Geir Sigurðsson

Geir Sigurðsson
University of Iceland | HI · Faculty of Languages and Cultures

Doctor of Philosophy

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Introduction
Geir Sigurðsson currently works at the Faculty of Languages and Cultures, University of Iceland. Geir predominantly does research in Chinese philosophy, in particular Confucianism, but also Daoism and other strands of thought in both east and west.

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This experimental article claims that relatively recent trends in Western philosophy provide a much more open approach to philosophies originating in nonwestern traditions, including the Chinese, than found in most mainstream Western philosophy. More specifically, I argue that a slightly modified version of Jacques Derrida’s concept of différance o...
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Our late modernity has been characterized by Zygmunt Bauman and Hartmut Rosa as, respectively, “liquid” and “accelerated”. These are demanding aspects of reality that have elicited both adaptive and resisting responses. While the drive to adapt has generally been favoured, especially by the corporate sector, a certain resistance to the tendency is...
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Chapter 6 proposes that contrasting views of selfhood and its role in social human life account for the most important differences between the East Asian and Western ethical traditions. A comparison of these views is helpful to flesh out the different perceptions of morality. It is proposed that Western thinking is characterized by a strong focus o...
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Critical thinking is currently much celebrated in the contemporary West and beyond, not least in higher education. Tertiary education students are generally expected to adopt a critical attitude in order to become responsible and constructive participants in the development of modern democratic society. Currently, the perceived desirability of crit...
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The rise of modern science in the Western world produced not only a number of social and technical improvements but also a view of the world as a godless mechanism and thus of human life as devoid of ultimate metaphysical meaning. Some modern Western thinkers worried that this rational scientific view of the world, which presupposes ‘metaphysical n...
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Li 禮, often translated as “ritual” or “ritual propriety,” is arguably the most controversial notion of the Confucian philosophy. Due to its strong association with the Zhou tradition, it has been regarded with suspicion by both Western and Chinese representatives of modernity, mainly on the basis of the Enlightenment insistence of progressive ratio...
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This chapter is a survey of classical Chinese philosophical views of consumption. It mainly focusses on Confucianism, but includes brief treatments of Mohism and Daoism as well. It begins by reviewing earlier discussions of Confucianism and capitalism, which were initiated by Max Weber in his well-known comparative analysis of the Protestant Ethic...
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This paper is an exploration of the reappraisal that has been taking place since the 1980s of Confucianism’s suitability for a modernized society. The first section focuses in particular on the discussion that took place in Singapore on Confucianism as a stimulant for economic activity, arguing that it was first and foremost a politically motivated...
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‘Danning’ (Norwegian) or ‘dannelse’ (Danish) are derived from the German ‘Bildung,’ which was developed as a philosophical notion by prominent German thinkers during the Enlightenment period and beyond. The underlying idea, however, can be traced back to much earlier European intellectual history, most notably the ancient Greek paideia.
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The thesis from which this comparison proceeds is that the major differences between the East-Asian and Western ethical traditions emanate from divergent views of the kind of role selfhood or ego should play in social human life. A comparison of these views, it is suggested, will be helpful to flesh out the different perceptions of morality. It wil...
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The aim of this article is to show, first, that ritual in general and the Confucian li in particular can serve an important pedagogical function, and, secondly, that the sophisticated treatment of li by Confucius and his immediate followers demonstrates that they were consciously aware of this particular potential of li. The discussion takes off by...
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It is not without reason that the attention of China scholars is increasingly being directed to the resurgence of Confucianism in the People’s Republic of China (PRC). High-level political figures such as Hu Jintao and Wen Jiabao make more and more symbolic allusions to Confucian values, the Chinese Ministry of Education has established more than t...
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Judging from his most prominent works, the Italian poet and writer Giacomo Leopardi (1898-1937) may seem to have been a rather isolated proponent of classical thinking in his backward Recanati during Europe‘s powerful thrust to modernity. However, his philosophical diaries, Zibaldone di pensieri, written between 1817 and 1832 while not published un...
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University of IcelandA meaningful comparison between Western and Eastern philosophical thought demands that not only similarities but also divergences be brought to light. This may facilitate the appreciation of culturally divergent philosophical traditions but no less open up further possibilities for profiting from the different routes taken. Som...
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In recent years, there has been considerable controversy over the notion of xing as it appears in the Mencius and in the Xunzi. The controversy has mostly revolved around the questions whether xing refers to a universal human nature or not, and whether their notions of shan and e can be accurately characterized as ‘good’ and ‘evil’. In this paper,...
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62 China Review International: Vol. 11, No. 1, Spring 2004 © 2004 by University of Hawai‘i Press move in a direction quite different from what Cohen has recommended, both in Discovering History in China and in China Unbound. Criticizing certain kinds of cultural studies, Cohen now warns that a narrow comparative approach “can also conceal from view...
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The Journal of Nietzsche Studies 28 (2004) 70-88 So begins the migration of the great oneiric beast, and so begins the first chapter of the Daoist classic, Zhuangzi. The chapter itself is entitled Xiao Yao You, which translates as "Free and Easy Wandering." But Zhuangzi's wandering is more than just an easeful saunter: it is a wandering beyond the...
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Asian studies is not usually the first thing that comes to mind when considering Iceland. In fact, in the second half of the 20th century Iceland was too pre-occupied with its own European-American identity problem to be able to pay serious attention to a distant region such as Asia. But as Geir Sigurdsson, director of the recently opened Icelandic...
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Thesis (Ph. D.)--University of Hawaii at Manoa, 2004. Includes bibliographical references (leaves 230-239). Also available by subscription via World Wide Web vii, 239 leaves, bound 29 cm

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