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Why Philosophy?

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Overall, philosophy is an excellent part of any student's general University Education. Courses in philosophy can be taken towards several degrees; and virtually all programs of study at SDSU can be enriched by the inclusion of one or more of our courses. Masters programs are offered for students who wish to go on to do graduate study in Philosophy.

Wawrytko

Sandra A. Wawrytko
Ph.D.
Washington University, St. Louis
Professor

Articles in Refereed Journals

“Buddhism: Philosophy Beyond Gender,” Journal of Chinese Philosophy special issue on Femininity and Feminism: Chinese and Contemporary (June, 2009) (7,200 words)

“Deconstructing Deconstruction: Zhuang Zi as Butterfly, Nietzsche as Gadfly,”  Philosophy East and West, (Fall 2008) (12,039 words)

"Winning Ways: The Viability (Dao) and Virtuosity (De) of Sun Zi’s Methods of Warfare (Bing Fa),” Journal of Chinese Philosophy (December, 2007) (6,991 words)

˝ Holding Up the Mirror to Buddha-Nature: Discerning the Ghee in the Lotus Sutra, ˝ Dao: A Journal of Comparative Philosophy (Fall, 2007) (10,127 words)

“The Viability (Dao) and Virtuosity (De) of Daoist Ecology: Reversion (Fu) as Renewal,” Journal of Chinese Philosophy, Vol 32, Issue 1 (Spring 2005), 89-103 (5,992 words)

“Aesthetics in Asia : Bridging Logic and Language” in Education About Asia: Teaching Asia Through the Arts, Winter, 2004, 40-47 (3,774 words)

“Kong Zi as Feminist: Confucian Self-cultivation in a Contemporary Context,” Journal of Chinese Philosophy, Vol. 27, Issue 2 (2000), 171-86 ; reprinted in Classical & Medieval Literature Criticism, vol 63, ed. Jelena Krstovic (Blackwell Publishing, 2004)

“Language and Logic in the Lotus Sūtra: A Hermeneutical Exploration of Philosophical Underpinnings,” Chung-Hwa Buddhist Journal, No. 13 (2000), 63-95

“Women and Religion in Post-Modern Japan : The Call for a New Yakami,” Explorations: Journal for Adventurous Thought (Spring 1994), 43-78

“The Poetics of Ch'an: Upāyic Poetry and Its Taoist Enrichment,” Chung-hwa Buddhist Journal (July, 1992), 341-77

“K’ung Tzu as Therapist: Curing the Collective,” The International Journal of Philosophy and Psychotherapy: Hsin (Spring, 1992), 163-81

“Zen and Western Psychotherapy: Nirvanic Transcendence and Samsaric Fixation,” Chung-hwa Buddhist Journal (July, 1991), 451-94

“The Harmony/Disharmony of Harmonies,” Journal of Chinese Philosophy 16 (1989), 203-08

“Meaning as Merging: The Hermeneutics of Reinterpreting King Lear in the Light of the Hsiao Ching,” Philosophy East and West (October, 1986), 393-408

“Confucius and Kant: The Ethics of Respect,” Philosophy East and West (July, 1982), 237-57

Scholarly Books

Author

The Undercurrent of ‘Feminine' Philosophy in Eastern and Western Thought (University Press of America, 1981) 357 pages

Co-author

CRYSTAL : Spectrums of Chinese Culture Through Poetry , co-authored with Catherine Yi-yu Cho Woo (Peter Lang, 1995) under a grant from the U.S. Department of Education (1991-92) as part of SDSU LARC ( Language Acquisition Resource Center ), 225 pages

The Buddhist Religion, contributing author in East Asia and Buddhism in the West, rev. 4th edition (Wadsworth Publishing, 1996), 342 pages

Editor and Contributor

The Problem of Evil:An Intercultural Exploration, Value Inquiry Book Series (RODOPI, 2000), 201 pages

 ANALECTA FRANKLIANA: Proceedings of the First World Congress of Logotherapy , editor and contributor (Institute of Logotherapy Press, 1982), 357 pages

Co-editor and Contributor

Dharma & Dao: Chinese Buddhist Philosophy, editor and contributor (Springer, 2009) (500 pages)

Buddhist Behavioral Codes (sila/vinaya) in the Modern World, co-editor and contributor (Greenwood Press, 1994), 442 pages

Buddhist Ethics and Modern Society , co-editor and contributor (Greenwood Press, 1991), 442 pages

Rethinking the Curriculum: Toward an Integrated Interdisciplinary Education , co-editor (Greenwood Press, 1990), 272 pages

Series Editor

Asian Thought and Culture Series, Peter Lang; more than 50 volumes in print thus far

Chapters in Refereed Books

“Psychosis and Buddhist Awakening: Similarities and Differences,” Alternative Approaches to Counseling and Psychotherapy, ed. Daya Singh Sandhu (Nova Science Publishers), in press

“The Problem of the Problem of Evil: A Taoist Response”; “Foreword,” “Introduction,” The Problem of Evil, Value Inquiry Book Series (RODOPI, 2000), 21-39

“Prudery and Prurience: Historical Roots of the Confucian Conundrum Concerning Women, Sexuality, and Power,” Confucius and the “Second Sex” ( Open Court , 2000), 164-97

“Identifying the “Human” in Humanistic Buddhism,” Humanistic Buddhism Theses, (Fo Guang Shan Publishers, 2000)

“Lou Andreas-Salome,” The History of Women in Philosophy, volume 4 (Martinus Nijhoff, 1995), 68-102

“The Murky Mirror: Women and Sexual Ethics as Reflected in Japanese Period Film,” Japan in Traditional and Postmodern Perspectives (SUNY Press, 1995), 121-68

“The ‘Feminine’ Mode of Mysticism,” Mysticism and Mystical Experience: East and West (Susquehanna University Press, 1995), 195-229

“Sexism in the Early Sangha: Its Social Basis and Philosophical Dis-solution,” Buddhist Behavioral Codes (sila/vinaya) in the Modern World (Greenwood Press, 1994), 265-80; reprinted in Sexuality: A Reader (The Pilgrim Library of Ethics, 2000), 201-14

“Homosexuality in China and Japan ,” Homosexuality and World Religions (Trinity Press International, 1993), 199-230

“The Path to Ultimate Awakening: Women's Liberation in the Context of Taoism and Zen,” Buddhist Ethics and Modern Society (Greenwood Press, 1991), 265-80

“Beyond Liberation: Overcoming Gender Mythology from a Taoist Perspective,” Movements and Issues in World Religions: A Sourcebook and an Analysis of Developments Since 1945, ed. Charles Wei-hsun Fu and Gerhard E. Spiegler (Greenwood Press, 1989), 105-22

Articles in Refereed Proceedings

“Logic, Language, and Aesthetics: Bridging Cultures and Disciplines ,” Proceedings of the 3 rd Annual Hawaii International Conference on Arts & Humanities , Honolulu , January, 2005 (online)

“Chinese Philosophy and the Future of Thanatology,” Chinese Philosophy Beyond the Twentieth Century, ed. Vincent Shen and Wen-Sheng Wang (2001), 231-43

“Ch’an—Entering the Gateway of Infinite Wonders: Behavioral Implications of Perspectival Reorientation and Epistemological Deconstruction,” Proceedings of the International Conference on Buddhism and Chinese Culture (Chung-Hwa Institute, 1996)

“Thome Fang as Comparative Philosopher,” Thome Fang Memorial Volume (Young Lions Press, 1989), 35-55; also included in Comprehensive Harmony: International Journal for Comparative Philosophy & Culture, vol 1, No 1 (Spring 2001), 129-56

“K’ung Tzu as World Teacher for the Ages: The Contemporary and Cosmopolitan Significance of Confucian Philosophy,” Proceedings of the International Symposium on Confucianism and the Modern World (1988), 1611-42

“Chinese Philosophy on Its Way to the Twenty-First Century: Meeting the Challenge of Cultural Imperialism,” Proceedings of the First World Conference on Chinese Philosophy (Tunghai University, 1985), 715-36

Li as a Model for Moral Judgement: Some Insights on Meta-Ethics from the Confucian Texts" Interpreting Across Boundaries: Proceedings of the International Research Conference for Asian and Comparative Philosophy (1985)

“The Noological Dimension in Chinese Thought: Confucius and Chuang Tzu Confront the Existential Vacuum,” ANALECTA FRANKLIANA: Proceedings of the First World Congress of Logotherapy (Institute of Logotherapy Press, 1982), 273-86

Online Publications

“Chinese Philosophy’s Resonance with Post-Modern Science: Chan Insights on Emptiness from Master Hui-neng,” Comprehensive Harmony:International Journal for Comparative Philosophy and Culture, Vol. I, No. 1 (Spring 2002)
http://www.thomehfang.com/suncrates4/8huineng.htm

“Thomé Fang as Comparative Philosopher,” Comprehensive Harmony: International Journal for Comparative Philosophy and Culture, Vol. I, No. 1 (Spring 2001)
http://www.thomehfang.com/suncrates/SAW9.html

“The Poetics of Ch’an: Upāyic Poetry and Its Taoist Enrichment,” Chung-hwa Buddhist Journal
http://ccbs.ntu.edu.tw/FULLTEXT/JR-BJ001/sandra2.htm

“Zen and Western Psychotherapy: Nirvanic Transcendence and Samsaric Fixation,” Chung-hwa Buddhist Journal
http://ccbs.ntu.edu.tw/FULLTEXT/JR-BJ001/sandra1.htm

Thomé H. Fang, “The Spirit of Chinese Philosophy,” trans. from Chinese with Suncrates and I-Chuan Chen, The Kumarajiva Project of the Thomé H. Fang Institute (2003)

Unpublished Refereed Papers Before Professional Conferences

“Thich Nhat Hanh’s Upāyic Path : Adeptly Turning the Dharma Wheel in the West”

CENSUR (Center for Studies on New Religions) 2006 International Conference, July 2006

" Winning Ways : The Viability (Dao) and Virtuosity (De) of Sun Zi's Methods of Warfare (Bing Fa)” the 14 th International Society for Chinese Philosophy Conference, University of New South Wales , Sydney . Australia , July 13-19, 2005

“Holding up The Mirror to Buddha Nature: Discerning The Ghee in The Lotus Sūtra,10th International Lotus Sutra Conference: The Lotus Sūtra and T’ien-t’ai Buddhism, Beijing Normal University Beijing , People’s Republic of China May 23-26, 2005

“Logic, Language, and Aesthetics: Bridging Cultures and Disciplines , ” 3 rd Annual Hawaii International Conference on Arts & Humanities, Honolulu , January 13-16, 2005

“Chinese Philosophy’s Links to Post-modern Science: Chan Insights from Master Hui-neng,” American Philosophical Association, Pacific Division Meeting, Seattle , March 27-30, 2002

“Chinese Philosophy’s Links to Post-modern Science: Chan Insights from Master Hui-neng,” 12th Inter. Conference on Chinese Philosophy, sponsored by the International Society for Chinese Philosophy the Graduate School of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, the International Institute of Chinese Philosophy, the Institute for the History of Chinese Philosophy, July 20-24, 2001 (plenary speaker)

“Language and Logic in the Lotus Sūtra: A Hermeneutical Exploration of Philosophical Underpinnings,” Association for Asian Studies/Society for Asian and Comparative Philosophy, Boston , March, 1999

“The Lotus Sutra as Threshold to the Pure Land,” The Third Chung-Hwa International Conference on Buddhism, Taipei , Taiwan , July 19-21, 1997

“Master Chinul’s Philosophy of No-Mind in the Light of Fuzzy Logic,” 10th International Conference for Chinese Philosophy, Seoul , Korea , July 23-28, 1997

“Tracking the True Self: Daoist and Chan Excursions,” International Association for Asian Philosophy and Religion, Los Angeles , August 15-17, 1997

“Ch’an—Entering the Gateway of Infinite Wonders: Behavioral Implications of Perspectival Reorientation and Epistemological Deconstruction,” International Conference on Buddhism and Chinese Culture, Taipei , Taiwan , July 23-25, 1994

“Sanity, Science, and Global Responsibility: Beyond Liberation—De-mythologizing the De-mythologizers,” Brock University , St. Catherines , Ontario , Canada , July, 1988

“K'ung Tzu as Feminist: Confucian Self-Cultivation in a Contemporary Context,” Fifth Congress of the International Society for Chinese Philosophy, plenary session, San Diego , July, 1987

“The Wu-ing/Woo-ing of the Way: Love, Death, and Taoism,” First World Conference on Taoism, and Fourth International Conference of I-Ching, Taiwan Normal University, November, 1987

“Cross Cultural Gender Perspectives: The T'ai Chi as Root Metaphor,” Conference for the Study of Men and Women in Society, USC, Los Angeles , February, 1987

“Women Hold Up Half of Heaven: A Comparative Study of the Philosophical Grounding of Women's Liberation in China and the United States ," Association for Asian Studies, Chicago , March, 1986

“The Philosophical Value of a Beloved Enemy: Chuang Tzu and Confucius, Nietzsche and Socrates, Butterfly and Gadfly," American Philosophical Association, Pacific Division meeting, Los Angeles , March, 1986

“Terrorism—Symptom and Disease: The Crisis in Civilization,” American Philosophical Association, Eastern Division meeting, December, 1986

“The Concept of Harmony in Chuang Tzu," session of the International Society for Chinese Philosophy, American Philosophical Association, Eastern Division meeting, December, 1986

Li as a Model for Moral Judgement: Some Insights on Meta-Ethics from the Confucian Texts" International Research Conference for Asian and Comparative Philosophy, Honolulu , August, 1984

“The Theme of Self-Transcendence in Oriental Philosophy: Logotherapeutic Parallels,” Third World Congress of Logotherapy, Regensburg , West Germany , June, 1983

“The Is/Ought Controversy Revisited: A Taoist Perspective,” Third International Conference on Chinese Philosophy, Toronto , August, 1983

“Philosophy and Culture: The Participatory Dimension of Chinese Thought,” World Congress of Philosophy, Montreal , August, 1983

“The Primal Human Right: Respect,” Interamerican Congress of Philosophy, Tallahasee, October, 1981

“Terrorist Tactics as an International Phenomenon: Can the Ends Justify the Means?" Third World Conference, Omaha , October, 1980 (selected for use at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth)

“Detente: A Linguistic Trifle or a Political Reality?” (co-authored) , Third World Conference, Omaha , October, 1980

“The Position of Non-Human Beings in the Realm of Ethics: The Possible Approaches" Society for Women in Philosophy, Pacific Division Meeting, Los Angeles , May, 1980

“Ethical Theory and Moral Practice: Respect for Persons in Chinese Traditional and Kantian Philosophy,” Third World Conference, Omaha , October, 1979

“The ‘Feminine’ Perspective in Philosophy,” American Philosophical Association, Pacific Division meeting, San Diego , March, 1978

Textbooks

CRYSTAL 's Companion: Poetic Reveries. Bi-lingual (Chinese/English) student workbook (LARC, 1996, 2000), 204 pages

Chinese Philosophy in Cultural Context: Selected Readings from Essential Sources. Readings with introductory materials and original translations from Chinese, compiler/editor (Aztec Shops, 1996, rev. 2005-06), 403 pages

Book Reviews

Philosophy East and West

  • Thomas Cleary, trans., ed. Immortal Sisters: Secrets of Taoist Women (1991)
  • Stephen Little, Realm of the Immortals: Daoism in the Arts of China (1991)
  • Thome H. Fang, Chinese Philosophy: Its Spirit and Its Development (1986)
  • Kuang-ming Wu, Chuang tzu: World Philosopher at Play (1985)

History: Review of New Books (Heldref Publications)

  • Anne Behnke Kinney, Representations of Childhood and Youth in Early China (Stanford University Press, 2004)
  • Robert H. Sharf and Elizabeth Horton Sharf eds., Living Images: Japanese Buddhist Icons in Context (Stanford University Press, 2002)
  • Richard C. Foltz, Religions of the Silk Road (St. Martin’s Press, 1999)
  • Kathryn Bernhardt, Women and Property in China, 960-1949 (Stanford University Press, 1999)
  • Xinru Liu, Silk and Religion: An Exploration of Material Life and the Thought of People

AD 600-1200 (Oxford University Press, 1998)

  • Isabelle Robinet, Taoism: Growth of a Religion (Stanford University Press, 1997)

The Journal of San Diego History

 

 

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