Here is a sharp analysis of the recent crisis in China which, I guess, will interest many of you. The author writes: “If anything, Wuhan bankrupted the meritocracy myth for many people who once believed that the country was largely run by no-nonsense, result-oriented technocrats.” One starts wondering when exactly those scholars who have been praising China’s so called “meritocracy” as superior to (Western) liberal democracies will start taking (social and political) reality into account. Does it make sense to say that this still is merely a bad reality contradicting a normative ideal?!
Daniel A. Bell (贝淡宁) and Wang Pei (汪沛)’s new book Just Hierarchy: Why Social Hierarchies Matter in China and the Rest of the World will be officially published by Princeton University Press in March but advance copies have arrived in the warehouse and the book can be ordered on the PUP website. Please enter discount code C285 for 30% off. The discount expires June 30, 2020. For more information from the press, read on.
Philip J. Ivanhoe’s article, “How Confucius loses face in China’s new surveillance regime” has been published at Aeon. For the full article, click the URL below:
Paul D’Ambrosio in Los Angeles Review of Books on the Proliferation of Profilicity: https://lareviewofbooks.org/article/the-proliferation-of-profilicity/
The Chinese-language “Confucian Web” (儒家网) has announced its top 10 books of 2019, in both Academic and General categories. Read on for the lists and short descriptions!
Sixth Biannual Ph.D. Student and Young Scholar Workshop
“Text and Image in the Ancient World”
Venue: International Center for the Study of Ancient Text Cultures Renmin University of China Beijing,
Time: June 8–12, 2020
The International Center for the Study of Ancient Text Cultures (ICSATC), hosted at Renmin University of China, holds its sixth Ph.D. Student and Young Scholar Workshop on June 8-12, 2020. Four renowned scholars from the fields of Ancient Chinese, Japanese, Egyptian, and Mesopotamian Civilization will present lectures and seminars on specific topics. There also will be student research activities to complement the lectures and seminars. The principal language of instruction and interaction will be English.
THE COLUMBIA SOCIETY FOR COMPARATIVE PHILOSOPHY
Welcomes: AARON STALNAKER (Indiana University)
With responses from: TIMOTHY CONNOLLY (East Stroudsburg University)
Please join on January 24, 2020 at 5:30 for his lecture entitled,
Dependence, Autonomy, and the Varieties of Relationship
ABSTRACT: This talk places master-student relations in the context of Confucian social theory, focusing on issues of obedience, remonstration, and respect for different sorts of authorities. I survey early Confucian accounts of the good society centered on role relations, personal development, and flourishing, both individual and communal. I then examine the question of autonomy within these relationships, looking closely at remonstration, obedience, and disobedience. The talk concludes with a broader discussion of human dependence, placing Confucian conceptions in dialogue with Eva Feder Kittay, Martha Fineman, and Alasdair MacIntyre. All three, like the Confucians, see dependency relations as central to human life and the problems of politics, in sharp contrast to most liberal views that imagine a social contract between autonomous, free, and equal individuals. Confucians view extreme dependence as a special case of the pervasive interdependence of all human beings on each other, with family relations serving in many respects as the model for other relations. Continue reading →
Asian Studies has just published a new issue entitled “Ethics and the Beauty of Human Becoming: Special Issue dedicated to Li Zehou on his 90th Birthday.” You can download the whole issue or essays from it at https://revije.ff.uni-lj.si/as/issue/current. The Table of Contents follows.
Back in 2015, Gabriella Stanchina published a fascinating comparative article titled “Zhi 知as unceasing dynamism and practical effort. The common root of knowledge and action in Wang Yangming and Peter Sloterdijk” in Wenxue: Journal of the ECNU Simian Institute for advanced studies in Humanities. Because the journal is not readily available, she has received permission to share it here. Enjoy!