Search results for: the-dysfunction-of-ritual-in-early-confucianism

The Dysfunction of Ritual in Early Confucianism

Author : Michael David Kaulana Ing
File Size : 37.8 MB
Format : PDF, ePub, Mobi
Download : 653
Read : 748
Download »
In The Dysfunction of Ritual in Early Confucianism Michael Ing describes how early Confucians coped with situations where their rituals failed to achieve their intended aims. In contrast to most contemporary interpreters of Confucianism, Ing demonstrates that early Confucian texts can be read as arguments for ambiguity in ritual failure. If, as discussed in one text, Confucius builds a tomb for his parents unlike the tombs of antiquity, and rains fall causing the tomb to collapse, it is not immediately clear whether this failure was the result of random misfortune or the result of Confucius straying from the ritual script by building a tomb incongruent with those of antiquity. The Liji (Record of Ritual)--one of the most significant, yet least studied, texts of Confucianism--poses many of these situations and suggests that the line between preventable and unpreventable failures of ritual is not always clear. Ritual performance, in this view, is a performance of risk. It entails rendering oneself vulnerable to the agency of others; and resigning oneself to the need to vary from the successful rituals of past, thereby moving into untested and uncertain territory. Ing's book is the first monograph in English about the Liji--a text that purports to be the writings of Confucius's immediate disciples, and included in the earliest canon of Confucian texts called ''The Five Classics,'' several centuries before the Analects. It challenges some common assumptions of contemporary interpreters of Confucian ethics--in particular the idea that a cultivated ritual agent is able to recognize which failures are within his sphere of control to prevent and thereby render his happiness invulnerable to ritual failure.

The Vulnerability of Integrity in Early Confucian Thought

Author : Michael Ing
File Size : 61.93 MB
Format : PDF, Mobi
Download : 698
Read : 592
Download »
The Vulnerability of Integrity in Early Confucian Thought is about the necessity, and even value, of vulnerability in human experience. In this book, Michael Ing brings early Chinese texts into dialogue with questions about the ways in which meaningful things are vulnerable to powers beyondour control; and more specifically, how relationships with meaningful others might compel tragic actions. Vulnerability is often understood as an undesirable state; and as such, invulnerability is preferred over vulnerability. While recognizing the need for adopting strategies of reducing vulnerability in various situations, The Vulnerability of Integrity demonstrates that vulnerability is far moreenduring in human experience, and that it enables values such as morality, trust, and maturity. Vulnerability also highlights the need for care (care for oneself and for others). The possibility of tragic loss stresses the difficulty of offering and receiving care; and thereby fosters compassion forothers as we strive to care for each other. This book is structured to explore the plurality of Confucian thought as it relates to the vulnerability of integrity. The first two chapters describe traditional and contemporary views that argue for the invulnerability of integrity in early Confucian thought. The remaining five chaptersinvestigate alternative views. In particular these later chapters give attention to neglected voices in the tradition, which argue that our concern for others can, and even should, lead to us compromise our integrity. In these cases we are compelled to do something transgressive for the sake ofothers; and in these situations our integrity is jeopardized in the transgressive act.

Karl Gerstner

Author : Karl Gerstner
File Size : 29.55 MB
Format : PDF, Kindle
Download : 509
Read : 1056
Download »
In The Dysfunction of Ritual in Early Confucianism Michael Ing describes how early Confucians coped with situations where their rituals failed to achieve their intended aims. In contrast to most contemporary interpreters of Confucianism, Ing demonstrates that early Confucian texts can be read as arguments for ambiguity in ritual failure. If, as discussed in one text, Confucius builds a tomb for his parents unlike the tombs of antiquity, and rains fall causing the tomb to collapse, it is not immediately clear whether this failure was the result of random misfortune or the result of Confucius straying from the ritual script by building a tomb incongruent with those of antiquity. The Liji (Record of Ritual)--one of the most significant, yet least studied, texts of Confucianism--poses many of these situations and suggests that the line between preventable and unpreventable failures of ritual is not always clear. Ritual performance, in this view, is a performance of risk. It entails rendering oneself vulnerable to the agency of others; and resigning oneself to the need to vary from the successful rituals of past, thereby moving into untested and uncertain territory. Ing's book is the first monograph in English about the Liji--a text that purports to be the writings of Confucius's immediate disciples, and included in the earliest canon of Confucian texts called ''The Five Classics,'' several centuries before the Analects. It challenges some common assumptions of contemporary interpreters of Confucian ethics--in particular the idea that a cultivated ritual agent is able to recognize which failures are within his sphere of control to prevent and thereby render his happiness invulnerable to ritual failure.

Balthasar in Light of Early Confucianism

Author : Joshua R. Brown
File Size : 82.95 MB
Format : PDF, Kindle
Download : 446
Read : 389
Download »
In this original study, Joshua Brown seeks to demonstrate the fruitfulness of Chinese philosophy for Christian theology by using Confucianism to reread, reassess, and ultimately expand the Christology of the twentieth-century Catholic theologian Hans Urs von Balthasar. Taking up the critically important Confucian idea of xiao (filial piety), Brown argues that this concept can be used to engage anew Balthasar’s treatment of the doctrine of Christ’s filial obedience, thus leading us to new Christological insights. To this end, Brown first offers in-depth studies of the early Confucian idea of xiao and of Balthasar’s Christology on their own terms and in their own contexts. He then proposes that Confucianism affirms certain aspects of Balthasar’s insights into Christ’s filial obedience. Brown also shows how the Confucian understanding of xiao provides reasons to criticize some of Balthasar’s controversial claims, such as his account of intra-Trinitarian obedience. Ultimately, by rereading Balthasar’s Christology through the lens of xiao, Balthasar in Light of Early Confucianism employs Confucian and Balthasarian resources to push the Christological conversation forward. Students and scholars of systematic theology, theologically educated readers interested in the encounter between Christianity and Chinese culture, and comparative theologians will all want to read this exceptional book.

Classical Confucian Political Thought

Author : Loubna El Amine
File Size : 48.34 MB
Format : PDF, Mobi
Download : 140
Read : 1231
Download »
The intellectual legacy of Confucianism has loomed large in efforts to understand China's past, present, and future. While Confucian ethics has been thoroughly explored, the question remains: what exactly is Confucian political thought? Classical Confucian Political Thought returns to the classical texts of the Confucian tradition to answer this vital question. Showing how Confucian ethics and politics diverge, Loubna El Amine argues that Confucian political thought is not a direct application of Confucian moral philosophy. Instead, contrary to the conventional view that Confucian rule aims to instill virtue in all members of society, El Amine demonstrates that its main aim is to promote political order. El Amine analyzes key aspects of the Confucian political vision, including the relationship between the ruler and the people, the typology of rulers, and the role of ministers and government officials. She also looks at Confucianism’s account of the mechanisms through which society is to be regulated, from welfare policies to rituals. She explains that the Confucian conception of the political leaves space open for the rule of those who are not virtuous if these rulers establish and maintain political order. She also contends that Confucians defend the duty to take part in government based on the benefits that such participation can bring to society. Classical Confucian Political Thought brings a new understanding to Confucian political theory by illustrating that it is not chiefly idealistic and centered on virtue, but rather realistic and driven by political concerns.

Journal of Chinese Religions

Author :
File Size : 31.75 MB
Format : PDF
Download : 968
Read : 166
Download »

China Review International

Author :
File Size : 48.5 MB
Format : PDF, ePub
Download : 713
Read : 1089
Download »

The Chinese Classic of Family Reverence

Author : Henry Rosemont
File Size : 21.71 MB
Format : PDF, Mobi
Download : 906
Read : 872
Download »
Few if any philosophical schools have championed family values as persistently as the early Confucians, and a great deal can be learned by attending to what they had to say on the subject. In the Confucian tradition, human morality and the personal realization it inspires are grounded in the cultivation of family feeling. One may even go so far as to say that, for China, family reverence was a necessary condition for developing any of the other human qualities of excellence. On the basis of the present translation of the Xiaojing (Classic of Family Reverence) and supplemental passages found in other early philosophical writings, Professors Rosemont and Ames articulate a specifically Confucian conception of "role ethics" that, in its emphasis on a relational conception of the person, is markedly different from most early and contemporary dominant Western moral theories. This Confucian role ethics takes as its inspiration the perceived necessity of family feeling as the entry point in the development of moral competence and as a guide to the religious life as well. In the lengthy introduction, two senior scholars offer their perspective on the historical, philosophical, and religious dimensions of the Xiaojing. Together with this introduction, a lexicon of key terms presents a context for the Xiaojing and provides guidelines for interpreting the text historically in China as well as suggesting its contemporary significance for all societies. The inclusion of the Chinese text adds yet another dimension to this important study. The Chinese Classic of Family Reverence is sure to appeal to specialists of comparative and Chinese philosophy and to all readers interested in the enduring importance of the family.

Dysfunctional Bureaucracy

Author : Bogdan Mieczkowski
File Size : 27.8 MB
Format : PDF, Docs
Download : 613
Read : 491
Download »
This book examines "dysborgs" (dysfunctional bureaucratic organizations) through the establishment of a theory of the dysborg and some of its theoretical antecedents, the study of conditions under which dysborgian elements recede in favor of functional bureaucracy, the reformulation of a theory of bureaucracy in academia, a study of the politics of bureaucracy in command economies, and an inquiry into the existence of convergence and divergence in the operation of the institution of bureaucracy in the East and West. Contents: The Theory of Dysfunctional Bureaucratic Organizations; Ibn Khaldun's Fourteenth-Century Views on Bureaucracy; The Bureaucratic East-West Synthesis; Bureaucracy, Politics, and Economics in Command Economies; The Bureaucratic Syndrome in Academia; An Analysis of the Uniqueness of the Japanese Public and Private Bureaucracy.

Asia Major

Author :
File Size : 49.27 MB
Format : PDF, ePub, Docs
Download : 873
Read : 551
Download »

Liu Zhi s Journey Through Ritual Law to Allah s Chinese Name

Author : James D. Frankel
File Size : 38.14 MB
Format : PDF
Download : 912
Read : 854
Download »

Shogunal Politics

Author : Kate Wildman Nakai
File Size : 45.84 MB
Format : PDF, ePub
Download : 272
Read : 990
Download »
Arai Hakuseki, advisor to the sixth and seventh Tokugawa shogun, played an important role in politics between 1709 and 1716, during an era of large changes in the bakufu. He participated in major policy decisions on currency, foreign trade, and local administration, while simultaneously trying to enhance the shogun's authority both within the bakufu and as a national ruler. The following shogun retained Hakuseki's fiscal and trade policies, but promptly reversed those measures designed to make the shogun a king-like figure. Nakai examines these successes and failures against the background of the time, especially the bifurcated and ambiguous distribution of authority between the Tokugawa shogun and the tenno in Kyoto. She also traces the influence of Confucian political theory on Hakuseki's program and on his defense of that program in the face of criticism. Nakai draws upon Hakuseki's autobiography anddiary and the reportorial letters of a contemporary for Hakuseki's political activities, and on Hakuseki's historical works and memorials for the theoretical basis for his programs, rooted in Confucianism. Illustrative and lively translations from Hakuseki enrich the book, helping to portray a multi-faceted personality who managed to blend practical politics and Confucian idealism within the complicated and dynamic environment of the early-eighteenth-century bakufu.

Asian Culture Quarterly

Author :
File Size : 20.4 MB
Format : PDF
Download : 210
Read : 636
Download »

Science and Asian Spiritual Traditions

Author : Geoffrey P. Redmond
File Size : 27.87 MB
Format : PDF, Kindle
Download : 606
Read : 989
Download »
Provides an introduction to the connection between science and Asian spirituality.

Asian Thought Society

Author :
File Size : 23.96 MB
Format : PDF
Download : 342
Read : 458
Download »

Sociology

Author : Harry Morton Johnson
File Size : 57.74 MB
Format : PDF, ePub, Docs
Download : 624
Read : 1225
Download »

Nursing Assessment Health Promotion Strategies Through the Life Span

Author : Ruth Beckmann Murray
File Size : 88.64 MB
Format : PDF, ePub, Docs
Download : 779
Read : 339
Download »

Religion Index One

Author :
File Size : 79.45 MB
Format : PDF, Kindle
Download : 619
Read : 666
Download »

Dissertation Abstracts International

Author :
File Size : 70.4 MB
Format : PDF, Mobi
Download : 845
Read : 759
Download »

Health Assessment Promotion Strategies Through the Life Span

Author : Ruth Beckmann Murray
File Size : 53.15 MB
Format : PDF, Kindle
Download : 636
Read : 261
Download »
A holistic approach to the health care of individuals and families, this indispensable resource offers specific guidelines for nursing assessment with suggested interventions and health promotion strategies at each developmental stage from birth to death. The sixth edition of this popular book provides a critical pathway paradigm for health.