Drunk: Intoxication, Ecstasy and the Origins of Civilization (Forthcoming June 2021, check back for details.)
Published or In Press
Mind and Body in Early China: Beyond Orientalism and the Myth of Holism
Oxford University Press, January 2019
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Trying Not to Try: Ancient China, Modern Science, and the Power of Spontaneity
Crown (Random House), March 2014
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Creating Consilience: Integrating the Sciences and the Humanities (Co-Edited with Mark Collard)
Oxford University Press, New Directions in Cognitive Science Series, 2011
Calls for a consilient or vertically integrated approach to the study of human mind and culture have, for the most part, been received by scholars in the humanities with either indifference or hostility. Read more….
What Science Offers the Humanities: Integrating Body & Culture
Cambridge University Press, 2008
(Available in both hardcover and paperback)This book examines some of the deep problems facing current approaches to the study of culture, focusing especially on the excesses of postmodernism, but also acknowledging the problems with Enlightenment objectivism. Read more….
Effortless Action: Wu-wei as Conceptual Metaphor and Spiritual Ideal in Early China
Oxford University Press 2003.[Now available in paperback, September 2006
(Winner: American Academy of Religion Best First Book in the History of Religions Award.)This book presents a systematic account of the role of the personal spiritual ideal of wu-wei–literally “no doing,” but better rendered as “effortless action”–in early Chinese thought. Read more…
Analects of Confucius
Hackett Publishing Company, 2003
Complete translation with running traditional commentary, extensive glossary, index, and annotated bibliography.This edition goes beyond others that largely leave readers to their own devices in understanding this cryptic work, by providing an entrée into the text that parallels the traditional Chinese way of approaching it. Read more…