Notes 1Jiang says that Confucianism does embrace a healthy kind of pluralism (or at least tol erance), so long as the non-leading values each acknowledge their subsidiary and privaterole,vis-à-vistheleading,officialroleofConfucianism.Hefindsevidenceforthis inthegeneralacceptanceincontemporaryChinaoftheerectionofstatuesofConfucius on university campuses: "the reason is because in China the non-Confucians are very clear in their minds that Confucianism is a public value with political significance" (p.170). 2ThomasMetzger,A Cloud Across the Pacific(HongKong:ChineseUniversityPress,2005), p.18.NotethatMetzgeruses"rational"verybroadly,consciouslyintendingittoencompassConfucianepistemologies,thoughJiangmightstillobject.MetzgerarguesthatChinesepoliticalthinkingofallpoliticalcampsoverthelastcenturyhasexhibitedstriking continuitywithbasicorientationsofearlierChinesethinking,andthatalljoininrejecting what he calls the "Great Modern Western Epistemological Revolution," according to whichtherearedeeplimitstothekindsofknowledgeavailabletous. 3Thisideaisfoundinchapter44oftheChunqiu fanlu. 4Notwithstandingthefascinatingifabstractsourcesforakindofanthropocentricenviron mentalismfoundinarangeofConfuciantexts,historicalConfucianscompletelyfailedto articulateanykindofsystematicpro-environmentpolicies,ascanbeseeninMarkElvin's importantbook,The Retreat of the Elephants: An Environmental History of China(New Haven:YaleUniversityPress,2004). 5Seep.64n.40.ForMawdd,seehisHuman Rights in Islam(Leicester:IslamicFounda tion,1976). 6SeeKhaledAbouElFadl,Islam and the Challenge of Democracy(Princeton:Princeton UniversityPress,2004),pp.3536. Perceiving Reality: Consciousness, Intentionality, and Cognition in Buddhist Philosophy.ByChristianCoseru.NewYork:OxfordUniversityPress,2012.Pp.vii+356. isbn978-0-19-984338-1. ReviewedbyAmit Chaturvedi UniversityofHawai`i email@example.com InPerceiving Reality: Consciousness, Intentionality, and Cognition in Buddhist Philosophy, Christian Coseru makes the innovative and ambitious argument that the projectofIndianBuddhistepistemology,asrepresentedbythinkersintheYogcra tradition of Dignga and Dharmakrti, is continuous in many of its methods and c onclusions with the phenomenological theories of Edmund Husserl and Maurice Merleau-Ponty,aswellaswithrecentnaturalisticapproachesinepistemologyand thephilosophyofmind.InCoseru'sreading,Buddhismshareswithphenomenology the attitude that metaphysical and epistemological questions cannot be treated in isolation from questions concerning the nature of conscious awareness and the PhilosophyEast&WestVolume64,Number2April2014506513 ©2014byUniversityofHawai`iPress m anner in which objects are experientially disclosed. As for
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