Philosophical reflections on journeys and crossings, homes and habitats, have appeared in all major East Asian and Western philosophies. Landscape and travelling first emerged as a key issue in ancient Chinese philosophy, quickly becoming a core concern of Daoism and Confucianism. Yet despite the eminence of such reflections, Landscape and Travelling East and West: A Philosophical Journey is the first academic study to explore these philosophical themes in detail. Individual case studies from esteemed experts consider how philosophical thought about places and journeys have inspired and shaped major intellectual and cultural traditions; how such notions concretely manifested themselves in Chinese art, particularly in the genres of landscape painting and garden architecture. The studies present a philosophical dialogue between Confucianism and Daoism on issues of social space and belonging and include discussion on travel and landscape in Buddhism as well as Japanese and Tibetan contexts.
Approaching the topic from an inter-cultural perspectives, particularly East Asian philosophies, and using these to enrich contemporary reflections on space, the environment, and traversing, this unique collection adds an important voice to present philosophical, political, and cultural discourses.
Hans-Georg Moeller is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Philosophy at University College Cork, Ireland. Andrew K. Whitehead is the Manager of the Irish Institute of Japanese Studies in the Department of Philosophy at University College Cork, the Executive Director of the Academie du Midi Institute of Philosophy, and has recently been appointed Assistant Professor of Philosophy in the Department of History and Philosophy at Kennesaw State University, USA.
Notes on Contributors Introduction (Hans-Georg Moeller) Part I: Strolls and Scrolls 1. Landscape and Travelling in Early Chinese Thought (Ouyang Xiao) 2. Landscape as an Aesthetic Person: On the Conceptual World of German Romanticism (Rolf Trauzettel) 3. The Landscape of Yinyang: Philosophy and Shanshui Painting (Robin Wang) 4. Landscape, Travel, and a Zhuangist Reply to Nagel's Cosmic Question (Chris Fraser) Part II: Buddhist Journeys 5. Hoben as Pedagogical Landscape (Andrew Whitehead) 6. On the Shikoku Pilgrimage (John Harding) 7. Travelling through Tibet: Images and Mirages (Snjezana Zoric) 8. A Walk Through Some Zen Landscapes of the Heart (John Maraldo) Part III: Contemporary Paths 9. Journeying and Locality in Migration (Andrea Martinez) 10. Wandering and/or Being at Home: Zhuangzi and Heidegger (Franklin Perkins) 11. On the Way - Foolish Notes of an Old Nomadic Poet-Philosopher (Gunter Wohlfart) 12. Transcultural Reflections on the Limits of Travel (Mario Wenning) Part IV: Landscape and Travelling as Philosophical Metaphors 13. The Way of Transmission in Confucianism (Roger Ames and Henry Rosemont) 14. A Daoist Response to Ames and Rosemont (Paul D'Ambrosio) 15. The Moral Landscape in the Philosophy of Tang Junyi (Ady Van den Stock) 16. Travelling with Laozi and Plato (May Sim) Index
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