mind and Space: A Confucian Perspective.Xunwu Chen - 2017 - Asian Philosophy 27 (1):1-15.
    This essay explores the Confucian concept of the space of the mind and the Confucian view on cultivation of the space of mind. It then argues that the distinction between the mind as a mental substance and the body as a material substance is that the mind can be infinitely extended while the body can only extended to a certain limit.
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    Justice as a Constellation of Fairness, Harmony and Righteousness.Xunwu Chen - 1997 - Journal of Chinese Philosophy 24 (4):497-519.
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    Beyond Kant’s Political Cosmopolitanism.Xunwu Chen - 2019 - Philosophy Today 63 (2):363-382.
    Kant bequeaths to the present discourse of cosmopolitanism the question of how a constitutionalized global order without a world state is possible. At the core of the matter is what a legitimate public authority as the necessary enactor of the cosmopolitan sovereignty is. Habermas’s answer that this is a three-tiered, networked realm of public authority is a plausible one. The key to Habermas’s answer is the concept of a political constitution for a pluralist world. If such a constitution is possible, (...)
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    Introduction: The Long Road to Global Justice, Peace, and Humanity.Xunwu Chen - 2007 - Journal of Chinese Philosophy 34 (3):323–330.
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    A Rethinking of Confucian Rationality.Xunwu Chen - 1998 - Journal of Chinese Philosophy 25 (4):483-504.
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    The Problem of Mind in Confucianism.Xunwu Chen - 2016 - Asian Philosophy 26 (2):166-181.
    ABSTRACTThis essay explores the Confucian theory of mind. Doing so, it first examines the early Confucian concept of the human mind as a substance that has both moral and cognitive functions and a universal nature. It then explores the neo-Confucian concept of the human mind, the original mind, and the relationships between the human mind and human nature, as well as between the human mind and the human body. Finally, it explores the Confucian concept of cultivation of the mind.
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    I Have an Appointment with the Spring: The Contractual Dimension of Confucianism.Xunwu Chen - 2018 - Asian Philosophy 28 (1):20-34.
    This essay explores the contractual dimension in Confucianism. It demonstrates that essential to Confucianism is the concept of three contracts: the contract of mind with oneself, the cultural contract with society and community; and the moral contract with humanity and the universe at large. Confucianism may not be labelled as contractualism. Nonetheless one would not have an adequate understanding of Confucianism without a view of the contractual dimension of Confucianism. Confucianism may not be labelled as realism. However, essential to Confucianism (...)
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    A Hermeneutical Reading of Confucianism.Xunwu Chen - 2000 - Journal of Chinese Philosophy 27 (1):101-115.
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    Crisis and Possibility: The Ethical Implication of Contingency.Xunwu Chen - 2011 - Asian Philosophy 21 (3):257 - 268.
    This essay argues that a person's fate is defined by the interaction of necessity and contingency, indicating that a person's existential competence consists of his or her ability to dance well with both necessity and contingency, not merely with either of them. As a result, it rejects the traditional association of fate with fatalism and fatality on the one hand and resists the present current to define individual fate and identity merely in terms of contingency and as contingency on the (...)
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    A Confucian Reflection on Experimenting with Human Subjects.Xunwu Chen - forthcoming - Confucian Bioethics.
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    Law, Humanity, and Reason: The Chinese Debate, the Habermasian Approach, and a Kantian Outcome.Xunwu Chen - 2013 - Asian Philosophy 23 (1):100-114.
    This paper explores the subject-matter of the relationship between law and humanity, filling a significant lacuna in philosophy of law in the West today. Doing so, the paper starts with recasting the traditional Chinese conflict—in particular, the conflict between legalism and Confucianism—over law in a new light of the contemporary call for stopping crimes against humanity. It then explores Habermas’ insight into and illusion of law. Finally, it examines the internal relationship between law and humanity, contending that law must always (...)
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    Justice: The Neglected Argument and the Pregnant Vision.Xunwu Chen - 2009 - Asian Philosophy 19 (2):189 – 198.
    Countering the present trend in the discourse on justice wherein human reason is perceived and marginalized as an embarrassment to justice and the trend to reject the concept of formal justice, this paper argues that there is formal justice and the essence of justice is setting things right and setting righteousness to stand straight. By this token, justice means the rule of reason, not the rule of power and desire, and the ethics of justice differs fundamentally from the ethics of (...)
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    Fate and Humanity.Xunwu Chen - 2010 - Asian Philosophy 20 (1):67 – 77.
    This essay examines the concept of fate, exploring the causal-normative constraint problem in the existential phenomenology of humanity in _A Dream of Red Mansions_. It studies the structure, content, and origin of the consciousness and experience of fate, as it is illustrated in the phenomenology in the novel, exploring the causal and normative challenges that fate poses to the reality, value, authenticity, happiness, and freedom of a person. Doing so, the essay also demonstrates both the difference and affinity between the (...)
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    Reason and Feeling: Confucianism and Contractualism.Xunwu Chen - 2002 - Journal of Chinese Philosophy 29 (2):269–283.
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    Culture and Understanding: The Cartesian Suspicion, the Gadamerian Response, and the Confucian Outcome.Xunwu Chen - 2004 - Journal of Chinese Philosophy 31 (3):389–403.
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    The Human Voice of Justice.Xunwu Chen - 2007 - Journal of Chinese Philosophy 34 (3):379–394.
  22. Another Phenomenology of Humanity: A Reading of a Dream of Red Mansions.Xunwu Chen - 2015 - Lexington Books.
    This book inaugurates a new phenomenology of humanity wherein a conception of humans as a unique category of beings is developed, and new solutions to problems that are preoccupied in present existentialism are also developed.
     
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  23. Global Justice and Our Epochal Mind.Xunwu Chen - 2019 - Lexington Books.
    This book explores the mind of our epoch, defined as the period since the Nuremberg Trial and the establishment of the United Nations in 1945. It focuses on four central philosophical ideas of our time: global justice, cosmopolitanism, crimes against humanity, and cultural toleration.
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  24. Justice, Humanity and Social Toleration.Xunwu Chen - 2008 - Lexington Books.
    Justice, Humanity and Social Toleration makes a novel statement of justice as setting human affairs right in accordance with the principles of human rights, human goods and human bonds; it explores the timely embodiments of this family of justice in our age including social toleration, and democracy.
     
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    Inclusion of the Other: Studies in Political Theory – by Jürgen Habermas: Book Reviews. [REVIEW]Xunwu Chen - 2007 - Journal of Chinese Philosophy 34 (3):447-450.