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Naturalism, Human Flourishing, and Asian Philosophy
Owen Flanagan and Beyond

Edited By

Bongrae Seok

ISBN 9780367350246
Published September 19, 2019 by Routledge
266 Pages

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Book Description

Naturalism, Human Flourishing, and Asian Philosophy: Owen Flanagan and Beyond is an edited volume of philosophical essays focusing on Owen Flanagan’s naturalized comparative philosophy and moral psychology of human flourishing. Flanagan is a philosopher well-known for his naturalized approach to philosophical issues such as meaning, physicalism, causation, and consciousness in the analytic school of Western philosophy. Recently, he develops his philosophical interest in Asian philosophy and discusses diverse philosophical issues of human flourishing, Buddhism and Confucianism from comparative viewpoints. The current volume discusses his philosophy of human flourishing and his naturalized approaches to Buddhism and Confucianism. The volume consists of five sections with eleven chapters written by leading experts in the fields of philosophy, religion, and psychology. The first section is an introduction to Flanagan’s philosophy. The introductory chapter provides a general overview of Flanagan’s philosophy, i.e., his philosophy of naturalization, comparative approach to human flourishing, and detailed summaries of the following chapters. In the second section, the three chapters discuss Flanagan’s naturalized eudaimonics of human flourishing. The third section discusses Flanagan’s naturalized Buddhism. The fourth section analyzes Flanagan’s interpretation of Confucian philosophy (specifically Mencius’s moral sprouts), from the viewpoint of moral modularity and human flourishing. The fifth section is Flanagan’s responses to the comments and criticisms developed in this volume.

Table of Contents

Section I: Introduction

1. Introduction: Eudaimonic Human Flourishing and Naturalized Asian Philosophy

Bongrae Seok

Section II: Flanagan, Human Flourishing, and Meaning of Life

2. EudaimoniaCosmopolitan: Toward an Integrative, Developmental Model of a Good Life, East and West

Jack J. Bauer and Peggy DesAutels

3. Metaphysics, Virtue, and Eudaimonia in Aristotle and Buddhism

Nancy E. Snow

4. Living without a Canopy or Being Mortal and Responsible: Flanagan, Derrida, and Zen Buddhism on the Production of Meaning

Jin Y. Park

Section III: Flanagan and Naturalized Buddhism

5. Consciousness, Naturalism, and Human Flourishing

Christian Coseru

6. Physicalism and Beyond: Flanagan, Buddhism, and Consciousness

Matthew MacKenzie

7. Assessing Flanagan's Naturalistic Critique of the Luminosity of Mind in Buddhism

Douglas L. Berger

8. More Things in Heaven and Earth: The Path to Nirvana, Naturalized

Jonathan C. Gold

Section IV: Flanagan, Moral Modularity, and Confucian Philosophy

9. Flanagan, Haidt, and Mencius: Naturalized Ethics and Modularity of Morals

Bongrae Seok

10. Owen Flanagan on Moral Modularity and Comparative Philosophy

Philip J. Ivanhoe

Section V: Owen Flanagan’s Responses to His Critics

11. Cross-Cultural Philosophy and Well-Being

Owen Flanagan

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Bongrae Seok is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Alvernia University in Reading, Pennsylvania. He is the author of Embodied Moral Psychology and Confucian Philosophy (2013) and Moral Psychology of Confucian Shame (2016), where he explores and discusses how interdisciplinary studies of psychology and neuroscience help us understand Asian philosophy.