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    Genuine pretending: on the philosophy of the Zhuangzi.Hans-Georg Moeller - 2017 - New York: Columbia University Press. Edited by Paul J. D'Ambrosio.
    This book presents an innovative reading of Daoist philosophy that highlights the critical and therapeutic functions of satire and humor. Moeller and D'Ambrosio show how the Zhuangzi expounds the Daoist art of "genuine pretending" the paradoxical skill of enacting social roles without submitting to them or letting them define one's identity.
  2. Daoism explained: from the dream of the butterfly to the fishnet allegory.Hans-Georg Moeller - 2004 - Chicago, Ill.: Open Court.
    The book also sheds new light on many important allegories by showing how modern translations often conceal the wit and humor of the Chinese original.
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    You and Your Profile: Identity After Authenticity.Hans-Georg Moeller & Paul J. D'Ambrosio - 2021 - Columbia University Press.
    More and more, we present ourselves and encounter others through profiles. A profile shows us not as we are seen directly but how we are perceived by a broader public. As we observe how others observe us, we calibrate our self-presentation accordingly. Profile-based identity is evident everywhere from pop culture to politics, marketing to morality. But all too often critics simply denounce this alleged superficiality in defense of some supposedly pure ideal of authentic or sincere expression. This book argues that (...)
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    The Moral Fool: A Case for Amorality.Hans-Georg Moeller - 2009 - Columbia University Press.
    Justice, equality, and righteousness—these are some of our greatest moral convictions. Yet in times of social conflict, morals can become rigid, making religious war, ethnic cleansing, and political purges possible. Morality, therefore, can be viewed as pathology-a rhetorical, psychological, and social tool that is used and abused as a weapon. An expert on Eastern philosophies and social systems theory, Hans-Georg Moeller questions the perceived goodness of morality and those who claim morality is inherently positive. Critiquing the ethical "fanaticism" of Western (...)
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    The Philosophy of the Daodejing.Hans-Georg Moeller - 2006 - Columbia University Press.
    He explores the recurring images and ideas that shape the work and offers a variety of useful approaches to understanding and appreciating this canonical text.
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    Incongruent Names: A Theme in the History of Chinese Philosophy.Paul J. D’Ambrosio, Hans-Rudolf Kantor & Hans-Georg Moeller - 2018 - Dao: A Journal of Comparative Philosophy 17 (3):305-330.
    This essay is meant to shed light on a discourse that spans centuries and includes different voices. To be aware of such trans-textual resonances can add a level of historical understanding to the reading of philosophical texts. Specifically, we intend to demonstrate how the notion of the ineffable Dao 道, prominently expressed in the Daodejing 道德經, informs a long discourse on incongruent names in distinction to a mainstream paradigm that demands congruity between names and what they designate. Thereby, we trace (...)
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    Hundun's Mistake: Satire and Sanity in the Zhuangzi.Hans-Georg Moeller - 2017 - Philosophy East and West 67 (3):783-800.
    The narrative of the Death of Emperor Hundun 混沌, who finally perishes from the seventh hole that his two fellow Emperors have drilled into his formless body to do him the favor of supplying him with a face, famously concludes the seven Inner Chapters of the Zhuangzi 莊子.1 Perhaps the sudden demise of the story’s protagonist is meant to signal paradoxically to the reader that he or she, too, has, unwittingly, now come to an end and reached a stage of (...)
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    The Radical Luhmann.Hans-Georg Moeller - 2011 - Columbia University Press.
    In The Radical Luhmann, Moeller focuses on Luhmann's paradigm shift from philosophy to theory, which introduced new perspectives on the contemporary world.
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  9. The naked scribe : The skill of dissociation in society.Hans-Georg Moeller - 2019 - In Karyn Lai & Wai Wai Chiu (eds.), Skill and Mastery Philosophical Stories from the Zhuangzi. London: Rowman and Littlefield International.
     
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    Critique, subversion, and Chinese philosophy: socio-political, conceptual, and methodological challenges.Hans-Georg Moeller & Andrew K. Whitehead (eds.) - 2020 - New York: Bloomsbury Academic.
    An in-depth account of how critique and subversion have been integral parts of the history and development of Chinese philosophy from the classical period to the present.
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    On second-order observation and genuine pretending: Coming to terms with society.Hans-Georg Moeller - 2017 - Thesis Eleven 143 (1):28-43.
    This paper discusses the meaning of the concept of ‘second-order observation’ used by Niklas Luhmann. Luhmann identifies second-order observation as a defining characteristic of modern world society. According to Luhmann, all social systems construct a social reality on the basis of the observation of observations. Rating agencies in the economy or the peer-review process in the academic system are examples of social mechanisms manifesting second-order observation. Social media also represent organized second-order observation. The paper suggests that in a society based (...)
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    The King's Slaughterer—or, The Royal Way of Nourishing Life.Hans-Georg Moeller - 2020 - Philosophy East and West 70 (1):155-173.
    The story of “Cook Ding” —who actually acts not so much as a cook, but as a butcher at a ruler’s court—has gained almost iconic status as, one might say, the mother of all knack stories in the Zhuangzi 莊子. It has become one of the most widely known narratives of the text, both in and outside the Chinese cultural world, and in both past and contemporary times. The story, and its protagonist, have thereby come to represent a standard conception (...)
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  13. Sincerity, authenticity and profilicity: Notes on the problem, a vocabulary and a history of identity.Hans-Georg Moeller & Paul J. D’Ambrosio - 2019 - Philosophy and Social Criticism 45 (5):575-596.
    This essay attempts to provide a preliminary outline of a theory of identity. The first section addresses what the sociologist Niklas Luhmann has called ‘the problem of identity’, or, in other words, the mind–society (rather than the mind–body) problem: In how far can the internal (psychological) self and the external (social) persona be integrated into a unit? The second section of the essay briefly defines a basic vocabulary of a theory of identity. ‘Identity’ is understood as the existentially necessary formation (...)
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    Hierarchy and Identity.Hans-Georg Moeller - 2023 - Ethical Perspectives 29 (4):423-438.
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    Daoist Criticisms of Confucian Sacrificial Rites.Hans-Georg Moeller - 2012 - Sophia 51 (2):283-292.
    Various passages in the Laozi and the Zhuangzi, the two most important texts of “philosophical Daoism,” critically mock Confucian sacrificial rites. Perhaps the best known of these criticisms refers to a practice involving straw dogs (Laozi 5, Zhuangzi 14). This article will attempt to expose the philosophical dimensions of these passages that show, in my reading, how Daoist philosophy looks at such sacrificial rituals as a sort of evidence of the Confucian misconceptions of time, of death and life, and of (...)
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    Kill Stories: A Critical Narrative Genre in the Zhuangzi.Hans-Georg Moeller - 2023 - Dao: A Journal of Comparative Philosophy 22 (3):397-412.
    This essay suggests that a narrative genre of “kill stories” has a prominent philosophical function in the Zhuangzi 莊子. Kill stories depict the domestication and disciplining of “wild” living beings eventually resulting in their death. They typically show an incongruity between the moral attitude of the perpetrators and their destructive deeds. Thereby, they illustrate a critique of a broader sociopolitical “master narrative” associated with the Confucian tradition that had a strong impact on ideology and ethical values in early China. In (...)
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    New confucianism and the semantics of individuality. A Luhmannian analysis.Hans-Georg Moeller - 2004 - Asian Philosophy 14 (1):25 – 39.
    This article discusses New Confucian views on individuality and related philosophical problems. Special emphasis is given to the position of Tu Wei-Ming, a foremost living New Confucian thinker. It is pointed out that many New Confucian philosophers share a vision of a Confucian 'ideal' individuality or selfhood based on social integration - as opposed to a Western type of individuality sometimes portrayed as an individuality by isolation. These patterns of individuality are further examined on the basis of Niklas Luhmann's historical (...)
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    Symposium: Does Cross-Cultural Philosophy Stand in Need of a Hermeneutic Expansion?Douglas L. Berger, Hans-Georg Moeller, A. Raghuramaraju & Paul A. Roth - 2017 - Journal of World Philosophies 2 (1):121-143.
    Does cross-cultural philosophy stand in need of a hermeneutical expansion? In engaging with this question, the symposium focuses upon methodological issues salient to cross-cultural inquiry. Douglas L. Berger lays out the ground for the debate by arguing for a methodological approach, which is able to rectify the discipline’s colonial legacies and bridge the hermeneutical distance with its objects of study. From their own perspectives, Hans-Georg Moeller, Paul Roth and A. Raghuramaraju analyze whether such a processual and hermeneutically-sensitive approach can indeed (...)
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    Gangster Zhi: Comedic Daoist Philosophical Practice.Hans-Georg Moeller - 2023 - Journal of Chinese Philosophy 50 (1):17-27.
    This paper argues that the Zhuangzi 《莊子》 represents a specific type of Daoist practical philosophy: It is medicinal or therapeutic and seeks to promote existential ease, often by means of humor. Part of its approach to practical philosophy consists in pointing out the impracticality of many early Chinese philosophical doctrines, and, especially, Confucian political and ethical teachings. To illustrate this understanding of the Zhuangzi, the narrative of Confucius’ visit to the legendary Gangster Zhi (dao zhi 盜跖) is analyzed in some (...)
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    No child left behind? A daoist critique of some humanist ideals of education.Hans-Georg Moeller - 2006 - Journal of Chinese Philosophy 33 (4):517–528.
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    Beyond Originality: The Birth of Profilicity from the Spirit of Postmodernity.Hans-Georg Moeller - 2022 - Kritike 16 (2):1-15.
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    Political New Sincerity and Profilicity.Paul J. D’Ambrosio & Hans-Georg Moeller - 2021 - Philosophy Today 65 (1):105-123.
    The past few years have seen a dramatic backlash against identity politics from academics such as Michael Sandel, Kwame Appiah, Mark Lilla, and Francis Fukuyama. In the vocabulary of identity conceptions, we can classify this as a reaction to a growing dissatisfaction with the perceived hollowness and ineffectiveness of “authenticity” that calls for a return to “sincerity”—or a “Political New Sincerity.” We argue that a third identity paradigm is in play as well, namely “profilicity.” This profile-based approach to understanding oneself, (...)
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  23. Emotions and moralitiy in Confucianism and Daoism.Hans-Georg Moeller - 2013 - In Yi Guo, Sasa Josifovic & Asuman Lätzer-Lasar (eds.), Metaphysical foundations of knowledge and ethics in Chinese and European philosophy. Paderborn: Wilhelm Fink.
     
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    The Old Master. A Syncretic Reading of the Laozi from Mawangdui Text A Onward. By Hongkyung Kim.Hans-Georg Moeller - 2013 - Journal of Chinese Philosophy 40 (1):205-208.
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    Selfie Politics: The Political Commodification of Yourself.Hans-Georg Moeller - 2021 - Kritike 15 (3):147-154.
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    Metaphysical Foundations of Knowledge and Ethics in Chinese and European Philosophy.Guo Yi, Chung-Ying Cheng, Asuman Lätzer-Lasar, Hans-Georg Moeller, Arran Gare, Sasa Josifovic, Paul Cobben, Günter Zöller, Christian Krijnen, Tilman Borsche, Ralph Weber & Richard N. Stichler (eds.) - 2013 - Paderborn: Wilhelm Fink.
    In the history of Chinese and European philosophy, metaphysics has played an outstanding role: it is a theoretical framework which provides the basis for a philosophical understanding of the world and the self. A theory of the self is well integrated in a metaphysical understanding of the totality of nature as a dynamic process of continuous changes. According to this view, the purpose of existence can be conceived of as the development and realization of the full potential given to the (...)
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    Confucian “Negative Ethics” for a Global World?-Why Not?!Hans-Georg Moeller - 2010 - THE JOURNAL OF ASIAN PHILOSOPHY IN KOREA 34:311-328.
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    Expert vs. influencer: Philosophy presented under conditions of second-order observation.Chiang Hio Fai, Rory O’Neill & Hans-Georg Moeller - 2021 - Human Affairs 31 (4):470-478.
    Philosophy is presented in a wide range of forms, none of which can be convincingly claimed to be the “genuine” one. Historically speaking, there is not one “proper” way of doing philosophy, evidencing what may be called the social contingency of philosophy. This paper aims to provide a “critical” philosophy of today, in the Kantian sense of a philosophy that reflects on the conditions of its possibility, and thereby acknowledges the limitations they impose. Conceptually, our approach is grounded in Niklas (...)
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    Reflections on Incongruent Names, Including the Name “Best Essay,” in Response to Respondents.Paul J. D’Ambrosio, Hans-Rudolf Kantor & Hans-Georg Moeller - 2020 - Dao: A Journal of Comparative Philosophy 19 (4):645-655.
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    Ziporyn, Brook, the penumbra unbound: The neo-taoist philosophy of Guo Xiang.Paul D’Ambrosio & Hans-Georg Moeller - 2007 - Dao: A Journal of Comparative Philosophy 6 (4):437-440.
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    Selfhood east and west: de-constructions of identity: selected papers from the 18th symposium of the Academie du Midi: Identity--East and West, Alet-les-Bains, France, 2010.Jason Dockstader, Hans-Georg Moeller & Günter Wohlfart (eds.) - 2012 - Nordhausen: Traugott Bautz.
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    The Bloomsbury research handbook of Chinese aesthetics and philosophy of art.Marcello Ghilardi & Hans-Georg Moeller (eds.) - 2021 - New York: Bloomsbury Academic.
    For anyone working in aesthetics interested in understanding the richness of the Chinese aesthetic tradition this handbook is the place to start. Comprised of general introductory overviews, critical reflections and contextual analysis, it covers everything from the origins of aesthetics in China to the role of aesthetics in philosophy today. Beginning in early China (1st millennium BCE), it traces the Chinese aesthetic tradition, exploring the import of the term aesthetics into Chinese thought via Japan around the end of the 19th (...)
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    Imagination: Cross-Cultural Philosophical Analyses.Hans-Georg Moeller & Andrew Whitehead (eds.) - 2018 - New York: Bloomsbury Academic.
    Imagination: Cross-Cultural Philosophical Analyses is a rare intercultural inquiry into the conceptions and functions of the imagination in contemporary philosophy. Divided into East Asian, comparative, and post-comparative approaches, it brings together a leading team of philosophers to explore the concepts of the illusory and illusions, the development of fantastic narratives and metaphors, and the use of images and allegories across a broad range of traditions. Chapters discuss how imagination has been interpreted by thinkers such as Zhuangzi, Plato, Confucius, Heidegger, and (...)
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    Philosophieren über den Krieg =.Hans-Georg Moeller & Günter Wohlfart (eds.) - 2008 - Berlin: Parerga.
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    Philosophieren über den Tod =.Hans-Georg Moeller & Günter Wohlfart (eds.) - 2004 - Köln: Edition Chora.
    Der Tod ist seit jeher und über alle Grenzen hinweg ein Grundthema der Philosophien gewesen - und nicht nur der Philosophien, sondern natürlich ebenso der Religionen, der Literaturen, der Künste. Die Sorgen, die der Tod bereitet, sind nicht allein mehr oder weniger universal oder existentiell, sie sind auch unauflösbar: Mit dem Tod wird man nicht fertig, bis er kommt. Und auch dann wird der Tod bekanntlich eher fertig mit uns als wir mit ihm. Keiner Philosophie oder Religion oder Kunst ist (...)
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    A Response to Philip J. Ivanhoe’s Review.Hans-Georg Moeller - 2007 - Dao: A Journal of Comparative Philosophy 6 (4):447-448.
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    A Short Response to Edward Slingerland.Hans-Georg Moeller - 2011 - Dao: A Journal of Comparative Philosophy 10 (4):535-536.
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    Before and after representation.Hans-Georg Moeller - 2003 - Semiotica 2003 (143):69-77.
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  39. Crisis and critique : Zhuangzi's philosophical turning point.Hans-Georg Moeller & Paul J. D'Ambrosio - 2020 - In Hans-Georg Moeller & Andrew K. Whitehead (eds.), Critique, subversion, and Chinese philosophy: socio-political, conceptual, and methodological challenges. New York: Bloomsbury Academic.
     
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    Chapter Eight. Universal Values or Cultural Relativity: A Pointless Question.Hans-Georg Moeller - 2014 - In Ming Xie (ed.), The Agon of Interpretations: Towards a Critical Intercultural Hermeneutics. Toronto: University of Toronto Press. pp. 156-164.
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    China-West Interculture: Toward the Philosophy of World Integration. Essays on Wu Kuang-ming’s Thinking. Edited by Jay Goulding.Hans-Georg Moeller - 2010 - Journal of Chinese Philosophy 37 (2):333-336.
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    Chandler, Marthe, and Ronnie Littlejohn, ed., polishing the chinese mirror: Essays in honor of Henry Rosemont jr.Hans-Georg Moeller - 2009 - Dao: A Journal of Comparative Philosophy 8 (1):97-100.
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    El Carnicero del Rey O el real método para el cultivo de la vida.Hans-Georg Moeller - 2022 - Aisthesis 71:79-90.
    Este ensayo sugiere una lectura alternativa del relato del “Cocinero Ding” en el Zhuangzi. Se arguye que esta famosa historia puede ser leída como una crítica del ritual y la política en la China antigua, así como del violento régimen de domesticación que ellas representaron. El relato invierte satíricamente la invisibilización ritual de la matanza de humanos y bestias, y parodia así el sadismo del “real método para el cultivo de la vida” al hacer que un carnicero realice la matanza (...)
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    El Carnicero del Rey O el real método para el cultivo de la vida.Hans-Georg Moeller - 2022 - Aisthesis 71:79-90.
    Este ensayo sugiere una lectura alternativa del relato del “Cocinero Ding” en el Zhuangzi. Se arguye que esta famosa historia puede ser leída como una crítica del ritual y la política en la China antigua, así como del violento régimen de domesticación que ellas representaron. El relato invierte satíricamente la invisibilización ritual de la matanza de humanos y bestias, y parodia así el sadismo del “real método para el cultivo de la vida” al hacer que un carnicero realice la matanza (...)
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  45. Introduction: Conflict, contradiction, reconciliation : (dis-)harmonious critique in Chinese philosophies.Hans-Georg Moeller & Andrew K. Whitehead - 2020 - In Hans-Georg Moeller & Andrew K. Whitehead (eds.), Critique, subversion, and Chinese philosophy: socio-political, conceptual, and methodological challenges. New York: Bloomsbury Academic.
     
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    Knowledge as addiction : a comparative analysis.Hans-Georg Moeller - 2009 - Journal of Human Values 1 (2):1-10.
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    Knowledge as Addiction: A Comparative Analysis.Hans-Georg Moeller - 2007 - Kritike 1 (2):1-10.
    "All men by nature desire to know"-this is the famous first sentence of Aristotle's Metaphysics. It is interesting to note how knowledge, at least since Aristotle, could be understood as a desire, as a mental craving, so to speak. When understood as a desire, knowledge necessarily goes along with a certain absence, a lack. Those who crave for knowledge are not yet fully in its possession, they are still on the search.
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    Landscape and Travelling East and West: A Philosophical Journey.Hans-Georg Moeller & Andrew Whitehead (eds.) - 2014 - New York: Bloomsbury Academic.
    Philosophical reflections on journeys and crossings, homes and habitats, have appeared in all major East Asian and Western philosophies. Landscape and travelling first emerged as a key issue in ancient Chinese philosophy, quickly becoming a core concern of Daoism and Confucianism. Yet despite the eminence of such reflections, Landscape and Travelling East and West: A Philosophical Journey is the first academic study to explore these philosophical themes in detail. Individual case studies from esteemed experts consider how philosophical thought about places (...)
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    Laughter in eastern and western philosophies: proceedings of the Académie du Midi.Hans-Georg Moeller & Günter Wohlfart (eds.) - 2010 - Freiburg im Breisgau: Verlag Karl Alber.
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    Littlejohn, Ronnie, and Jeffrey Dippmann, ed., Riding the Wind With Liezi. New Perspectives on the Daoist Classic: Albany: SUNY Press, 2011, vii+264 pages.Hans-Georg Moeller - 2012 - Dao: A Journal of Comparative Philosophy 11 (3):405-408.
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