Persons Emerging: Three Neo-Confucian Perspectives on Transcending Self-Boundaries (Hardcover)

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Persons Emerging: Three Neo-Confucian Perspectives on Transcending Self-Boundaries (Hardcover)

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Persons Emerging explores the renewed idea of the Confucian person in the eleventh-century philosophies of Zhou Dunyi, Shao Yong, and Zhang Zai. Galia Patt-Shamir discusses their responses to the Confucian challenge that the Way, as perfection, can be broadened by the person who travels it. Suggesting that the three neo-Confucian philosophers undertake the classical Confucian task of broadening the way, each proposes to deal with it from a different angle: Zhou Dunyi offers a metaphysical emerging out of the infinitude-finitude boundary, Shao Yong emerges out of the epistemological boundary between in and out, and Zhang Zai offers a pragmatic emerging out of the boundary between life and death.

Through the lens of these three Song-period China philosophers, the idea of transcending self-boundaries places neo-Confucian philosophies within the global philosophical context. Patt-Shamir questions the Confucian notions of person, Way, and how they relate to human flourishing to highlight how the emergence of personhood demands transcending metaphysical, epistemological, and moral self-boundaries.
Galia Patt-Shamir is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Tel-Aviv University, Israel. She is the author of To Broaden the Way: A Confucian-Jewish Dialogue, and, in Hebrew, Tongshu--Text and Commentary and A Human Riddle: Human Nature in Chinese Philosophy.
Product Details ISBN: 9781438485614
ISBN-10: 1438485611
Publisher: State University of New York Press
Publication Date: October 1st, 2021
Pages: 276
Language: English