Confucian Pragmatism as the Art of Contextualizing Personal Experience and World

Confucian Pragmatism as the Art of Contextualizing Personal Experience and World

By (author) Haiming Wen


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This engaging work of comparative philosophy brings together American pragmatism and Chinese philosophy in a way that generates new interpretations of Chinese philosophy and a fresh perspective on issues in process philosophy. Through an analysis of key terms, Haiming Wen argues that Chinese philosophical terminology is not simply a retrospective language that through a process of stipulation promises us knowledge of an existing world, but is also an open, prospective vocabulary that through productive associations allows philosophers to realize a desired world. Relying on this productive power of Chinese terminology, Wen introduces a new term: 'Confucian pragmatism.' Wen convincingly shows that although there is much that distinguishes American pragmatism from Confucian philosophy, there is enough conceptual overlap to make Confucian pragmatism a viable and exciting field of study.

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  • Hardback | 430 pages
  • 154.94 x 231.14 x 35.56mm | 725.74g
  • 16 Jun 2009
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 0739136445
  • 9780739136447

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Haiming Wen is assistant professor of philosophy at Renmin University of China

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In this far-reaching and nuanced work, Wen Haiming juxtaposes Chinese philosophy with the American traditions of pragmatic naturalism and process philosophy...this work is simultaneously a piece of critical scholarship and an original contribution to Chinese and comparative philosophy... In short, the moment to inaugurate a "newborn Chinese philosophical narrative" has arrived (219). This book serves as both an invitation and a rich, suggestive beginning to that project. Dao: A Journal Of Comparative Philosophy, (Published By Springe Haiming Wen has provided a lucid and perceptive discussion of the creative dimension of the Confucian tradition by correlating American pragmatism and Chinese thinking. The book is an outstanding contribuiton to comparative philosophy. -- Jiyuan Yu, State University of New York at Buffalo The publication of Haiming Wen's new book, Confucian Pragmatism as the Art of Contextualizing Personal Experience and the World, is a major contribution to Confucian scholarship...the book brings an entirely fresh and promising new look to Confucian material.

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