Philosophy East and West, vol. 56, no. 4 (2006)


Heidegger’s Comportment toward East-West Dialogue
Lin Ma and Jaap van Brakel, 519

The primary purpose here is to ascertain what Heidegger’s comportment toward East-West dialogue is most plausibly like in the light of his philosophical concerns and orientations. Considering that one should not uncritically take at face value occasional remarks by Heidegger that seem to suggest that he is preparing an East-West dialogue, we will proceed from Heidegger’s own path of thinking and bring to light fundamental presuppositions in his thought and the response he may accordingly give to the issue of East-West dialogue.

Sakya Pandita and the Status of Concepts
Jonathan Stoltz, 567

The thirteenth-century Tibetan thinker Sakya Pandita was a diehard supporter of nominalism with respect to abstract entities. Here, two arguments given by Sakya Pandita against the robust existence of concepts (don spyi) are analyzed and elucidated. The first argument is rooted in the Buddhist idea that conceptual thought is unsound, where as the second argument arises from considerations of intersubjectivity and verification. By presenting these arguments we gain both a fuller picture of the central role played by concepts within the Tibetan tradition of philosophy of mind and a better appreciation of the philosophical acuity of the Tibetan polymath Sakya Pandita.

The Confucian Ideal of Harmony
Chenyang Li, 583

This is a study of the Confucian ideal of harmony and harmonization (he 和). First, through an investigation of the early development of he in ancient China, the meaning of this concept is explored. Second, a philosophical analysis of he and a discussion of the relation between harmony, sameness, and strife are offered. Also offered are reasons why this notion is so important to Confucian philosophy. Finally, on the basis of value pluralism, a case is made for the Confucian approach of he to the politics of today’s world culture.

The Desire You Are Required to Get Rid of: A Functionalist Analysis of Desire in the Bhagavadgītā
Christopher G. Framarin, 604

Niskāmakarma is generally understood nonliterally as action done without desire of a certain sort. It is argued here that all desires are prohibited by niskāmakarma. Two objections are considered: (1) desire is a necessary condition of action, and (2) the Indian tradition as a whole accepts desire as a necessary condition o faction. A distinction is drawn here between a goal and a desire, and it is argued that goals—not desires—are entailed by action, and that the Indian tradition accepts goals—not desires—as a necessary condition of action.


Philosophies versus Philosophy: In Defense of a Flexible Definition
Rein Raud, 618

Is “Chinese Philosophy” a Proper Name? A Response to Rein Raud
Carine Defoort, 625

Traditions and Tendencies: A Reply to Carine Defoort
Rein Raud, 661

An Introduction to Mādhva Vedānta, by Deepak Sarma
Robert Zydenbos, 665

Response to Robert Zydenbos’ Review of An Introduction to Mādhva Vedānta
Deepak Sarma, 670


“The Veil of Maya”: Schopenhauer’s System and Early Indian Thought, by Douglas Berger
Reviewed by Stephan Atzert, 675

Japan Unbound: A Volatile Nation’s Quest for Pride and Purpose, by John Nathan
Reviewed by Daniel A. Metraux, 678

Reconciling Yogas: Haribhadra’s Collection of Views on Yoga, by Christopher Key Chapple
Reviewed by Fujinaga Sin, 681

Under Confucian Eyes: Writings on Gender in Chinese History, edited by Susan Mann and Yu-yin Cheng, and Women in Daoism, by Catherine Despeux and Livia Kohn
Reviewed by Zhou Yiqun, 684

Readings in Classical Chinese Philosophy, edited by Philip J. Ivanhoe and Bryan Van Norden, and Classic Asian Philosophy: A Guide to the Essential Texts, by Joel J. Kupperman
Reviewed by Ronnie Littlejohn, 687

Material Virtue: Ethics and the Body in Early China, by Mark Csikszentmihalyi
Reviewed by Edward Slingerland, 694

Japan, France, and East-West Aesthetics: French Literature, 1867–2000, by Jan Walsh Hokenson
Reviewed by Carol S. Gould, 699

Healing Powers and Modernity: Traditional Medicine, Shamanism, and Science in Asian Societies, edited by Linda H. Connor and Geoffrey Samuel
Reviewed by E. N. Anderson, 702