My Image Beyond the Image of Louise Sundararajan’s Understanding Emotion in Chinese Culture

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Cecilea Mun


Louise Sundararajan’s aim in Understanding Emotion in Chinese Culture is to provide an explanatory framework for cross-cultural differences between Chinese and what she refers to as “Western” cultures from the methodological perspective of indigenous psychology, which aims to give voice to the knowledge that exists beyond the limits of mainstream “Western” psychology. Her book is deeply interdisciplinary, drawing from philosophy, psychology, cognitive science, physics, biology, anthropology, sociology, and linguistics. She also identifies some of shared roots of Daoism, Confucianism, and Buddhism, and other similarities between Korean, Japanese, and Indian cultures, in order to further explicate the various concepts of Chinese emotions. As a result, Sundararajan also draws some more general conclusions regarding what she refers to as “Eastern” cultures.

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Mun, C. (2020). My Image Beyond the Image of Louise Sundararajan’s Understanding Emotion in Chinese Culture. Journal of World Philosophies, 5(1), 274–281. Retrieved from
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Cecilea Mun

Cecilea Mun is an independent scholar, the founding editor-in-chief of the Journal of Philosophy of Emotion, and the founding director of the Society for Philosophy of Emotion. Her primary area of specialization is the philosophy of emotion and mind. Her monograph, Interdisciplinary Foundations for the Science of Emotion: Unification without Consilience, is forthcoming with Palgrave Macmillan (2020), and her edited collection, Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Shame: Methods, Theories, Norms, Cultures, and Politics, was recently published by Lexington Books (2019).