New Book: Cultivating a Good Life in Early Chinese and Ancient Greek Philosophy

Part I: Harmony, Balance, Beauty: Understanding Conceptions of Cultivation
1. Cultivation and Harmony: Plato and Confucius (Rick Benitez, University of Sydney, Australia)
2. Cultivating Noble Simplicity: Plato (L.M.J. Coulson, University of Sydney, Australia)
3. The Beauty Ladder and the Mind-heart Excursion: Plato and Zhuangzi (Wang Keping, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Beijing)
4. Awareness and Spontaneity: Three Perspectives in the Zhuangzi (Lisa Raphals, University of California, Riverside, USA)
5. Understanding “Dao’s Patterns”: Han Fei (Barbara Hendrischke, Sydney University, Australia)

Part II: Doubt, Predicament, Conflict: Cognitive, Affective and Epistemic Difficulties
6. Skepsis and Doubt: Ancient Greece and the East (Yasuhira Yahei Kanayama, Nagoya University, Japan)
7. Wisdowm and Cognitive Conflict: Outlines for Scepticism (Per Lind, Lund University, Sweden)
8. Understanding Fortune and Misfortune in a Good Life: ‘Solon’ and ‘Confucius’ (Hyun Jin Kim, University of Melbourne, Australia and Karen Hsu, University of Melbourne, Australia)
9. Emotion and Self-Cultivation: Marcus Aurelius and Mengzi (Jesse Ciccotti, Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong)
10. Dislodging Mundane Wisdom: the Inner Chapters of the Zhuangzi and the New Testament Gospels (Lauren Pfister, Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong)

Part III. Here, Now, Ever-after: How to Achieve and Practice a Good Life
11. Knowing How to Act: Aristotle (Sophie Grace Chappell, Open University, UK)
12. Learning to be Reliable: Confucius’ Analects (Karyn Lai, University of New South Wales, Australia)
13. Auditory Perception and Cultivation: the Wenzi (Andrej Fech, Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong)
14. Cultivation and the Arts of Writing: Liu Xie, (Will Buckingham, Open University, UK)
15. Death and Happiness: Han China (Mu-chou Poo, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong)

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  1. And now we need works that help us understand the socio-economic and political obstacles that preclude the pursuit of the “good life,” in other words, material that addresses the contemporary preconditions and conditions that are necessary if not sufficient for generalizing the possibilities and opportunities for “cultivating a good life” within the contours outlined in early Chinese and ancient Greek philosophy. I have a number of bibliographies (available on my Academia page) chock full of titles that might aid one in that endeavor:
    • Anarchism: Philosophy & Praxis
    • Beyond Capitalist Agribusiness: Toward Agroecology & Food Justice
    • Beyond Capitalist-Attenuated Time: Freedom, Leisure, and Self-Realization
    • Beyond Inequality: Toward the Globalization of Welfare, Well-Being and Human Flourishing
    • Beyond Punitive Capitalist and Liberal Society
    • The Corporatization, Commodification, and Distortions of Formal Education— Diagnosis, Etiology, Prescription, and Therapeutic Regimen
    • Democratic Theory
    • Ecological & Environmental Politics, Philosophies, and Worldviews
    • Freudian & Post-Freudian Psychoanalytic Psychology
    • Global Distributive Justice
    • Health: Law, Ethics and Social Justice
    • Individual and Shared Responsibility
    • Marxism
    • Marxism and Freudian Psychology
    • Toward a Realist Social and Political Psychology
    • Workers, the World of Work, and Labor Law

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