Confucianism and American Philosophy

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Mathew A. Foust
SUNY Series in Chinese Philosophy and Culture
  • Albany, NY: 
    State University of New York Press
    , April
     194 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.
Review coming soon!

Review by Stephen Dawson forthcoming.


A comparative analysis of Confucianism and the American Transcendentalist and Pragmatist traditions.

In this highly original work, Mathew A. Foust breaks new ground in comparative studies through his exploration of the connections between Confucianism and the American Transcendentalist and Pragmatist movements. In his examination of a broad range of philosophers, including Confucius, Mencius, Xunzi, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, Charles Peirce, William James, and Josiah Royce, Foust traces direct lines of influence from early translations of Confucian texts and brings to light conceptual affinities that have been previously overlooked. Combining resources from both traditions, Confucianism and American Philosophy offers fresh insights into contemporary problems and exemplifies the potential of cross-cultural dialogue in an increasingly pluralistic world.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Mathew A. Foust is associate professor of philosophy at Central Connecticut State University. He is the author of Loyalty to Loyalty: Josiah Royce and the Genuine Moral Life and the coeditor (with Sor-hoon Tan) of Feminist Encounters with Confucius.

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