Imagining Boundaries: Changing Confucian Doctrines, Texts, and Hermeneutics

Kai-Wing Chow (Editor), On-cho Ng (Editor), John B Henderson (Editor)

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Imagining Boundaries explores the mapping of the intellectual tradition of Confucianism in Chinese history. The authors show that the Confucian tradition is not a neatly packaged organic whole in which the constitutive parts fall naturally into place, but rather that it displays the ruptures of all cultural constructions. Accordingly, Confucianism has been configured and reconfigured in time in response to changing intellectual and historical circumstances.

This anthology addresses the constant negotiation of the boundaries of Confucianism within itself and in relation to other intellectual traditions, the fluidity of the Confucian canon, the dialogical relations between text and discourse in establishing boundaries for the Confucian tradition, and the textual and discursive strategies employed in the imagining of boundaries, which expanded or restricted the intellectual space of Confucianism. Rejecting an interpretation of Confucianism as a homogenous master-narrative and worldview, the book uses the variegated histories of Confucianism to interrogate the tradition itself, unpacking and highlighting its complexity and diversity.
Original languageEnglish (US)
PublisherSUNY Press
Number of pages269
ISBN (Print)978-0-7914-4197-8, 978-0-7914-4198-5
StatePublished - May 1999

Publication series

NameSUNY series in Chinese Philosophy and Culture


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