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Beyond the Troubled Water of Shifei: From Disputation to Walking-Two-Roads in the Zhuangzi by Lin Ma and Jaap van Brakel (review)

Beyond the Troubled Water of Shifei: From Disputation to Walking-Two-Roads in the Zhuangzi by Lin... BOOK REVIEW Beyond the Troubled Water of Shifei: From Disputation to Walking-Two-Roads in the Zhuangzi. By Lin Ma and Jaap van Brakel. Albany: State University New York Press, 2019. Pp. xxiv + 283. Hardcover $85.00, ISBN 978-1-4384-7483-0. Reviewed by Frank P. Saunders Jr. The University of Hong Kong frank.saunders.jr@outlook.com One of the most important challenges for scholars of Chinese and comparative philosophy is adopting a methodology for engaging with source texts in a way that enables us to accurately reflect the intentions of the authors, acknowledge the linguistic, historical, and philosophical context of the text in question, avoid unconscious modern, Western, or other provincial biases that may be projected on the text, and fruitfully develop the ideas in the text, among other interpretively virtuous constraints. In the present volume, Lin Ma and Jaap Van Brakel outline such a methodology--explored in detail in their Fundamentals of Comparative and Intercultural Philosophy (2016)--and then apply it to interpretations of the central classical Chinese philosophical concepts of shi 是 (“this”, “right”) and fei 非 (“not- this”, “wrong”), with particular emphasis on the use of the terms in the Daoist anthology, the Zhuangzi «莊子». Along the way, Ma and Van Brakel traverse substantial interpretive http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Philosophy East and West University of Hawai'I Press

Beyond the Troubled Water of Shifei: From Disputation to Walking-Two-Roads in the Zhuangzi by Lin Ma and Jaap van Brakel (review)

Philosophy East and West , Volume 70 (3) – Jul 3, 2020

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BOOK REVIEW Beyond the Troubled Water of Shifei: From Disputation to Walking-Two-Roads in the Zhuangzi. By Lin Ma and Jaap van Brakel. Albany: State University New York Press, 2019. Pp. xxiv + 283. Hardcover $85.00, ISBN 978-1-4384-7483-0. Reviewed by Frank P. Saunders Jr. The University of Hong Kong frank.saunders.jr@outlook.com One of the most important challenges for scholars of Chinese and comparative philosophy is adopting a methodology for engaging with source texts in a way that enables us to accurately reflect the intentions of the authors, acknowledge the linguistic, historical, and philosophical context of the text in question, avoid unconscious modern, Western, or other provincial biases that may be projected on the text, and fruitfully develop the ideas in the text, among other interpretively virtuous constraints. In the present volume, Lin Ma and Jaap Van Brakel outline such a methodology--explored in detail in their Fundamentals of Comparative and Intercultural Philosophy (2016)--and then apply it to interpretations of the central classical Chinese philosophical concepts of shi 是 (“this”, “right”) and fei 非 (“not- this”, “wrong”), with particular emphasis on the use of the terms in the Daoist anthology, the Zhuangzi «莊子». Along the way, Ma and Van Brakel traverse substantial interpretive

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