the realm of cross-cultural hermeneutics as this has been theorised by Zhang Longxi. How would this adjustment matter? While both acts are prefigured in the process of cultural translation, rereading sees the translator engage closely with the original text in search of novel meanings and fresh
Translating Modernity in the Arabian Nights
Border Crossings: Cross-Cultural Hermeneutics. Edited by D. N. Premnath. Maryknoll, New York, US 2007. Pp. viii +179. $40.00. Everyday Theology: How to Read Cultural Texts and Interpret Trends. Edited by Kevin J. Vanhoozer, Charles A. Anderson, and Michael J. Sleasman. Grand Rapids, Michigan, US, Baker Academic Books 2007. Pp. 287. $23.99.
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A Dialogue Between Chinese and Western Philosophical Approaches
Edited by Karl-Heinz Pohl
The papers deal with various topics of cross-cultural hermeneutics, such as differences between Chinese and Western concepts of man’s relation to the universe, human rights, self and community, good and evil, and beauty. In some of the contributions attempts are made to adapt the Chinese philosophical inheritance to the modern or post-modern condition. A useful reference for all those - historians of ideas, political scientists, and China watchers alike - who want to understand the dynamics of the cultural flow between East and West and the significance of Chinese thought in a global context.
Kevin M. DeLapp
Analyses of the ways in which cultural differences are expressed have tended to focus on instances in which one culture responds to an object culture with which it is contemporary. Although this model of cross-cultural dialogue is fraught with hermeneutic challenges, the object culture may at least in principle check and balance mischaracterisations of itself because it inhabits the same time and is able therefore to ‘talk back.’ However useful this model is for understanding synchronous cultural conversations, it is inapplicable to asynchronous encounters in which the object culture is from another era. The goal of this chapter is to explore certain limitations of two prominent models of cross-cultural hermeneutics: John Rawls’ reflective equilibrium and Edward Said’s Orientalism. Using Europe’s encounter with ancient Egypt during the Napoleonic era as an example, I argue that these frameworks both fail to adequately represent the unique dimensions of the encounter, particularly the feminisation that was projected onto Egyptian society. To accommodate the specifics of such an encounter, I expand and deploy Thomas Kasulis’ recent account of cross-cultural differences as stemming from the conceptual orientations he calls ‘intimacy’ and ‘integrity.’
A Formal Analysis with Preliminary Suggestions for a Chinese, Cross-Cultural Hermeneutic
Major portions of the book employ rhetorical, sociological, archaeological, and historical-critical approaches to examine the triangular interaction between Paul, the Corinthians, and the biblical texts, paying particular attention to the complex configuration of the Corinthian congregation, including the influence of proto-Gnosticism, as well as the ways Paul responded to the shifting situation and different issues.
The two chapters on rhetorical-hermeneutical theory and criticism are especially creative as the author suggests a Chinese hermeneutic for cross-cultural dialogues, the issue of ancestor worship being a specific example.
A Postcolonial Zimbabwean Reading of Romans 4
Studies in the Philosophy of Michael Krausz
Edited by Andreea Deciu Ritivoi
Third World debt crisis, poverty and the ecological crisis. T h e central issue in Part II elaborates on problems regarding incultu- ration and dialogue. H e r e we find some o f Wilfred's most penetrating articles. Especially his efforts to c o m e to a cross-cultural hermeneutics a r e stimulating