Monday, April 30, 2018

Having a Word with Angus Graham: At Twenty-Five Years into His Immortality

Carine Defoort and Roger T. Ames

Publication Date:
March 2018

State University of New York Press

This volume engages with the works and ideas of Angus Charles Graham (1919–1991), one of the most prominent Western scholars of Chinese philosophy, at the twenty-fifth anniversary of his passing. Over a professional career of more than thirty years, Angus Graham produced an impressive amount of scholarship on a wide array of topics, ranging from Chinese grammar and philology to poetry and philosophy. His combination of rigorous scholarship and philosophical originality has continued to inspire scholars to tackle related research topics, and in so doing, has required of them a response to his views. This book illustrates the range of scholarship still elaborating upon, disagreeing with, and reacting to Graham’s work on Chinese thought, philosophy, philology, and translation.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Having a Word with Angus Graham: At the First Twenty-Five Years into His Immortality
Carine Defoort and Roger T. Ames

1. Reading the Zhuangzi Anthology
Esther S. Klein

2. Reflections on Textual Analysis in the Post-Graham Era
Liu Xiaogan

3. Cognitive Attunement in the Zhuangzi
Harold D. Roth

4. Vital Matters, A.C. Graham, and the Zhuangzi
Michael Nylan

5. Remarks on Intertranslatability and Relativism
Henry Rosemont, Jr.

6. Getting to the Bottom of “Things” (wù 物): Expanding on A.C. Graham’s Understanding
Robert H. Gassmann

7. Míng (名) as “Names” Rather than “Words:” Disabled Bodies Speaking without Acting in Early Chinese Texts
Jane Geaney

8. Unfounded and Unfollowed: Mencius’ Portrayal of Yang Zhu and Mo Di
Carine Defoort

9. Reconstructing A.C. Graham’s Reading of Mencius on xing 性: A Coda to “The Background of the Mencian Theory of Human Nature” (1967)
Roger T. Ames

10. Reason and Spontaneity Reconsidered
Lisa Raphals

11. Spontaneity and Marriage
Paul Kjellberg

12. Rationalism and Anti-Rationalism in Later Mohism and Zhuāngzǐ
Chris Fraser

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