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Review: Chinese Cosmology and Recent Studies in Confucian Ethics: A Review Essay

Reviewed Works: Ethics in the Confucian Tradition: The Thought of Mencius and Wang Yangming by Philip J. Ivanhoe; Confucian Moral Self-Cultivation by Philip J. Ivanhoe; The Ways of Confucianism: Investigations in Chinese Philosophy by David S. Nivison, Bryan W. Van Norden; Law and Morality in Ancient China: The Silk Manuscripts of Huang Lao by R. P. Peerenboom; A Chinese Mirror: Moral Reflections on Political Economy and Society by Henry Rosemont; Way, Learning, and Politics: Essays on the Confucian Intellectual by Tu Wei-Ming
Review by: Jane Geaney
The Journal of Religious Ethics
Vol. 28, No. 3 (Fall, 2000), pp. 449-470
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/40017866
Page Count: 21
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Abstract

Scholars of early Chinese philosophy frequently point to the nontranscendent, organismic conception of the cosmos in early China as the source of China's unique perspective and distinctive values. One would expect recent works in Confucian ethics to capitalize on this idea. Reviewing recent works in Confucian ethics by P. J. Ivanhoe, David Nivison, R. P. Peerenboom, Henry Rosemont, and Tu Wei-Ming, the author analyzes these new studies in terms of the extent to which their representation of Confucian ethics reflects and is consistent with the view that in early China the cosmos was conceived to be organismic, nontranscendent, and nondualistic.

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