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Response to Joanne D. Birdwhistell's Review of Rituals of the Way: The Philosophy of Xunzi

Response to Joanne D. Birdwhistell's Review of Rituals of the Way: The Philosophy of Xunzi Paul R. Goldin Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, University of Pennsylvania I am writing in response to Joanne D. Birdwhistell's review of my book, Rituals of the Way: The Philosophy of Xunzi (Philosophy East and West 52 [4] [October 2002]). She criticizes my study on various grounds but rarely presents any examples, and ignores important sections of the book that do not bear out her complaints. Birdwhistell repeatedly takes me to task for reading Xunzi out of context: ``What Goldin means by a study of the text is neither an examination of the text's history nor an extensive investigation into either philological issues or the history of key philosophical terms'' (p. 498); ``Although he periodically notes that certain terms were understood in different ways by different philosophers, his actual discussion glosses over significant differences in what particular philosophers were talking about, the assumptions they were making, and the issues they were addressing'' (p. 499); and ``Goldin takes a basically Modernist perspective, which implies that philosophical ideas exist independent of their historical and cultural contexts and that the discourse in which terms originally appeared need not necessarily be treated as a critical dimension of the ideas in http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Philosophy East and West University of Hawai'I Press

Response to Joanne D. Birdwhistell's Review of Rituals of the Way: The Philosophy of Xunzi

Philosophy East and West , Volume 53 (4) – Jun 10, 2003

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Paul R. Goldin Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, University of Pennsylvania I am writing in response to Joanne D. Birdwhistell's review of my book, Rituals of the Way: The Philosophy of Xunzi (Philosophy East and West 52 [4] [October 2002]). She criticizes my study on various grounds but rarely presents any examples, and ignores important sections of the book that do not bear out her complaints. Birdwhistell repeatedly takes me to task for reading Xunzi out of context: ``What Goldin means by a study of the text is neither an examination of the text's history nor an extensive investigation into either philological issues or the history of key philosophical terms'' (p. 498); ``Although he periodically notes that certain terms were understood in different ways by different philosophers, his actual discussion glosses over significant differences in what particular philosophers were talking about, the assumptions they were making, and the issues they were addressing'' (p. 499); and ``Goldin takes a basically Modernist perspective, which implies that philosophical ideas exist independent of their historical and cultural contexts and that the discourse in which terms originally appeared need not necessarily be treated as a critical dimension of the ideas in

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Published: Jun 10, 2003

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