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Understanding Chinese Religions by Joachim Gentz (review)

Understanding Chinese Religions by Joachim Gentz (review) 596 China Review International: Vol. 19, No. 4, 2012 jousted. Overall, Ethics in Early China is an interesting, inspiring, and informative anthology. No aficionado of Chinese philosophy should be without it. Howard J. Curzer Howard J. Curzer is a professor of philosophy at Texas Tech University specializing in ancient philosophy and contemporary virtue ethics. Joachim Gentz. Understanding Chinese Religions. Edinburgh: Dunedin Academic Press, 2013. 181 pp. Paperback £12.50, isbn 978-1-903765-77-7. Both Vincent Goossaert and David Ownby have observed that, in the study of Chinese religion, philologically grounded sinologists study the texts of the Chinese classical religious traditions of Buddhism, Confucianism, and Daoism, while anthropologists examine the living practices, particularly ritual practices, of contemporary Chinese religion. In his book, which forms part of the Dunedin series Understanding Faiths, Joachim Gentz clearly shows that he belongs to the former category of Chinese studies scholars. Combining both empirical and historical data with his own reflections on the main analytical concepts in Chinese religions, Gentz performs a close reading of ancient Chinese texts and attempts a new interpretation of existing secondary literature on the Chinese religious land- scape. It is an introductory text aimed at general readers and students of compara- tive religion, http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png China Review International University of Hawai'I Press

Understanding Chinese Religions by Joachim Gentz (review)

China Review International , Volume 19 (4) – May 29, 2015

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596 China Review International: Vol. 19, No. 4, 2012 jousted. Overall, Ethics in Early China is an interesting, inspiring, and informative anthology. No aficionado of Chinese philosophy should be without it. Howard J. Curzer Howard J. Curzer is a professor of philosophy at Texas Tech University specializing in ancient philosophy and contemporary virtue ethics. Joachim Gentz. Understanding Chinese Religions. Edinburgh: Dunedin Academic Press, 2013. 181 pp. Paperback £12.50, isbn 978-1-903765-77-7. Both Vincent Goossaert and David Ownby have observed that, in the study of Chinese religion, philologically grounded sinologists study the texts of the Chinese classical religious traditions of Buddhism, Confucianism, and Daoism, while anthropologists examine the living practices, particularly ritual practices, of contemporary Chinese religion. In his book, which forms part of the Dunedin series Understanding Faiths, Joachim Gentz clearly shows that he belongs to the former category of Chinese studies scholars. Combining both empirical and historical data with his own reflections on the main analytical concepts in Chinese religions, Gentz performs a close reading of ancient Chinese texts and attempts a new interpretation of existing secondary literature on the Chinese religious land- scape. It is an introductory text aimed at general readers and students of compara- tive religion,

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China Review InternationalUniversity of Hawai'I Press

Published: May 29, 2015

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