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Author Geir Sigurðsson, author
Title Confucian propriety and ritual learning : a philosophical interpretation / Geir Sigur㳯n
Imprint Albany : State University of New York Press, [2015]
book jacket
 人文社會聯圖  B127.C65 G45 2015    AVAILABLE    30600020092699
 Ethnology Library  B127.C65 G45 2015    AVAILABLE    30520020819521
 Euro-Am Studies Lib  181.112 G277 2015    AVAILABLE  -  30500101528415
Descript vii, 177 pages ; 24 cm
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Series SUNY series in Chinese philosophy and culture
SUNY series in Chinese philosophy and culture
Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 161-168) and index
First assemblage : tradition and timeliness -- Second assemblage : from reason to intelligence -- Third assemblage : education as humanization
Geir Sigurðsson offers a reconsideration of li, often translated as "ritual" or "ritual propriety," one of the most controversial concepts in Confucian philosophy. Strong associations with the Zhou period during which Confucius lived have put this concept at odds with modernity's emphasis on progressive rationality and liberation from the yoke of tradition. Sigurðsson notes how the Confucian perspective on learning provides a more balanced understanding of li. He goes on to discuss the limitations of the critique of tradition and of rationality's claim to authority, referencing several Western sources, notably Hans-Georg Gadamer, John Dewey, and Pierre Bourdieu. An exposition of the ancient Chinese worldview of time and continuous change further points to the inevitability of li's adaptable and flexible nature. Sigurðsson argues that Confucius and his immediate followers did not endorse a program of returning to the Zhou tradition, but rather of reviving the spirit of Zhou culture, involving active and personalized participation in tradition's sustention and evolution. -- from back cover
Subject Philosophy, Confucian
Tradition (Philosophy)
Ritual -- China
Education -- China
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