The Program for the 4th Northeast Conference on Chinese Thought is now available; see below. Attendance is free and open via preregistration. Presenters and panel chairs are already pre-registered for this conference. However, anyone else who would like to attend the conference, the dinner Saturday night, and receive meal tickets for lunch on Saturday and Sunday should email BOTH Tom Radice (RadiceT1@SouthernCT.edu) and Xiaomei Yang (Yangx1@SouthernCT.edu) no later than Friday, October 16, 2015.
2015 Northeast Conference on Chinese Thought
Southern Connecticut State University
Adanti Student Center (ASC) Ballroom (3rd floor)
November 7-8, 2015
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Frank Perkins, acting chair of philosophy at his new academic home of Nanyang Technological University (while Chenyang Li is on leave this year), asked me to post this information about NTU’s graduate program:
The Philosophy Programme at Nanyang Technological University (Singapore) is now accepting applications for its M.A. and Ph.D. programs. We have a young and vibrant program with strengths in Chinese Philosophy, Philosophy of Science, and Moral Philosophy. NTU is one of the world’s elite universities and was ranked 13th among universities worldwide in the most recent QS World University Rankings.
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Last week Daniel Bell published an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal, “Troubles for the ‘China Model’: Meritocracy has worked for Beijing, but to survive, the system needs more openness.” And you might also be interested in this review by Thomas Kelloggg, on ChinaFile.
Daniel Bell will join five panelists to discuss his book The China Model: Political Meritocracy and the Limits of Democracy (Princeton, 2015) at Duke University on Monday, October 19, 5-6:30pm. Details are here.
Leigh Jenco’s review of my Contemporary Confucian Political Philosophy: Toward Progressive Confucianism (Polity, 2013) has been published in the Journal of Moral Philosophy 12(5).
Ethics and the Professions – Good Practitioners in a Rising Asia
Friday, October 16, 2015, 12:15pm
S153, 1st Floor, CGIS South, 1730 Cambridge St., Cambridge, MA
Kenneth Winston, Visiting Scholar, Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, Harvard Kennedy School
Many Asian countries are in transition, as they struggle to meet the demands of a global world. This struggle is not only economic and political; it is moral. Simply put, it is a struggle to preserve what one believes to be of value in one’s own culture or tradition while responding to new circumstances and participating in new relationships. Thus, it often involves a hybrid of traditional beliefs and transplanted values, which makes Asian countries fascinating sites for the study of political and ethical development. In particular, emerging democratic aspirations and increasing commitment to standards of professionalism are constituent elements of the new moral environment in Asia. As a result, the ethical challenges faced by practitioners have a special urgency and demand close attention. This talk presents a general framework for thinking about these challenges, focusing on the kinds of moral competence professionals require in working for the good of others.
I am happy to share the news that the Univesity of Connecticut’s Department of Philosophy, together with their Asian and Asian American Studies Institute, are advertising a new position in Asian Philosophy. Details here.
Yang Xiao, President of the ISCWP, reports that their panels at the Eastern have been scheduled. (Bill, I imagine that you’ll want to attend these, too :-))
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Philosopher Jiwei Ci from the University of Hong Kong will be spending a couple weeks at Harvard in November and giving a series of lectures. The details here here: Fairbank Democracy and China poster. There will also be a one-day conference on Friday, November 13 titled “Democracy and China: Philosophical-Poltical Reflections” with a number of speakers, and Prof. Ci’s commentary. (I’ll post details of that once it has been finalized.)
The next session of the Columbia University Seminar on Neo-Confucian Studies (Seminar #567) will convene Friday, October 2, from 3:30 to 5:30pm in the Heyman Center for the Humanities at Columbia University.
John A. Tucker of East Carolina University will present the paper “Yamazaki Ansai’s Discussion of Ren: Heartfelt Ethics and Historical Exemplars.” All are welcome to attend. Please join us after the seminar for dinner at a location to be announced. If you have any questions, contact one of our organizers: Ari Borrell (firstname.lastname@example.org), Tao Jiang (email@example.com), or Deborah Sommer (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Another work of comparative philosophy engaging with various streams of Buddhism:
Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews
2015.09.22 View this Review Online View Other NDPR Reviews
Koji Tanaka, Yasuo Deguchi, Jay L. Garfield and Graham Priest (eds.), The Moon Points Back, Oxford University Press, 2015, 285pp., $35.00 (pbk), ISBN 9780190226879.
Reviewed by Mark Siderits (retired), Seoul National University
This is a collection of essays in what some call ‘analytic Asian philosophy’, an enterprise that uses tools and techniques of the analytic tradition in investigating one or another school of classical Asian philosophy. Here the focus is on the Buddhist tradition. All but two of the essays concern the doctrine of emptiness that first appeared in the Indian Buddhist Madhyamaka school but underwent significant development in various schools of Tibetan and East Asian Buddhism (that of the modern Kyoto School being the most recent East Asian manifestation).
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The policy is necessary in order to provide accountability in the normal instance for what our contributors write to or about each other. We hope that you understand and share the value of such accountability in what is, ideally, an open forum for exchange of ideas. Thank you.
Graham Priest’s One draws substantially on Buddhist philosophy (Indian and Chinese), among other things. Read on for Jason Turner’s review…
Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews
2015.09.15 View this Review Online View Other NDPR Reviews
Graham Priest, One: Being an Investigation into the Unity of Reality and of its Parts, including the Singular Object which is Nothingness, Oxford University Press, 2014, 252pp., $65.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780199688258.
Reviewed by Jason Turner, Saint Louis University
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Tenure-track Assistant Professor in Early Chinese History
The Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures at Indiana University invites applications for a tenure-track position as Assistant Professor in early Chinese history, covering any period from the Zhou (c. 1000 B.C.E) through the Tang dynasty (c. 900 C.E.), to begin Fall 2016. All sub-fields of historical studies are encouraged to apply.
Candidates must have a doctoral degree or clear indication that the degree will be in hand at the time of appointment. Teaching load is two courses per semester. The position supports undergraduate and graduate training in Chinese studies within EALC and across allied departments. Review of applications will begin on November 1 and continue until the position is filled. Applicants should send a letter of application, CV, three letters of recommendation, a writing sample, and official transcripts of graduate studies. Interested candidates should review the application requirements and submit their application at: https://indiana.peopleadmin.com. Questions regarding the position or application process can be directed to email@example.com or to Manling Luo, Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, Global and International Studies Building 2058, 355 N. Jordan Ave., Bloomington, IN 47405-1105.
Indiana University is an equal employment and affirmative action employer and a provider of ADA services. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ethnicity, color, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation or identity, national origin, disability status or protected veteran status.
Eric Schwitzgebel has published an Op-Ed in the LA Times entitled “What’s Missing in College Philosophy Classes? Chinese Philosophers.” If you are interested in more details about this subject, be sure to look at Brian Bruya’s article in the latest issue of Dao, “The Tacit Rejection of Multiculturalism in American Philosophy Ph.D. Programs: The Case of Chinese Philosophy.”
There is information here about an upcoming book presentation related to a new book by Eugenio Chang-Rodríguez, Diásporas Chinas A Las Américas. The book aims “to highlight the cultural and philosophical contributions of the Chinese migrants and their descendants to the nations of the Americas and the Caribbean. In this volume, Chang-Rodríguez expands his previous publications on Chinese culture, especially on its philosophical currents and their influence on Chinese migrants.”
The book Literary Forms of Argument in Early China, edited by Joachim Gentz and Dirk Meyer, has been published by Brill. A Table of contents is available here.
The Call for Papers for the 226th Annual Meeting of the American Oriental Society in 2016 has been published:
The national meeting will take place from Friday, March 18, to Monday, March 21, 2016, in Boston, MA. The deadline for the submission of abstract and attendant forms is October 15, 2015.
Graduate students who expect to apply for Graduate Student Award Fund support must indicate their intention on the Announcement of Communication form. Only those applicants who so indicate in advance on the form will be eligible to compete for the award of funds. For more information on the “Graduate Student Award for Travel to the Annual Meeting” see:
SUNY Press has published Catherine Hudak Klancer’s new book, Embracing Our Complexity: Thomas Aquinas and Zhu Xi on Power and the Common Good. Congratulations, Catherine!
Not really Chinese philosophy, but very interesting on comparative philosophy….
Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews
2015.09.02 View this Review Online View Other NDPR Reviews
Jay L. Garfield, Engaging Buddhism: Why It Matters to Philosophy, Oxford University Press, 2015, 376pp., $29.95 (pbk), ISBN 9780190204341.
Reviewed by Charles Goodman, Binghamton University
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Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews
2015.08.43 View this Review Online View Other NDPR Reviews
François Jullien, On the Universal, the Uniform, the Common and Dialogue between Cultures, Polity, 2014, 189pp., $29.95 (pbk), ISBN 9780745646237.
Reviewed by Ralph Weber, University of Basel
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Workshop: “Memory and Text in Premodern East Asia: Concepts, Theories, and Methods”
Dates: October 1-3, 2015
Venue: The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
This workshop offers unique opportunities for scholars from the premodern China, Japan, and Korea fields to exchange, compare, and explore different modes of research surrounding “memory and text.”
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Call For Papers: “Music and Philosophy in Early China”
November 27-28, 2015
Philosophy Program, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Submission Deadline: September 15, 2015.
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Eric Hutton has informed me that Princeton University Press intends to release a paperback edition of his translation of the Xunzi, and there is an opportunity for him to make minor changes to the translation. Readers of this blog who have noticed typos in the current edition or who have other small corrections to suggest are invited to email them directly to Eric at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
International Conference: In pursuit of wisdom: Ancient Chinese and Greek perspectives on cultivation
15-18 January 2016
University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia Conference website: https://cultivationinchinaandgreece.wordpress.com/
What does it take to live well? Ancient Chinese and Greek philosophy present accounts or models of life lived well: a Confucian junzi, a Daoist sage and a eudaimonic life. Philosophical discussions in these traditions bring to light pictures of the good life as well as its constitutive elements. These include, for example, the Stoic life of virtue, Aristotelian intellectual virtues, Confucian virtue ethics, and Daoist ideals of nonaction. Yet, living well is not simply about having the right kinds of pursuits or ends nor is it just about how particular activities are executed. The good life is primarily about agency, and a richer account is facilitated by understanding how it is cultivated. At this conference, we aim to extend existing debates on the good life by investigating the processes associated with cultivating or nurturing the self in order to live such lives, ably and reliably… (read more at the Conference website: https://cultivationinchinaandgreece.wordpress.com)
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A new review on NDPR:
Flanagan, Owen. Moral Sprouts and Natural Teleologies: 21st Century Moral Psychology Meets Classical Chinese Philosophy, Marquette University Press, 2014, 119pp., $15.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780874621853.
Reviewed by Edward Slingerland, University of British Columbia
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Dao 14:3 has been published. Check it out!
An important new book on the revival of Confucianism in China has now appeared in English: The Sage and the People, by Sebastien Billioud and Joel Thoraval.
Based on almost a decade of fieldwork and a cross-disciplinary approach (anthropology, sociology, history), this book explores the popular revival of Confucianism that has taken place in China since the beginning of the twenty-first century. It does not primarily focus on intellectual or normative discourses but on the reappropriation and reinvention of popular practices in society. Analyzing empirically cases and narratives of activists involved in this “revival,” it attempts to understand their motivations, aspirations, difficulties, and achievements, as well as their ambiguous relation to Chinese politics. The Confucian revival is studied within the broader context of emerging challenges to Western categories (religion, philosophy, science etc) and great modernization narratives that prevailed throughout the twentieth century. Finally, by means of a comparison between state cults carried out in both Mainland China and Taiwan the book discusses the articulation of the political and the religious and, beyond that, the contemporary fate of the Chinese cosmological tradition.
Including his versions of Zhuangzi, Laozi, and Zen!
My new book introducing the basic concepts and problems of comparative philosophy is now available in paperback on Amazon. A while back, I wrote on this blog about some of the topics that are discussed in the book (here and here).
Read about it here (via dailynous.com).
A new three-part series from BBC Four. The first two episodes, on Buddha and Socrates, are available online. Just from watching the first few minutes, it seems like there is a heavy influence of Jaspers’ “Axial Age” theory. If you’ve seen the full episodes already, let the rest of us know what you think!
Due to some unexpected conflicts of schedule, we are now looking for another commentator for Dr. Huang Yong’s paper in our celebratory panel for the ACPA 20th Anniversary at APA Eastern 2016. I am including the paper title of Dr. Huang’s paper below. We will appreciate it very much if any of you can take this commentator function. I trust we may still be able to put your name down on the official APA program if I get your confirmation in the next few days:
Yong Huang (Chinese University of Hong Kong), Comparative Philosophy: Between Textual Studies and Philosophical Creations
Thank you very much for your attention and All the best!
Huaiyu Wang <email@example.com>
I was intrigued by Brandon Warmke’s recent review in NDPR of Judith Andre’s book Worldly Virtue: Moral Ideals and Contemporary Life. Apparently Andre makes considerable (and self-aware) use of Buddhist ideas as she argues that “the realities of our contemporary world require us both to re-interpret traditional virtues and to recognize new ones altogether.” Take a look!
Northwestern University is looking for an assistant professor of East Asian Religions, presumably a replacement for Brook Ziporyn, now at The University of Chicago Divinity School. More details here.
Apparently Oxford University Press has started a “Philosopher of the Month” feature, and July belongs to Lao Tzu. Perhaps not the deepest analysis, but nice to be included. (Thanks to Eric Hutton for passing this on.)
Frank Perkins has recently been appointed to the faculty of Nanyang Technological University, as an Associate Professor in the Department of Philosophy. Frank’s work will be well-known to readers of this blog; more information is here. This is a real coup for NTU, which now can make a case for the strongest faculty in Chinese philosophy at any Anglophone university, with Chenyang Li, Alan Chan, Winnie Sung, and now Frank. Congratulations to all!
Heidegger: East, West, Today, Tomorrow
A Special Issue of Philosophers (2016)
in Memory of the 40th Anniversary of Heidegger’s Death
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A reminder that 2015-16 ACLS fellowship competitions are now open, several of which support work related to China. These fellowships are supported in part by the Munro Fund for Chinese Thought, which is designed to “support ACLS Fellowships awarded for research projects on Chinese philosophical traditions and ethical systems that exhibit high quality in sinology and in critical analysis, as well as relevance to human problems.”
A new fellowship program has been launched by the Berggruen Center for Philosophy and Culture, with a major focus on cross-cultural and comparative philosophy. Please read on for details.
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An English translation of Mou Zongsan’s Autobiography at Fifty has been published. Enjoy!
I seem to have fallen down on the job of keeping up with the on-line journal Comparative Philosophy; two 2015 issues (6:1 and 6:2) are available, full of good stuff, including a debate over Wang Chong and an elegant argument about why the current discipline of Western philosophy needs to change if it is to be able to learn fully from non-Western traditions like Confucianism.
We are currently seeking book proposals for the Critical Inquiries in Comparative Philosophy book series (Rowman and Littlefield International). The volumes in this series aim to present recent research on topics within comparative philosophy generally as well as to present original work on these topics. Right now we are most interested in developing volumes focusing on Chinese Philosophy and/or Indian Philosophy, though proposals on topics in other areas of Asian and Comparative Philosophy are certainly welcome too.
There are currently two volumes of the series in development. Alexus McLeod’s Theories of Truth in Chinese Philosophy: A Comparative Approach will be released this November, and Bongrae Seok’s Moral Psychology of Confucian Shame: Shame of Shamelessness is due to appear in 2017. Further information on the series and individual volumes can be found at the RLI series webpage.
Those interested in discussing topics or possible proposals for the series should contact Alexus McLeod at firstname.lastname@example.org
You are cordially invited to submit either (1) abstracts for individual paper or (2) a proposal for a complete panel for ISCP panels at the 2016 APA Pacific Division Meeting.
The submission should contain full name/affiliation/ email address.
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Dear ISCWP members,
The ISCWP plans to sponsor one or two panels at the 2016 APA Pacific Meeting, which will take place in San Francisco, March 30-April 2, 2016.
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A note from Keith Knapp:
This is just a quick reminder that the deadline for sending in proposals for the Southeast Early China Roundtable annual meeting is fast approaching. It is this Saturday, August 1.
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7/25/15: Upon review this blog has been edited significantly for grammatical correctness and clarity. I apologize for any glaring difficulties and hope that this revised version is easier to follow.
Synopsis: This paper-length blog post covers some of the developments in the gay-marriage debate among contemporary Confucian scholars. Throughout this piece I summarize and reconsider some of the proposed stances that some modern Confucian scholars take towards same-sex marriage. I consider what I call the Mengzi/Child Argument, the Metaphyiscal Argument, the Ren Argument, and the Institutional Argument.
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Although Zhou texts have been extensively commented upon for nearly 2,500 years, recent events have fundamentally altered the way these texts are understood. These events include the still-influential Doubting Antiquity movement, discovery of previously unknown manuscripts during excavations, archaeology of material culture that expands our knowledge of Zhou life, and new phonetic restorations of ancient Chinese. In present day China, some early texts have been adapted into popular culture — the Confucian scholar Yu Dan has become a celebrity based on her charismatic presentation of the Lunyu.
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A new issue of Asian Philosophy is available and can be found here.
Dear Colleagues,The School of History, Philosophy, and Religion at Oregon State University in Corvallis, Oregon invites applications from specialists in Buddhist Studies (Asian Buddhism) for a full-time tenure-track appointment at the Assistant Professor level, effective September 16, 2016. Teaching responsibilities are five courses per academic year.
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Publication opportunity (non-peer-reviewed) for articles on “early Chinese self-cultivation”. On July 1st, 2015, Paul Fischer (Western Kentucky University) and Lin Zhipeng 林志鵬 (Fudan University) hosted a workshop in Shanghai on early Chinese self-cultivation (entitled 治氣養心之術——中國早期修身方法), hosted by the 復旦大學中華文明國際研究中心. (Please find the schedule attached.) The Center is willing to publish the collected papers of the workshop, but have allowed us to expand the volume somewhat. Therefore we are seeking submissions from non-participants to be included in this volume.
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Fellow committee member, Leah Kalmanson, is looking for respondents for an Author Meets Readers panel for the Central APA meetings in Chicago in March. Please contact her directly if you are interested. Find her contact info below.
The APA’s Committee on Asian and Asian-American Philosophers and Philosophies (CAAAPP) will be hosting an author-meets-reader panel at the next meeting of the APA Central Division (Chicago, March 2-5) for Peter K. J. Park’s recent book Africa, Asia, and the History of Philosophy: Racism in the Formation of the Philosophical Canon. Prof. Park’s work has already generated some conversation here at Warp, Weft, and Way. We are currently looking for respondents to serve on the panel. If you would be interested in attending the next Central meeting and serving as a respondent on our author-meets-reader panel, please contact Leah Kalmanson at email@example.com.
The Society for the Study of Early China is pleased to announce that its Fourth Annual Meeting will take place in Seattle on 31 March 2016. As in past years, the Society for the Study of Early China is pleased to hold its meeting in conjunction with the Association for Asian Studies’ Annual Conference. Registration for the AAS event is not required for those who attend only the SSEC meeting.
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Chenyang Li and Franklin Perkins (eds.), Chinese Metaphysics and Its Problems, Cambridge University Press, 2015, 242 pp., $95.00 (hbk), ISBN 9781107093508.
Reviewed by Joseph A. Adler, Professor Emeritus of Asian Studies and Religious Studies, Kenyon College
Read on-line at NDPR.
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Bryan W. Van Norden comments here.
The latest issue of Frontiers of Philosophy in China has been published. The table of contents is also located below:
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Here is the Call for Papers for the Society for Ethics Across the Curriculum’s upcoming 2015 conference, which will be held at Clemson University on October 8-10, 2015. The theme is “Ethics Without Borders,” and they are explicitly interested in cross-cultural and comparative issues.
Daniel A. Bell’s new book, The China Model: Political Meritocracy and the Limits of Democracy (Princeton, 2015) has been published. Amazon is here. Unsurprisingly, the book is occasioning considerable discussion. One early review is here. Comments (and references to other reviews) are welcome!
Émilie Frenkiel’s new book, Conditional Democracy: The Contemporary Debate on Political Reform in Chinese Universities (ECPR Press, 2015) has been published. Click here for more information.