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    Spiritual Discipline, Emotions, and Behavior during the Song Dynasty: Zhu Xi's and Qisong's Commentaries on the Zhongyong in Comparative Perspective.Diana Arghirescu - 2020 - Philosophy East and West 70 (1):1-26.
    The present study subscribes to efforts undertaken by recent scholarship that focus on bringing out the connections between Song Neo-Confucian and Chan thoughts and practices. It proposes a new exploratory approach in the realm of philosophical ethics, namely a comparative hermeneutics of two Song-dynasty commentaries on the Confucian classic the Zhongyong. This study also puts forward a new Song-dynasty perspective on this text, a point of view common to both the Neo-Confucian and Chan schools, as I will demonstrate, which focuses (...)
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    The Neo-Confucian Transmoral Dimension of Zhu Xi's Moral Thought.Diana Arghirescu - 2019 - Philosophy East and West 69 (1):52-70.
    This essay is an examination of the perception during the Song dynasty of moral life and human nature as reflected in the moral thought of Zhu Xi 朱熹. It is based on the assumption that for every historical period there is a corresponding particular type of morality.1 The thesis that this analysis defends is the existence of an immanent transmoral dimension within Neo-Confucian morality. This dimension is fully immanent as a constantly present grounding of the individual. It is also fully (...)
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    On Otherness and Sameness: A Dialogue between Zhu Xi and Levinas on Ethical Interrelatedness.Diana Arghirescu - 2022 - Philosophy East and West 72 (3):573-593.
    Abstract:This essay develops a dialogue between Zhu Xi's thirteenth-century Neo-Confucian thought and Levinas' twentieth-century Western philosophy, around the notion of interrelatedness between individuals, between self and other. Despite the fact that Zhu Xi and Levinas belong to diff erent cultural universes and to diff erent philosophical spiritualities, and lived in diff erent historical times, they share the same interest in exploring, interpreting, and building interrelatedness, and therefore in ethics and ethical relationships. Through an intertextual and hermeneutical approach, the essay builds (...)
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    Zhu Xi’s Spirituality: A New Interpretation of the Great Learning.Diana Arghirescu - 2012 - Journal of Chinese Philosophy 39 (2):272-289.
    This essay analyzes the spiritual dimension of Zhu Xi's thought as reflected in his commentary on the four inner stages of the Great Learning (the Daxue《大學》). I begin with a presentation of the notions “spirituality,” “religion,” and “practice,” and of the interpretative methods used. I then examine the signification of Zhu Xi's Neo-Confucian numinous root as embodied in the luminous moral potentiality, investigate from this perspective each one of the four inner stages of the Great Learning, and point out the (...)
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    Thinking Transcendence as Ethical Relationship and Its Cultural Presuppositions: A Hermeneutical Encounter between Zhu Xi’s ‘Authentic Nature’ and Levinas’ ‘Face’.Diana Arghirescu - forthcoming - Philosophy East and West.
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    Interrelatedness in Chinese religious traditions: an intercultural philosophy.Diana Arghirescu - 2022 - New York, NY, USA: Bloomsbury Academic, Bloomsbury Publishing Plc.
    The study of religions is essential for understanding other cultures, building a sense of belonging in a multicultural world and fostering a global intercultural dialogue. Exploring Chinese religions as one interlocutor in this dialogue, Diana Arghirescu engages with Song-dynasty Confucian and Buddhist theoretical developments through a detailed study of the original texts of the Chan scholar-monk Qisong (1007-1072) and the Neo-Confucian master Zhu Xi (1130-1200). Starting with these figures, she builds an interpretive theory focusing on "ethical interrelatedness" and proposes it (...)
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    New Developments in Zhu Xi Studies: A Hermeneutical Study of Returning to Zhu Xi.Diana Arghirescu - 2017 - Comparative and Continental Philosophy 9 (1):88-95.
    This essay presents and examines the book Returning to Zhu Xi: Emerging Patterns within the Supreme Polarity edited by David Jones and Jinli He. I argue that the contributions introduce new conclusions of the investigations on Zhu Xi’s thought, made during the last 30 years, thus continuing the previous scholarly dialogue initiated by Wing-tsit Chan. I then examine the new translations of Zhu Xi’s main terms proposed in this volume, as well as the topics proposed by the contributors. I conclude (...)
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    Song neo‐confucian conceptions of morality and moral sources (zhu XI): Connections with Chan buddhism.Diana Arghirescu - 2020 - Journal of Chinese Philosophy 47 (3-4):193-212.
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    Between Heart-Mind and Names: Interrelatedness in the Chan Scholar-Monk Qisong’s Thought.Diana Arghirescu - 2021 - Comparative and Continental Philosophy 13 (3):220-234.
    ABSTRACT This essay explores in depth one aspect of a topic that looms large in Song dynasty philosophy—the mutual interaction between Confucianism and Chan Buddhism. Under these reciprocal influences, both experience meaningful and definitive changes. This Song philosophical legacy became emblematic, and has remained so until now, of the Chinese way of thinking. Yü Ying-shih describes this exchange as a bi-directional development: “the process of Confucianization of Northern Song Buddhism,” in other words, “the process of becoming proficient as Confucian scholars (...)
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    New Insights into the Mutual Exchange Between Confucianism and Buddhism in East Asia.Diana Arghirescu - 2021 - Comparative and Continental Philosophy 13 (1):98-107.
    ABSTRACT Starting from a comparative, textual investigation, the present research proposes a transcultural analysis of the early interaction between Confucianism and Buddhism in China, Korea, and Japan, and of their historical movement from tension/disconnection to mutual acceptance and reciprocal influence.
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    Confluences between Neo-Confucian and Chan Practical Methods of Self-Cultivation; The Anthology Reflections on Things at Hand_ and the _Platform Sutra in Comparative Perspective.Diana Arghirescu - 2019 - Comparative and Continental Philosophy 11 (3):265-280.
    This essay is a case study concerning the problem of rethinking the relationship between Neo-Confucian (Cheng-Zhu school) and Chan schools of thought. The study builds a comparative perspective on two representative texts assembled during the Song dynasty that concern methods of self-cultivation. My theoretical framework is hermeneutical and involves a twofold articulation of correlatives: “inward-outward” and “procedural morality-substantive morality.” By presenting a comparative interpretation of ideas developed in these texts, this analysis highlights the following two components: first, the existence of (...)
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