BOOK REVIEW Zhu Xi and Meister Eckhart: Two Intellectual Profiles. By Shuhong Zheng. Leuven: Peeters. 2016. Pp. 364. €84, ISBN 978-90-429-3213-5. Reviewed by Catherine Hudak Klancer Boston University firstname.lastname@example.org Shuhong Zheng’s scrupulously researched book succeeds in putting two men from different cultures into fruitful and relevant conversation with each other. Comparative studies have many minefields to avoid, and Zheng navigates her way around them with her circumscribed methodology. Rather than comparing Christianity and Confucianism, and hence putting herself at risk for making unsustainable claims about either of these complex traditions, she concentrates on specific elements of the thought of two individuals, Zhu Xi and Meister Eckhart: their shared focus on the power of the human intellect, and their work as commentators and speculative philosophers. In engaging their particularities, she produces a rigorous study that digs deeply into their work, and brings forth the complexity of her project as a whole, in which, as she puts it, “it is almost impossible to keep the differences and the similarities apart, because the apparent similarities between the two thinkers are often underpinned by a fundamental divergence, and an essential agreement is sometimes seen underneath a seemingly radical contrast” (p. 233). Her task
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