AUTHOR: Kumazawa Banzan
EDITOR AND TRANSLATOR: John A. Tucker, East Carolina University
DATE PUBLISHED: January 2021
Kumazawa Banzan’s (1619-1691) Responding to the Great Learning (Daigaku wakumon) stands as the first major writing on political economy in early modern Japanese history. John A. Tucker’s translation is the first English rendition of this controversial text to be published in eighty years. The introduction offers an accessible and incisive commentary, including detailed analyses of Banzan’s text within the context of his life, as well as broader historical and intellectual developments in East Asian Confucian thought. Emphasizing parallels between Banzan’s life events, such as his relief efforts in the Okayama domain following devastating flooding, and his later writings advocating compassionate government, environmental initiatives, and projects for growing wealth, Tucker sheds light on Banzan’s main objective of ‘governing the realm and bringing peace and prosperity to all below heaven’. In Responding to the Great Learning, Banzan was doing more than writing a philosophical commentary, he was advising the Tokugawa shogunate to undertake a major reorganization of the polity – or face the consequences.
For more information or to order the book, see the publisher’s website.
The Chinese Studies Association of Australia cordially invites proposals for its forthcoming biennial conference. Contributions addressing the conference theme, “Changing China: Then and Now”, are especially encouraged, though proposals on any area of Chinese Studies are welcome. Proposals may be for individual or joint papers or for panels. We look forward to putting together a wide-ranging, multi- disciplinary montage of the best research in Chinese Studies being done both in Australia and overseas.
The conference welcomes presentations in English and Chinese. Abstracts for individual papers (including papers for panels) and roundtables should not exceed 250 words.
This will be an in-person conference on the ANU campus. In the event that international travel remains impossible through 2021, we will aim for dual-delivery methods to accommodate on-line participation.
Closing date for submissions: 31 July, 2021
Announcement of successful submissions: 31 August, 2021
Please submit your abstract including paper title, authors’ affiliation and contact details, and a short bio (approx. 50 words) via this online form.
Please send any enquiries to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Further details will be updated at: http://www.csaa.org.au/
The latest issue of Philosophy Compass contains two articles of interest to this blog:
- “Aesthetics of the martial arts” by Jeanette Bicknell
- “Thoreau and the Confucian Four Books” by Mathew A. Foust
The Department of East Asian Languages & Civilizations at the University of Pennsylvania is pleased to announce a Zoom lecture by Pauline C. Lee:
“Tales of a Late-Ming Iconoclast: On Li Zhi 李贄, His Life, and His Books”
For an abstract and Zoom login info, click here:
Hope to see many of you there!
Paul R. Goldin
TOC: Journal of Chinese Philosophy Volume 48 (2021): Issue 2 (June 2021)
The Research Center for Chinese Cultural Subjectivity in Taiwan (CCS) will be hosting the 2nd Sinophone Studies in Europe and the Americas (SEA) International Young Scholars Conference in March 2022 at National Chengchi University, Taiwan. We invite post-doctoral researcher, Ph. D. candidate, doctoral or master’s degree student in all related fields to discuss different research approaches with their Taiwanese counterparts.
The goal of the SEA 2022 conference is to re-think existing paradigms in fields and sub-fields like Asian Studies, Sinology, Transcultural Studies, Religion Studies, Applied Ethics, Comparative Literature and Philosophy, History of Thought, Global History, Digital Humanities, etc. One central question that we want to explore is how to understand the idea of (geographic, linguistic, conceptual) “border” in the global present, and how different Sinophone perspectives interrogate this and other related ideas, in particular with regard to the following topics:
- Categories and Boundaries in Transcultural Perspective.
- Inclusivity and Demarcation in Sinophone Religions.
- Sinophone Studies in Practical Horizon.
The International Society for Comparative Studies of Chinese and Western Philosophy (ISCWP) plans to organize one or two panels for the 2022 APA Central Meeting (Chicago, Feb. 23-26, 2022). ISCWP invites proposals of panels or papers that promote in-depth engagement between Chinese and Western philosophy. Proposals may be focused on only one of Chinese or Western philosophy, but it should be consistent with the mission of ISCWP. Preference is given to constructive comparative engagements between Chinese philosophy and Western philosophy.
For panel proposal, submission must include the theme of the panel and the following for each chair, speaker, and commentator (optional) on your panel:
- Title of Paper
4. Email Address
5. Abstract of 200-300 words (for presenters)
For paper proposal, submission must include the completed paper or a paper title and abstract of 200-300 words.
Please send proposals to Alexus McLeod (email@example.com), by August 15, 2021.
If you plan to attend the APA-Central Meeting and would like to volunteer to serve as a chair for a panel, please notify us of your willingness to do so.
Note on Academic Support Fund: In general, the ISCWP does not fund travel and related expenses.
Participants must secure funding via their institution or other means. However, thanks to the generosity of our members, we are in the process of building up an Academic Support Fund for early career scholars and scholars without stable and/or well-funded positions. If you would like to be considered for the Fund, please indicate so in your email. Although we would like to provide as much support as it is needed, resource allocation is not guaranteed and will be contingent upon availability of funds.
Ethical Theory and Moral Practice encourages submissions on non-western philosophical traditions, especially those that interface contemporary ethics and Asian philosophies. This is part of the editorial team’s ongoing efforts to expand the journal’s repertoire of traditions, ideas and approaches beyond what is typically considered to be mainstream ethics and practical philosophy, and to foster dialogue and engagement across cultures and methodologies. We also invite proposals for book reviews as well as for special issues that engage Asian philosophical traditions. Proposals for special issues are evaluated twice a year through our regular selection process, with deadlines on October 1 and April 1.
For more information about the journal, please visit https://www.springer.com/journal/10677