Hermeneutical Thinking in Chinese Philosophy
January 2007, Wiley-Blackwell
Part II.Editor’s Introduction, Lauren F. Pfister.
Part III: Basic Chinese Philosophical Orientations about Understanding.
1. Toward Constructing a Dialectics of Harmonization: Harmony and Conflict in Chinese Philosophy, Chung-ying Cheng.
2. Hermeneutic Explorations in the Zhuangzi, Kuang-ming Wu.
Part IV: Confucius, the Analects, and Early Confucianism.
3. Gadamer and Confucius: Some Possible Affinities, Richard E. Palmer.
4. A New Hermeneutical Approach to Early Chinese Texts: The Case of the Analects, John Makeham.
5. Three Kinds of Confucian Scholarship, Kelly James Clark.
Part V: Zhu Xi: Textual and Philosophical Understanding.
6. On Zhu Xi’s Theory of Interpretation, Pan Derong and Peng Qifu.
7. To Catch a Thief: Zhu Xi (1130-1200) and the Hermeneutic Art, John Berthrong
- Devoted to studying the emergence and flourishing of new humanistically informed developments in philosophical hermeneutics within contemporary Chinese philosophy
- Hermeneutics can be defined as the analysis of obstacles to understanding
- Addresses questions about the nature of philosophical understanding and the diversity of hermeneutic options in Chinese indigenous teachings - including Ruist (“Confucian”), Daoist, and Chinese Buddhist realms of exploration
- Includes an insightful discussion of a “dialectics of harmonization” that gives structure to Ruist and Daoist philosophies and forms of life by Chung-ying Cheng and Zhuangzi by Kuang-ming as well as a number of new pieces written by philosophers and sinologists active in evaluating basic orientations toward philosophical understanding in China