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dc.contributor.advisor Ames, Roger en_US
dc.contributor.author Hagen, Kurtis G en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2008-10-24T23:50:24Z en_US
dc.date.available 2008-10-24T23:50:24Z en_US
dc.date.issued 2002 en_US
dc.identifier http://proquest.umi.com/pqdweb?index=0&did=765044331&SrchMode=2&sid=1&Fmt=2&VInst=PROD&VType=PQD&RQT=309&VName=PQD&TS=1209404499&clientId=23440 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10125/3023 en_US
dc.description Thesis (Ph. D.)--University of Hawaii at Manoa, 2002. en_US
dc.description Mode of access: World Wide Web. en_US
dc.description Includes bibliographical references (leaves 238-249). en_US
dc.description Electronic reproduction. en_US
dc.description Also available by subscription via World Wide Web en_US
dc.description xvi, 249 leaves, bound 29 cm en_US
dc.description.abstract In Part 1, I offer a "constructivist" interpretation of Xunzi's philosophy. On the constructivist view, there is no privileged description of the world. Concepts, categories, and norms as social constructs help us effectively manage our way through the world, rather than reveal or express univocal knowledge of it. In the opening chapter, I argue that dao should be understood as open ended and that Xunzi's worldview allows for a plurality of legitimate daos-at least at the theoretical level. Chapter Two discusses the concepts of li (patterns) and lei (categories) and rejects the idea that true categories follow from a "god-like" understanding of rational patterns. Rather, patterns and categories are mutually entailing. That is, categories are not simply based on patterns, but are at the same time a precondition for patterning. Chapter Three addresses the related concept of ming (names, or name-concepts), and the idea of zhengming (the attunement of names). Attuning names is not matching them to any transcendent standard, but making them fitting given our nature, and circumstances. It is constructing and maintaining a socially responsible language. I also discuss here the complex manner in which early Confucians understood names to be developed and sanctioned. In Chapter Four I discuss ritual theory and argue that Xunzi offers a this-world centered religious sensibility. Far from a matter of slavishly following a code of behaviors set down perfectly by ancient sages, the performance of li (ritual propriety) requires interpretation in every application. Further, norms associated with li may evolve in response to changing needs and conditions. In the final chapter of Part 1, I turn to the issue of virtue and moral development, arguing that there is no fixed set of virtues. Part II shifts focus to the contemporary relevance of a constructivist way of thinking by using it to understand the cross-cultural dynamics taking place in international discourse on human rights. In short, interpreting the arguments of contemporary representatives of East-Asian countries through a constructivist lens reveals them to be more compelling than they might otherwise have seemed. en_US
dc.format electronic resource en_US
dc.language.iso en-US en_US
dc.publisher University of Hawaii at Manoa en_US
dc.relation Theses for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy (University of Hawaii at Manoa). Philosophy; no. 4252 en_US
dc.rights All UHM dissertations and theses are protected by copyright. They may be viewed from this source for any purpose, but reproduction or distribution in any format is prohibited without written permission from the copyright owner. en_US
dc.rights.uri https://scholarspace.manoa.hawaii.edu/handle/10125/2133 en_US
dc.title Confucian constructivism: a reconstruction and application of the philosophy of Xunzi en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.type.dcmi Text en_US
dc.contributor.department Philosophy en_US
dc.date.graduated 2002-12 en_US
local.identifier.callnumber AC1 .H3 no. 4252 en_US
local.thesis.degreelevel PhD en_US

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