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Addresses Ming Dynasty philosopher Wang Fuzhi’s neo-Confucianism from the perspective of contemporary ecological humanism.
In this novel engagement with Ming Dynasty philosopher Wang Fuzhi (1619–1692), Nicholas S. Brasovan presents Wang’s neo-Confucianism as an important theoretical resource for engaging with contemporary ecological humanism. Brasovan coins the term “person-in-the-world” to capture ecological humanism’s fundamental premise that humans and nature are inextricably bound together, and argues that Wang’s cosmology of energy (qi) gives us a rich conceptual vocabulary for understanding the continuity that exists between persons and the natural world. The book makes a significant contribution to English-language scholarship on Wang Fuzhi and to Chinese intellectual history, with new English translations of classical Chinese, Mandarin, and French texts in Chinese philosophy and culture. This innovative work of comparative philosophy not only presents a systematic and comprehensive interpretation of Wang’s thought but also shows its relevance to contemporary discussions in the philosophy of ecology.
“This is a fine study of Wang Fuzhi’s complex and fascinating neo-Confucian cosmology. I learned an immense amount about one of China’s last great Confucian intellectuals.” — John Berthrong, author of Expanding Process: Exploring Philosophical and Theological Transformations in China and the West
Nicholas S. Brasovan is Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Religion at the University of Central Arkansas.
Table of Contents
Biographical Introduction to Wang Fuzhi
Significance, Symbolism, and Strata of the Yijing
Disambiguating Ecological Humanism
1. Natural Cosmology
Creationism as Antithesis
Tian qua Nature
Neo-Confucian Terminology of Cosmic Creativity
2. Complex Systems and Patterns of Energy
A Perspective from Ecosystems Ecology
Nature as Patterns of Energy
From “Simple” to “Complex” Materialism
3. Reading the Yijing from an Ecological Perspective
Cosmography of the Yijing
Practical Knowledge through Comprehensive Observation
4. Between Nature and Persons
Humanizing Nature in Ecological Humanism
Humanizing Nature in Chinese Philosophy
Between Persons and Nature
Wang Fuzhi’s Critique of Orthodox and Heterodox Doctrines
Mencius’s Heart-and-Mind and the Human Experience
5. Identifying Religiosity in Wang Fuzhi’s Neo-Confucianism
Ritual Propriety as Humanizing Nature
Immanence of Persons-in-the-World
Procreativity in the Yijing
Experiencing the Sublime in Nature
Application of a Theory
Glossary of Key Chinese Terms