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Learning from Chinese Philosophies
Ethics of Interdependent and Contextualised Self

ISBN 9781138250727
Published December 2, 2016 by Routledge
218 Pages

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Book Description

Learning from Chinese Philosophies engages Confucian and Daoist philosophies in creative interplay, developing a theory of interdependent selfhood in the two philosophical traditions. Karyn Lai draws on the unique insights of the two philosophies to address contemporary debates on ethics, community and government. Issues discussed include questions on selfhood, attachment, moral development, government, culture and tradition, and feminist queries regarding biases and dualism in ethics. Throughout the book, Lai demonstrates that Chinese philosophies embody novel and insightful ideas for addressing contemporary issues and problems.

Table of Contents

Introduction; Part I Reviewing the Old; Chapter 1 Self and Society in Confucian Thought; Chapter 2 The Situated Self in Daoist Philosophy; Chapter 3 Elements of Confucian Moral Thinking; Chapter 4 Daoist Meta-ethics: Frameworks and Approaches; Part II Realising the New; Chapter 5 Confucianism as a Skills-Based Ethic; Chapter 6 The Feminist Care Ethic and the Issue of Relationality in Chinese Philosophy; Chapter 7 Tradition, Change and Adaptation; Chapter 8 Harmony and Conflict in Early Chinese Philosophy; conclusion Conclusion;

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Karyn Lai is Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of New South Wales, Australia.


’Karyn Lai’s book Learning from Chinese Philosophies is a wonderful example of current comparative philosophy. The book engages in multiple levels of comparison by detailing the contrasts between Confucianism and Daoism, uncovering the meta-theoretical assumptions of Chinese philosophy, juxtaposing ancient Chinese philosophy with modern ethical theory, and offering new philosophical insights into Confucianism and Daoism as well as into modern ethical theory. Lai offers an interesting and thought-provoking comparison of ancient and modern, Eastern and Western, and Confucian and Daoist philosophies. Managing these many levels of comparison is no small feat, and Lai offers innovative interpretations of Confucianism and Daoism to boot.’ Dao: Journal of Comparative Philosophy