Show Details for the week of September 21st, 2015

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KPFT started its Fall Pledge Drive is set to run from Thursday September 17 until Thursday October 8. The monetary goal is $320,000. This is a lot of money but we can get there with your help – every contribution counts.

The Monitor has a goal of $900 per show for three shows in a row during this drive. Our first show during the drive is this week and we have a very special thank you gift available for listeners of The Monitor:

For a pledge of $250 you will receive a signed copy of Henry Rosemont’s latest book Against Individualism: A Confucian Rethinking of the Foundations of Morality, Politics, Family and Religion.


Professor Rosemont is familiar with Pacifica Radio and supports our efforts to engage with topics that are often left out the national conversation. Because of his commitment to this idea, he is going to personally sign and send copies of the book to listeners.

Please call us during the show and pledge your support for The Monitor and for KPFT. The number is 713 526 5738. You can also pledge online at

Once you pick the show and enter your pledge amount you can select Henry Rosemont’s book as your thank you gift. If $250 os more than you can afford right now there are other options available. These include Gareth Porter’s new book Manufactured Crisis on the untold story of the Iran Nuclear Scare Manufactured Crisis, or Worth Fighting For by Rory Fanning, former Army Ranger who was in Pat Tillman’s Unit and later resigned from the service.

More about this week’s guest:

Henry Rosemont JR is distinguished professor emeritus at St. Mary’s College of Maryland and visiting scholar of religious studies at Brown University. He also spent three years in China as Fulbright Senior Lecturer at Fudan University in Shanghai.

Among his books are A Chinese Mirror, Rationality and Religious ExperienceIs There A Universal Grammar of Religion? (with Huston Smith), and A Reader’s Companion to the Confucian Analects. He has edited and/or translated ten other books, including Leibniz: Writings on China (with Daniel Cook) and with Roger Ames, The Analects of Confucius: A Philosophical Translation. His latest book is the recently released Against Individualism: A Confucian Rethinking of the Foundations of Morality, Politics, Family and Religion.

The first part of Against Individualism: A Confucian Rethinking of the Foundations of Morality, Politics, Family, and Religion is devoted to showing how and why the vision of human beings as free, independent and autonomous individuals is and always was a mirage that has served liberatory functions in the past, but has now become pernicious for even thinking clearly about, much less achieving social and economic justice, maintaining democracy, or addressing the manifold environmental and other problems facing the world today. In the second and larger part of the book Rosemont proffers a different vision of being human gleaned from the texts of classical Confucianism, namely, that we are first and foremost interrelated and thus interdependent persons whose uniqueness lies in the multiplicity of roles we each live throughout our lives. This leads to an ethics based on those mutual roles in sharp contrast to individualist moralities, but which nevertheless reflect the facts of our everyday lives very well. The book concludes by exploring briefly a number of implications of this vision for thinking differently about politics, family life, justice, and the development of a human-centered authentic religiousness. This book will be of value to all students and scholars of philosophy, political theory, and Religious, Chinese, and Family Studies, as well as everyone interested in the intersection of morality with their everyday and public lives.


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