Category Archives: Books of Interest

New Book: Governing the Realm and Bringing Peace to All below Heaven

AUTHOR: Kumazawa Banzan

EDITOR AND TRANSLATOR: John A. Tucker, East Carolina University

DATE PUBLISHED: January 2021

Kumazawa Banzan’s (1619-1691) Responding to the Great Learning (Daigaku wakumon) stands as the first major writing on political economy in early modern Japanese history. John A. Tucker’s translation is the first English rendition of this controversial text to be published in eighty years. The introduction offers an accessible and incisive commentary, including detailed analyses of Banzan’s text within the context of his life, as well as broader historical and intellectual developments in East Asian Confucian thought. Emphasizing parallels between Banzan’s life events, such as his relief efforts in the Okayama domain following devastating flooding, and his later writings advocating compassionate government, environmental initiatives, and projects for growing wealth, Tucker sheds light on Banzan’s main objective of ‘governing the realm and bringing peace and prosperity to all below heaven’. In Responding to the Great Learning, Banzan was doing more than writing a philosophical commentary, he was advising the Tokugawa shogunate to undertake a major reorganization of the polity – or face the consequences.

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New Book: Interpreting Chinese Philosophy

Jana S. Rošker’s Interpreting Chinese Philosophy: A New Methodology has been published by Bloomsbury.

Understanding Chinese philosophy requires knowledge of the referential framework prevailing in Chinese intellectual traditions. But Chinese philosophical texts are frequently approached through the lens of Western paradigms. Analysing the most common misconceptions surrounding Western Sinology, Jana Rošker alerts us to unseen dangers and introduces us to a new more effective way of reading Chinese philosophy.

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New Book: The Making of the Global Yijing in the Modern World

Wai-ming Ng, ed., The Making of the Global Yijing in the Modern World (Springer, 2021)

This book represents an ambitious effort to bring leading Yijing scholars together to examine the globalisation and localisation of the ‘Book of Changes’ from cross-cultural and comparative perspectives. It focuses on how the Yijing has been used to support ideologies, converted into knowledge, and assimilated into global cultures in the modern period, transported from the Sinosphere to British, American and French cultural traditions, travelling from East Asia to Europe and the United States. The book provides conceptualised narratives and cross-cultural analyses of the global popularisation and local assimilation of the Yijing, highlighting the transformation and application of the Yijing in different cultural traditions, and demonstrating how it acquired different meanings and took on different roles in the context of a global setting. In presenting a novel contribution to understandings of the multifaceted nature of the Yijing, this book is essential reading for scholars and students interested in the ‘Classic of Changes’. It is also a useful reference for those studying Chinese culture, Asian philosophy, East Asian studies, and translation studies.

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New Book: One Corner of the Square

One Corner of the Square: Essays on the Philosophy of Roger T. Ames. Edited by Ian M. Sullivan and Joshua Mason. University of Hawaii Press, 2021.
 
This volume contains contributions from 33 scholars who studied with Roger Ames. Their chapters reflect on, analyze, and sometimes critique Ames’s work, building on his legacy of comparative and Chinese philosophy and taking themes from his career in novel directions. 
 
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Book Talk: The Objectionable Li Zhi

Please join the Center for East Asian Studies at the University of Chicago (CEAS) for their East Asia by the Book! CEAS Author Talks featuring Professors Rivi Handler-Spitz, Associate Professor of Asian Language & Cultures at Macalester College, Pauline C. Lee, Associate Professor of Chinese Religions & Cultures at Saint Louis University, and Haun Saussy, Professor of Comparative Literature, Social Thought, and East Asian Languages & Civilzations at the University of Chicago, on Tuesday, May 4, at 5:00 p.m. (Central Daylight Time).

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New Book: Harmony in Chinese Thought

Harmony in Chinese Thought: A Philosophical Introduction

edited by Chenyang Li, Sai Hang Kwok and Dascha Düring

Rowman & Littlefield Publishers

Published: 03/2021

He (和), or harmony, has traditionally been a central concept in Chinese thought, and to this day continues to shape the way in which people in China and East Asia think about ethics and politics. Yet, there is no systematic and comprehensive introduction of harmony as has been variously articulated in different Chinese schools. This edited volume aims to fill this gap.”

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NAPTS Bulletin: Confucianism and Tillich’s Protestant Principle

A paper by Lawrence Whitney about Paul Tillich’s “Protestant Principle” as it registers in Confucianism was published in the Bulletin of the North American Paul Tillich Society with responses by Bin Song and Heup Young Kim, and then Whitney’s response to the respondents. See here: https://www.academia.edu/45160997/Confucianism_and_Tillich_s_Protestant_Principle?source=swp_share

New Book: Asian Religious Responses to Darwinism

The following volume edited by Professor Mackenzie Brown concerns the interactions of Asian religious and philosophical traditions with evolutionary theories. 
Brown, Mackenzie (Ed). Asian Religious Responses to Darwinism—Evolutionary Theories in Middle Eastern, South Asian, and East Asian Cultural Contexts (Sophia Studies in Cross-cultural Philosophy of Traditions and Cultures). Cham: Springer, 2020.