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Book Review: Hsieh Liang-tso and the Analects of Confucius: Humane Learning as a Religious Quest
Journal of Asian Studies
  • Thomas Selover
  • Deborah A. Sommer, (司馬黛蘭), Gettysburg College
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Author: Thomas Selover

Book Reviewer: Deborah Sommer, Gettysburg College

Document Type
Review
Publication Date
8-1-2006
Abstract

Hsieh Liang-tso is the first volume to explore Chinese traditions in the Academy Series sponsored by Oxford and the American Academy of Religion. Most previous titles in the series focus on Christianity, which perhaps explains Selover’s attention to the perspectives of comparative religions and comparative theology in his introduction. There he briefly traces the history of the issues concerning the religious dimensions of the Chinese literati tradition and outlines a comparative framework for approaching eleventh-century Chinese thought. Inspired by Robert Neville’s Beyond the Masks of God, Selover focuses in the introduction on four themes—scripture, tradition, reason, and experience. This framework, however, does not figure prominently until the conclusion. [excerpt]

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Citation Information
Sommer, Deborah. Review of Hsieh Liang-tso and the Analects of Confucius: Humane Learning as a Religious Quest, by Thomas Selover (New York: American Academy of Religion and Oxford University Press, 2005). Journal of Asian Studies 65.3 (August 2006): 611-612.