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Chinese and Comparative Philosophy 中國哲學與比較哲學

Awalt-Conley, Neo-Confucianism and Physicalism

At my invitation, my former student Dylan Awalt-Conley has agreed to make the following short essay public as a Guest Post. Please address any questions or comments to Dylan. 

Neo-Confucianism and Physicalism 

© 2016, Dylan Awalt-Conley

Despite general enthusiasm for engaging with the Neo-Confucian imaginary in a serious philosophical way, there seem to be some widely held reservations against its use in scientific contexts. Yet I believe that much of the intuitive incompatibility between the Cheng-Zhu metaphysic and a scientific framework comes from a sense of ‘science’ that is constrained by an implicit ontological reductionism. If we are willing to take Neo-Confucianism seriously, then the ontology invoked by concepts like li and qi can provide an experimentally sound alternative to physicalism, complete with new ways of thinking and working scientifically.

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April 19, 2016 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Metaphysics, Nature, Neo-Confucianism, Science | 7 comments

Report/Summary on 3rd Rutgers Workshop

Eddy Keming Chen, an advanced graduate student in philosophy at Rutgers, served as rapporteur for the recent Rutgers Workshop on Chinese Philosophy, and compiled this very through report on the day’s presentations and discussion. Many thanks, Eddy! (For those who would prefer a nicely formatted PDF version, it is available here.)

Report on The 3rd Rutgers Workshop on Chinese Philosophy (RWCP): CONVERSATIONS WITH WESTERN PHILOSOPHERS (Friday, April 15, 2016)

Eddy Keming Chen , Rutgers Philosophy Department

The 3rd Rutgers Workshop on Chinese Philosophy (RWCP), organized by Tao Jiang (Rutgers), Ruth Chang (Rutgers), and Stephen Angle (Wesleyan), continued the success of the RWCP conferences of the past two years. This year, the workshop included four sessions. Each presenter had been asked to find a Western philosopher to conduct a dialogue on a common theme in Chinese philosophy and Western philosophy. That resulted in four highly suggestive and fruitful conversations: the importance of studying non-Western philosophy, theories of truth, yuan and the “bourgeois predicament,” and the foundations for moral relativism.

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April 29, 2016 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Conference | no comments

Application for RCCPC 2-week Visiting Program

The 2-week Visiting Programs organized by the Research Centre for Chinese Philosophy and Culture at the Department of Philosophy of The Chinese University of Hong Kong are now open for application.

Overview:

In order to promote exchanges with scholars from around the world, the Research Centre for Chinese Philosophy and Culture has established several exchange programs to provide financial assistance for visiting scholars to conduct research and participate in academic activities organized by the Centre.

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April 26, 2016 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Fellowships, Hong Kong | 2 comments

Sungmoon Kim, Public Reason Confucianism now available

Kim, PRC coverSungmoon Kim’s new book, Public Reason Confucianism: Democratic Perfectionism and Constitutionalism in East Asia (Cambridge, 2016) has just been published. Congratulations, Sungmoon! Here are links to the CUP website and Amazon. Cambridge has also made available a form that anyone can use to get a 25% discount; click here. Here is the book’s description:

Recent proposals concerning Confucian meritocratic perfectionism have justified Confucian perfectionism in terms of political meritocracy. In contrast, ‘Confucian democratic perfectionism’ is a form of comprehensive Confucian perfectionism that can accommodate a plurality of values in civil society. It is also fully compatible with core values of democracy such as popular sovereignty, political equality, and the right to political participation. Sungmoon Kim presents ‘public reason Confucianism’ as the most attractive option for contemporary East Asian societies that are historically and culturally Confucian. Public reason Confucianism is a particular style of Confucian democratic perfectionism in which comprehensive Confucianism is connected with perfectionism via a distinctive form of public reason. It calls for an active role for the democratic state in promoting a Confucian conception of the good life, at the heart of which are such core Confucian values as filial piety and ritual propriety.

April 25, 2016 Posted by | Books of Interest, China, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Comparative Political Theory, Contemporary Confucianism, Hong Kong, Korea, Political Theory, Politics | no comments

Angle lecture: Beyond Comparative Philosophy

I’ll be speaking next Monday night (May 2, 6:00pm) in Wesleyan’s Center for the Humanities lecture series. My topic is “Beyond Comparative Philosophy”; details are here. The lecture is free and open to the public.

April 25, 2016 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学 | no comments

Eiho Baba on Chinese Philosophy and Underlying Assumptions

Eiho Baba of Furman University has a nice contribution to “TEDxFurmanU” on “Chinese Philosophical Texts with a Sensitivity to Underlying Assumptions”; see here.

April 25, 2016 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Psychology | no comments

Jenco at Harvard: How Should We Use the Chinese Past?

Leigh Jenco (LSE) will be speaking at Harvard on May 2 at 4:00pm. Her title is “How Should We Use the Chinese Past?: Non-Western Histories of Thought in a Global Age.” More information here.

April 22, 2016 Posted by | China, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Comparative Political Theory, Lecture | no comments

2017 New England Regional AAS at BC

Boston College is pleased to host the annual meeting of the New England Association for Asian Studies on January 28-29, 2017, under the theme of “Asia: Past, Present, Future.”

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April 22, 2016 Posted by | Call for Papers (CFP), China, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Conference | no comments

Ruist Retreat in Boston

Bin Song, a graduate student at BU, writes:

We Boston Ruists will host a Ruist retreat this summer, July 1-3rd, at Boston University. Attached is the schedule, including all details of the retreat and logistics. 

The initiative of this retreat was proposed by some friends in the Facebook group ‘Friends from Afar: a Confucianism group.’ I hope the retreat can be organized as a ‘middle’ sort of Ruism, aiming to propagate Ruist wisdom among ordinary American people but still not losing its scholarly virtuosity.  

Anyone interested in learning more about the retreat, or in registering, should contact Bin Song (the information is on the attachment). Comments on this undertaking are of course welcome here.

April 21, 2016 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Confucianism, Contemporary Confucianism, Religion, Ritual | no comments

NYT on Nicholas Berggruen

New York Times piece on Nicholas Berggruen; the Berggruen Institute’s Philosophy and Culture Center has emerged as an important new source of funding and programming in our area. (Disclosure: I am on the Academic Board.)

April 19, 2016 Posted by | Academia, China, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Profession | 3 comments

World Congress of Philosophy 2018 in Beijing

In August of 2018, the World Congress of Philosophy will be held in Beijing. The initial circular with information is available here; the English-language website is here.

April 19, 2016 Posted by | China, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Conference | no comments

More on archiving publications

In response to my posting about archiving my papers, Brian Bruya and I had a bit of correspondence about the differences among home-grown archive sites (like the “WesScholar” site I am using) and others, such as Academia.edu, ResearchGate, PhilPapers, and perhaps others. Brian also pointed me toward this very interesting discussion of the pros- and cons- of various options. Just a couple days ago, a colleague in anthropology told me that in her field, it was very common to post everything — including PDFs of published articles, which I think violates the policies of most journals — on Academia.edu. The advantages in terms of ease of access are pretty obvious, although see the discussion referenced above for some downsides of just using Academia (or, perhaps, any single approach).

Brian himself uses a homegrown arching mechanism, as does Hagop Sarkissian:

I’d be interested in: (1) links to any other on-line sources of work in Chinese and/or comparative philosophy, and (2) any further thoughts about these topics.

April 19, 2016 Posted by | Academia, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Profession, Publishing | no comments

Conference on Oneness in Philosophy and Psychology in Hong Kong

Philip J. Ivanhoe will convene an “International Conference on Oneness in Philosophy and Psychology” from 14-16 May 2016 at City University of Hong Kong; details here.

April 18, 2016 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Conference, Psychology | one comment

Perspectives on Chinese Happiness at the University of Westminster

Perspectives on Chinese Happiness: A two-day event at the University of Westminster
29-30 June 2016
9.30am-5pm
Location: The Pavilion, 115 Cavendish Street, London W1

Free of charge, registration required. Lunch provided on both days.
Open to anyone interested in this topic. 
All welcome.
To book a place, please email happy2016@westminster.ac.uk by 7 June 2016

This unique event seeks to establish dialogue with academic and non-academic audiences to discuss and respond to academic research on Chinese happiness.
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April 18, 2016 Posted by | China, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Conference | no comments

Expressions of Interest—PhD Scholarships, Chinese Intellectual History, La Trobe University

John Makeham, now Chair and Director, China Studies Research Centre, La Trobe University, passes on this information:

The China Studies Research Centre at La Trobe University is seeking Expressions of Interest from potential applicants for one of several three-year PhD scholarships for research in the field of Chinese intellectual history. Dissertation topics focussing on modern Confucian and Buddhist thought are particularly encouraged. International applicants will be eligible for a fee waiver as well as a stipend. 

Expressions of Interest, which should include a full CV and a thesis proposal of no more than 3 pages, should be sent to: CSRC@latrobe.edu.au

April 18, 2016 Posted by | Australia, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Fellowships, Graduate study | no comments

New book on “Ecofamilism”

Wan-Li Ho, Ecofamilism: Women, Religion, and Environmental Protection in Taiwan (Three Pines Press, May 2016)

Ecofamilism proposes a new analytical framework, moving beyond ecofeminism, based on Western feminism and Christian theology, to illuminate Taiwanese women’s motivations and how they understand their role in the environmental movement. Based on extensive interviews with women founders, leaders, and members of six non-governmental, often religious-based, organizations from 1990-2015, the work presents contemporary issues in Taiwan from the perspectives of social anthropology, geography, inter-religious cooperation, and global ethics. Ecofamilism offers a new way of approaching life in contemporary Asia, engaging more precisely with while authentically portraying the experiences of Taiwanese women—whose gender roles are ancillary to motivations of family, religion, and society. Its key concept of ecofamilism pairs the notions of ecology and family while drawing on Chinese religio-cultural traditions of responsibility to the family to illuminate ecologically responsible positions toward society, environment, and all living beings. More information here.

April 18, 2016 Posted by | Books of Interest, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Taiwan | no comments

Columbia Neo-Confucian Seminar: Brook Ziporyn “Zhu Xi on the Consciousness and Unconsciousness of the Mind of Heaven and Earth” this Friday, April 22 @ 3:30pm

The next session of the Columbia University Seminar on Neo-Confucian Studies (University Seminar #567) will convene Friday, April 22, 2016 from 3:30 to 5:30pm in the Heyman Center for the Humanities at Columbia University.

Brook Ziporyn (University of Chicago) will present his paper “Zhu Xi on the Consciousness and Unconsciousness of the Mind of Heaven and Earth: Cross-Cultural Considerations of Ontological Theism and Atheism.”

All are welcome to attend. Copies of his paper and other information are available from the organizers: Ari Borrell , Tao JiangOn-cho Ng, or Deborah Sommer.

April 16, 2016 Posted by | Lecture, Philosophy of Mind, Zhu Xi | no comments

Angle papers archive site

Thanks to the enormous help of my research assistant Max Fong, I now have a site at which many of my publications are archived and can be downloaded. We will try to add anything currently missing over the next few weeks. Because of copyright policies, in most cases these are the final, edited versions but not the actual published versions. I am sure that many folks out there are way ahead of me in putting a site like this together; please feel free to share that info!

April 9, 2016 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Comparative Political Theory | 5 comments

New Book: Harris, The Shenzi Fragments

Details are now available on the web about Eirik Lang Harris’s soon-to-be-published The Shenzi Fragments: A Philosophical Analysis and Translation (Columbia University Press). Congratulations, Eirik!

April 9, 2016 Posted by | Books of Interest, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Legalism, Translation | no comments

CFP: NAKPA Annual Conference

From Halla Kim:

The North American Korean Philosophy Association (NAKPA) holds its annual conference at Univ of San Francisco, NOV 28-30, 2016 on the theme “From Interactions to Creations: Currents and Counter-currents in Korean Philosophy.” We are pleased to accept proposals for presentations and panels related to the conference theme. For example, the concept of emotion in (a phases of) Korean neo-Confucian movement or the “desire” in the Korean Zen tradition or the body and mind in a comparative framework. Papers on other topics will also be considered, esp. philosophical works related to Korean and comparative philosophy, for example, work that brings non-Korean philosophy into a comparative framework with Korean philosophy. Paper abstracts should be 150-200 words in length. Complete panel proposals should include: panel title, a 150-word introduction to the theme of the panel, and a 150-word abstract for each of the papers. Include each presenter’s name, e-mail address, and institutional affiliation. Graduate students and post-docs are welcome to apply. The winner of the graduate student/post-doc award will be given $500.00 to defray the expenses for travel. The review will begin on June 15, 2016 and primarily close on August 1. The language of the conference is English. Thank you. Please send your submission and inquires to: hallakim@unomaha.edu

April 9, 2016 Posted by | Call for Papers (CFP), Comparative philosophy, Korea, Korean Philosophy | no comments

CFP: ISCWP at 2017 APA Eastern

CALL FOR PAPER AND PANEL PROPOSALS

2017 Eastern Division Meeting of the American Philosophical Association

January 4-7, 2016, Baltimore, MD

The Society for Asian and Comparative Philosophy welcomes proposals for our panels at the American Philosophical Association’s Eastern Division meeting. Proposals regarding any aspect of Asian or comparative philosophy are welcome. Paper abstracts should be 150-200 words in length and complete panel abstracts should include a 150 word introduction to the theme of the panel, complete with panel title, along with 150 word abstracts for each of the papers.  Please include presenter’s name(s), email(s), and institution(s). No simultaneous submissions, please.

Please submit these materials no later than May 7 to Sarah Mattice at s.mattice@unf.edu.

Sarah Mattice, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, University of North Florida

April 9, 2016 Posted by | Call for Papers (CFP), Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy | no comments

El Amine in WaPo on HR and Democracy

Loubna El Amine discusses Confucianism, human rights, and related topics–and even mentions this blog–in her recent Washington Post piece, “Are ‘democracy’ and ‘human rights’ Western colonial exports? No. Here’s why.”

April 3, 2016 Posted by | China, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Comparative Political Theory, Human Rights, Politics | 2 comments

New Book: Puett and Gross-Loh, The Path

Michael Puett and Christine Gross-Loh have just published The Path: What Chinese Philosophers Can Teach Us About the Good Life (Simon & Schuster), a general-readership book based on Puett’s very successful class at Harvard. Congratulations to the authors! More information from Amazon is here.

April 3, 2016 Posted by | Books of Interest, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy | 3 comments

Allan on Confucius and Abdication at Harvard (and in NYRB)

Monday, April 11, 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
The Rise of Confucius and Legends of Abdication in Light of Warring States Period Bamboo Manuscripts
Speaker: Sarah Allan, Burlington Northern Foundation Professor of Asian Studies in honor of Richard M. Dressler at Dartmouth College, chair of the Society for the Study of Early China, and editor of Early China
Sponsored by the Harvard University Fairbanks Center for Chinese Studies
S250, 2nd Floor, CGIS South, 1730, Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA

More information here.

Subscribers to the New York Review of Books can also read Ian Johnson’s “A Revolutionary Discovery in China” in the April 21 issue, which is a review essay based on Sarah Allan’s book Buried Ideas: Legends of Abdication and Ideal Government in Early Chinese Bamboo-Slip Manuscripts.

April 3, 2016 Posted by | Books of Interest, China, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Confucianism, Excavated Texts, Lecture | no comments

Angle: “How Buddhist is Neo-Confucianism?”

I trust that everyone who is interested has heard about the upcoming Rutgers Workshop on Chinese Philosophy (RWCP), “Conversations with Western Philosophers”; more info is here. The prior afternoon, I will be giving a public lecture in which some may be interested:

“How Buddhist is Neo-Confucianism? The Roots and Branches of Zhu Xi’s Epistemology”

Thursday, April 14, 2016, 4:30-6:00pm.  Pane Room, Alexander Library, College Avenue Campus, Rutgers University.  Free and open to the public.

April 3, 2016 Posted by | Buddhism, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Lecture | 7 comments

C&CP on Decolonializing Comparative Methodologies

The current issue of Comparative and Continental Philosophy (issue 7:2) has some excellent, provocative material on the methodology of comparative philosophy. I particularly recommend:

  • Amy K. Donahue & Rohan Kalyan, “Introduction: On the Imperative, Challenges, and Prospects of Decolonizing Comparative Methodologies”

and

  • David Haekwon Kim, “José Mariátegui’s East-South Decolonial Experiment”

 

March 31, 2016 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Methodology | no comments

Hutton’s Xunzi now out in paperback

Good news:  Princeton University Press is pleased to present the publication of the paperback edition of Xunzi: The Complete Text by Xunzi, translated and with an introduction by Eric L. Hutton, for course use.

March 31, 2016 Posted by | Books of Interest, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Confucianism, Translation, Xunzi | no comments

Book Review: Jenco, Changing Referents

Xinyu Li reviews Leigh Jenco, Changing Referents: Learning Across Space and Time in China and the West (OUP, 2015) here.

March 31, 2016 Posted by | Book Review, China, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Comparative Political Theory | no comments

Is There a Pre-Modern Tradition of Rhetoric in China?

A colleague writes:

I do not believe there existed a “Chinese rhetorical tradition” as it did in ancient Athens and Rome–and would like to hear your opinion on this subject.

Rhetoric as an institution whose purpose and goal was to persuade seemed at odds with pre-modern Chinese concepts of language, politics, and law. (Of course, the skills for persuading an emperor to change his ways was important–but such skills never got transformed into a set of institutional practice which one could learn and on which basis one’s performance was judged as it was in 16th and 17th century European universities.)

The absence of a rhetorical tradition in China did not manifest itself simply linguistically, but also in art and music. Statues in China prior to the 20th century were limited to statues of gods but not to heroicize human beings (Gigantic, monumental, and emotion arousing statues in China century appeared only in the 20th century after Westernization–esp. after China had learned the art of propaganda.)

It would be wonderful to hear whether you think rhetoric as an institution existed in China before the 20th century.

With her permission I share these thoughts here. What think you all?

March 27, 2016 Posted by | China, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy | 11 comments

El Amine and Symposium on Bell in Perspectives on Politics

The new issue of Perspectives on Politics (14:1, March 2016), available here, contains several articles of interest:

  • Loubna El Amine, “Beyond East and West: Reorienting Political Theory through the Prism of Modernity”
  • An extended discussion of Daniel Bell’s The China Model, with articles by Baogang He, Victoria Tin-bor Hui, Leigh Jenco, Andrew Nathan, Lynette Ong, Thomas Pangle, and Joseph Wang.

March 27, 2016 Posted by | Books of Interest, China, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Comparative Political Theory, Political Theory, Politics | no comments

New Book: Traces of the Sage

A new book that may be of interest: James Flath, Traces of the Sage: Monument, Materiality, and the First Temple of Confucius (Hawaii, 2016). More information is here.

March 27, 2016 Posted by | Books of Interest, China, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Confucianism, Ritual | no comments

Lecture on Wen (文)

PHILOSOPHIZING THE CONCEPT OF “WEN (文)”: BEGINNING FROM TAKEDA TAIJUN’S SHIBA SEN

APR 5, 12:00–1:30pm

Harvard Yenching Institute Common Room, 2 Divinity Ave., Cambridge

Ishii Tsuyoshi (Associate Professor, Area Studies, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, the University of Tokyo; HYI Visiting Scholar)

Chair/discussant: David Wang (Edward C. Henderson Professor of Chinese Literature, East Asian Languages and Civilizations Department, Harvard University)

For more information, see here.

March 27, 2016 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Lecture | no comments

Call For Papers, Journal of Chinese Humanities

Journal of Chinese Humanities (JOCH) is an English-language extension of Wen Shi Zhe (Journal of Literature, History and Philosophy), one of mainland China’s oldest and most respected humanities journals. JOCH presents scholarly work on various aspects of China’s traditional culture and society. It is our goal to foster international dialogue on important issues in Chinese studies and provide a platform for academic exchange.

We are now accepting submissions for our next issue with a focus on the theme “Ancient Chinese Myth and Legend.” All entries must be original works and will be peer reviewed.

The deadline for submissions is September 15, 2016. Submissions should be in English, use Chicago Style format and be between 6,000 and 12,000 words in length.

Please send submissions and questions to joch@sdu.edu.cn, or submit online at http://www.editorialmanager.com/jochbrill

 

Dr. Ben Hammer

Journal of Chinese Humanities

http://www.journalofchinesehumanities.com/

Shandong University

March 22, 2016 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学 | no comments

Allen’s Striking Beauty reviewed at NDPR

Barry Allen’s Vanishing Into Things (Harvard, 2015) on Chinese epistemology was reviewed at NDPR last June; now comes a review of his other 2015 book:

Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews

2016.03.18 View this Review Online   View Other NDPR Reviews

Barry Allen, Striking Beauty: A Philosophical Look at the Asian Martial Arts, Columbia University Press, 2015, 252pp., $30.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780231172721.

Reviewed by Evan Thompson, University of British Columbia

Striking Beauty is an exciting, groundbreaking work. It is the first Anglophone philosophy book to focus on the Asian martial arts. It sympathetically and insightfully examines the values and presuppositions of these disciplines. It ranges across ethics, aesthetics, action theory, the philosophy of sport, Greek philosophy, Spinoza, Deleuze, cognitive science, and Chinese philosophy. Barry Allen’s experience as a devoted martial arts practitioner shines through the writing. He presents the Asian martial arts not just as a new subject matter for philosophy but also and more importantly as a new setting for doing cross-cultural philosophy. The result is an original and inspiring work that philosophers and martial arts practitioners will read for many years to come.

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March 21, 2016 Posted by | Book Review, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Martial Arts | no comments

Open-Rank Position in Chinese Philosophy at NCCU

The Department of Philosophy at National Chengchi University (Taipei, Taiwan) invites applications for a position of professor, associate professor, or assistant professor. Appointments are effective from August 1, 2016

Qualifications: Ph.D. in Philosophy or related fields. Applicants should be able to offer English and Chinese taught courses.

Specialization: Western Philosophy (Kant’s philosophy or German idealism preferred) or Chinese Philosophy (neo-Confucianism preferred)

Deadline: All application materials should be postmarked no later than April 6 (Wednesday), 2016.

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March 18, 2016 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Job Opening, Taiwan | no comments

Papers for Rutgers Workshop; Final Call for Reservations

The website for our upcoming Rutgers Workshop on Chinese Philosophy (RWCP), “Conversations with Western Philosophers,” is now live; see here. It contains a full program and links to the papers that will be presented. (One of them is password-protected and not available for general distribution, at the request of the author.) If you would like to attend, please RSVP immediately; the room is almost at capacity based on existing reservations.

March 18, 2016 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Conference | no comments

Translations of Chinese Book Names

Does anyone know of any reference material or book that has the English translations for ancient Chinese book names? Thank in advance!

March 17, 2016 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学 | 2 comments

Time-sensitive question re Confucius quote

A writer from National Geographic has contacted me with a question, and I wonder if anyone out there has a better answer than I have so far come up with. She is working on an article that uses a quote widely attributed to Confucius, and wants to confirm the attribution. It is: “By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest.” One source that I found on-line suggests that this is based on Analects 16:19 (“孔子曰:「生而知之者,上也;學而知之者,次也;困而學之,又其次也。困而不學,民斯為下矣!」”; ctext here.). This is indeed a listing of three ways of acquiring understanding or wisdom, but the rest doesn’t match very well.

Does anyone have any ideas? There are tons of Confucius quotations in other texts, and maybe this is one of them? Or maybe a loose/early version of that Analects passage? The writer’s deadline is 2pm EST tomorrow! Thanks for any help, which I will pass on.

March 14, 2016 Posted by | Analects, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Confucius | 9 comments

Summer Workshop (Funding Available)

I have recently learned about the “Greater China Summer Workshop Program in Chinese Studies” to be held this summer in Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Beijing, organized and sponsored by the Sinological Development Charitable Foundation. Information on the Foundation and its goals, as well as about the program, are available on its website, here. The program aims to introduce Chinese Studies (focusing on Early Confucianism and the Hundred Schools; Buddhism and Daoism; and Neo-Confucianism). There are a limited number of Sponsorships (full financial support) available, plus a self-pay option. The application deadline is April 1, 2016.

March 14, 2016 Posted by | Buddhism, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Confucianism, Daoism, Fellowships, Opportunities | 2 comments

Workshop on Yan Fu 嚴復 and Cross-Cultural Political Theory in Taipei

Dear colleagues,

If you happen to be in Taipei this wednesday (March 16), you are welcome to take part in the workshop on “Yan Fu and the Possibilities of Cross-Cultural Political Theory” organized by the International Center for Chinese Philosophy (Soochow University). No need to register: there will be enough seats for everyone!

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March 13, 2016 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学 | no comments

Two New Books on Modern Chinese Philosophy

Two books in Brill’s “Modern Chinese Philosophy” series have recently been published:

Xiaoqing Diana Lin, Feng Youlan and Twentieth Century China: An Intellectual Biography

http://www.brill.com/products/book/feng-youlan-and-twentieth-century-china

King Pong Chiu,  Thomé H. Fang, Tang Junyi and Huayan Thought: A Confucian Appropriation of Buddhist Ideas in Response to Scientism in Twentieth-Century China

http://www.brill.com/products/book/thome-h-fang-tang-junyi-and-huayan-thought

March 5, 2016 Posted by | Books of Interest, Buddhism, China, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Modern Chinese Philosophy | no comments

New issue of NAKPA Courier

The latest issue of the North American Korean Philosophy Association’s newsletter is now available on the NAKPA website, here.

March 5, 2016 Posted by | Comparative philosophy, Korea, Korean Philosophy, Organization News | no comments

Harvey Lederman – Columbia Society for Comparative Philosophy Lecture: “Weakness of the Will and Liangzhi in Wang Yangming”, Mar.18 @ 5:30pm

THE COLUMBIA SOCIETY FOR COMPARATIVE PHILOSOPHY

Welcomes: HARVEY LEDERMAN (New York University)
With responses from: STEVE ANGLE (Wesleyan University)

Please join us at Columbia University’s Religion Department on FRIDAY, MARCH 18th at 5:30PM for his lecture entitled:

Weakness of the Will and Liangzhi in Wang Yangming”

This paper starts from Wang Shouren’s (王守仁, Yangming 陽明 1472-1529) doctrines concerning weakness of the will, with the aim of developing an interpretation of his theory of “intuition” (l ́ıangzh ̄ı 良知). Wang famously insisted on the “unity of knowledge and action” (知行合一). “Action” is understood in this claim as the subject’s affect; to act appropriately is to have the ethically appropriate affective response. In claiming that knowledge and action are one Wang claims that one form of weakness of the will is impossible: if one knows piety (for example), one is guaranteed to have a pious affective response, that is, to act piously. Wang held that humans have an innate capacity to respond to stimuli with ethically appropriate affect, and that the explanation of this capacity somehow involves the faculty of “intuition” (良知), the faculty by which one obtains moral knowledge. But how does intuition yield moral knowledge? And how does this knowledge guarantee that one will have the affect appropriate to the circumstances? Continue reading “Harvey Lederman – Columbia Society for Comparative Philosophy Lecture: “Weakness of the Will and Liangzhi in Wang Yangming”, Mar.18 @ 5:30pm”

March 4, 2016 Posted by | Comparative philosophy, Lecture, Wang Yangming | no comments

Michael Sandel and Chinese Philosophy

Paul D’Ambrosio writes:

Next week I am hosting a small conference at East China Normal University. If anyone is in the area and would like to attend please send me at email: pauljdambrosio@hotmail.com. The conference schedule follows.

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March 3, 2016 Posted by | China, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Conference | 2 comments

Call for Nominations: Berggruen Philosophy Prize

At the end of this year, the Berggruen Philosophy Prize will be awarded to a living thinker whose ideas have had a profound impact on society and culture. The nomination portal is now open; see here.

The deadline for submissions is May 31, 2016. 

March 3, 2016 Posted by | Comparative philosophy | no comments

International Young Philosophers Roundtable at Oberlin

At its meeting this year at Oberlin College (July 13-17), the Society for Values in Higher Education will be hosting the International Young Philosophers Roundtable—an organization recently created by the School of Philosophy at Wuhan University (China). The roundtable will be composed of 4-6 Chinese scholars and 4-6 Western scholars writing on the following topics in the broader area of Public Discourse:

1. Public Discourse and Civil Society

2. Disagreement

3. Relativism

4. Pluralism

5. Culture and Public Discourse

6. Religion and Public Discourse

7. Public Discourse in Chinese Philosophy

8. Public Discourse Across Cultures

9. Public Discourse and Cultural Psychology 

Scholars chosen for this symposium will submit papers by JUNE 1, allowing other participants to read them well in advance of the meeting. At the meeting, papers will be discussed and revised in order to prepare them for possible publication in a special issue of Soundings: An Interdisciplinary Journal. All participants are responsible for travel to Oberlin and room and board (costs approximately $550-650 for room and three meals per day). The registration fee for the conference ($200+), however, will be waived.

The topics listed were chosen to fit with the theme of this year’s SVHE meeting (The Politics of Dissent: Satire, Sarcasm, and Spite in Civil Society). If you know of anyone who might be interested in this symposium, please forward this e-mail to them. Inquiries should be directed to Eric Bain-Selbo (bain-selbo@svhe.org). There is no formal application process. Interested scholars simply need to contact Eric Bain-Selbo and provide a brief abstract of the paper they would submit.

March 3, 2016 Posted by | Call for Papers (CFP), Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Conference | no comments

Zarrow at Neo-Confucianism Seminar Tomorrow

The next session of the Columbia University Seminar on Neo-Confucian Studies (University Seminar #567) will convene March 4, Friday, 2016 from 3:30 to 5:30pm in the Heyman Center for the Humanities at Columbia University.

Peter Zarrow will present the paper “Utopianism and Moralities of the Self: Views of Chinese Radicals, 1900-1925.” 

All are welcome to attend.   Please feel free to forward this message to interested colleagues.  Please join us after the seminar for dinner at a location to be announced.

Looking ahead to April, our April speaker will be Brook Ziporyn.  To avoid conflicting with the annual AAS conference, the April 2016 meeting will convene on April 22.

March 3, 2016 Posted by | China, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Lecture | no comments

New issue of Dao

The latest issue of Dao (15:1) has been published; the table of contents is here, and also pasted below. As usual, it is full of lots of good stuff!

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March 3, 2016 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Tables of Contents | no comments

Conference of the Society for the Study of Early China

The Fourth Annual Conference of the Society for the Study of Early China will take place on Thursday, 31 March 2016, in Seattle, WA. You can find the details, including exact location and schedule, online here: As in past years, the 2016 SSEC conference will be held in conjunction with the annual meeting of the Association for Asian Studies. You do not, however, need to register for the AAS event to attend the SSEC conference.

Abstracts for the SSEC 2016 conference, listed alphabetically by presenter surname:

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March 3, 2016 Posted by | China, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Conference | no comments

Conference Picture from 1982

Blast from the past: the conference picture from the 1982 International Conference on Zhu Xi, at the East-West Center. Many of the papers from this conference are collected in the landmark volume edited by Wing-tsit Chan and published in 1986, Zhu Xi and Neo-Confucianism. Thanks to Harold Sjursen, via Deborah Sommer, for the picture.
zhu xi conf 1982

March 2, 2016 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Conference, Zhu Xi | one comment

Livia Kohn at Bridgeport Tomorrow

Livia Kohn to speak tomorrow at the University of Bridgeport; see here:

CPIA East Asia Forum Livia Kohn

March 1, 2016 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Daoism, Lecture | no comments

Call for expressions of interest: Philosophy Compass Journal

Philosophy Compass is a journal publishing original, peer-reviewed survey articles of the most important research from across the entire discipline. Philosophy Compass fills a gap left by existing guides within the subject by focusing on what is happening right now in philosophy. (Please visit our website for more details)

We are looking for expressions of interest from authors for the Chinese Comparative Philosophy stream to propose articles in their areas of research interest. Submissions will be peer-reviewed.

Please contact A/Prof Karyn Lai (University of New South Wales, Australia) for more information on topics, paper lengths, deadlines and other details.

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February 23, 2016 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学 | no comments

The Princeton Early Text Cultures Workshop

The Princeton Early Text Cultures Workshop will bring together 11 graduate students from the USA and the UK, specialists in Early China, Mesopotamia, Egypt, Ancient Rome and Greece, to discuss similarities and differences in the patterns of textual formation and textual practices in early civilizations. These patterns define the social role of texts, the composition of their audience, the repertoire of text types, and the paths towards the development of creative literature.

What: Graduate Workshop

When: April 16 and 17, 2016

Where: 202 Jones Hall, Princeton University

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February 22, 2016 Posted by | China, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Chinese Texts, Comparative philosophy, Conference | no comments

TOC Frontiers of Philosophy in China (with fulltext download)

The latest issue of Frontiers of Philosophy in China (10:4) has now been published, and articles and reviews can be downloaded for free here. Enjoy!

February 22, 2016 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Tables of Contents | no comments

Awards or Prizes for Chinese or Comparative Philosophy?

A blog reader, prompted by a question from an editor, asks the following question: what awards or prizes might a book in Chinese or Comparative philosophy be nominated for? Any suggestions?

February 22, 2016 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy | no comments

New Book: Bellah and East Asia

Confucianism, a Habit of the Heart: Bellah, Civil Religion, and East Asia, edited by P.J. Ivanhoe and Sungmoon Kim, has been published by SUNY Press. See here for the Amazon listing, which includes the Table of Contents. Congratulations!

February 21, 2016 Posted by | Books of Interest, China, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy | no comments

Buddhism Bibliography

Charles Muller writes…

Dear Colleagues,

Richard Smith’s kind offering of his bibliography made me think that it
might be worthwhile mentioning the H-Buddhism Zotero Bibliography (which
has a fair number of entries on Confucianism, not to mention China).

https://www.zotero.org/groups/h-buddhism_bibliography_project

Zotero provides useful tools on the web site, but of course, it is an
even much more powerful tool if you figure out how to run Zotero locally
in Firefox. If anyone was ever motivated to start a similar project for
Confucianism, he or she could go a long way in seeding it by simply
exporting the Confucianism entries from our project. Smith’s
bibliography could also be converted and imported fairly easily.

We presently have it set up so that anyone can view it, but only members
can edit, because we want to keep the content scholarly. If you’d like
me to send you an invite to join, just write me.

Regards,

Charles

February 21, 2016 Posted by | Books of Interest, Buddhism, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Resource | no comments

TOC: Asian Philosophy 26:1

The latest issue of Asian Philosophy has been published, with several articles on Daoism, among other things. See here.

February 21, 2016 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Daoism, Tables of Contents, Zhuangzi | no comments

Am I Missing Your Favorite Book?

This semester I am teaching a seminar on Comparative Philosophy. As part of the class, each of the 15 students will choose a monograph the engages in comparative philosophy (related at least in part to Chinese philosophy), and write an extended review essay on their book. They will then present their findings, revise the essays, and I will then edit the final versions into an on-line book, tentatively titled “Comparative Philosophy: Reviewing the State of the Art.” I have never done this before, but the students and I are excited.

I have compiled a list from which the students will choose their books, but I am afraid I may have left of some excellent choices. It is important that the books be explicitly engaged in comparative philosophy, rather than works of scholarship solidly focused on a single thinker or tradition. Exactly what “explicitly engaged in comparative philosophy” means is, admittedly, not always so clear, and there are a few books on my list that may be marginal cases. That’s not the end of the world. More importantly, what are the good choices that I have left off? Apologies in advance to authors whom I have inadvertently neglected! Please let me know, either in the Comments below, or via email. Thanks! The list follows.

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February 18, 2016 Posted by | Books of Interest, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy | 28 comments

3rd Rutgers Workshop: Conversations With Western Philosophers

I am excited to announce the following program; information on RSVPing (no later than April 4) is at the end. Hope to see you there!

3rd Rutgers Workshop on Chinese Philosophy (RWCP)
CONVERSATIONS WITH WESTERN PHILOSOPHERS
Friday, April 15, 2016

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February 17, 2016 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Conference | 3 comments