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2018.05.05 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Philip J. Ivanhoe, Oneness: East Asian Conceptions of Virtue, Happiness, and How We are All Connected, Oxford University Press, 2017, 188 pp., $39.95, ISBN 9780190840518. Reviewed by Bin Song, Washington College At the center of East Asian philosophical traditions lies a conception of oneness signifying that "we -- and in particular our personal welfare or happiness -- are inextricably intertwined with other people, creatures, and things," which Ivanhoe calls the "oneness hypothesis." (1) While drawing upon the writings of East Asian, especially neo-Confucian, thinkers to elucidate the conception of oneness, this book aims to show how these traditional views "can guide us in constructing contemporary versions of the oneness hypothesis." (3) In an era when human civilization is constantly alarmed by ecological crisis and societal disintegration, this book has great appeal particularly to those who are. . .

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