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  1. Is there such a thing as chinese philosophy? Arguments of an implicit debate.Carine Defoort - 2001 - Philosophy East and West 51 (3):393-413.
    The question of whether or not there is such a thing as "Chinese philosophy" is seldom explicitly raised, but the implicit answers to this question--although different in China and the West--dominate institutional and academic decisions. This article not only constructs a typology to recognize, differentiate, and evaluate various answers to this question, but it also takes the sensitivity of this matter seriously by comparing it with one's attachment to something as sensitive, arbitrary, and meaningless as a family name.
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  2. Is "chinese philosophy" a proper name? A response to Rein Raud.Carine Defoort - 2006 - Philosophy East and West 56 (4):625-660.
    In lieu of an abstract, here is a brief excerpt of the content:Is "Chinese Philosophy" a Proper Name?A Response to Rein RaudCarine DefoortIn the preface to his Outline of the History of Chinese Philosophy, Hu Shi wrote: "Today, the two main branches of philosophy meet and influence each other. Whether or not in fifty years or one hundred a sort of world philosophy will finally arise cannot yet be ascertained."1 Although uncertain, Hu was still hopeful, since he believed that the (...)
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    The Mozi as an Evolving Text: Different Voices in Early Chinese Thought.Carine Defoort & Nicolas Standaert (eds.) - 2013 - Boston: Brill.
    The book Mozi , named after master Mo, was compiled in the course of the fifth-third centuries BCE. The seven studies included in the The Mozi as an Evolving Text analyse the Core Chapters, Dialogues, and Opening Chapters of the Mozi as an evolving text.
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    "Chinese Philosophy" at European Universities: A Threefold Utopia.Carine Defoort - 2017 - Philosophy East and West 67 (4):1049-1080.
    The problem of whether "Chinese philosophy" exists and deserves a place in Philosophy departments has not only remained unsolved but has even hardly led to any meaningful debate. The fact that repeated appeals to universality and fairness have largely remained unanswered indicates the limits of rationality in this matter. I have argued in the past that the futility of rational arguments is related to our emotional attachment to entities that fall beyond our control, such as the institutions where we are (...)
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    Confucius and the “Rectification of Names”: Hu Shi and the Modern Discourse on Zhengming.Carine Defoort - 2021 - Dao: A Journal of Comparative Philosophy 20 (4):613-633.
    The common approach to discussing Confucius’ advocacy of “correction of names” is to join the current academic debate about its meaning, usually in philosophical terms. Rather than joining in, however, this article describes the debate itself as a historically situated discourse largely dating from the early Republican era. I argue that Hu Shi 胡適 played a crucial but largely forgotten role in the creation of this discourse. While the core of the current discourse on zhengming consists of views that can (...)
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  6. The Pheasant Cap Master . A Rhetorical Reading.Carine Defoort - 1998 - Tijdschrift Voor Filosofie 60 (1):190-193.
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    Instruction Dialogues in the Zhuangzi: An “Anthropological” Reading.Carine Defoort - 2012 - Dao: A Journal of Comparative Philosophy 11 (4):459-478.
    There is a tendency in academia to read early Chinese masters as consistent philosophers. This is to some extent caused by the specific form in which these masters have been studied and taught for more than a century. Convinced of the influence that the form of transmission has on the content, this article studies the more fragmented parts of the book Zhuangzi—instruction scenes or dialogues—and more specifically their formal traits rather than the philosophical content conveyed in them. The focus is (...)
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    The Exclusion of Chinese Philosophy: "Ten Don'ts," "Three Represents," and "Eight Musts".Carine Defoort - 2020 - Philosophy East and West 70 (1):214-225.
    The legitimacy of Chinese philosophy is a thorny topic that has returned in waves during the last decades. The high tides were 2003 and 2016.1 While the topic can and has been discussed from a wide variety of points of view, most debates focus on the Chinese side: either on the nature and quality of early Chinese master texts or on current research at Chinese philosophy departments. Such reflections are important and deserve to be continued. However, one side of the (...)
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    Having a Word with Angus Graham: At Twenty-Five Years Into His Immortality.Carine Defoort & Roger T. Ames (eds.) - 2018 - Albany, NY: Suny Series in Chinese Philoso.
    Critical reflections on the work of Angus Charles Graham, renowned Western scholar of Chinese philosophy and sinology.
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    Causation in Chinese Philosophy.Carine Defoort - 2017 - In Eliot Deutsch & Ron Bontekoe (eds.), A Companion to World Philosophies. Oxford, UK: Blackwell. pp. 165–173.
    A cause has traditionally been thought of as that which produces an effect, and in terms of which this effect can be explained or accounted for. However spontaneously we turn to the idea of a cause in daily life, and however inevitable in jurisprudence, in modern science it is generally considered a relic of the past, and in philosophy it remains a topic of inexhaustible controversy. For almost twenty‐five centuries philosophers have been debating the nature of a cause, claiming that (...)
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  11. A Homeless Dog: Li Ling's Understanding of Confucius: Editor's Introduction.Carine Defoort - 2010 - Contemporary Chinese Thought 41 (2):3-11.
    This issue features translations of the preface, introduction, and six selected chapters from Li Ling's The Real Confucius Is Only Revealed by Stripping Away His Sagehood: Cross-Reading the Analects, a follow-up to his controversial 2007 book A Homeless Dog: My Reading of the Analects.
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    The Snail and Its Horns: Practical Philosophy Inspired by the Zhuangzi.Carine Defoort - 2022 - Journal of Chinese Philosophy 49 (4):358-372.
    In the last century, Western jargon and methodologies have overwhelmed the study of early Chinese texts. In an attempt to somewhat redress the balance, this paper retrieves a core notion from the Zhuangzi, “disputation” (bian 辯) or “distinctions” (bian 辨), to reflect upon a contemporary Western debate, namely about the exclusion of non-Western sources at philosophy departments. The detailed analysis of one anecdote about two states fighting each other on the horns of a snail leads to a view on disputation (...)
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  13. Are the three "jian ai" chapters about universal love?Carine Defoort - 2013 - In Carine Defoort & Nicolas Standaert (eds.), The Mozi as an Evolving Text: Different Voices in Early Chinese Thought. Brill.
     
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    Ren Jiyu: The Marxist View of Chinese Philosophy and Religion: Editors' Introduction.Yvonne Schulz Zinda & Carine Defoort - 2010 - Contemporary Chinese Thought 41 (4):3-17.
    The world of Chinese philosophy witnessed an ideological storm that raged for almost four decades in the second half of the twentieth century, and Ren Jiyu was a leading figure in it. The Marxist interpretation of traditional Chinese thought in terms of five scientifically determined historical stages, an economic substructure with its ideological superstructure, and a continuous struggle between materialism and idealism, was like a whirlwind that came and went in Chinese academia. This interpretive framework for the study of Chinese (...)
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    Pang Pu: Chinese Philosophy Between Joy and Anxiety: Editors' Introduction.Yu Jin & Carine Defoort - 2008 - Contemporary Chinese Thought 40 (4):3-9.
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    Roger Ames: Confucian Philosopher and Teacher: Editors' Introduction.Henry Rosemont & Carine Defoort - 2010 - Contemporary Chinese Thought 41 (3):3-13.
    This issue of Contemporary Chinese Thought presents selected addresses and papers from the first symposium hosted by the newly established Discussion Forum of Confucianism at the Sage's Birthplace, at Nishan, in Sishui county of Shandong province, which took place June 22-26, 2009. The "Symposium Celebrating Roger T. Ames's Scholarship on Confucianism" honored the University of Hawai'i professor of Chinese philosophy as a distinguished scholar and an extraordinary teacher and mentor.
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    Editor's Introduction.Carine Defoort & Ge Zhaoguang - 2002 - Contemporary Chinese Thought 33 (3):3-8.
    During recent decades China has been visited by various "heats": the "Culture Heat" in the mid-1980s, the "Cultural Criticism Heat" in the late 1980s, the "Mao Zedong Heat" in the early 1990s, the "Chinese Traditional Studies Heat" in the late 1990s, and the "Old Three Classes Culture Heat" also in this decade, to name only the most prevalent. It is not always clear when and how a hot topic turns into a "heat," precisely what is burning, and how to handle (...)
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    A Way not to Follow; the Art not to Know. Inspired by Patricia De Martelaere’s Work on Taoism.Carine Defoort - 2015 - Tijdschrift Voor Filosofie 77 (3):515-531.
    Patricia De Martelaere was a Belgian author, philosopher, and practitioner of shadowboxing. She wrote an inspiring little book on Taoism that stresses the physical, energetic, and martial aspects of its practice. This paper elaborates upon three central ideas from her work, turns them into a direction that she did not envision, and applies them to a critical-historical interpretation of the Taoist texts that she elaborates upon: an active way of non-knowing, the awareness of a shared ground, and the intellectual fertility (...)
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    Comment and discussion.Carine Defoort - 2001 - Philosophy East and West 51 (3):393-413.
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    Contemporary Confucian political philosophy: toward progressive Confucianism/Angle, Steven C.(Cambridge, 2012).Carine Defoort - 2013 - Tijdschrift Voor Filosofie 75 (2):394-395.
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    Confucian Concord: Reform, Utopia and Global Teleology in Kang Youwei's Datong Shu by Federico Brusadelli.Carine Defoort - 2022 - Philosophy East and West 72 (2):1-5.
    Confucian Concord: Reform, Utopia and Global Teleology in Kang Youwei's Datong Shu analyses the thought of the late Qing reformer Kang Youwei 康有為. His well-known Datongshu 大同書, conceived in 1884 and finally published in 1935, functions as a prism. The research interest of Federico Brusadelli, Lecturer in Chinese History at the University of Naples L'Orientale, reaches beyond Kang’s thought to the production of histories and their political relevance in the two last centuries. The author presents the Great Concord as an (...)
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    Confucian filial piety: root of morality or source of corruption?Carine Defoort - 2007 - Contemporary Chinese Thought 39.
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    Christianity in China: the work of Yang Huilin: editor's introduction.Carine Defoort - 2004 - Contemporary Chinese Thought: Translations and Studies 36 (1):3-6.
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    Chinese Scholars on Chinese Philosophy.Carine Defoort - 1999 - Contemporary Chinese Thought 30 (4):4-8.
    Today is probably the first time that so many people with such a wide variety of backgrounds are together at the Higher Institute of Philosphy of the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven to hear Chinese scholars talk about their own intellectual tradition. And for the Chinese scholars from Beijing University, it is probably the first time that they speak before such a large audience of non-Chinese people and even non-China scholars. This is a challenge for both sides, but we do not come (...)
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    Chen Shaoming on the Methodology of Chinese Philosophy: Experience, Imagination, Reflection.Carine Defoort - 2017 - Contemporary Chinese Thought 48 (2):51-54.
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    Excavated Manuscripts and Political Thought: Cao Feng on Early Chinese Texts: Editor's Introduction.Carine Defoort - 2013 - Contemporary Chinese Thought 44 (4):3-9.
    This issue presents the research on early Chinese texts by Cao Feng, a philosophy professor at Tsinghua University. He is an expert in early Chinese political philosophy and philosophy of language found in transmitted and excavated texts. His extensive education in Japan has left him well versed in Japanese sinology. Although a critical researcher in the field of early Chinese thought and a very prolific writer in both Chinese and Japanese, Cao Feng is little known in the West. This issue (...)
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    Excavated Manuscripts and Political Thought: Cao Feng on Early Chinese Texts: Editor's Introduction.Carine Defoort - 2013 - Contemporary Chinese Thought 44 (4):3-9.
    This issue presents the research on early Chinese texts by Cao Feng, a philosophy professor at Tsinghua University. He is an expert in early Chinese political philosophy and philosophy of language found in transmitted and excavated texts. His extensive education in Japan has left him well versed in Japanese sinology. Although a critical researcher in the field of early Chinese thought and a very prolific writer in both Chinese and Japanese, Cao Feng is little known in the West. This issue (...)
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    Guodian. Part I: editor's introduction.Carine Defoort - 2000 - Contemporary Chinese Thought: Translations and Studies 32.
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    Having a Word with Angus Graham.Carine Defoort & Roger T. Ames - 2018 - In Carine Defoort & Roger T. Ames (eds.), Having a Word with Angus Graham: At Twenty-Five Years Into His Immortality. Albany, NY: Suny Series in Chinese Philoso. pp. 1-9.
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  30. How Do Teachers "Realize" Their Students?: Reflections on Zhi in the Analects.Carine Defoort - 2021 - In Ian M. Sullivan & Joshua Mason (eds.), One corner of the square: essays on the philosophy of Roger T. Ames. Honolulu: University of Hawaiʻi Press.
     
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  31. Hemel en Aarde verenigen zich door rituelen: een bloemlezing uit het werk van de Chinese wijsgeer Xunzi.Carine Defoort & Nicolas Standaert (eds.) - 2003
     
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  32. Hellemans, St., Het tijdperk van de wereldreligies.Carine Defoort - 2008 - Tijdschrift Voor Filosofie 70 (1):187.
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    Introduction: Comparative philosophy in the low countries.Carine Defoort - 1995 - Philosophy East and West 45 (4):473.
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    Kurtz, Joachim, The Discovery of Chinese Logic: Leiden: Brill, 2011, xiv + 474 pages.Carine Defoort - 2012 - Dao: A Journal of Comparative Philosophy 11 (4):527-532.
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    News and notes.Carine Defoort & Sarah A. Queen - 1997 - Philosophy East and West 47 (2).
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    Obscurity about Clarity: A Reply to R. P. Peerenboom.Carine Defoort - 1994 - Philosophy East and West 44 (2):379 - 385.
  37. Orientational Issues in Textual Interpretation: Editor's Introduction to Essays by Liu Xiaogan.Carine Defoort - 2008 - Contemporary Chinese Thought 40 (2):3-6.
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    Preface.Carine Defoort - 1999 - Contemporary Chinese Thought 30 (4):3-3.
    In October of last year, the Sinology Department of the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven organized a one-week seminar on the topic "Contemporary Chinese Scholars on Chinese Philosophy" , together with the philosophy departments of Beijing University and the K.U. Leuven. Each of the five morning sessions consisted of a lecture by a Beijing University scholar, followed by the response of a K.U. Leuven scholar and discussion with the audience. The lectures covered the fields of Song-Ming thought , pre-Qin daoism , comparative (...)
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    Response to Wang Bo's Paper.Carine Defoort - 1999 - Contemporary Chinese Thought 30 (4):41-43.
    Allow me first to congratulate the speaker for his most interesting talk. His strategy is well taken and convincing: Look at a Zhuangzi chapter that has been largely neglected by philosophers, identify its concerns, and read other Zhuangzi chapters through these concerns, rather than as mere variants of Western "philosophy." The concerns of the chapter "The Human World" lie, first of all, with staying alive when giving political advice or being sent on a diplomatic mission. The art of staying alive (...)
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    The discovery of Chinese logic/Kurtz, Joachim (Leiden, 2011).Carine Defoort - 2012 - Dao: A Journal of Comparative Philosophy 11 (3).
  41. The importance of Daoism. Part II: editor's introduction.Carine Defoort - 1998 - Contemporary Chinese Thought: Translations and Studies 31 (1):3-6.
     
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    The Pheasant Cap Master (He guan zi): A Rhetorical Reading.Carine Defoort & Ho-Kuan-Tzu - 1997 - SUNY Press.
    This first book-length study in English explores the long neglected ancient Chinese treatise: the Pheasant Cap Master or He guan zi (3rd century B.C.).
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    The religious nature of Confucianism in contemporary China's “Cultural Renaissance movement: editor's introduction”.Carine Defoort - 2012 - Contemporary Chinese Thought: Translations and Studies 44.
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    The rise of social justice.Carine Defoort & David Kelly - 2006 - Contemporary Chinese Thought: Translations and Studies 38.
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    The rhetorical power of naming: The case of regicide.Carine Defoort - 1998 - Asian Philosophy 8 (2):111 – 118.
    The traditional reading of ancient Chinese texts focuses on their content rather than their modes of expression: truth is considered a given, of which language is merely the expression. This approach misses out on a predominant way of arguing in Chinese texts, namely to evaluate the situation by (re) naming it. A discussion of four textual fragments (up to the 2nd century BC) concerning the topic of regicide illustrates different degrees of this type of argumentation. Among philosophers discussion occurs in (...)
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  46. Tien stellingen tegen Confucius: Het pleidooi van de Chinese wijsgeer Mozi.Carine Defoort & Nicolas Standaert (eds.) - 2009
     
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    Unfounded and Unfollowed.Carine Defoort - 2018 - In Carine Defoort & Roger T. Ames (eds.), Having a Word with Angus Graham: At Twenty-Five Years Into His Immortality. Albany, NY: Suny Series in Chinese Philoso. pp. 165-184.
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    Unravelling the Connections Between the Mozi and the Mencius.Carine Defoort - 2023 - In Yang Xiao & Kim-Chong Chong (eds.), Dao Companion to the Philosophy of Mencius. Springer. pp. 25-47.
    Standard narratives on the relation between Mozi and Mencius portray them as early Chinese masters with consistent philosophies in opposition to each other. However valuable, these narratives tend to rely on the same interpretative choices that have become solidified into hardly questioned facts. Inspired by a “hermeneutic of informed ignorance,” this paper tries to unravel a number of alternative interpretations from the same texts. The focus is a limited set of passages: the four Mencius statements explicitly mentioning Mozi and the (...)
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    Excavated Manuscripts and Political Thought: Cao Feng on Early Chinese Texts: Editor's Introduction.Carine Defoort & Excavated Manuscripts - 2013 - Contemporary Chinese Thought 44 (4):3-9.
    This issue presents the research on early Chinese texts by Cao Feng, a philosophy professor at Tsinghua University. He is an expert in early Chinese political philosophy and philosophy of language found in transmitted and excavated texts. His extensive education in Japan has left him well versed in Japanese sinology. Although a critical researcher in the field of early Chinese thought and a very prolific writer in both Chinese and Japanese, Cao Feng is little known in the West. This issue (...)
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  50. Volume 41 (Fall 2009–Summer 2010).Carine Defoort, Henry Rosemont Jr, Roger Ames & Confucian Philosopher - 2010 - Contemporary Chinese Thought 41 (4):89-90.
     
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