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A Philosophical Defense of Culture: Perspectives from Confucianism and Cassirer

A Philosophical Defense of Culture: Perspectives from Confucianism and Cassirer

Draws on two different but strikingly similar streams in our world tradition to argue for the contemporary philosophical relevance of "culture."

Introduction

Chapter 1. Humanism and Language: Cassirer and the Xici (系辞)

Chapter 2. Li Xiang Yi Jin Yi (立象以尽意): Giving (Symbolic) Form to Phenomena

Chapter 3. Shi Yan Zhi (诗言志): Giving (Poetic) Form to Qing (情)

Chapter 4. Wen Yi Zai Dao (文以载道): Giving (Linguistic) Form to Dao

Chapter 5. Zhi You Wen Ye (质犹文也): Giving (Human) Form to the Self

Chapter 6. Wu Yi Wu Wen (物一无文): Organic Harmony

Conclusion

Appendix 1. Definitions of Wen

Appendix 2. A Brief History of Wen

Appendix 3. Partial Translation of Song Lian’s “The Origins of Wen” (Wenyuan 文原)

Glossary

Notes

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