Synopses & Reviews
Imagining Boundaries explores the mapping of the intellectual tradition of Confucianism in Chinese history. The authors show that the Confucian tradition is not a neatly packaged organic whole in which the constitutive parts fall naturally into place, but rather that it displays the ruptures of all cultural constructions. Accordingly, Confucianism has been configured and reconfigured in time in to changing intellectual and circumstances.
This anthology addresses the constant negotiation of the boundaries of Confucianism within itself and in relation to other intellectual traditions, the fluidity of the Confucian canon, the dialogical relations Between text and discourse in establishing boundaries for the Confucian tradition, and the textual and discursive strategies employed in the imagining of boundaries, which expanded or restricted the intellectual space of Confucianism.
Rejecting an interpretation of Confucianism as a homogenous master-narrative and worldview, the book uses the variegated histories of Confucianism to interrogate the tradition itself, unpacking and highlighting its complexity and diversity.
Table of Contents
Introduction: fluidity of the Confucian canon and discursive strategies / On-cho Ng and Kai-wing Chow -- A problematic model: the Han "Orthodox synthesis," then and now / Michael Nylan -- The formulation of early medieval Confucian metaphysics: Huang K'an's (488-545) accommodation of Neo-Taoism and Buddhism / Yuet Keung Lo -- Military governance versus civil governance: a comparison of the Old history and the New history of the five dynasties / Tze-ki Hon -- Strategies in neo-Confucian heresiography / John B. Henderson -- "Goodness unbound": Wang Yang-ming and the redrawing of the boundary of Confucianism / Kandice Hauf -- Between canonicity and heterodoxy: hermeneutical moments of the Great learning (Ta-hsueh) / Kai-wing Chow -- Negotiating the boundary between hermeneutics and philosophy in early Ch'ing Ch'eng-Chu Confucianism: Li Kuang-ti's (1642-1718) study of the Doctrine of the mean (Chung-yung) and Great learning (Ta-hsueh) / On-cho Ng -- Treading the weedy path: T'ang Chen (1630-1704) and the world of the Confucian middlebrow / Hsiung Ping-chen -- Discovering monotheistic metaphysics: the exegetical reflections of James Legge (1815-1897) and Lo Chung-fan (d. circa 1850) / Lauren Pfister.