The Limitations of Ritual Propriety

"The Limitations of Ritual Propriety: Ritual and Language in Xunzi and Zhuangzi" is my contribution to a special issue of Sophia devoted to ritual in Chinese philosophy. The article appears in Sophia: International Journal for Philosophy of Religion, Metaphysical Theology and Ethics 51:2 (2012), 257–282.

A preprint is here.

Of related interest may be this chapter on Xunzi and language, written at the same time as "The Limitations of Ritual Propriety": "Language and Logic in the Xunzi." Both works explore the content and significance of the early Chinese doctrine of "rectifying names" or "right names" (zheng ming 正名).