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    The End of Comparative Philosophy and the Task of Comparative Thinking: Heidegger, Derrida, and Daoism.Steven Burik - 2009 - State University of New York Press.
    A work of and about comparative philosophy that stresses the importance of language in intercultural endeavors.
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    The End of Comparative Philosophy and the Task of Comparative Thinking: Heidegger, Derrida, and Daoism.Steven Burik - 2010 - State University of New York Press.
    _A work of and about comparative philosophy that stresses the importance of language in intercultural endeavors._.
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  3. Country Report: The Teaching of Philosophy in Singapore Schools.Steven Burik, Matthew Hammerton & Sovan Patra - 2020 - Journal of Didactics of Philosophy 4 (3):190-193.
    A country report describing the teaching of philosophy in Singapore's primary and secondary schools.
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    Derrida and Asian Thought.Steven Burik - 2020 - Comparative and Continental Philosophy 12 (1):2-4.
    ABSTRACTThis paper draws a comparison between Derrida’s “trace” and the idea of dao in classical Daoism. It is argued that if dao is read in a non-metaphysical way, then the Derridean idea of “trace” will show large overlaps with dao. I then show how, despite some obvious differences, a “trace” reading of dao enables a clearer understanding of dao that would see it not as a metaphysical principle, ineffable but transcendent nonetheless, but rather as an immanent working of the patterned (...)
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    Thinking on the edge: Heidegger, Derrida, and the daoist gateway ( men 門).Steven Burik - 2010 - Philosophy East and West 60 (4):499-516.
    Beware of the abysses and the gorges, but also of the bridges and the barriers.It is fair to say that many philosophical interpretations of the Daoist classics have proceeded, or continue to proceed, to read into these works the quest for a transcendental, foundational principle, a permanent moment of rest beyond the turmoil of ever-changing things. According to this interpretation the Daoist sages are those who have for all time found this metaphysical ground of all things—"The Way" (dao 道)—and who (...)
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    Logos and Dao Revisited: A Non-Metaphysical Interpretation.Steven Burik - 2017 - Philosophy East and West 68 (1):23-41.
    Where can I find a man who has forgotten words, so I can have a word with him?Why another article on logos and dao 道? Is it not the case that enough scholars have looked into the similarities between the term logos and the notion of dao? Although it may seem so, I will argue that when another perspective is employed, logos and dao might fruitfully be compared on a different level from the one used by most of these comparisons. (...)
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    Darkness and Light: Absence and Presence in Heidegger, Derrida, and Daoism.Steven Burik - 2019 - Dao: A Journal of Comparative Philosophy 18 (3):347-370.
    The light metaphor is a perpetual favorite for philosophers, both East and West. I seek to revaluate its opposite, darkness. I claim that there are good reasons to favor darkness over light, or at least to not see them as mutually incompatible or in hierarchical fashion. In recent Western philosophy, both Heidegger and Derrida argue that what the light metaphor represents, the promise of clarity and objectivity, is exactly what makes Western metaphysics problematic. In Chinese philosophy, classical Daoism offers a (...)
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    Translation of: Interview with Jacques Derrida: The western question of "forgiveness" and the intercultural relation.Ning Zhang & Steven Burik - 2020 - Comparative and Continental Philosophy 12 (1):5-16.
    These two interviews with Jacques Derrida were conducted by Ning Zhang in 1999 and 2000, respectively, in preparation for the publication of his book Writing and Difference in Chinese and his first academic trip to China in 2001. In the first interview, Jacques Derrida tries to clarify the ethical concerns with regard to his deconstructive analysis of Western traditions, through his critical reading of the concept of forgiveness. In this interview he gives us a clearer insight into his ideas about (...)
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    Comment on "Comparative Philosophy: In Response to Rorty and Macintyre" by Rui Zhu.Steven Burik - 2017 - Philosophy East and West 68 (1):266-270.
    The brief response by Rui Zhu provides an interesting take on the perennial problem of what comparative philosophy is or should be. While Zhu makes some interesting observations about and suggestions for comparative philosophy, he chooses contributions to the thinking about the possibilities and methodologies of comparative philosophy that are rather old, though, and my first wonder is: why these two papers, and not more recent contributions to the development of the methodology of comparative philosophy, as can be found in (...)
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    Deconstruction of a dialogue: Creative interpretation in comparative philosophy.Steven Burik - unknown
    It is common knowledge that Martin Heidegger’s attempts at engaging non-Western philosophy are very much a construct of his own making. This article in no way seeks to disagree with those observations, but argues two things: first, that Heidegger’s “dialogue” with his two main other sources of inspiration, the ancient Greek thinkers and the German poets, is not different in kind or in principle from his engagement with East Asia. One can of course quite easily argue that Heidegger’s main interest (...)
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    23. Invaluable Justice: Heidegger, Derrida, and Daoism Thinking on Values and Justice.Steven Burik - 2015 - In Roger T. Ames Peter D. Hershock (ed.), Value and Values: Economics and Justice in an Age of Global Interdependence. University of Hawaii Press. pp. 400-417.
    What can comparative philosophy contribute to thinking about values, economics, and justice? Can we apply philosophy in general, and comparative philosophy in particular, to these problems directly? Martin Heidegger, one of the protagonists of this article, has on occasion made it clear that philosophy is literally “useless” and so let me start with one of my favourite Heidegger quotes, to give the reader an indication of what this paper tries to think: “philosophy … cannot be directly applied, or judged by (...)
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    Polemos and Dao: Conflict and Harmony in Heidegger and Zhuangzi.Steven Burik - 2015 - In Aaron B. Creller (ed.), Conflict and Harmony in Comparative Philosophy.
    Using Heidegger‘s reinterpretation of Heraclitus' polemos and Zhuangzi's ideas of dao, struggle and sorting of differences, I will argue for a reinterpretation of notions of conflict and harmony in the two thinkers. Heidegger's Auseinandersetzung and Zhuangzi's famous 'sorting which evens things out', the seminal second chapter of the book Zhuangzi, suggest that harmony lies not in overcoming differences, but exactly in making difference and diversity central. I start with an exposition of how Heidegger understands logos and polemos in radically different (...)
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    Sinologism: An Alternative to Orientalism and Postcolonialism.Steven Burik - 2015 - Philosophy East and West 65 (3):997-999.
    At the end of the book, Gu defines Sinologism as an undeclared but tacitly administered institutionalization of the ways of observing China from the perspective of Western epistemology that refuses, or is reluctant, to view China on its own terms, and of doing scholarship on Chinese materials and producing knowledge on Chinese civilization in terms of Western methodology that tends to disregard the real conditions of China and reduce the complexity of Chinese civilization into simplistic patterns of development modelled on (...)
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    Chai, David, ed., Dao Companion to Xuanxue (Neo-Daoism).Steven Burik - 2023 - Dao: A Journal of Comparative Philosophy 22 (1):153-157.
    The Dao Companion to Xuanxue (Neo-Daoism), edited by David Chai, is a wideranging volume. Covering both historical backgrounds and philosophical intricacies of the xuanxue 玄學 period in Chinese intellectual history, this volume provides the reader with a well-rounded understanding of one of the most fertile “schools” of Chinese thought, known as the xuanxue or Neo-Daoism. Chai has done an admirable job of bringing together a wide variety of scholars well-versed in one or more aspects of this important period in Chinese (...)
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    An Introduction to Critical and Creative Thinking: Analyzing and Evaluating Ordinary Language Reasoning.T. Brian Mooney, John Nicholas Williams & Steven Burik - 2015 - Institutional Knowledge at Singapore Management University.
    The book aims at equipping you with 21st Century Skills key life skills that will drive your future employability, promotion and career success. These are required for effective reasoning, writing and decision-making in changing, evolving environments. You give reasons for what you do and think every day. You argue. You often argue about things that matter to you. For example you might argue that you are the best candidate for promotion, about whether your company should invest in China, about the (...)
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    2. Between Local and Global: The Place of Comparative Philosophy through Heidegger and Daoism.Steven Burik - 2019 - In Peter D. Hershock & Roger T. Ames (eds.), Philosophies of Place: An Intercultural Conversation. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press. pp. 34-50.
    It is often argued that comparative philosophy is afflicted by an inherent contradiction. For in order to be truly comparative, it needs to assume some over arching position with regard to the thinkers or thoughts under comparison, to somehow stand above or beyond what is being compared. In other words, it must transcend the things under comparison. If the comparative philosopher does not undertake at least the transcendence of her own culture, then she is in danger of imposing her own (...)
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    Book review: Chinese and Buddhist philosophy in early twentieth-century German thought by Eric S. Nelson.Steven Burik - 2019 - Global Intellectual History 4 (1).
    Eric Nelson has written a very comprehensive study of the reception of Chinese and EasternBuddhist philosophy in Western thought, with a special focus on the German thinkers of theearly twentieth century. Nelson shows great erudition in bringing together a wide variety ofthinkers from both East and West, including importantly some lesser known, but very relevantthinkers from both the Western tradition and Eastern philosophy. Although Nelson focusesmostly on the encounters and interactions between German philosophers and Chinese thinkers,his aim with this commendable (...)
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    Comment on ‘Comparative Philosophy: In response to Rorty and Macintyre’ by ZHU Rui.Steven Burik - 2018 - Philosophy East and West 68 (1).
    The brief response by Rui Zhu provides an interesting take on the perennial problem of what comparative philosophy is or should be. While Zhu makes some interesting observations about and suggestions for comparative philosophy, he chooses contributions to the thinking about the possibilities and methodologies of comparative philosophy that are rather old, though, and my first wonder is: why these two papers, and not more recent contributions to the development of the methodology of comparative philosophy, as can be found in (...)
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    Comparative Philosophy and Method: Contemporary Practices and Future Possibilities.Steven Burik, Ralph Weber & Robert Smid (eds.) - 2023 - New York: Institutional Knowledge at Singapore Management University.
    Addressing arguments that comparative philosophy is itself impossible, or that it is indistinguishable from philosophy more generally, this collection challenges myopic understandings of comparative method and encourages a more informed consideration. Bringing together a wide variety of methodological options, it features scholars spread across the globe representing multiple philosophical traditions. From the beginnings of comparative philosophy in the 19th century to present-day proposals for more global philosophy departments, every chapter serves as a viable methodological alternative for any would-be philosophical comparativist. (...)
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    Comparative Resources: Continental Philosophy and Daoism.Steven Burik - 2016 - Journal of Daoist Studies 9:18-48.
    I argue that continental philosophical resources are more appropriate for comparative philosophy regarding classical Daoism since they in various ways challenge the dominant metaphysical orientation of Western thought and give us a better and more appropriate vocabulary to make sense of important Daoist ideas within the confines of Western languages. Since classical Daoism is largely non-metaphysical or at least not metaphysical in the same way as the Western history of philosophy is, it makes sense that those within the Western tradition (...)
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    Derrida and Comparative Philosophy.Steven Burik - 2014 - Comparative and Continental Philosophy 6 (2):125-142.
    This article argues that Derrida’s thinking is relevant to comparative philosophy. To illustrate this, at various stages classical Daoism is compared with Derrida’s thought, to highlight Derrida’s “applicability” and to see how using Derrida can contribute to new interpretations of Daoism. The article first looks into Derrida’s engagement with non-Western thought, and then proceeds to his extensive work regarding language and translation, comparing this with views on classical Chinese language and translation of key Daoist characters. It then explores Derrida’s efforts (...)
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    Heidegger and East Asian Thought.Steven Burik - 2015 - Philosophy East and West 65 (1):341-344.
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    Heidegger und das Ostasiatische Denken ed. by Alfred Denker etal.Steven Burik - 2015 - Philosophy East and West 65 (1):341-344.
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    Introduction: Derrida and Asian thought.Steven Burik - 2020 - Comparative and Continental Philosophy 12 (1):53-65.
    More than fifteen years after Jacques Derrida passed away, he remains a controversial figure in philosophy. Much maligned, both when he was alive and after his death, Derrida’s relation to philosophy proper has always been an uneasy one, not least because of his relentless questioning of the notion of "philosophy proper" itself. It is this relentless interrogation of the history and presuppositions of Western philosophy that has made him an attractive figure to comparative philosophy. Many of the authors in this (...)
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    Is there imagination in Daoism?: Kant, Heidegger, and Classical Daoism and the rethinking of imagination and thinking in images.Steven Burik - 2018 - In Hans-Georg Moeller & Andrew Whitehead (eds.), Imagination: Cross-Cultural Philosophical Analyses. New York: Bloomsbury Academic.
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    Self and Other: Continental and Classical Chinese Thought.Steven Burik - 2010 - Philosophy Compass 5 (9):735-744.
    Traditionally, metaphysical notions of self and other presuppose a dualism that underlies much of Western philosophy. This dualism is opposed by accounts of self and other in recent continental philosophy and classical Chinese philosophy, which I compare. I argue that the self is seen in continental and Chinese thought as embedded in relations and language, and not as transcendent or prior in the metaphysical sense to them. I argue for this by focussing on three themes: self and language, self as (...)
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    Self and Other: Similarities in Continental and Chinese Philosophy.Steven Burik - 2010 - Philosophy Compass 5 (3).
    Traditionally, metaphysical notions of self and other presuppose a dualism that underlies much of Western philosophy. This dualism is opposed by accounts of self and other in recent continental philosophy and classical Chinese philosophy, which I compare. I argue that the self is seen in continental and Chinese thought as embedded in relations and language, and not as transcendent or prior in the metaphysical sense to them. I argue for this by focussing on three themes: self and language, self as (...)
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    Subverting Institutions: Derrida and Zhuangzi on the Power of Institutions.Steven Burik - 2019 - Journal of World Philosophies 4 (1):102-120.
    This paper shows how both Jacques Derrida and Zhuangzi use their respective ways of subverting philosophical systems, by and large through language systems, to arrive at an subversion of political power or political systems or institutions. Political institutions are presented as including more general institutions such as the media, press, and academic and other kinds of institutions that influence the way our societies function, the way we live, work, and think. The paper first highlights the similarities and differences in the (...)
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    Tracing Dao_: A Comparison of _Dao 道 in the Daoist Classics and Derridean “Trace”.Steven Burik - 2020 - Comparative and Continental Philosophy 12 (1):53-65.
    This paper attempts to draw a comparison between Derrida’s idea of “trace” (in connection to the more famous notions of différance, supplement, and deconstruction) and the idea of dao 道 in classica...
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    Wisdom as Realisation: Heidegger and Zhuangzi on Belonging in the World.Steven Burik - 2016 - In Hans-Georg Moeller & Andrew Whitehead (eds.), Wisdom and Philosophy: Contemporary and Comparative Approaches. New York: Bloomsbury Academic.
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    Translation of: Place: Derrida and Nishitani.Rolf Elberfeld & Steven Burik - 2020 - Comparative and Continental Philosophy 12 (1):44-52.
    In his works Chora [Derrida, Jacques. 1993. Khôra. Paris: Galilée] and “Comment ne pas parler? Denegations” Derrida used the metaphor chora from Plato’s Timaeus to continue his struggle with the metaphysics of presence. In 1926 Nishida, the founder of the Japanese Kyōto School, used the same metaphor to create a new foundation of philosophy. Nishitani, a disciple of Nishida, developed the work of Nishida in close connection to Zen Buddhist experiences. Derrida tries to show the limits of language within the (...)
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