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Neo-Confucianism: Metaphysics, Mind, and Morality

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2019.03.33 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews JeeLoo Liu, Neo-Confucianism: Metaphysics, Mind, and Morality, Wiley-Blackwell, 2018, 316pp., $34.95 (pbk), ISBN 9781118619414. Reviewed by Bin Song, Washington College This book is clearly one of the greatest accomplishments among English Neo-Confucian philosophical studies in recent decades. JeeLoo Liu uses clear language and rigorous philosophical reasoning to analyze eight pivotal Neo-Confucian figures regarding three major areas: metaphysics, moral theory and moral practice. The book can be aptly used as both an introduction to Neo-Confucianism for beginners and a top reference for researchers, which is itself a rare achievement. One reason why Liu's research simultaneously manifests accessibility and finesse is that she chooses very suitable Western theories to comparatively interpret Neo-Confucianism, without over-complicating or misrepresenting issues discussed by the latter. For instance, pragmatist metaphysics (153), the social-cognitive model of moral personality (185), and evolutionary psychology (246)... Read More

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