An unmistakable sense of lightness has come over me. I wonder: am I no longer chained to the wheel of samsara? Have I achieved enlightenment? In alignment with the Tao? Seamlessly integrated into my role-ethical obligations? Nothing so grandiose, but somewhat analogous: I’m on sabbatical for the calendar 2009 year. I have a lot planned for the year — research articles, specifically — but first things first. A lot of cool reading! Below the fold I’ve listed the books that are in front of me in the “sabbatical pile” that has been building up for the last few weeks (regular and steady arrivals from Amazon mostly). I’m curious to know if anyone has an opinion on any of these books. Which one would you start with?
Here’s what I have in the pile. “NR” means “never read it”, “R” means I’m going to re-read it, and “P” means I’ve read parts of it before.
Any thoughts or comments on any of these?
1. (NR) Chin, Annping, The Authentic Confucius
2. (NR) Graham, A.C, Disputers of the Tao
3. (NR) Goldin, Paul, Rituals of the Way
4. (P) Yu-lan, Fung, A Short History of Chinese Philosophy
5. (R) Kline and Ivanhoe, Virtue, Nature and Moral Agency in the Xunzi
6. (NR) Yao, Xinzhong, An Introduction to Confucianism
7. (NR) Chong, Kim-Chong, Early Confucian Ethics
8. (NR) Schwartz, Benjamin, The World of Thought in Ancient China
9. (NR) Gardner, Zhu Xi’s Reading of the Analects: Canon, Commentary and the Classical Tradition
10. (NR) Ivanhoe, P, Ethics in the Confucian Tradition: The Thought of Mengzi and Wang Yangming.
11. (NR) Ames, Roger, Self as Person in Asian Theory and Practice
12. (NR) Jones, Confucius Now: Contemporary Encounters with the Analects.
13. (R) Hagen, K, The Philosophy of Xunzi
14. (R) Fingarette, H, The Secular as Sacred