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The Cosmopolitan Dream: Transnational Chinese Masculinities in a Global Age ed. by Derek Hird and Geng Song (review)

The Cosmopolitan Dream: Transnational Chinese Masculinities in a Global Age ed. by Derek Hird and... Reviews 209 questioned as readers’ own understanding grows. This anthology is only an ingress into a complex and paradoxical journey into learning about Chinese philosophy. Clarity, discernment, and appreciation should not be compromised at the expense of the imagination, creativity, and mystery. Although this Sourcebook optimally serves for classroom usage or as a textbook, it is a pleasure to turn each of its pages. Valuable and distinctive explanations, interpretations, and comments are sprinkled throughout the book. It provides an exceptional textured insight into this vibrant, dynamic, and puzzled Chinese thought. Researchers can benefit greatly from the editors’ substantial research and their meticulous analysis. For instance, Chapter 2 presents 39 key Chinese philosophical concepts and a new interpretation of many popular terms that lends exceptional insights into a deeper understanding of Chinese philosophical notions, and it is done so without imposing Western terms onto this Chinese tradition. Take the term bian, 辩 (disputation), a prevalent concept among the philosophers of the Hundred Schools. It is discussed with other term bian, 辨 (distinction). “[Both] characters were often used in philosophical contexts with the sense of ‘philosophical disputes over correct distinctions’” (p. 30). The discussion of cosmic vastness (da 大) and the http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png China Review International University of Hawai'I Press

The Cosmopolitan Dream: Transnational Chinese Masculinities in a Global Age ed. by Derek Hird and Geng Song (review)

China Review International , Volume 24 (3) – Aug 15, 2019

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Abstract

Reviews 209 questioned as readers’ own understanding grows. This anthology is only an ingress into a complex and paradoxical journey into learning about Chinese philosophy. Clarity, discernment, and appreciation should not be compromised at the expense of the imagination, creativity, and mystery. Although this Sourcebook optimally serves for classroom usage or as a textbook, it is a pleasure to turn each of its pages. Valuable and distinctive explanations, interpretations, and comments are sprinkled throughout the book. It provides an exceptional textured insight into this vibrant, dynamic, and puzzled Chinese thought. Researchers can benefit greatly from the editors’ substantial research and their meticulous analysis. For instance, Chapter 2 presents 39 key Chinese philosophical concepts and a new interpretation of many popular terms that lends exceptional insights into a deeper understanding of Chinese philosophical notions, and it is done so without imposing Western terms onto this Chinese tradition. Take the term bian, 辩 (disputation), a prevalent concept among the philosophers of the Hundred Schools. It is discussed with other term bian, 辨 (distinction). “[Both] characters were often used in philosophical contexts with the sense of ‘philosophical disputes over correct distinctions’” (p. 30). The discussion of cosmic vastness (da 大) and the

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China Review InternationalUniversity of Hawai'I Press

Published: Aug 15, 2019

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