Seth D. Clippard’s recent contribution to the broader discussion surrounding the ecological credentials (or pitfalls) of the world’s religious and secular worldviews has much to commend it. In particular, his attempt to further develop a ‘practicable’ way forward for the ecological turn within the Neo-Confucianism thought of Tu Weiming and Mary Evelyn Tucker is both timely and necessary. As Tu (2001: 243) remarked elsewhere, such a Neo-Confucianism may offer a path for China to ‘reorient the human developmental trajectory of the modern world in light of the growing environmental crisis’. As do a number of commentators, Tu spoke of the developmental trajectory of China as an economy and state, to which he added a spiritual and intellectual dimension whereby China would also be tasked with the greater problem of global ecosystem collapse as a culture and people. For Tu, these twin observations required ‘cultural China’, as he called it, to offer an alternative vision to the world.
N.A.J. Taylor, ‘Anthropocosmic thinking on the problem of nuclear harm: A reply to Seth D. Clippard, and a plea to Mary Evelyn Tucker and Tu Weiming’, Journal for the Study of Religion, Nature and Culture, Vol.10 No.1, March 2016, pp.58-65. [PDF]