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Asian and Feminist Philosophies in Dialogue: Liberating Traditions

by Jennifer McWeeny and Ashby Butnor Columbia University Press
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In this collection of original essays, international scholars put Asian traditions, such as Hinduism, Buddhism, Daoism, and Confucianism, into conversation with one or more contemporary feminist philosophies, founding a new mode of inquiry that attends to diverse voices and the complex global relationships that define our world. These cross-cultural meditations focus on the liberation of persons from suffering, oppression, illusion, harmful conventions and desires, and other impediments to full personhood by deploying a methodology that traverses multiple philosophical styles, historical texts, and frames of reference. Hailing from the discipline of philosophy in addition to Asian, gender, and religious studies, the contributors offer a fresh take on the classic concerns of free will, consciousness, knowledge, objectivity, sexual difference, embodiment, selfhood, the state, morality, and hermeneutics. One of the first anthologies to embody the practice of feminist comparative philosophy, this collection creatively and effectively engages with global, cultural, and gender differences within the realms of scholarly inquiry and theory construction.

Foreword, by Eliot Deutsch
Feminist Comparative Philosophy: Performing Philosophy Differently, by Ashby Butnor and Jennifer McWeeny
Part 1 Gender and Potentiality
1. Kamma, No-Self, and Social Construction: The Middle Way Between Determinism and Free Will, by Hsiao-Lan Hu
2. On the Transformative Potential of the "Dark Female Animal" in Daodejing, by Kyoo Lee
3. Confucian Family-State and Women: A Proposal for Confucian Feminism, by Ranjoo Seodu Herr
Part 2 Raising Consciousness
4. Mindfulness, Anatman, and the Possibility of a Feminist Self-consciousness, by Keya Maitra
5. Liberating Anger, Embodying Knowledge: A Comparative Study of María Lugones and Zen Master Hakuin, by Jennifer McWeeny
Part 3 Places of Knowing
6. What Would Zhuangzi Say to Harding? A Daoist Critique of Feminist Standpoint Epistemology, by Xinyan Jiang
7. "Epistemic Multiculturalism" and Objectivity: Rethinking Vandana Shiva's Ecospirituality, by Vrinda Dalmiya
Part 4 Cultivating Ethical Selves
8. Confucian Care: A Hybrid Feminist Ethics, by Li-Hsiang Lisa Rosenlee
9. The Embodied Ethical Self: A Japanese and Feminist Account of Nondual Subjectivity, by Erin McCarthy
10. Dogen, Feminism, and the Embodied Practice of Care, by Ashby Butnor
Part 5 Transforming Discourse
11. De-liberating Traditions: The Female Bodies of Sati and Slavery, by Namita Goswami
Philosophy Uprising: The Feminist Afterword, by Chela Sandoval
Feminist Comparative Philosophy and Associated Methodologies: A Bibliography

Lively and readable, this rich volume firmly establishes feminist comparative philosophy as an important field for inflecting gendered perspectives a crosscultural context. Above all, Asian and Feminist Philosophies in Dialogue makes Asian thought a significant player in that conversation. This is a dynamic collection in service of the highest aims of philosophia--gaining wisdom and giving voice to thoughts yet unheard.
Jennifer McWeeny is associate professor of philosophy at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Her research and teaching interests concern feminist philosophy, phenomenology, philosophy of mind, comparative methodology, decolonial theory, environmental philosophy, and Buddhism. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Oregon and her M.A. from the University of Hawai'i, Manoa. Ashby Butnor teaches philosophy and religion at Metropolitan State University of Denver and serves as the faculty coordinator for Learning Communities and First Year Success. Her research focuses on ethics, feminist theory, phenomenology, Buddhism, East Asian philosophies, comparative methodologies, and philosophical pedagogy. She earned her doctorate from the University of Hawai'i, Manoa.