One Corner of the Square: Essays on the Philosophy of Roger T. Ames

Hardback: $72.00
ISBN-13: 9780824884628
Published: March 2021

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356 pages | 6 b&w illustrations
  • About the Book
  • In a historical moment when cross-cultural communication proves both necessary and difficult, the work of comparative philosophy is timely. Philosophical resources for building a shared future marked by vitality and collaborative meaning-making are in high demand. Taking note of the present global philosophical situation, this collection of essays critically engages the scholarship of Roger T. Ames, who for decades has had a central role in the evolution of comparative and nonwestern philosophy. With a reflective methodology that has produced creative translations of key Chinese philosophical texts, Ames—in conjunction with notable collaborators such as D.C. Lau, David Hall, and Henry Rosemont Jr.—has brought China’s philosophical traditions into constructive cross-cultural dialogue on numerous ethical and social issues that we face today.

    The volume opens with two parts that share overlapping concerns about interpretation and translation of nonwestern texts and traditions. Parts III and IV—“Process Cosmology” and “Epistemological Considerations”—mark the shift in comparative projects from the metaphilosophical and translational stage to the more traditionally philosophical stage. Parts V and VI—“Confucian Role Ethics” and “Classical Daoism”—might best be read as Chinese contributions to philosophical inquiry into living well or “ethics” broadly construed. Lastly, Part VII takes Amesian comparative philosophy in “Critical Social and Political Directions,” explicitly drawing out the broader dimensions of social constitution and the ideal of harmony.

    The contributors—scholars working in philosophy, religious studies, and Asian studies—pursue lines of inquiry opened up by the work of Roger Ames, and their chapters both clarify his ideas and push them in new directions. They survey the field of Chinese philosophy as it is taking shape in the wake of Ames’s contributions and as it carries forward a global conversation on the future of humanity.

  • About the Author(s)
    • Ian M. Sullivan, Editor

      Ian M. Sullivan is assistant professor of philosophy at Arcadia University.
    • Joshua Mason, Editor

      Joshua Mason is assistant professor of philosophy at Loyola Marymount University.


    • Attilio Adreini
    • Eiho Baba
    • Jim Behuniak
    • Brian Bruya
    • Kuan-Hung Chen
    • Steven Coutinho
    • Daniel Coyle
    • Carine Defoort
    • Kurtis Hagen
    • Thorian R. Harris
    • Joseph Harroff
    • Marty H. Heitz
    • Peter D. Hershock
    • Jason Ananda Josephson Storm
    • Andrew Lambert
    • Jing Liu
    • Joshua Mason
    • Sarah A. Mattice
    • Sydney Morrow
    • Amy Olberding
    • Lauren F. Pfister
    • Li-Hsiang Lisa Rosenlee
    • Martin Schönfeld
    • James D. Sellmann
    • Geir Sigurdsson
    • Vytis Sililus
    • Sor-hoon Tan
    • Kirill Thompson
    • Haiming Wen
    • Peter Wong
    • Jinmei Yuan
    • Meilin Chinn
  • Supporting Resources