Confucianism as Religion

Controversies and Consequences
 
 
Brill (Verlag)
  • 1. Auflage
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  • erschienen am 8. November 2012
 
  • Buch
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  • Hardcover
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  • XII, 208 Seiten
978-90-04-24373-6 (ISBN)
 
On the Rhetoric of Defining Confucianism as a Religion tackles the perennially controversial question of whether Confucianism is a religion. After surveying the epistemological difficulties in both Chinese and Western scholarship in addressing the controversy over Confucian religiosity, Yong Chen convincingly reveals the sociopolitical and cultural stakes that are deeply entangled with the controversy. He brings the issue to the scrutiny of the latest theoretical constructions in religious studies and anthropology and, by defying Wilfred C. Smith's claim that it is a question that the West has never been able to answer and China never been able to ask, proposes a holistic and contextual approach to the question about the religious status of Confucianism.
xii, 208pp.
  • Englisch
  • Leiden
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  • Niederlande
  • Für Beruf und Forschung
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  • Scholars and graduate students in the fields of Confucian studies and Chinese religions, and anyone interested in the religiosity of Confucianism and its contemporary relevance.
  • laminiert
  • Höhe: 241 mm
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  • Breite: 163 mm
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  • Dicke: 28 mm
  • 748 gr
978-90-04-24373-6 (9789004243736)
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Yong Chen, PhD (2005), Vanderbilt University, is Research Professor of Chinese philosophy and religion at El Colegio de Mexico. He has published a number of articles on contemporary Confucianism, including "Renewing Confucianism as a Living Tradition in 21st Century China."
Chapter 1: Problems and Ambiguity Surrounding the Question of Confucian Religiosity
1. The Epistemological Problem: Transculturing the Term Religion
2. The Linguistic Ambiguity of Terms: Rujia, Rujiao, Ruxue
3. Values and Implications in the Discourse on Confucian Religiosity
Chapter 2: Historical Discussions on the Question of Confucian Religiosity
1. Kang Youwei and the Kongjiao Controversy
2. The Resurrection of the Controversy: Context, Agenda, and Rhetoric
3. Western Scholarship on Confucian Religiosity
Chapter 3: Epistemological Significance on the Controversy over Confucian Religiosity
1. The Pragmatic Turn in Defining Religion
2. Definability of Confuciansim in Terms of Religion
3. Epistemological Significance of the Controversy
Chapter 4: Cultural and Historical Significance of the Controversy over Confucian Religiosity
1. Fractured Continuity between Tradition and Modernity
2. The New Confucian Approach to the Question on Confucian Religiosity
3. The New Confucian Approach to the Problem of Modernity
4. The Theoretical Limitation of New Confucianism
5. Engaging Tradition in Post-Confucian Paradigms
6. Jiang Qing as a Confucian Religion Maker
"[Chen's way of looking] at the debate over Confucian religiousness provides a way toward understanding the existential condition of the Chinese people in modern times and the obsession of Chinese intellectuals with the conundrum of tradition and modernity."
Christian Jochim, San Jose State University, Review of Religion and Chinese Society 2.2 (2015)

"The author can not only expose the epistemological significance of defining Confucian within the category of religion, but also he shows that the controversy over the religious character of Confucianism can be dissociated from the nationalistic and "salvific" attempts of the apparently Confucian essence and nature of Chinese culture (pp. 137-175). [...] Yong Chen proposes in his book a comprehensive and contextual approach to solving the problem of whether Confucianism is a religion. This should make sinologists and scholars in religious studies, and graduate students in the fields of Confucian studies and Chinese religions, and anyone interested in the religiosity of Confucianism and its contemporary relevance delve into this book and search for his or her answer to this question."
Zbigniew Wesolowski, Monumenta Serica 62 (2014)

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