UH West Oahu professor contributes comparative feminist chapter to new book

December 5, 2013  |   |  1 Comment
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Li-Hsiang Lisa Rosenlee

Li-Hsiang Lisa Rosenlee

University of Hawaiʻi–West Oʻahu’s Li-Hsiang Lisa Rosenlee published “Why Care? A Feminist Re-appropriation of Confucian Xiao” in the book anthology Dao Companion to the Analects, edited by Amy Olberding.

In the book chapter, Rosenlee proposes hybrid feminist care ethics, that is grounded in Confucianism by integrating the concepts of xiao (filial affection) and ren (benevolence), into existing care ethics so as to strengthen and broaden its theoretical horizon, and revising Confucian gender requirements in light of feminist demands for gender equity.

The chapter contributes to the newly emerging field of comparative feminist studies that facilitate intercultural dialogues and exchanges.

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Rosenlee is a professor of philosophy at UH West Oʻahu. Her research areas of interest are Chinese philosophy, ethics and feminism.

She is the author of Confucianism and Women: A Philosophical Interpretation, and has published numerous book chapters and journal articles, including “A Feminist Appropriation of Confucianism” in Confucianism in Context: Classic Philosophy and Contemporary Issues East Asian and Beyond, “Neiwai, Civility and Gender Distinctions,” in Asian Philosophy, “How Do We Beat the Bitch?” in Beyond Burning Bras: Feminist Activism for Everyone and “Ricoeur’s Hermeneutics of the Self and Its Aporia,” in International Studies in Philosophy.

—A UH West Oʻahu news release

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  1. Mr. Raymond Kenneth Petry says:

    The language expressed in this article—”is offensive and inappropriate. Everyone on campus is required to comply with the Executive Policy regarding Workplace Non-Violence. Using abusive or derogatory language is a violation of this policy.” (Gwen Sinclair, UH Manoa Interim Associate University Librarian, 2013)

    Beyond that, from a purely academic vantage -psychologically speaking,- Beating dogs may be deemed one-step-removed from beating humans, but it is nevertheless so far removed from intelligent-societies, that we must assume the author is referring to a backwards tribe somewhere in China. (Westerners appreciate that “communism” was an attempt to subdue such.)

    Nevertheless the historically-more-interesting fact is, that, religions stemming from the spread of the Sumero-Babylonian cultural semidiaspora had intrinsically defined loathing of ‘The Great Mother’ for her action taken upon the murder of her husband, characterizing her as “the dragon of chaos” (the mountain-rift-abyss not Greekish-confusion). Humans will try to build on their own human conceptions of right and wrong but that must necessarily be the slowest progress possibly describable and worse there’s no reason to believe it will last except for better already all around them, and it can never achieve the original state ’til it stops.

    I wish professors -all- had greater allowance for their intellect: I’ve listened briefly to Kaplan Testing for intending graduate students and, while progress is more measurable in a fairly narrow line, there is yet a necessary full-roundness to the world, the solar system, the galaxy…

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