We hereby request submissions of abstracts for the third Northeast Conference on Chinese Thought (NECCT), to be held at Central Connecticut State University on Saturday and Sunday, November 8-9, 2014.
Interested scholars should send an abstract of no more than one single-spaced page, plus a current CV, to Mathew Foust (firstname.lastname@example.org) no later than June 1, 2014. All files should either be in Word or .pdf format.
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THE COLUMBIA SOCIETY FOR COMPARATIVE PHILOSOPHY
Welcomes: EDWARD SLINGERLAND (University of British Columbia)
With responses from: MICHAEL BROWNSTEIN (New Jersey Institute of Technology)
Please join us at Columbia University’s Religion department on Friday, May 9, 2014 at 5:30PM for his lecture called:
“Trying Not to Try: Cooperation, Trust, and the Paradox of Spontaneity”
Abstract: Many early Chinese thinkers had as their spiritual ideal the state of wu-wei, or effortless action. Continue reading “Columbia Society for Comparative Philosophy lecture by Ted Slingerland: “Trying Not to Try: Cooperation, Trust, and the Paradox of Spontaneity” on Friday, May 9 @5:30pm”
To file under Chinese philosophy in popular culture: Neil deGrasse Tyson discusses Mozi on the television show Cosmos here: http://www.cosmosontv.com/watch/215791683929 (from about 3:50 onward). Enjoy.
There will be a one-day conference, “Comparative Ancient and Medieval Political Thought,” at Yale University on May 1. Details here.
The editorial board of Dao: A Journal of Comparative Philosophy has concluded its two months long deliberation on 2013 Dao Annual Best Essay Award, and its winner is:
Amy Olberding, “Confucius’ Complaints and the Analects‘ Account of the Good Life,” Dao 12.4: 417-440.
Fudan University professor and sometime contributor to this blog, Bai Tongdong, has his own blog here, and has recently posted some essays there (in Chinese) that some readers may be interested in. The most recent is “传统正名系列3 作为普适价值的儒学” or “Rectification of Names #3: Confucianism as Universal Value.” It is a provocative and (in my view) constructive interjection into the debates that have been raging over “universal” (which often is code for “Western”) values. Enjoy
Ted Slingerland is out promoting his new book, Trying Not to Try and is on a radio talk show. I ‘m listening to it right now on public radio’s On Point. Here’s the website. Mike Csikszentmihalyi is on, as well.
Joseph Adler’s new book on Zhu Xi’s appropriation of Zhou Dunyi, including substantial translations of Zhou’s writings and Zhu’s commentaties thereon, is now available. Congratulations, Joseph!
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The next session of the Columbia University Seminar on Neo-Confucian Studies will convene Friday, April 4 from 3:30 to 5:30pm in the Heyman Center for the Humanities at Columbia University. Ari Borrell will present “A Selected Translation of Zhu Xi’s Critique of Adulterated Learning (Zaxue bian雜學辨).” Copies of his paper and the original Chinese text are available from the organizers..
All are welcome to attend. Please join us immediately after the seminar for dinner at a location to be announced. If you have any questions, you may contact one of our organizers: Ari Borrell , Tao Jiang, On-cho Ng, or Deborah Sommer.
St. Louis University has announced an extended lecture series on Matteo Ricci, with the the first talks coming this month. The first two lectures will be delivered by Nicholas Standaert:
“The Spiritual Exercises in China: Displacement and Encounters in Visual Meditation”
Thursday, April 10, 2014
Loyola Room, Jesuit Hall
Saint Louis University
Inaugural Lecture: “The Jesuits Shaped by the Chinese: The Case of Matteo Ricci”
Friday, April 11, 2014
Sinquefield State Room, DuBourg Hall
Saint Louis University
Reception to follow
THE COLUMBIA SOCIETY FOR COMPARATIVE PHILOSOPHY
Welcomes: JOSEPH CHAN (University of Hong Kong)
With responses from: WARREN FRISINA (Hofstra University)
Please join us on Friday, April 18 at 5:30PM for his lecture entitled:
“Confucianism and Democracy: Uneasy Marriage or Productive Partnership?”
The latest issue of the Research Newslatter of the Institute of Chinese Literature and Philosophy at the Academia Sinica has a special section on my 2009 book Sagehood. The issue (and all articles), including my reply to the various perspectives offered, is available here. I will also paste the Table of Contents below. My thanks to Fabien Heubel and Kai Marchal for organizing and editing this issue!
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Translation of Chinese philosophical terminology is often one of the more vexed problems that we face. This is both because the interpretation and understanding of some of these terms is complicated (and controversial), and because it is rarely easy to choose a single word, or a short phrase, that readily expresses the meaning of a given term. Many potential translations carry inapt baggage with them; others can be misleading in other ways. Often we are urged to give up and leave a term romanized. I would agree that, depending on one’s specific goals, this can sometimes be the best choice, but of course to resort to it too often is to abandon the project of interpretation and translation.
Continue reading “Why can’t we all agree on how to translate “xin”?”
This may be old news to many of you, but until recently, I was unaware of the special issue of Sophia devoted to ritual in Chinese philosophy, which contains a number of excellent articles. Read on for the Table of Contents.
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Friday, April 4, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Political Authority and Democracy: A Contemporary Confucian Perspective
Joseph Chan, Professor, Department of Politics and Public Administration, University of Hong Kong
Harvard Law School, The Morgan Courtroom, Austin Hall Room 308
Sponsored by East Asian Legal Studies, HLS
An important new book on in role of Yogacara Buddhism in shaping modern Chinese thought has been published. Click here or read on for details.
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Click here for information about the 2nd Annual International Conference on Philosophy: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow, to be held Nov. 24-25, 2014 in Singapore. Chenyang Li of Nanyang Technological University will be one of the keynote speakers.
The Department of Philosophy and Religion at Western Carolina University invites applications for a tenure-track appointment in Religion at the Assistant Professor level, beginning August 1, 2014.
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10th Annual Midwest Conference on Chinese Thought
co-sponsored by the Philosophy Department
at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale
April 25th-26th, 2014
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I am very happy to announce the 2nd Rutgers Workshop on Chinese Philosophy, which will be held on Friday, April 11, on the topic “Xunzi on Authority.” Four scholars of Chinese philosophy will present papers, each followed by a critical commentary from a member of the Rutgers University Philosophy Department. Attendance (including lunch) is free but requires an advance RSVP so that we know how much food to get. Please read on for details!
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Stanford scholar shows Koreans and Americans tackle moral dilemmas using different brain regions … offers first look at neural differences between cultural groups solving tricky moral problems.
Someone pointed me to the story, published here (thank you, Annette Bryson!). The study, which is hyperlinked in the story, is available here for free download (last I checked). I have no real comment on it yet, but thought some blog readers who are interested in empirical studies about moral thinking in Confucian societies might find it interesting, assuming, as I do, that Korea has a society that still remains heavily influenced by its history of Confucianism.
The Association of Chinese Philosophers in America (ACPA) has released its latest Newsletter, with information about the new Board of Directors, Member news, and more.
The Dao Companion to Classical Chinese Philosophy has been published (Amazon link). Read on for more information. Continue reading “New Dao Companion Volume Published”
CFP from Douglas Duckworth at Temple University:
The International Society for Buddhist Philosophy (ISBP) is soliciting paper proposals for a panel on the status of self-awareness (svasaṃvedanā) in Buddhist thought, in the group meeting at the Annual Meeting of the American Philosophical Association (APA) Eastern Division in Philadelphia, PA (December 27-30, 2014). Papers that address what is at stake in the debates around the topic of self-awareness from phenomenological, analytic, and/or Buddhist perspectives are welcome.
Papers may engage such questions as: Can there be self-awareness without a self? Is self-awareness foundational, or foundational to Buddhism? Does a claim to the presence of self-awareness entail any ontological commitments? Is self-awareness a source of knowledge? What (if anything) is self-awareness aware of and what (if anything) does self-awareness explain?
Please send title, abstract (250 words), personal information (name, email, and institutional affiliation) to Douglas Duckworth (duckworth[at]temple.edu) by May 1, 2014.
I have recently learned that Professor Zhan Shichuang 詹石窗 of Sichuan University is founding an English-language academic journal, Frontiers of Daoist Studies. Anyone interested in submitting work can contact Zhang Lijuan 张丽娟, a postdoctoral fellow in the Institute of Religious Studies, who represents the Editorial Office of the journal.
The preliminary schedule for the 9th International Conference on Daoist Studies, to be held at Boston University from May 29, June 1, 2014, is now available at the Conference website. It’s an impressive line-up!
I am pleased to announce that the Philosophy program at Eastern Michigan University has a new M.A. program. The program has strengths in Chinese and comparative philosophy, gender & sexuality, philosophy of science, philosophical counseling, social philosophy, food justice, and environmental ethics.
We are located in Southeastern Michigan, about 40 minutes west of Detroit and 10 minutes east of Ann Arbor.
We are now accepting applications for 2014-2015.
Please visit our website for more information. We are also listed in the APA Graduate Guide.
Feel free to email me with any questions.
Prof. Kwong-loi Shun, who taught at U.C. Berkeley from 1986-2003, has returned there after most recently serving as the Head of New Asia College at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He will be teaching one course per term, starting this spring. If anyone knows what his plans may be about accepting graduate students, please let us know.
Two events are coming up soon at the Center for East Asian and Comparative Philosophy at the City University of Hong Kong:
First, Bryan Van Norden is giving the CEACOP Annual Lecture on 13 March at 4:00pm, entitled “Truth and Argument in Ancient Chinese Philosophy”:
Then, on the weekend of 15-16 March, the center is hosting a conference on “Traditional Non-Confucian Perspectives on Social and Political Organization and Order”:
The APA sent out an announcement with the first CFP for their new journal, and it is worth noting that two of the eighteen Advisory Editors have specialties in Chinese philosophy. This marks a significant advance for our field, and I hope that everyone will consider it as an avenue for bringing Chinese philosophy to a more mainstream readership.
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THE COLUMBIA SOCIETY FOR COMPARATIVE PHILOSOPHY
Welcomes: MARK SIDERITS (Seoul National University)
Please join us at Columbia University’s Religion department on Friday, March 7, 2014 at 5:30pm for his lecture called:
“Causation, ‘Humean’ Causation and Emptiness”
ABSTRACT: Continue reading “Columbia Society for Comparative Philosophy lecture on causation in Madhyamaka philosophy THIS FRIDAY March 7th @5:30pm”
(Moved to top for article discussion as a featured post – March 12, 2014)
The latest issue of Dao has been released. And in keeping with our new collaboration with the journal, one article has been set to free access:
Filial Obligations: A Comparative Study, by Cecilia Wee
Well, first, I have to thank Cecilia Wee for the very stimulating piece. I hope I have not misunderstood or misrepresented too much of it in the following remarks. I look forward to her comments and discussion by all.
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Sungmoon Kim’s new book, Confucian Democracy in East Asia: Theory and Practice has just been published by Cambridge University Press. According to my blurb on the back of the book:
Confucianism is neither ready-made for democracy nor inalterably opposed to it. As Sungmoon Kim shows in this important book, however, a Confucianism worth defending in the complex, multicultural East Asia of today both can and must incorporate a robust form of democracy. Kim deploys a wealth of careful arguments that draw from classical Confucianism, a wide range of Western political theorists, and the distinctive political culture of modern Korea. The result is a rich and provocative work that successfully bridges theory and practice. Anyone interested in the future possibilities for democracy and for Confucianism – whether conjoined or not – will have to take this book seriously.
Cambridge is offering a 20% discount to readers of this blog, though Amazon has the book discounted as well, and may be less expensive (depending on shipping options). In any event, congratulations, Sungmoon!
Philosophy of the Past: Early Chinese Philosophy in Context
Tom Mazanec, Kay Duffy
On a chilly late-winter morning, as the sun pierced through leafless tree branches and the dotted snowscape melted into auguries of spring, a small band of scholars met in Princeton University’s Jones Hall to discuss methods for studying early Chinese philosophy. Organized by two Princeton graduate students, Mercedes Valmisa and Sara Vantournhout, the conference drew approximately twenty-five attendees to hear four main presentations and several hours of lively debate. Martin Kern (Princeton) served as moderator for presentations by Carine Defoort (KU Leuven), Jane Geaney (University of Richmond), Mark Csikszentmihalyi (University of California, Berkeley), and Paul Goldin (University of Pennsylvania) on topics ranging across a wide variety of early texts, employing four distinct methodologies.
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The following open letter has been circulating on the internet, signed by a long list of individuals, mostly academic scholars of Confucianism. They call for the repair, renovation, and re-opening of Confucian Temples around China; for expanding the roles of these temples (mainly in education); and for reorganizing the administration of the temples to move away from commercial goals. I apologize for not having the time right now to translate it.
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Philosophy Compass is a comparatively new on-line journal. For the last several years, its area editor for Chinese and comparative philosophy has been Karyn Lai. I have only recently become aware of how much has been published in the journal in this area, and thought that other might be interested, too!
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For more information, see here
if you happen to be in Taipei this week, you might be interested in the upcoming workshop on “Exhortation and Critique in Traditional China” at Soochow University (February 21, 2014, 9:00-18:00). Here are some excerpts from the agenda of our workshop and the schedule:
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The New York Times just published an excellent piece on E. Gene Smith’s collection of Tibetan Buddhist texts and their new home in Chengdu, China. The texts are housed in a new library bearing Smith’s name at Southwest University for Nationalities in Chengdu.
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I just finished reading Mark Saltveit’s book The Tao of Chip Kelly. For anyone curious about the book, I’m posting an informal review here.
The Tao of Chip Kelly is an enjoyable read on the leadership and coaching strategies of Philadelphia Eagle’s head coach, Chip Kelly. The book presents lessons on leadership from Kelly’s coaching career, the majority of which are drawn from his four seasons at the University of Oregon. While Saltveit’s introduction claims the book is aimed towards management strategy, the book is accessible to anyone and potentially of interest to anyone interested in team strategies, football, or contemporary applications of ideas drawn from Laozi or Zhuangzi. Continue reading “Book Review – The Tao of Chip Kelly by Mark Saltveit”
Special Issue: The Basis for the Legitimacy of the Chinese Political
System: Whence and Whither? Dialogues among Western and Chinese
March 2014; Vol. 40, No. 2
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Ge Zhaoguang’s Intellectual History of China was a landmark event in Chinese scholarship, moving beyond earlier history-of-ideas or Marxist frameworks. The first volume has now been published in English translation.
Continue reading “Translation of Vol. 1 of Ge Zhaoguang’s Intellectual History Published”
Prof. Albert Welter is looking to organize an AAR panel on Confucian Secularism. Please contact him if you are interested.
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The AAR “Religions in Chinese and Indian Cultures: A Comparative Perspective” Group is looking for papers on “Cultivation and Its Consequences.” Read on for details.
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Perhaps these events are a little distant from Chinese philosophy, but I wish I could attend!
- A Constitution without Constitutionalism? Paths of Constitutional Developments in China
- Dictatorship and Information: Autocratic Regime Resilience in Communist Europe and China
- The Rights Defence (weiquan) Movement in China
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CALL FOR PAPER AND PANEL PROPOSALS
2014 Eastern Division Meeting of the American Philosophical Association
December 27-30, 2014, Philadelphia, PA
The Society for Asian and Comparative Philosophy welcomes proposals for our panels at the American Philosophical Association’s Eastern Division meeting. Please submit individual paper abstracts or complete panel proposals.
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 institution.
Proposals regarding any aspect of Asian or comparative philosophy are welcome. No simultaneous submissions.
Please submit these materials no later than May 7 to Brian Bruya at email@example.com.
A colleague of someone I know wonders who might be able and willing to contribute a chapter in a Routledge volume on Asian political thought on any of the following topics:
Confucianism beyond China
Ming Patriots (Critical Confucianism)
Buddhist Political Thought around Asia
Please contact me (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you or someone you know qualifies. Cheers.
Greetings! Many of you will have received the latest ISCWP Newsletter. For those who are not on the ISCWP membership list, you can find out about the the society’s activities and events by following the link above and looking through recent newsletters, which are all available there.
If any readers are not members of the ISCWP and would like to join, please click here to be taken to the membership form online, where you can apply for membership.
Secretary and Treasurer
Monday, February 3, 4:00 p.m.
Fairbank Center China Humanities Seminar
Chinese Studies in the Age of Consilience: New Approaches Drawn from the Cognitive and Evolutionary Sciences
Edward Slingerland, University of British Columbia
Cosponsored with the Mahindra Humanities Center and the Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations, Harvard University
CGIS South, Doris and Ted Lee Gathering Room (S030), 1730 Cambridge Street, Harvard University
The International Society for Comparative Studies of Chinese and Western Philosophy (ISCWP) plans to sponsor one or two panels at this year’s Eastern Division Meeting of APA, which will take place on December 27-30, 2014 at the downtown Marriott in Philadelphia. We hereby invite submissions.
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The Association of Chinese Philosophers in North America (ACPA)
Call for Papers and Abstracts
Submission deadline: April 30, 2014
ACPA Group Meeting at the 2014 Eastern Division Meeting of the American Philosophical Association (APA)
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Penn State Summer Institute in Asian Studies
The Pennsylvania State University invites applications for a week-long fellowship to participate in the inaugural Penn State Summer Institute in Asian Studies. To be held June 1 -7, 2014, on the theme of “Reading and Textual Production in Early Modern China,” the Summer Institute welcomes applicants interested in reading primary and secondary sources on its annual theme, in workshopping and discussing their own research, and in exploring the latest scholarship in their field. This year?s Institute will be led by On-cho Ng (Penn State), Kai-wing Chow (U of Illinois) and Hung-lam Chu (Hong Kong Polytechnic U).
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The 2014 Term of the ISCWP’s “Beijing Roundtable on Contemporary Philosophy” workshop /symposium series is a small-size, half-day workshop on the theme “Mohist Logical Thought and Development of Contemporary Philosophy”, which will be held at Peking University, Beijing, China, 27th June 2014. For more information, click here. Please note that for those interested in possibly presenting at the Roundtable, the deadline for contacting the organizers is June 1, 2014.
The latest issue of Philosophy East & West (64:1, January 2014) has been published.
|Witchcraft and the Rise of the First Confucian Empire
Hardcover – 330 pages
Release Date: February 2014
Electronic – 330 pages
Release Date: February 2014
Contests long-standing claims that Confucianism came to prominence under China’s Emperor Wu.
When did Confucianism become the reigning political ideology of imperial China? A pervasive narrative holds it was during the reign of Emperor Wu of the Han dynasty (141–87 BCE). In this book, Liang Cai maintains that such a date would have been too early and provides a new account of this transformation. A hidden narrative in Sima Qian’s The Grand Scribe’s Records (Shi ji) shows that Confucians were a powerless minority in the political realm of this period. Cai argues that the notorious witchcraft scandal of 91–87 BCE reshuffled the power structure of the Western Han bureaucracy and provided Confucians an opportune moment to seize power, evolve into a new elite class, and set the tenor of political discourse for centuries to come.
Liang Cai is Assistant Professor of History at the University of Arkansas.
P. J. Ivanhoe will speak at Rutgers on Feb. 6; the title is “Senses and Values of Oneness.” More informaton is here.