The Good Is One, Its Manifestations Many

Confucian Essays on Metaphysics, Morals, Rituals, Institutions, and Genders

The Good Is One, Its Manifestations Many


Defining Religion

Essays in Philosophy of Religion

Defining Religion

Provides a new orientation to philosophy of religion and a new theory of how religion ought to be defined. In this collection of essays, written over the past decade, Robert Cummings Neville addresses contemporary debates about the concept of religion and the importance of the comparative method in theology, while advancing and defending his own original definition of religion. Neville’s hypothesis is that religion is a cognitive, existential, and practical engagement of ultimate realities—five ultimate conditions of existence that need to be engaged by human beings. The essays, which range from formal articles to invited lectures, develop this hypothesis and explore its ramifications in religious experience, philosophical theology, religious studies, and the works of important thinkers in philosophy of religion. Defining Religion is an excellent introduction to Neville’s work, especially to the systematic philosophical theology presented in his magisterial three-volume set Philosophical Theology.

Metaphysics of Goodness Harmony and Form, Beauty and Art, Obligation and Personhood, Flourishing and Civilization

Harmony and Form, Beauty and Art, Obligation and Personhood, Flourishing and Civilization

Metaphysics of Goodness Harmony and Form, Beauty and Art, Obligation and Personhood, Flourishing and Civilization

Develops a theory of culture based on a metaphysics that elaborates on the Platonic and Confucian traditions. In Metaphysics of Goodness, Robert Cummings Neville extends Alfred North Whitehead’s project of cultural studies, which was based on a new metaphysics that Whitehead developed in Adventures of Ideas. Neville’s focus is value or goodness in many modes. The metaphysics treated in this book derive from the Platonic and Confucian traditions, with significant modifications of Whitehead, Peirce, Dewey, Confucius, Xunzi, and Zhou Dunyi. Part one develops a theory of form based on a metaphysics of harmony. Part two elaborates a theory of art based on a metaphysics of beauty. Part three sketches a theory of personhood based on a metaphysics of obligation. Part four discusses civilization in a systematic way based on a metaphysics of flourishing. Throughout the book, Neville elaborates a theory of interpretation that is inspired by Peirce, Dewey, and Xunzi but is not limited to their ideas. While the reasoning of the book is concise, it employs methodologies from many kinds of philosophy, art criticism, ethics, and cultural studies, and sees philosophy as needing to learn from all these disciplines. “Neville’s work is informed by a lifelong engagement with the most important philosophers in history, including Plato, Aristotle, Whitehead, and Dewey. Here, he offers an important argument that there is beauty not only in how people see the world, but also in the world itself.” — Kevin Schilbrack, Appalachian State University

Suffering and Moral Responsibility

Suffering and Moral Responsibility

In this original study, Jamie Mayerfeld undertakes a careful inquiry into the meaning and moral significance of suffering. Understanding suffering in hedonistic terms as an affliction of feeling, he addresses difficulties associated with its identification and measurement. He then turns to an examination of the duty to relieve suffering: its content, its weight relative to other moral considerations, and the role it should play in our lives. Among the claims defended in the book are that suffering needs to be distinguished from both physical pain and the frustration of desire, that interpersonal comparisons of the intensity of happiness and suffering are possible, that several psychological processes hinder our awareness of other people's suffering, and that the prevention of suffering should often be pursued indirectly. Mayerfeld concludes his discussion by arguing that the reduction of suffering is morally more important than the promotion of happiness, and that most of us greatly underestimate the force of the duty to prevent suffering. As the first systematic book-length inquiry into the moral significance of suffering, Suffering and Moral Responsibility makes an important contribution to moral philosophy and political theory, and will interest specialists in each of these areas.

Suffering and Moral Responsibility

Suffering and Moral Responsibility

In this original study, Jamie Mayerfeld undertakes a careful inquiry into the meaning and moral significance of suffering. Understanding suffering in hedonistic terms as an affliction of feeling, he addresses difficulties associated with its identification and measurement. He then turns to an examination of the duty to relieve suffering: its content, its weight relative to other moral considerations, and the role it should play in our lives. Among the claims defended in the book are that suffering needs to be distinguished from both physical pain and the frustration of desire, that interpersonal comparisons of the intensity of happiness and suffering are possible, that several psychological processes hinder our awareness of other people's suffering, and that the prevention of suffering should often be pursued indirectly. Mayerfeld concludes his discussion by arguing that the reduction of suffering is morally more important than the promotion of happiness, and that most of us greatly underestimate the force of the duty to prevent suffering. As the first systematic book-length inquiry into the moral significance of suffering, Suffering and Moral Responsibility makes an important contribution to moral philosophy and political theory, and will interest specialists in each of these areas.

Confucian Philosophy for Contemporary Education

Confucian Philosophy for Contemporary Education

Most people would not associate Confucian philosophy with contemporary education. After all, the former is an ancient Chinese tradition, and the latter is a modern phenomenon. But this book shows otherwise, by explaining how millennia-old Confucian ideas and practices can inform, inspire and improve school administration, teaching and learning today. Drawing upon major Confucian texts such as the Analects and Mencius , as well as influential thinkers such as Confucius, Zhu Xi and Empress Xu, the various chapters address current educational issues and challenges such as the following: • What roles do schools play in fighting the coronavirus pandemic? • How can humanity resolve the climate emergency? • What (more) should school leaders do to promote education for girls? • Is there more to lifelong learning than just skills upgrading? • What is missing in the existing frameworks on 21st century competencies? • What new initiatives are needed to champion sustainable development? Confucian Philosophy for Contemporary Education answers the above questions and more by presenting a Confucian model of education. The author proposes a Confucian school where Dao – a shared vision of human excellence – is realised through a mindful, learning-centred, action-oriented and ultimately humanising form of education. This book is a useful resource for academic researchers, educators, students and general readers on Confucian philosophy and its continual relevance for present-day education.

Encyclopedia of Chinese History

Encyclopedia of Chinese History

China has become accessible to the west in the last twenty years in a way that was not possible in the previous thirty. The number of westerners travelling to China to study, for business or for tourism has increased dramatically and there has been a corresponding increase in interest in Chinese culture, society and economy and increasing coverage of contemporary China in the media. Our understanding of China’s history has also been evolving. The study of history in the People’s Republic of China during the Mao Zedong period was strictly regulated and primary sources were rarely available to westerners or even to most Chinese historians. Now that the Chinese archives are open to researchers, there is a growing body of academic expertise on history in China that is open to western analysis and historical methods. This has in many ways changed the way that Chinese history, particularly the modern period, is viewed. The Encyclopedia of Chinese History covers the entire span of Chinese history from the period known primarily through archaeology to the present day. Treating Chinese history in the broadest sense, the Encyclopedia includes coverage of the frontier regions of Manchuria, Mongolia, Xinjiang and Tibet that have played such an important role in the history of China Proper and will also include material on Taiwan, and on the Chinese diaspora. In A-Z format with entries written by experts in the field of Chinese Studies, the Encyclopedia will be an invaluable resource for students of Chinese history, politics and culture.

Conquering Your Workplace

From Mail Room to Board Room-A Sourcebook for Today's Workforce!

Conquering Your Workplace

Today's growingly precarious workplace presents unprecedented challenges that perplex even veteran employees. With the workforce going global, the workplace virtual, the payrolls leaner, and the organizational hierarchies flatter, stressed-out and discomposed workers want to understand success mantras. With the inexorable workplace-demographic shift, age disparity is creating a difficult-to-comprehend employee dynamic. Yet, nothing has changed fundamentally that should discourage a savvy professional. Conquering provides that bedrock foundation, demystifying how today's organizations function and their workers behave, so that you can understand-even predict-what is happening. Learn why: Managers make wrong assumptions about employees It takes skill to manage your manager and to know their functions When peers hijack your agenda, you must coolly unleash your wrath Career management requires a road map and chutzpah Apprenticing in the right job sets your career trajectory Learning global cultures galvanizes your career Everyone must know how to handle customers Avoiding organizational sticky wickets can unblock success Knowing when you're in trouble is key to what's next Developing broader job perspectives can be liberating Real-life insights and object lessons, handy tools, identifiable scenarios, and timeless treatment, make Conquering an indispensable playbook for today's global workforce.

Further Reflections on Things at Hand

A Reader

Further Reflections on Things at Hand

Chu Hsi (1130-1200), the renowned Chinese philosopher, lived during what is sometimes referred to as a "renaissance" in Chinese historyóa time of commercial expansion and intellectual innovation. Available for the first time in English, Chu Hsi's Sequel to Reflections on Things at Hand (Su chin-ssu-lu) is a collection of his sayings and writings, including personal letters, complete with commentaries and biographical notes. Wittenborn's Introduction provides a historical context for Chu Hsi's work and Neo-Confucianism. Contents: Introduction; The Background of Chu Hsi's Philosophy; The Metaphysical Dimension of Chu Hsi's Philosophy; The Psychological Dimension of Chu Hsi's Philosophy; The Su chin-ssu-lu.