SUNY has published Jim Behuniak, ed., Appreciating the Chinese Difference: Engaging Roger T. Ames on Methods, Issues, and Roles, which includes a range of essays as well as Roger Ames’s response. Congratulations, Jim! More information follows below.
A wide-ranging exploration and critical assessment of the work of a major figure in Chinese and comparative philosophy.
In this volume, prominent philosophers working in Chinese thought and related areas critically reflect upon the work of Roger T. Ames, one of the most significant contemporary figures working in the field of Chinese philosophy. Through his decades of collaborative work in comparative methodology and cross-cultural interpretation, along with a number of pathbreaking translations of Chinese philosophical texts, Ames has managed to challenge standing paradigms and open fresh avenues of research into the Chinese tradition. His work will be read and studied for years to come.
The original essays presented here, which are substantive philosophical contributions in their own right, cover the full range of Ames’s scholarly output. They address methodological questions as well as specific issues in textual interpretation, including ample discussion of Ames’s most recent and provocative contribution: Confucian “role ethics.” In the final section of the book, Ames responds to each essay. The result is a conversation and engagement that both underscores the vitality of his thinking and indicates the directions it may take in the future. Altogether, this work provides a snapshot of a remarkable career—and an invitation to continue reflecting upon its meaning and importance.
“This is an outstanding collection, critically and constructively engaging a scholar whose work has shaped the entire field of Chinese philosophy.” — Franklin Perkins, author of Heaven and Earth Are Not Humane: The Problem of Evil in Classical Chinese Philosophy
Jim Behuniak is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Colby College and the author of Mencius on Becoming Human, also published by SUNY Press.
Table of Contents
Part I. Methods
1. Roger T. Ames and the Meaning of Confucianism
2. On Comparative and Post-Comparative Philosophy
3. On the Importance of the Ames-Hall Collaboration
4. The Art of Rulership in the Context of Heaven and Earth
5. Sex and Somaesthetics: Appreciating the Chinese Difference
6. Vast Continuity versus the One: Thoughts on Daodejing 42, Taiyishengshui, and the Legacy of Roger T. Ames
7. Supplementing Ames on Creativity: A Heideggerian Interpretation of Cheng
Part III. Roles
8. Building Bridges to Distant Shores: Pragmatic Problems with Confucian Role Ethics
9. Does Confucianism Need a Metaphysical Theory of Human Nature? Reflections on Ames-Rosemont Role Ethics
10. Roles, Community, and Morality: Comment on Confucian Role Ethics
11. Performance in Confucian Role Ethics
12. Role Ethics: Problems and Promise
Roger T. Ames Responds