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Confucianism in Context: Classic Philosophy and Contemporary Issues, East Asia and Beyond by Wonsuk Chang and Leah Kalmanson (review)

Confucianism in Context: Classic Philosophy and Contemporary Issues, East Asia and Beyond by... Reviews 469 Wonsuk Chang and Leah Kalmanson. Confucianism in Context: Classic Philosophy and Contemporary Issues, East Asia and Beyond. SUNY Series in Chinese Philosophy and Culture. Albany: State University of New York Press, 2010. xi, 243 pp. Hardcover $75.00, isbn 978-1-4384-3191-8. This edited book has as its ambition to represent Confucianism as a world philosophy and a living tradition that is engaging and should significantly influence people's lives and important contemporary issues. An important merit of this book is, as its title entails, to look at Confucianism in context instead of regarding it as a system of abstract ideas. The context in this book is both in terms of concrete intellectual history context that helps readers to better understand what Confucianism as a distinctive way of thinking is, and in terms of different societal backgrounds in which people lived, are living, or will possibly live a Confucian way of life. Roger Ames's article "What Is Confucianism" presents a very clear picture of the concrete intellectual context in which Confucianism was born and developed. It informs us that Confucianism is not a philosophy made out of nothing, but has its "ancient roots" -- a kind of "correlative thinking" -- http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png China Review International University of Hawai'I Press

Confucianism in Context: Classic Philosophy and Contemporary Issues, East Asia and Beyond by Wonsuk Chang and Leah Kalmanson (review)

China Review International , Volume 18 (4) – Jan 30, 2011

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Reviews 469 Wonsuk Chang and Leah Kalmanson. Confucianism in Context: Classic Philosophy and Contemporary Issues, East Asia and Beyond. SUNY Series in Chinese Philosophy and Culture. Albany: State University of New York Press, 2010. xi, 243 pp. Hardcover $75.00, isbn 978-1-4384-3191-8. This edited book has as its ambition to represent Confucianism as a world philosophy and a living tradition that is engaging and should significantly influence people's lives and important contemporary issues. An important merit of this book is, as its title entails, to look at Confucianism in context instead of regarding it as a system of abstract ideas. The context in this book is both in terms of concrete intellectual history context that helps readers to better understand what Confucianism as a distinctive way of thinking is, and in terms of different societal backgrounds in which people lived, are living, or will possibly live a Confucian way of life. Roger Ames's article "What Is Confucianism" presents a very clear picture of the concrete intellectual context in which Confucianism was born and developed. It informs us that Confucianism is not a philosophy made out of nothing, but has its "ancient roots" -- a kind of "correlative thinking" --

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Published: Jan 30, 2011

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