BOOK REVIEW The Significance of Indeterminacy: Perspectives from Asian and Continental Philosophy. Edited by Robert H. Scott and Gregory S. Moss. New York: Routledge, 2019. Pp. xiv + 388. Hardcover $150, ISBN 978-1-138-50310-6. Reviewed by Jingwen Zheng University of Macau Yb87717@connect.um.edu.mo Indeterminacy has been widely investigated in Asian traditions--for example, the indeterminacy of emptiness (śūnyatā) in Buddhist philosophy or that of nothingness (wú 無) in Daoist philosophy--while philosophers in Western traditions have paid more attention to determinacy (e.g., focusing on being and existence). The Significance of Indeterminacy: Perspectives from Asian and Continental Philosophy provides eighteen academic papers analyzing the concept of indeterminacy from diverse perspectives. It sheds light on the discussions of indeterminacy in Continental European as well as Asian schools of thought. Several books dealing with indeterminacy have been published in the past two decades, including Rosenthal’s Time, Continuity and Indeterminacy (SUNY Press, 2000), Hardin’s Indeterminacy and Society (Princeton University Press, 2005), and Weiss’ Refiguring the Ordinary (Indiana University Press, 2008). but most of the previous works in the English-speaking world have approached indeterminacy through economic theory or linguistics. This edited volume aims to treat indeterminacy as the starting point of various spheres of genuine philosophical inquiry. A
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