Warp, Weft, and Way

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

In a world of “Confucius Says (子曰),” What Can Confucius Say About Gay Marriage?

2/25/15: 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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July 23, 2015 Posted by | China, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Confucianism, Related Blog Discussions | 9 comments

Book Review: James F. Peterman, Whose Tradition? Which Dao?: Confucius and Wittgenstein on Moral Learning and Reflection

Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews

2015.07.30 View this Review Online View Other NDPR Reviews

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July 23, 2015 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Confucianism, Philosophy of language, Reviews | no comments

Call for Papers: “New Ways of Reading Early Chinese Texts”

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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July 21, 2015 Posted by | Call for Papers (CFP), Conference, Opportunities | no comments

Table of Contents: New Issue of Asian Philosophy

A  new issue of Asian Philosophy is available and can be found here.

July 20, 2015 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Confucianism, Tables of Contents | no comments

Job Opportunity: Assistant Professor of Buddhism at Oregon State University

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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July 20, 2015 Posted by | Academia, Buddhism, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Opportunities | no comments

Publication Opportunity: Early Chinese Self-Cultivation

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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July 17, 2015 Posted by | Buddhism, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Opportunities, Philosophy in China | no comments

Call for APA Central Participants

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 kalmanson@gmail.com.

 

July 15, 2015 Posted by | American Philosophical Association, History of Philosophy, philosophy canon | no comments

Call For Proposals: SSEC 2016

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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July 15, 2015 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学 | no comments

Adler reviews Chinese Metaphysics and Its Problems

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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July 15, 2015 Posted by | Book Review, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Metaphysics, Neo-Confucianism | no comments

Confucius on gay marriage

Bryan W. Van Norden comments here.

July 13, 2015 Posted by | Confucianism, Confucius, In the News | 4 comments

TOC: Frontiers of Philosophy in China

The latest issue of Frontiers of Philosophy in China has been published. The table of contents is also located below:

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July 8, 2015 Posted by | Comparative philosophy, Philosophy in China, Tables of Contents | no comments

CFP: Ethics Across the Curriculum

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.

 

July 8, 2015 Posted by | Call for Papers (CFP), Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Pedagogy | no comments

New Book: Daniel Bell, The China Model

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!

July 7, 2015 Posted by | Book Review, Books of Interest, China, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Comparative Political Theory, Contemporary Confucianism, Politics | one comment

New book: Émilie Frenkiel, Conditional Democracy

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.

July 7, 2015 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学 | no comments

New Assistant Editor

Over the next few weeks you’ll be seeing a new name here on the blog: Max Fong, a student of mine at Wesleyan, is working this summer as a research assistant and will be helping out with some of the blog postings. Thanks, Max!

July 6, 2015 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学 | one comment

CFP/CFA: ACPA group meeting at 2016 Pacific APA

Call for Papers and Abstracts:  ACPA at 2016 Pacific APA
Submission deadline:  September 14, 2015
Association of Chinese Philosophers in North America (ACPA) Group Meeting at the 2016 Pacific Division Meeting of the American Philosophical Association (APA)
March 30, 2016 – April 3, 2016 at the Westin St. Francis Hotel, San Francisco CA.

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July 6, 2015 Posted by | Academia, American Philosophical Association, Call for Papers (CFP) | no comments

New book: Essays on Zhuang and the “Happy Fish”

University of Hawaii Press has recently published a new book edited by Roger Ames and Nakajima Takahiro called Zhuangzi and the Happy Fish. The Table of Contexts can be viewed at Amazon.

July 4, 2015 Posted by | Books of Interest, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Daoism | no comments

Review of new book on virtue with Chinese perspectives

Erica Lucast Stonestreet’s review at NDPR of Nancy E. Snow (ed.), Cultivating Virtue: Perspectives from Philosophy, Theology, and Psychology (Oxford University Press, 2015) highlights Ted Slingerland’s contribution to the volume, nicely bringing Chinese philosophy into this broader conversation.

July 4, 2015 Posted by | Book Review, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Moral Psychology, Virtue | no comments

Chinese Universal Values?

A thought-provoking post at China Policy on various strands in current Chinese discourse about “values” (Confucian, universal, civilizational, and otherwise).

July 4, 2015 Posted by | China, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Politics | no comments

Daoist Studies journal looking for submissions

From Livia Kohn:

The Journal of Daoist Studies has several openings for an academic paper, no more than 10,000 words, to be published in the next issue: vol. 9, Feb. 2016.

Please send to “daojournal@gmail.com” soon, if possible before August 1.

July 4, 2015 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Daoism, Journal News | no comments

Confucius referenced in U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage

“The centrality of marriage to the human condition makes it unsurprising that the institution has existed for millennia and across civilizations. Since the dawn of history, marriage has transformed strangers into relatives, binding families and societies together. Confucius taught that marriage lies at the foundation of government. 2 Li Chi: Book of Rites 266 (C. Chai & W. Chai eds., J. Legge transl. 1967). This wisdom was echoed centuries later and half a world away by Cicero, who wrote, “The first bond of society is marriage; next, children; and then the family.” See De Officiis 57 (W. Miller transl. 1913). There are untold references to the beauty of marriage in religious and philosophical texts spanning time, cultures, and faiths, as well as in art and literature in all their forms.” [Read full opinion here.]

June 28, 2015 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学 | 5 comments

Current JCP Issue – Free Access

I’m not sure for how long, but the current Journal of Chinese Philosophy is available for free access here: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/jocp.2014.41.issue-1-2/issuetoc . Though it is the most recent and current, Volume 41, it is dated March – June 2014.

June 28, 2015 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Journal Related, Tables of Contents | no comments

Rosemont Reviews Allen, Vanishing Into Things

Henry Rosemont’s review of Barry Allen’s new book on Chinese epistemology, Vanishing Into Things (Harvard University Press, 2015), has just been published at NDPR. Looks terrific!

June 18, 2015 Posted by | Book Review, Books of Interest, Buddhism, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Epistemology, Military, Neo-Confucianism | no comments

Forthcoming book by Jaeyoon Song

Jaeyoon Song’s important study of Song dynasty political thinking,  Traces of Grand Peace: Classics and State Activism in Imperial China, now has a webpage and is scheduled for publication in November. Congratulations, Jaeyoon!

June 17, 2015 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative Political Theory, Neo-Confucianism, Political Theory, Politics | no comments

Upcoming Lecture in Taiwan

An interesting-sounding lecture that touches on the possible “new life” to be found in the Neo-Confucian compendium, Reflections on Things at Hand; June 18th at Taiwan Normal University:

「當代與東亞儒家市民論壇」
講 題:朱熹、呂祖謙合編「近思錄」的古意和新生
主講人:朱浤源教授 (中央研究院 近代史研究所)、呂榮海律師 (蔚理法律事務所)
主持人:潘朝陽教授 (國立臺灣師範大學 東亞學系)
時 間:民國一0四年六月十八日(週四)晚上七點至九點
地 點:臺師大誠大樓九樓 政治學研究所多功能會議室

June 17, 2015 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Lecture, Neo-Confucianism, Politics | no comments

Latest Telos has section on “Universal Values”

The latest issue of Telos (171; Summer, 2015) contains a special section on the debate over “universal values” in China. Here is the on-line introduction to the issue; the Table of Contents follows.

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June 15, 2015 Posted by | China, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Comparative Political Theory, Journal News, Politics | no comments

Workshop in Shanghai on July 1

Paul Fischer (Western Kentucky University; currently visiting at Fudan) writes with information about a workshop on Chinese self-cultivation, to be held at Fudan on July 1. All are welcome! Please contact Dr. Fischer with any questions.

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June 15, 2015 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Conference, Self-Cultivation | no comments

New issue of Journal of Chinese Humanities

The latest issue of the China-based, English-language Journal of Chinese Humanities has been published, and contains a number of articles related to Chinese philosophy (especially Confucianism):

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June 14, 2015 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Confucianism, Journal News | no comments

New (?) Book Reviews at China Review International

It has just come to my attention that Volume 19, Number 4 of Chinese Review International has been published. This is dated 2012, but they have been running behind. I’m not sure how recently this issue was published, but anyway it’s new to me, and perhaps to some readers. Several recent books in Chinese philosophy are reviewed, including works by Jiang Qing, Michael Ing, Paul Fraser, and more. For those without institutional access, Yuri Pines’s review of Jiang Qing is also available on his Academia.edu site.

June 11, 2015 Posted by | Book Review, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy | 6 comments

Summer School and Conference at Univeristy of Ljubljana

On behalf of the organizers, I’d like to announce two forthcoming events at the Department of Asian and African Studies, Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana (Slovenia).

The first one is a summer school on Wei, Jin, Nanbei Period and the Importance of Transition to be held 2-9 September 2015 in Korte (Slovenia). Applications are invited from graduate students as well doctoral degree holders. There is no tuition fee and the costs of full board are covered by Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation. Participants should cover their own travel expenses to Ljubljana, transportation between Ljubljana and the summer school venue will be provided by the organizers. A letter of motivation as well as further enquires should be sent to natasavampelj@yahoo.com by 1 July 2015. For more information, see here.

The second one is a conference in the Special Topics in Chinese Studies (STCS) series to be held 11-13 December 2015 in Ljubljana (Slovenia). This year’s topic is Comparative Perspectives: Islam, Confucianism and Buddhism. Proposals are invited for panels, roundtable discussions, and individual papers addressing the conference theme as outlined in the Call for Papers. Abstracts of no more than 250 words should be sent to maja.veselic@ff.uni-lj.si by 25 August 2015. For more information, see here.

June 11, 2015 Posted by | Buddhism, Call for Papers (CFP), Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Conference, Confucianism, Opportunities | no comments

1-Year Political Philosophy Post-doc at CityU

The Center for East Asian and Comparative Philosophy (CEACOP) at the City University of Hong Kong is offering a one-year postdoctoral fellowship in political philosophy/theory to begin in Fall 2015. Requirements include a PhD in Philosophy/Political Science, with specialization in Political Philosophy/Theory and no more than 3 years’ postdoctoral experience.  Familiarity with Comparative Political Theory/East Asian Philosophy would be an advantage, but is not essential.

For more information and to apply, see: http://www.cityu.edu.hk/hro/en/job/current/administrative.asp?ref=ur-cr985

June 10, 2015 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Comparative Political Theory, Fellowships, Hong Kong, Opportunities | no comments

New book: Ivanhoe, Confucian Reflections

P. J. Ivanhoe’s new book, Confucian Reflections: Ancient Wisdom for Modern Times (Rutledge, 2015) has been published. Congratulations! Click here for more information.

June 8, 2015 Posted by | Analects, Books of Interest, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Confucianism | no comments

Chinese philosophy in Philosophy Compass

The new issue of Philosophy Compass features two articles dealing with Chinese philosophy, continuing its consistent string of high-quality articles in our area.

June 8, 2015 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Tables of Contents | no comments

Fellowship in Chinese Buddhist Philosophy

NCCU Sheng Yen Postdoctoral Fellowship in Chinese Buddhist Philosophy, 2015-2016

With the generous support of the Sheng Yen Educational Foundation, the Research Group in Buddhist Philosophy at the National Chengchi University (NCCU) is pleased to invite applications for a one-year postdoctoral research fellowship. The term of the appointment is August 1, 2015, to July 31, 2016.

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June 8, 2015 Posted by | Buddhism, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Fellowships | no comments

New book: Greek Buddha

While not directly on Chinese philosophy, Christopher Beckwith’s new Greek Buddha: Pyrrho’s Encounter with Early Buddhism in Central Asia (Princeton, 2015) is certainly provocative for its argument about early Buddhist influence on Pyrrho, and deserves a wide readership.

June 8, 2015 Posted by | Books of Interest, Buddhism, Comparative philosophy | no comments

NECCT 4 Call for Abstracts (deadline extended to June 15)

The deadline for submitting abstracts for the 4th Northeast Conference on Chinese Thought has been extended to June 15, 2015. Interested scholars should send an abstract of no more than one single-spaced page, plus a current CV, to Tom Radice (radicet1@southernct.edu) and Xiaomei Yang (yangx1@southernct.edu). All files should either be in Word or .pdf format.

The conference will be held at Southern Connecticut State University on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 7-8, 2015.

Please refer to the original link for full details.

June 3, 2015 Posted by | Call for Papers (CFP), Conference | no comments

Lively interest in People’s Livelihood

At a recent event in China, a colleague — relatively new to the China scene — asked me why there was so much interest in the topics of “livelihood” on the parts of the Chinese scholars at our interdisciplinary conference  Here is a partial explanation: “On Xi Jinping’s Thought Regarding People’s Livelihood.”

May 28, 2015 Posted by | China, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Politics | no comments

Dao TOC

The latest issue of Dao: A Journal of Comparative Philosophy has been published. The Table of Contents is here. Among other things, it contains an article by David Wong called “Early Confucian Philosophy and the Development of Compassion,” along with replies to Wong’s essay by several scholar.

May 28, 2015 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Tables of Contents | no comments

ISCWP Panels at East APA; Chairs and Commentators needed

Please see below for the lineup of our two panels at the upcoming 2016 APA Eastern meeting. If you are interested in chairing a panel or commenting on one of the papers, please email Sarah Mattice shortly. Thank you.

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May 28, 2015 Posted by | American Philosophical Association, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Organization News | no comments

CFP: 11th East-West Philosophers’ Conference

The 11th East-West Philosophers’ Conference: “Place”

Wednesday May 25-Tuesday May 31, 2016

Call for Proposals

Humanity takes up space. In this, humanity is no different from other species. Humanity also purposefully transforms space, but is not unique in doing so. Other species also reshape the spaces they occupy to serve their purposes: birds create nests, bees create hives and beavers create dams. What seems to be uniquely human is the disposition to qualitatively transform spaces into places that are charged with distinctive kinds of significance.

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May 25, 2015 Posted by | Call for Papers (CFP), Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy | one comment

New Book: Korea’s Great Buddhist-Confucian Debate

Korea’s Great Buddhist-Confucian Debate: The Treatises of Chŏng Tojŏn (Sambong) and Hamhŏ Tŭkt’ong (Kihwa), Translated and with an introduction by A. Charles Muller

University of Hawai`i Press
192pp. May 2015
Cloth – Price: $20.00
ISBN: 978-0-8248-5380-8

http://www.acmuller.net/kor-bud/greatdebate.pdf

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May 23, 2015 Posted by | Books of Interest, Buddhism, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Korea, Korean Philosophy, Neo-Confucianism | no comments

New Book: Chinese Metaphysics and Its Problems

A New Book: Chinese Metaphysics and Its Problems, Chenyang Li and Franklin Perkins (eds.), Cambridge University Press (2015). [Amazon link]

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May 21, 2015 Posted by | Books of Interest, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Metaphysics | no comments

Articles on Asian Philosophy in General and Specialist Philosophy Journals, 1940-2014

Numbers and discussion here.

May 20, 2015 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Profession | one comment

Call for Papers, Journal of Chinese Humanities

We are now accepting submissions for our next issue, with a focus on the theme “Literature of the Ming and Qing Dynasties.”

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 most respected humanities journals. JOCH focuses on presenting 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. Continue reading “Call for Papers, Journal of Chinese Humanities”

May 18, 2015 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学 | no comments

New Book: Erin Cline’s Families of Virtue

Erin Cline of Georgetown University has published a new book with Columbia University Press, Families of Virtue: Confucian and Western Views on Childhood Development. Congratulations, Erin! The Columbia U. P. website is here; read on for a description.

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May 14, 2015 Posted by | Books of Interest, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Confucianism, Feminism | 3 comments

WuWei Revisited

Scott Barnwell revisits one of our favorite topics:

Off and on over the past 18 months I’ve been working on a new essay for my blog series “Classical Daoism – Is There Really Such a Thing?” The essay is on Wuwei 無為 and whether it could be considered a defining feature of a group or tradition we call (early) Daoism. I’ve got some thoughts I hope some may feel like addressing. As far as I can tell, wuwei does not have just one meaning or usage. I think there are a few different uses and would like to know if others would differentiate them as I do.

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May 12, 2015 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Daodejing, Daoism, Laozi, Taoism | 68 comments

Rewriting the story of philosophy

Via Feminist Philosophers, I learned of this paper by Don Howard, entitled “The History That We Are: Philosophy as Discipline and the Multiculturalism Debate.” A couple of excerpts:

The hypothesis that I want to put forward here is that the conception of the “philosophical” underlying this state of affairs does not correspond to a timeless Platonic form, but that it is instead a construction undertaken in a specific cultural context, at a specific historical moment, for some very specific reasons, not all of which have to do with the love of wisdom. The time is the end of the eighteenth and the beginning of the nineteenth century. The place is northern Europe, chiefly, though not exclusively, Prussia and Hanover.
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May 12, 2015 Posted by | Comparative philosophy, History, Methodology | one comment

Zhuangzi and Climate Change

Two new articles about the Peng Bird in as many days! Here’s one about a Zhuangzi-inspired art installation at the 56th Venice Biennale. More information on the installation, along with some pictures, here.

May 7, 2015 Posted by | Zhuangzi | no comments

China’s Apolitical Political School of Thought

A new article by Bryan W. Van Norden at The National Interest.

May 7, 2015 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Daoism, Political Theory, Zhuangzi | no comments

New Email Subscription Option

For those of you who may have been unceremoniously dropped from your email subscriptions (to new post notifications) when our site underwent a “routine” update a couple of months ago, we have added a different — and more convenient, by Postmatic’s own advertising — subscription service from  on the far right menu.

One of the new features that I haven’t tested yet is the ability to comment directly from the email in which the post is sent. I guess we will find out soon enough.

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May 6, 2015 Posted by | Blog details | 4 comments

First lecture in new Taiwan series

For those in Taiwan, this lecture on the future of cross-straits relations from a Confucian perspective may be of interest; it is announced as the first in a new series of lectures of Confucian perspectives on contemporary civil society issues):

臺師大東亞學系與鵝湖人文書院共同成立「當代與東亞儒家市民論壇」。定期就當代重大議題邀請傑出學者專家與儒士發表演講,並且進行即席討論。第一場將於五月七日週四晚上召開,歡迎各界參加。
講 題:兩岸關係應如何走
主講人:張亞中(國立台灣大學政治系教授)
時 間:民國一0四年五月七日(週四)晚上七點至九點
地 點:臺灣師大誠正勤樸大樓的九樓政治學研究所多
    功能會議廳(台北市和平東路一段162號

May 6, 2015 Posted by | China, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Politics, Taiwan | no comments

Postdoctoral Fellowships 2016: UNSW, Sydney, Australia

This is a highly competitive fellowship with a generous stipend. Scholars who have been awarded their PhDs after January 2011, or who are expecting the award of their degree imminently, are eligible to apply: UNSW Vice Chancellor’s postdoctoral research fellowships

Applicants should have publications in peer-reviewed scholarly journals and with reputable publishers. They should also discuss future publishing plans. The application pack is available here: UNSW Postdoc Application Pack

If you have questions about a post-doc fellowship in Chinese philosophy, please contact A/Prof Karyn Lai (k.lai@unsw.edu.au)

May 5, 2015 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学 | no comments

Events next week in Hong Kong

As I have already mentioned, on Friday May 15, there will be an all-day symposium on Joseph Chan’s book Confucian Perfectionism at HKU. There are at least two other Chinese-philosophy related events taking place next week in Hong Kong (please let me know if you know of others!):

  • On Thursday May 14, David Wong (Duke University) will be speaking on “Moral Beauty” at HKU (Room 966, 9/F, The Jockey Club Tower) at 4:30pm.
  • On Wednesday May 13, I will be speaking on “Varieties of Knowing in Neo-Confucianism” at the Center for East Asian and Comparative Philosophy, HK City University (Conference Room 1, To Yuen Building), 4:00pm.

May 5, 2015 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Hong Kong, Lecture | no comments

ACPA Deadline Extended

Dear Colleagues,
We would like to extend the deadline for our CFP for APA Eastern 2016 to May 8. As we mentioned before, – and I’d like to clarify further – though the main theme of the celebration is about methodologies for Chinese and comparative philosophy, we basically welcome papers that deal with any aspects of Chinese and comparative philosophy in general. If you’d like to submit for the DAO special issue for this event, I suppose you will need to clarify the methodology of your study. For the purpose of the ACPA panel, however, this is not an imperative as long as there is a reasonable methodology underlying your research.
Thanks for your attention and all the best,
Huaiyu

May 1, 2015 Posted by | American Philosophical Association, Call for Papers (CFP), Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy | no comments

New Book: Kim, ed., Confucianism, Law and Democracy in Contemporary Korea

Sungmoon Kim, ed., Confucianism, Law and Democracy in Contemporary Korea (Rowman and Littlefield International; CEACOP Series in East Asian Comparative Ethics, Politics and Philosophy of Law) has been published. Congratulations to all involved: it looks terrific!

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May 1, 2015 Posted by | Books of Interest, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Comparative Political Theory, Confucianism, Contemporary Confucianism, Korea, Law | no comments

2015 Nishan Confucian Studies Summer Institute

2015 Nishan Confucian Studies Summer Institute: International Program for Teachers of Chinese Studies

The International Program for Teachers of Chinese Culture is an invitation to spend a month reading the Confucian classics with world-renowned experts Roger T. Ames, Chenshan Tian and other distinguished comparative philosophy and Confucian scholars at a newly established Confucian academy at the site of Confucius’s birth, career, and death.

Application deadline: June 1, 2015

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May 1, 2015 Posted by | China, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Confucianism, Opportunities | no comments

New Book: Cambridge History of Song Dynasty, Part 2

The Cambridge History of China: Volume 5. The Five Dynasties and Sung China, 960–1279 AD, Part 2 has been published. Part 1 contained overviews of each reign; this volume looks at the period topically, including important contributions to the periods intellectual history by Peter Bol and Hoyt Tillman. See “inside the book” with Amazon here.

May 1, 2015 Posted by | Books of Interest, China, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Neo-Confucianism | no comments

ISCWP Deadline extended to May 4

The submission deadline for paper or panel proposals to the ISCWP for next year’s Eastern APA has been extended to May 4. The rest of the details can be seen here.

April 30, 2015 Posted by | Call for Papers (CFP), Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Organization News | no comments

New Book: Daoism in Japan

Today seems to be Daoism Day here at Warp, Weft, and Way. A new book:

Daoism in Japan: Chinese traditions and their influence on Japanese religious culture

Edited by Jeffrey L. Richey

Routledge – 2015 – 268 pages

April 28, 2015 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Daoism, Japan, Japanese philosophy | one comment

Fun podcast on Daoism

A cool podcast, “Daoism as Liberation from the Chains of Western Philosophy,” by a former student of mine, Jesse Brenner. Check it out!

April 28, 2015 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Daoism | no comments