Comparative Philosophy

Edited by Professor Steven Angle and published in spring 2016, this e-book is a collection of fifteen review essays written by Wesleyan students.  For the full pdf of the volume, click here.

Comparative Philosophy: Reviewing the State of the Art
Table of Contents
0. Introduction — Stephen C. Angle                                                                                                1
Part 1: Pairs                                                                                                                                       
1. Transcending Tradition through Virtue Ethics — Daniel J. Lemieux                                           7
A Review of Jiyuan Yu, The Ethics of Confucius and Aristotle: Mirrors of Virtue
2. Understanding a New Type of Religion — Gwendolyn R. Pastor                                            15
A Review of Ge Ling Shang, Liberation as Affirmation: The Religiosity of Zhuangzi and Nietzsche
3. Work Hard, Study Hard, Practice Hard — Jennie He                                                                25
A Review of Aaron Stalnaker, Overcoming Our Evil: Human Nature and Spiritual Exercises in Xunzi and Augustine
Part 2: Sequences                                                                                                                               
4. Beyond Convention — Gabrielle Parke                                                                                     34
A Review of Katrin Froese, Ethics Unbound: Chinese and Western Perspectives on Morality
5. The Problem Below — Adam McGill                                                                                        42
A Review of Asher Walden, The Metaphysics of Kindness: Comparative Studies in Religious Meta-Ethics
Part 3: Contemporary Applications                                                                                                  
6. Civil Citizenry — Anthony P. Barker                                                                                       50
A Review of Joseph Chan, Confucian Perfectionism: A Political Philosophy for Modern Times
7. Early Confucian Family Values and Contemporary Western Society — Luke Macdonald      60
A Review of Erin M Cline, Families of Virtue: Confucian and Western Views on Childhood Development
Part 4: Perspectives on Neo-Confucianism                                                                                       
8. Luminosity on the Move — Mitchell Lee                                                                                  69
A Review of Douglas Berger, Encounters of Mind: Luminosity and Personhood in Indian and Chinese Thought
9. Metaphysical Modularity — Erik Hall                                                                                      78
A Review of Yong Huang, Why Be Moral? Learning from the Neo-Confucian Cheng Brothers
Part 4: Global Philosophy                                                                                                                 
10. Warming Which Olds to Know Whose New? (溫何故, 知誰新?回應李明輝之《儒家與康德》) — Maxwell Fong           87
A Review of Lee Ming-Huei, Confucianism and Kant 《儒家與康德》
11. Towards a Unity of Knowledge and Action — Justin Ho                                                     100
A Review of Warren G. Frisina, The Unity of Knowledge and Action: Toward a Nonrepresentational Theory of Knowledge
12. Varieties of Comparison — Jonah Herwitz                                                                           111
A Review of Owen Flanagan, The Geography of Morals: Varieties of Moral Possibility
Part 5: New Methodologies                                                                                                               
13. Culture Mapping: Philosophizing the Other — Hein Jeong                                                  117
A Review of C. Fred Alford, Think No Evil: Korean value in the age of globalization
14. The Windmills of Your Mind — Bryce Fintel                                                                       126
A Review of Brook Ziporyn, Being and Ambiguity: Philosophical Experiments with Tiantai Buddhism
15. Practical Deparochialization — Sitar Terrass-Shah                                                                136
A Review of Leigh Jenco, Changing Referents