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    Sublating Reverence to Parents: A Kierkegaardian Interpretation of the Sage-King Shun’s Piety.Lauren F. Pfister - 2013 - Journal of Chinese Philosophy 40 (1):50-66.
    In the Mengzi there is a hypothetical situation relating how the ancient sage-king Shun 舜 would respond if his father had committed murder. This has recently become a source of debate among Chinese philosophers. Here we will apply arguments made by Johannes de silentio (Kierkegaard's pseudonym) about the “teleological suspension of the ethical” related to the action of the biblical Abraham, and link them up to alternative interpretations of the actions of Shun. This challenges the current and traditional interpretations of (...)
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    Hermeneutics: Philosophical understanding and basic orientations.Lauren F. Pfister - 2006 - Journal of Chinese Philosophy 33 (s1):3-23.
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    Rethinking Reconstructionist Confucianism’s Rethinking.Lauren F. Pfister - 2014 - Dao: A Journal of Comparative Philosophy 13 (3):395-401.
    In this review of Fan Ruiping’s book, I am concerned first of all about how representative his account of Confucianism/Ruism is in relationship to the multiform traditions associated with that teaching through more than two thousand years of its existence. Fan emphasizes pre-imperial forms of Confucian traditions, but neglects many alternatives from later sources. Secondly, his account of “familism” lends itself to questions related to the problem of revenge that is associated with traditional Confucianism. This raises further ethical doubts about (...)
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    Beyond Moral and Religious Conventionalities: Comparative Metaethical and Ethical Reflections on Zhang Zai (1020-1077) and Paul Tillich.Lauren F. Pfister - 2014 - Journal of Chinese Philosophy 41 (S1):632-650.
    After introducing the unusual situations that shaped the lives of Zhang Zai and Paul Tillich, we present details from two major writings of these seminal figures: Zhang's Western Inscription and Tillich's sermon, “The Depth of Existence.” In this process we present new English renderings of selected passages of Zhang's influential essay, and illustrate how Tillich's essay manifests onto-hermeneutic claims related to change and transformation that have not always been highlighted in his work. As a consequence, we reveal how both men's (...)
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    Introduction: Søren Kierkegaard and Chinese Philosophy.Lauren F. Pfister - 2013 - Journal of Chinese Philosophy 40 (1):5-8.
    In the Mengzi there is a hypothetical situation relating how the ancient sage-king Shun would respond if his father had committed murder. This has recently become a source of debate among Chinese philosophers. Here we will apply arguments made by Johannes de silentio about the “teleological suspension of the ethical” related to the action of the biblical Abraham, and link them up to alternative interpretations of the actions of Shun. This challenges the current and traditional interpretations of his actions, suggesting (...)
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  6. Beyond Moral and Religious Conventionalities: Comparative Metaethical and Ethical Reflections on Zhang Zai (1020–1077) and Paul Tillich. [REVIEW]Lauren F. Pfister - 2014 - Journal of Chinese Philosophy 41 (5):632-650.
    After introducing the unusual situations that shaped the lives of Zhang Zai and Paul Tillich, we present details from two major writings of these seminal figures: Zhang’s Western Inscription and Tillich’s sermon, “The Depth of Existence.” In this process we present new English renderings of selected passages of Zhang’s influential essay, and illustrate how Tillich’s essay manifests onto-hermeneutic claims related to change and transformation that have not always been highlighted in his work. As a consequence, we reveal how both men’s (...)
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  7. Hermeneutics: Philosophical Understanding and Basic Orientations.Lauren F. Pfister - 2006 - Journal of Chinese Philosophy 33 (5):3-23.
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    Hermeneutical Thinking in Chinese Philosophy.Lauren F. Pfister (ed.) - 2006 - Blackwell.
    This volume is devoted to studying the emergence and flourishing of new humanistically informed developments in philosophical hermeneutics within contemporary Chinese philosophy. By means of some articles published previously in the Journal of Chinese Philosophy in the 1970s and 1980s, questions about the nature of philosophical understanding and the diversity of hermeneutic options in Chinese indigenous teachings – including Ruist (“Confucian”), Daoist, and Chinese Buddhist realms of exploration – are reintroduced. Following these seminal essays, a number of new pieces written (...)
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  9. On the Demystification of the Numinous and Mystical in Classical Ruism: Contemporary Musings on the Zhongyong.Lauren F. Pfister - 2021 - In Ian M. Sullivan & Joshua Mason (eds.), One corner of the square: essays on the philosophy of Roger T. Ames. University of Hawaiʻi Press.
     
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  10. Philosophical Musings Drawn from the Gadamer-Cheng Dialogue of May 2000.Lauren F. Pfister - 2021 - Journal of Chinese Philosophy 48 (3):264-276.
    A critical summary and reflective assessment of the Chinese account of the dialogue that occurred between Hans-Georg Gadamer and Chung-ying Cheng in Heidelberg in May 2000 is presented for the first time in English within this article. It ends with an account of the ontological nature of Sprache/language as both philosophers deal with this key term in Gadamerian philosophic hermeneutics.
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    Vital Post-Secular Perspectives on Chinese Philosophical Issues.Lauren F. Pfister - 2020 - Lanham, Maryland: Lexington Books.
    This book presents a number of contemporary philosophical issues from a wide range of Chinese philosophical texts, figures, and sub-traditions that are usually not addressed in English studies of Chinese philosophical traditions.
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    Gadamerian and Chinese Philosophical Reflections on the Developments of Chung-ying Cheng’s Post-Dialogue Onto-hermeneutic Philosophy.Lauren F. Pfister - 2021 - Journal of Chinese Philosophy 48 (4):341-356.
    In light of developments in Chung-ying Cheng’s onto-hermeneutic philosophy during the years after his dialogue with Hans-Georg Gadamer took place in Heidelberg in May 2000, I explore several new issues related to Cheng’s understanding of Gadamer’s hermeneutic philosophy. First of all, I argue that Cheng has not addressed the vital concept of the “inner word” in Gadamer’s Truth and Method, and point toward some of its fecund hermeneutic significance, especially with regard to its characterization of Sprache/Language and its dynamics within (...)
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    A Study in Comparative Utopias - K’ang Yu-Wei and Plato.Lauren F. Pfister - 1989 - Journal of Chinese Philosophy 16 (1):59-117.
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    Richard Wilhelm (1873–1930). Missionar in china und vermittler chinesischen geistesguts. Comp– edited by Hartmut walravens. [REVIEW]Lauren F. Pfister - 2009 - Journal of Chinese Philosophy 36 (3):493-498.
  15. Environmental Ethics and Some Probing Questions for Traditional Chinese Philosophy.Lauren F. Pfister - 2007 - Journal of Chinese Philosophy 34 (5):101-123.
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    Family ethics and new visions of selfhood in post‐secular chinese teachings.Lauren F. Pfister - 2011 - Journal of Chinese Philosophy 38 (s1):165-182.
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    Mao Qiling’s Critical Reflections on the Four Books.Lauren F. Pfister - 2013 - Journal of Chinese Philosophy 40 (2):323-339.
    After introducing some scholarship on the value of Mao Qiling's (1623–1713) works, we present an account of canonization processes in order to understand the hermeneutic context of Mao's battle with the Cheng-Zhu orthodoxy. His work is an attempt to decanonizing Zhu Xi's Four Books, preferring instead an alternative relying on the Old Texts of the Taixue《太學》/Daxue《大學》 and Zhongyong 《中庸》. Mao argues against Zhu Xi's textual changes and interpretations on a number of bases, producing a hermeneutics of suspicion against the Cheng-Zhu (...)
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    Philosophical explorations of the transformative dimension in chinese culture.Lauren F. Pfister - 2008 - Journal of Chinese Philosophy 35 (4):663-682.
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    ALLEN, BARRY. Striking Beauty: A Philosophical Look at the Asian Martial Arts. Columbia University Press, 2015, xiii + 253 pp., $30.00 cloth. [REVIEW]Lauren F. Pfister - 2017 - Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 75 (1):100-102.
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    Environmental ethics and some probing questions for traditional chinese philosophy.Lauren F. Pfister - 2007 - Journal of Chinese Philosophy 34 (s1):101-123.
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    Editor’s Introduction.Lauren F. Pfister - 2007 - Journal of Chinese Philosophy 34 (1):3–4.
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    Post-Secularity within Contemporary Chinese Philosophical Contexts.Lauren F. Pfister - 2012 - Journal of Chinese Philosophy 39 (1):121-138.
    Based on publications addressing post-secularity in international contexts, this article identifies four basic interpretive positions manifest within our post-secular age: resistant post-secular secularists, strategic post-secular secularists, engaged post-secular intellectuals, and engaged post-secular religious intellectuals. Subsequently, an article addressing governance and religious studies in mainland China published by Zhuo Xinping in 2010 is assessed, indicating how Zhuo serves as an engaged post-secular intellectual position, charging Chinese Marxist officials to adopt a strategic post-secular secularist position. Finally, it is shown how in a (...)
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