UH West Oʻahu Professor of Philosophy Li-Hsiang Lisa Rosenlee recently published “Confucian Friendship (you) as Spousal Relationship: A Feminist Imagination” in the journal International Communication of Chinese Culture where she proposes a hybrid conceptual paradigm incorporating both Confucian you 友 and Greek philia to replace the spousal relationship. In the article, Rosenlee proposes that a feminist marriage should be a marriage of moral friendship and passionate love. This new conceptual paradigm of marriage that is made in a Confucian image for feminists, is also a practical feminist paradigm that people may strive for and realize in human life.
Dr. Rosenlee’s research areas of interest are Chinese philosophy, ethics and feminism. She is the author of Confucianism and Women: A Philosophical Interpretation (State University of New York Press, 2006), and has published numerous book chapters and journal articles, including “Why Care? A Feminist Re-appropriation of Confucian Xiao,” in Dao Companion to the Analects (Springer 2014); “Review of Femininity and Feminism: Chinese and Contemporary [A Special Issue of the Journal of Chinese Philosophy] Vol. 36, No.2, June 2009,” Hypatia (2012); “How Do We Beat the Bitch?” in Beyond Burning Bras: Feminist Activism for Everyone (Praeger Press, 2010); “Neiwai, Civility, and Gender Distinctions,” in Asian Philosophy (2004) and “Ricoeur’s Hermeneutics of the Self and Its Aporia,” in International Studies in Philosophy (1998).