Olberding, ed., Dao Companion to the Analects is Published

The exhaustive and high-quality Dao Companion to the Analects, edited by Amy Olberding, has been released. Springer site is here; Amazon is here. Congratulations, Amy! The Table of Contents follows…

1. Introduction, Amy Olberding.

– Part I Text and Context.-

2. History and Formation of the Analects, Tae Hyun Kim and Mark Csikszentmihalyi.

3. The Commentarial Tradition, John B. Henderson and On-Cho Ng.

4. Confucius and His Communit, Yuet Keung Lo.

– Part II The Conceptual Landscape.-

5. Ren 仁: An Exemplary Life, Karyn Lai.

6. Ritual and Rightness in the Analects, Hagop Sarkissian.

7. Family Reverence (xiao 孝) in the Analects: Confucian Role Ethics and the Dynamics of Intergenerational Transmission, Roger T. Ames and Henry Rosemont Jr..

8. Language and Ethics in the Analects, Hui Chieh Loy.

9. Uprightness, Indirection, Transparency, Lisa Raphals.

10. Cultivating the Self in Concert with Others, David B. Wong.

11. Perspectives on Moral Failure in the Analects, Amy Olberding.

– Part III Mapping the Landscape: Issues in Interpretation.-

12. The Analects and Moral Theory, Stephen C. Angle.

13. Religious Thought and Practice in the Analects, Erin M. Cline.

14. The Analects and Forms of Governance, Tongdong Bai.

15. Why Care? A Feminist Re-appropriation of Confucian Xiao 孝, Li-Hsiang Lisa Rosenlee.

16. Balancing Conservatism and Innovation: The Pragmatic Analects, Sor-hoon Tan.

– Index.

– Index Locorum.

10 replies on “Olberding, ed., Dao Companion to the Analects is Published”

  1. Great! Another $200 book! You should be happy knowing your work will be read only in university library systems and pirated copies. Springer and the pirates are both thieves. I find the pirates morally superior.

    • Not that this justifies the price of the book, but all Dao Companions can be purchased in soft cover for $24.99 if ordered through a library that has purchased electronic access to Springer material.

    • What Michael says is true. It is called “MyCopy.” So if your library has ordered an electronic copy of this book, and you want to use it as a textbook, students can get soft copies at the unified price of $24.99.

      Here is what Springer says about “MyCopy”:

      MyCopy: Perhaps you are interested to learn more about the Springer project called MyCopy, which will enable patrons of the academic libraries who subscribes to Springer eBook packages to purchase a softcover volume at a very reasonable price. MyCopy is a new and unique feature in Springer’s eBook collection that offers eBook users the possibility to obtain a printed soft cover version of the eBook they are interested in. MyCopy can be ordered for personal use only by researchers, scientists and students who have access to an eBook collection through their library. Each MyCopy book is available to them for $24.95. It primarily aims to give eBook users more flexibility when reading and accessing the information they are looking for.

    • The problem is that an ebook is a non-sensical option for an academic library because it cannot be requested through interlibrary loan. It’s really just a gimmick for publishers like Springer to sell their content at any even higher margin. I can’t stand it when I have trouble requesting a book because all the participating libraries in BorrowDirect or EZBorrow opted for the ebook instead of a regular printed copy!

    • Paul, actually I like the e-books (not necessarily by any particular publisher). Students in Hong Kong, at least in my university, CUHK, don’t like to buy the text books, and so when our library has e-version of the book, I don’t ask student to buy it. For example, this semester I’m teaching a course on virtue ethics, our library has e-books of almost all books I assign students to read, including those by Hursthouse and Slote. These e-books don’t have a limit of number of concurrent users, and so even the class size is 100 or more, they can all read them at the same time. So although our library has the physical copy of some books I would like to use as the textbook, I’d still like them to order an e-version of them. This would save a lot of money for our students.

    • Same here. If I had access to an academic library system I wouldn’t be buying my own books.

  2. By the way, if you are interested, the most recent volume in the Dao Companion series is Dao Companion to Daoist Philosophy, edited by LIU Xiaogan. With 569 pages and 24 chapters, this is really a monumental volume, the most thorough treatment of Daoist philosophy in English (and even in any language, as the editor said).

    Here is the description of the book from the publisher’s site:

    This is the first comprehensive companion to the study of Daoism as a philosophical tradition. It provides a general overview of Daoist philosophy in various thinkers and texts from 6th century BCE to 5th century CE and reflects the latest academic developments in the field. It discusses theoretical and philosophical issues based on rigorous textual and historical investigations and examinations, reflecting both the ancient scholarship and modern approaches and methodologies. The themes include debates on the origin of the Daoism, the authorship and dating of the Laozi, the authorship and classification of chapters in the Zhuangzi, the themes and philosophical arguments in the Laozi and the Zhuangzi, their transformations and developments in Pre-Qin, Han, and Wei-Jin periods, by Huang-Lao school, Heguanzi, Wenzi, Huainanzi, Wang Bi, Guo Xiang, and Worthies in bamboo grove, among others. Each chapter is written by expert(s) and specialist(s) on the topic discussed.

    Here is the Table of Contents:

    Difficulties and Orientations in the Study of Chinese Philosophy (LIU Xiaogan)
    Part I The Laozi and the Bamboo Text

    2 Did Daoism Have a Founder?Textual Issues of the Laozi(LIU Xiaogan)

    3 Thematic Analyses of the Laozi (Mark Csikszentmihalyi)

    4 Laozi’s Philosophy: Textual and Conceptual Analyses (LIU Xiaogan)

    5 Early Taoist Thought in Excavated Bamboo Slips (XING Wen)

    Part II The Zhuangzi

    6 Textual Issues of the Zhuangzi(LIU Xiaogan)

    7 Conceptual analyses of the Zhuangzi(Steve Coutinho)

    8. Zhuangzi’s Philosophy: A Three Dimensional Reconstruction (LIU Xiaogan)

    9 Three groups of the Outer and Miscellaneous Chapters(LIU Xiaogan with Yama WONG)

    Part III The Huang-Lao Tradition

    10 The Doctrines and Transformation of the Huang-Lao Tradition(Chen Li-kuei and Winnie Sung)

    11 Daoism in the Guanzi(Harold Roth)

    12 Heguanzi and Daoism(Carine Defoort)

    13 The Four Lost Classics: An Essay in Readership(Griet Vankeerberghen,)

    14 The Philosophy of the Proto-Wenzi(Paul Van Els)

    15 Huainanzi: The Pinnacle of Classical Daoist Syncretism(Harold Roth)

    Part IV Daoism in the Wei-Jin Periods
    16 WANG Bi and Xuanxue(Richard Lynn)

    17 GUO Xiang: The Self-so and the Repudiation-cum-Reaffirmation of Deliberate Action and Knowledge(Brook Ziporyn)

    18 The Seven Worthies of the Bamboo Grove(Yuet keung,LO)

    19 the Liezi and Daoism (June Won Seo)

    Part V Various Perspectives on Daoism

    20 Daoism from Philosophy to Religion
    (LIU Xiaogan with HE Xiaoxin and Yama WONG)

    21 Daoism and Confucianism(Karyn Lai)

    22 Daoism and Buddhism (Yao Zhihua)

    23 Daoism and Greek Philosophy(Lisa Rphals)

    24 Daoism and Science(Lisa Rphals)


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