Friend of the blog, Scott Barnwell, shares part 4.3 of his extensive study of classical Daoism.
You will find a lengthy PREVIEW below — footnote links send you to the article posted on his own blog. Comments are welcome here; please address comments to Scott.
Mysticism, Self-Cultivation and Longevity
Mysticism and quietistic self-cultivation practices have long been associated with the classical Daoist texts of Laozi 老子 and Zhuangzi 莊 子. The concern with longevity has primarily been associated with the figure of Laozi and the religion that deified him. In the 19th and first three quarters of the 20th centuries, Western scholars regularly described Laozi and Zhuangzi as mystics or quietists. In the past thirty years, however, these texts have been analyzed and interpreted more for their philosophy than for their religious practices or a broader holistic understanding of the spiritual and philosophical content. My hope is to give both the philosophical and religious or spiritual aspects their due.
Continue reading “Classical Daoism – Is there Really Such a Thing? 4.3″
Here is an interesting piece (though dating back to February 2013) by Walter D. Mignolo on the role of Slavov Zizek in the global market of ideas and an exchange between the philosophers Santiago Zabala and Hambid Dabashi. All pieces have been published on the website of Aljazeera and can be easily retrieved.
I have always been thinking that the discussion on Chinese philosophy needs to take into account the larger debates about Eurocentrism, colonialism, and the very nature of philosophy which have been going on for decades (with thinkers like Edward Said, Homi Bhabha, Enrique Dussel, Kwame Appiah, and others). However, quite often, this is at least my impression, scholars working on Chinese philosophy (both in China and in the West) are not willing enough to engage in these debates. Western scholars working on Chinese philosophy seem to be rather reticent to address these issues which are often debated fervently in non-philosophy departments, especially in comparative literature departments. Or is this impression one-sided? And might this reticency be due to the controversial legacy of Marxism? What do you think?
(A reminder about this upcoming lecture this Friday, December 6.)
THE COLUMBIA SOCIETY FOR COMPARATIVE PHILOSOPHY
BRYAN VAN NORDEN (Vassar College)
With responses from:
TIMOTHY CONNOLLY (East Stroudsburg University)
Please join us at Columbia University’s Religion department on Friday, December 6, 2013 at 5:30 for his lecture called:
“Truth and Argument in Ancient Chinese Philosophy”
Most informed students of comparative Chinese-Western philosophy would agree with the following four claims:
- Chinese philosophy is almost always concerned with truths that have ethical and social implications, whereas Western philosophy is sometimes concerned with purely theoretical puzzle-solving.
- Nonetheless, historically speaking, most Western philosophers have in fact been motivated to philosophize by ethical and social concerns. The trend toward theoretical puzzle-solving is largely characteristic of some 20th century philosophy, particularly in the English-speaking world.
- Aristotle invented the first form of formal, deductive logic in the West, whereas Chinese philosophers were much more interested in the complexities of ordinary language arguments.
- Nonetheless, philosophers in both China and the West give philosophical arguments – and sometimes structurally similar philosophical arguments – without needing to use formal logic.
Controversy remains, though, over the proper way to understand the role of “truth” in Chinese philosophy. Continue reading “Reminder: Columbia Society for Comparative Philosophy lecture on Truth and Argument in Ancient Chinese Philosophy Dec 6 @5:30pm”
Eirik Harris reports: We’re hosting a conference on “Confucianism, Law, and Politics in Korea: Past and Present” here at CityU that might interest some of the Warp, Weft and Way readers. The Conference poster with list of speakers and topics is here: http://www6.cityu.edu.hk/ceacop/kpcp/conference_poster.jpg
The next session of the Columbia University Seminar on Neo-Confucian Studies will convene Friday, December 6, 2013 from 3:30 to 5:30pm in the Komoda Room of the Heyman Center for the Humanities at Columbia University.
Our presenter is Ellen Neskar of Sarah Lawrence College. Her paper is titled “Dreams, Court Cases, and Confucians.” Please contact the organizers for a copy.
Continue reading “Neo-Confucianism Seminar this Friday”
Courtesy of Yong Huang, editor of Dao: A Journal of Comparative Philosophy, here are some statistics about access to Dao and citation of its articles. (We would be happy to post information on any other journals as well.)
Courtesy of Eric Nelson:
Society of Asian and Comparative Philosophy Sessions
The American Philosophical Association, Central Division
Palmer House Hilton hotel, Chicago February 27 – March 1, 2014
Continue reading “SACP – APA Central Panels”
The Leiden University Institute of Philosophy is seeking to fill, on short notice, the position of Assistant Professor in Comparative Philosophy and History of Philosophy. They are particularly interested in a specialist of CHINESE PHILOSOPHY AND/OR BUDDHISM.
The appointment is for 19 hours per week (i.e., half-time) for a period of two years, but opportunities for an extension of the position in time and duration may arise. Note that the deadline for applications is next week, December 2, and the position is to begin in January or February 2014.
For further details please see below.
Continue reading “Immediate Job Opportunity”
As a follow-up to some of the issues raised at NECCT 2, Bryan Van Norden has posted some thoughts on his little-used personal blog: “On the Historical Composition and Dating of Texts.” Here is his conclusion:
We cannot start slicing and dicing a text into sections belonging to different authors or different eras simply [because] we notice in it theoretical tensions, evidence of editing, the use of one word in multiple senses, or heterogeneity of subject matter. I worry when I see what appears to me, at least, to be the quick jump to the conclusion that a text is historically composite before any substantial effort has been made to engage the plausibility of philosophical explanations of the text as a coherent whole. In short, we intellectual historians are admittedly sometimes too quick to jump over textual issues in our excitement to get to systematic philosophical interpretation. However, you cannot address this problem by leaping to the conclusion that a text is historically composite every time you encounter a passage that you don’t immediately know how to reconcile with what you thought you understood before.
Bryan says that he’s unlikely to be able to answer any comments posted on his blog, but anyone who’d like to comment over here is more than welcome to do so.
CALL FOR PAPERS AND PROPOSALS
Confucius and Feminism
Co-editors: Mathew A. Foust (Central Connecticut State University) & Sor-hoon Tan (National University of Singapore)
Chenyang Li’s path-breaking The Sage and the Second Sex (2000) challenged the traditionally received notion of Confucianism abetting the oppression of women in three ways. With studies of a wide range of Confucians, including Mencius, Xunzi, and Li Zhi, and historical periods stretching from fifth century BCE to sixteenth century, contributions to the edited volume suggested that women’s situations in Chinese history were not as bad as has been supposed; that core Confucian teachings have had little to do with anything bad about their situations; and that Confucianism offers an ethical vision compatible with Feminism.
Continue reading “CFP: Confucianism and Feminism”
Steve Bokenkamp and Terry Kleeman will offer their NEH Summer Seminar on reading Daoist texts again next summer, July 14 to August 1, in Boulder, CO.
Continue reading “Daoism NEH Summer Seminar”
An amusing video; the pillow reference comes near the end: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dBowVhTlbeE.
Today’s Financial Times has an op-ed by Daniel Bell on the Harmony Index (an index that ranks countries according to level of social harmony that he developed with Yingchuan Mo at Tsinghua’s Center for International and Comparative Political Theory):
Here’s a link to the index itself:
I have heard from both the ISCWP and the ISCP concerning the panels they are sponsoring at the Pacific APA.
Continue reading “Some Pacific APA Panels”
PJ Ivanhoe and the Center for East Asian and Comparative Philosophy at City University of Hong Kong have been awarded a John Templeton Foundation Grant for a project on “Eastern and Western Conceptions of Oneness, Virtue, and Human Happiness.” For more information, check out their website. Congratulations!
There will be a number of panels focusing on Chinese and comparative philosophy at the American Academy of Religion annual meeting in Baltimore, MD, beginning this weekend, Saturday, November 23rd, and running through Tuesday, November 26th. For more information on specifics, see the AAR meeting website: http://www.aarweb.org/annual-meeting/general-information
The following are panels that I thought might be of interest to readers of this blog (these are just the ones I know of- if any of you know of others that may be of interest, feel free to add them in the comments line): Continue reading “Panels at the 2013 AAR Meeting”
CALL FOR PAPER
“Approaching Ancient Philosophy: the Hows and Whys of Doing Ancient Philosophy”
University of Cambridge, Faculty of Classics
March 21-22, 2014Submission deadline: 10th January 2014
This clip (below) from Louis CK’s most recent interview on Conan made a splash on social networks. The whole thing is pretty funny, but the first minute or so reminded me of Mencius 1A7.
Part of what prevents the king in 1A7 from becoming a genuine king in that passage is his disconnect from his subjects. He feels the suffering of the ox and this tugs at his sprout of compassion. By contrast, he doesn’t see the suffering of his subjects, so he feels no sympathy for them and fails to treat them benevolently.
Louis CK raises the same general issue for children today and cellphone use. Continue reading “Louis CK and Mengzi”
THE COLUMBIA SOCIETY FOR COMPARATIVE PHILOSOPHY
BRYAN VAN NORDEN (Vassar College)
With responses from:
TIMOTHY CONNOLLY (East Stroudsburg University)
Please join us at Columbia University’s Religion department on Friday, December 6, 2013 at 5:30 for his lecture called:
“Truth and Argument in Ancient Chinese Philosophy”
Most informed students of comparative Chinese-Western philosophy would agree with the following four claims: Continue reading “Columbia Society for Comparative Philosophy lecture on Truth and Argument in Ancient Chinese Philosophy Dec 6 @5:30pm”
An announcement on behalf of Robin Wang…
International Conference on De德（Virtue) in Chinese Philosophy
国际学术研讨会（2014，6月15－17 & 2015, 3月25－27）
In order to promote a deeper understanding of philosophy and culture among civilizations and encourage further professional and cultural exchanges between China and Europe we will hold the conference on virtues in Thessaloniki, Greece, and Venice, Italy.
Continue reading “CFP: Conferences on Virtue in Chinese Philosophy”
The second volume of Brook Ziporyn’s new work on li and coherence in pre-Neo-Confucian Chinese thought has been published. See below for summary and Table of Contents for both volumes.
Continue reading “Ziporyn’s Beyond Oneness and Difference Published”
CALL FOR PAPERS
9TH ANNUAL MIDWEST CONFERENCE ON CHINESE THOUGHT
Southern Illinois University, Carbondale
April 25-27, 2014
Keynote Address to be given by
Professor Kai-Wing Chow,
Professor of History and East Asian Languages and Cultures
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
“Ethics and Society: The Revival of Confucianism in Contemporary China”
Paper abstracts are invited for the 9th annual Midwest Conference on Chinese Thought, co-sponsored by the Department of Philosophy at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, where the event will be held from April 25-27, 2014. Papers on Chinese philosophical or religious traditions, history, language, culture, society and politics are presented at this conference each year. We invite the participation of both professors and graduate students, both inside and from outside the midwest of the United States. Please email abstracts including a paper title and description of no more than 300 words to Douglas Berger (firstname.lastname@example.org) by January 15th, 2014. You will be notified regarding the possible acceptance of your abstract by February 15th. Current board members of the MCCT are:
Douglas Berger, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale
Brian Hoffert, North Central College, Illinois
Michael Ing, Indiana University Bloomington
Alexus McLeod, University of Dayton
Judson Murrary, Wright State University
Franklin Perkins, DePaul University
Aaron Stalnaker, Indiana University Bloomington
An economist colleague called my attention to a fascinating article recently posted as an NBER Working Paper: Liu, Meng, and Wang, “Confucianism and Preferences: Evidence from Lab Experiments in Taiwan and China.” Abstract below; link to paper here.
Continue reading “Economists Find PRC vs Taiwan Differences in Confucian Values”
COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY SEMINAR ON COMPARATIVE PHILOSOPHY
Invites you to attend an upcoming event at PRINCETON UNIVERSITY hosted by the PRINCETON BUDDHIST STUDIES WORKSHOP
Welcoming: GEORGES DREYFUS (Williams College)
Please join us at Princeton University’s 1879 Hall, Room 137, on Thursday, November 14th, for his lecture called: “Taking Meditation Seriously (But Not Too Much)”
ABSTRACT: Continue reading “Columbia Society for Comparative Philosophy lecture on meditation and the mind sciences this Thursday”
Last Friday and Saturday we held the second Northeast Conference on Chinese Thought at Wesleyan. Lots of great ideas and interpretations were exchanged; you can seem some action shots that Bryan Van Norden took here. There was considerable enthusiasm for continuing this series of conferences, so keep an eye out for the information about the next one, to be held in the fall of either 2014 or 2015, depending on the availability of a host institution.
2014 UEHIRO PHILOSOPHY CONFERENCE:
Cross Currents: Aesthetic Distributions
March 14-16, 2014 at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa
Continue reading “CFP: Graduate Student Comparative Philosophy Conference in Hawaii”
Michael Stanley-Baker has written an informative review of Ori Tavor’s UPenn doctoral dissertation, “Embodying the Way: Bio-spiritual Practices and Ritual Theories in Early and Medieval China.”
A Special Issue of China Media Research: Chinese Philosophy and Human Communication
This special issue (CMR-2014-04) invites scholars from across disciplines to examine the relationship between Chinese philosophy and human communication. Papers dealing with communication from the perspective of Chinese philosophy, including the application of the thoughts of Confucianism, Buddhism, Daoism, and other schools to the levels of interpersonal, group/organizational, intercultural/international, media/mass communication, rhetorical, political, and sociolinguistic, etc., are invited.
Continue reading “CFP China Philosophy and Human Communication”
if you happen to be in Taipei this week, you might be interested in the upcoming lecture by Dr. Dirk Meyer at the International Center for Chinese Philosophy (ICCP), Soochow University:
Continue reading “Upcoming Lecture on Warring States Political Thought in Taipei”
Another position in Chinese philosophy at the lovely Lingnan University; see here: http://philjobs.org/job/show/2670
Open Rank Position in Chinese Philosophy, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Applicants should specialize in Chinese philosophy. Strong teaching experience and a good record in research are required for Associate Professorship or above. Competence in Daoist philosophy is an advantage. The appointee will teach undergraduate (including general education) and postgraduate courses, conduct research, and undertake administrative duties. Appointment will normally be made for a three-year contract initially commencing in August 2014, leading to longer-term appointment or substantiation later subject to mutual agreement. Applicants should submit publications or sample writings, and 3 letters of recommendation: Deadline for applications: November 15, 2013.
[Posting for Tim Connolly - please direct comments to him]
The consensus approach to comparative philosophy draws on Rawls’ idea of “overlapping consensus,” in which adherents of different religious or philosophical worldviews reach an agreement on certain shared norms, though based on their own individual reasons which are not necessarily compatible with one another.
Continue reading “Consensus and Comparative Philosophy”
City University of Hong Kong announces a 12-month postdoc in comparative philosophy. The job ad can be viewed here: http://tinyurl.com/cityu-postdoc
, and the full text is pasted below. Note the early application deadline of November 8
Continue reading “Postdoc at City University of Hong Kong”
From Princeton University Press, what looks to be a very useful resource:
Continue reading “The Princeton Dictionary of Buddhism”
“UH Mānoa Philosophy Professor Roger T. Ames has been presented with a 2013 Confucius Culture Prize at the Sixth Annual World Confucian Conference in Shandong, China. The prizes are sponsored by the People’s Republic of China (PRC) Ministry of Culture and the provincial government of Shandong Province—the home province of the sage Confucius.”
The full press release can be found here: http://manoa.hawaii.edu/news/article.php?aId=6047
Issue 75:4 (2013) of The Review of Politics contains reviews of three recent books in Chinese and comparative philosophy:
- Doh Chull Shin: Confucianism and Democratization in East Asia. (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2012. Pp. x, 366.), reviewed by Albert H. Y. Chen
- Tongdong Bai: China: The Political Philosophy of the Middle Kingdom. (London: Zed Books, 2012. Pp. 177.), reviewed by Michael Nylan
- John A. Rapp: Daoism and Anarchism: Critiques of State Autonomy in Ancient and Modern China. (London: Continuum, 2012. Pp. xi, 292.), reviewed by Edward S. Krebs
Nylan’s review of Bai is relentlessly critical, concluding that:
When all is said and done, this book highlights the enormous chasm that currently exists between Euro-American and PRC scholarship on a great many issues relating to the early empires in China. Tying scholarship so tightly to contemporary politics does not make for careful analyses likely to ameliorate long-standing disputes between the two great continental powers, as is Bai’s ostensible goal. Instead, this book will irritate knowledge- able readers while confirming others in their old prejudices. (p. 679)
It’s surprising to hear that a book as provocative as Bai’s will confirm people’s old prejudices. What Nylan means is that Bai’s picture of early China is based, she says, on a variety of views (e.g., that “zhongguo” means “Middle Kingdom”; she says it means “Central States,” courts once closely allied with the Zhou kings) that critical historians have long since rejected. She also objects to Bai’s characterizing Confucians and Daoists as belonging to schools, and wishes he had attended instead to the many overlaps among the early texts. And so on. Some of her points strike me as accurate and useful; others as tendentious but certainly based in relevant scholarship; and still others veer toward the realm of the “simplistic or unsubstantiated” that she says she finds in Bai’s book. As far as one can tell from the review, Nylan did not find a single thing of value in Bai’s book. I daresay there is an enormous chasm between the largely historical goals of Nylan’s scholarship and the largely philosophical goals of Bai’s. This is not to say that philosophers cannot learn from historians, or vice versa. But there are many challenges, not the least of which is learning to approach one another charitably, mindful of differing objectives and audiences.
The European Association of Chinese Studies lists Philosophy as among its interests, and a friend who is currently at a conference in Portugal says she never wants to leave. What more could you want? The conference is in July, 2014; abstracts must be submitted by December 16, 2013. More information here.
March 27-29, 2014 University of Alaska, Anchorage (UAA) Philosophy Department and UAA Ethics Center are jointly hosting a conference and convocation of undergraduates, graduate students and faculty. We will gather around the theme “Living Ethically in the Global World.” Intentionally the broad theme allows for diverse papers engaging ethics and topics requiring ethical analysis. Rogers Ames will offer the keynote address on Confucian Role Ethics.
We are particularly hopeful that there will be broad participation from students and faculty with interest and expertise in non-Western perspectives. We are eager to have participants from many countries and states.
Continue reading “CFP: Living Ethically in the Global World”
Virginia Tech has a job out in Contemporary Global Ethical / Political Thought. Some of you might be interested in it. The job add can be found at https://listings.jobs.vt.edu/postings/43271.
The next session of the Columbia University Seminar on Neo-Confucian Studies will convene Friday, November 1, 2013 from 3:30 to 5:30pm in the Board Room of the Heyman Center for the Humanities at Columbia University.
Our presenter is Sor-hoon Tan of the National University of Singapore. Her paper is titled “The Concept of Yi in the Mencius and Problems of Distributive Justice.” A copy is available from the organizers.
All are welcome to attend. Please feel free to forward this message to interested colleagues. Please join us after the seminar for dinner at Columbia Cottage restaurant, which is located on the corner of Amsterdam and 111th Streets.
APA Newsletters, Fall 2013 (Volume 13, Number 1): Newsletter on Asian and Asian-American Philosophers and Philosophies
- From the Editor, David H. Kim
- “Neuroscience, Moral Sentimentalism, and Confucian Philosophy: Moral Psychology of the Body and Emotion,” Bongrae Seok
- “The Resonant Mind: Daoism and Situated-Embodied Cognition,” Bradley Douglas Park
- “Self-Making and World-Making: Indian Buddhism and Enactive Philosophy of Mind,” Matthew MacKenzie
- “Report on APA Central Session: New Orleans, Louisiana,” JeeLoo Liu
From Routledge comes this announcement about a book by one of our blog contributors, Chenyang Li. There is also information about a 20% discount promotion from Routledge in this promotional flier.
The Confucian Philosophy of Harmony Routledge 2013
by Chenyang Li
Harmony is a concept essential to Confucianism and to the way of life of past and present people in East Asia. Integrating methods of textual exegesis, historical investigation, comparative analysis, and philosophical argumentation, this book presents a comprehensive treatment of the Confucian philosophy of harmony.
The book traces the roots of the concept to antiquity, examines its subsequent development, and explicates its theoretical and practical significance for the contemporary world. It argues that, contrary to a common view in the West, Confucian harmony is not mere agreement but has to be achieved and maintained with creative tension. Under the influence of a Weberian reading of Confucianism as “adjustment” to a world with an underlying fixed cosmic order, Confucian harmony has been systematically misinterpreted in the West as presupposing an invariable grand scheme of things that pre-exists in the world to which humanity has to conform. The book shows that Confucian harmony is a dynamic, generative process, which seeks to balance and reconcile differences and conflicts through creativity.
Continue reading “New Book by Chenyang Li”
if you happen to be in Taipei this week, you might be interested in this upcoming lecture by Professor Loy Hui Chieh (黎輝傑) at the International Center for Chinese Philosophy (ICCP), Soochow University:
Continue reading “Upcoming Lecture on the Analects in Taipei”
Woodenfish Project: Vinaya Workshop in China led by Professor Ann Heirman
DATE: December 28, 2013—January 4, 2014
VENUE: Sichuan Bhikkhuni Buddhist College (Sichuan Nizhong Foxueyuan 四川尼眾佛學院)
- Buddhist College Website: http://www.nzfxy.org/ (Chinese only
Eligibility: Faculty, graduate level and advanced undergraduate students as well as ordained nuns and female priests of any Buddhist tradition
Application Deadline: December 1, 2013
To Apply: To download the application form, please visit our website : http://www.woodenfish.org/china/vinaya
Continue reading “Woodenfish Project: Vinaya Workshop in China led by Professor Ann Heirman”
A new collection of essays, based on the 2011 ISCP Conference in Paris, has been published:
Inter-culturality and Philosophic Discourse (Cambridge Scholars Press, 2013)
Editor: Yolaine Escande, Vincent Shen and Chenyang Li
Continue reading “New Book on Inter-culturality and Chinese Philosophy”
Just stating what should be visually obvious to you on the far right menu. Cheers.
Kenyon College, a highly selective liberal arts college in Gambier, Ohio, seeks applications for a one-year position teaching East Asian Religions in the Religious Studies Department for the academic year 2014-15.
Continue reading “Visiting Position, East Asian Religions”
[Moved up on 10/09 with corrected dates]
From Chenyang Li:
The MA and PhD programs in Philosophy at Nanyang Technological University of Singapore invites applications from students wishing to study philosophy in a comparative perspective, especially in the areas of Chinese philosophy, ethics, and philosophy of science. The university (which is 41st in QS 2013 World University Ranking) offers generous financial packages to qualified students. PhD students upon Confirmation receive a $30,000 annual stipend, a $5000 conference travel fund, plus full tuition waver. Applicants should submit an application including a writing sample and two letters of recommendation by November 15, 2013 to ensure consideration for August 2014 intake. For more information, please go to http://philosophy.hss.ntu.edu.sg/Pages/OurProgramme.aspx or contact Chenyang Li at email@example.com
“Picture a world where human relationships are challenging, narcissism and self-centeredness are on the rise, and there is disagreement on the best way for people to live harmoniously together.
It sounds like 21st-century America. But the society that Michael Puett, a tall, 48-year-old bespectacled professor of Chinese history at Harvard University, is describing to more than 700 rapt undergraduates is China, 2,500 years ago.
Puett’s course Classical Chinese Ethical and Political Theory has become the third most popular course at the university….”
The Association of Chinese Philosophers in North America (ACPA) is requesting space for two group sessions on the program of the 2014 Pacific Division Meeting of the American Philosophical Association (APA), which will be held in San Diego, CA from April 16 to April 20, 2014. The ACPA is currently looking for (a) volunteers to serve as commentators on the individual papers that have already been accepted onto our group program proposals and/or (b) volunteers to serve as session chairpersons for these proposed group sessions.
Info on the papers that are part of the two ACPA group sessions being proposed is below.
If you are interested in serving as a commentator or a session chair for ACPA at the 2014 Pacific APA, please email all three current officers of the ACPA (see below). If you wish to comment, please indicate the individual paper or papers for which you would be willing to serve as a commentator.
Please let us know as soon as possible. We will be finalizing our proposals and submitting them to the APA as soon as they are finished–certainly within the next week or so.
Tongdong Bai (ACPA President)
Huaiyu Wang (ACPA Vice-President)
Steven Geisz (ACPA Secretary-Treasurer)
Continue reading “2014 Pacific APA meeting ACPA group sessions: Call for Commentators”
The DAVIDSON COLLEGE Department of Religion invites applications for a
full-time, tenure-track position in Religions of East Asia, to begin
August 1, 2014. Qualifications for this position include a Ph.D., an
ability to teach introductory and advanced courses in the religions of
East Asia, familiarity with the methods and perspectives of religious
studies, and willingness to participate in interdisciplinary ventures
of the department and college.
Continue reading “East Asian Religions Job”
Alan Levinovitz, recently of the Chicago Divinity School and now on the faculty at James Madison, wrote his dissertation on the idea of play in Zhuangzi. So it is quite appropriate that he managed to secure an interview with the elusive author of that work. Enjoy!
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Rowman and Littlefield has a new book series that will be of interest of many readers here, and they are now taking proposals. Note that they intend to publish works on Japan and Korea as well as China.
We are pleased to announce the establishment of the CEACOP Series in East Asian Comparative Ethics, Politics, and Philosophy of Law, a new monograph series organized and overseen as a cooperative venture by Rowman and Littlefield International and the Center for East Asian and Comparative Philosophy (CEACOP) at City University of Hong Kong.
We publish path-breaking and field-defining works in East Asian comparative ethics with a special interest in works of normative and applied ethics, political theory, and philosophy of law. We seek works that are more historically grounded as well as those that are more focused on contemporary affairs and problems that meet the standards of clarity and argumentative rigor characteristic of the best philosophy in the Anglo-American tradition. We expect more historically grounded works will demonstrate a sophisticated sensitivity and approach to issues of historical context and interpretation while wholly contemporary works will begin from and respond to issues of relevance to modern East Asian and Western societies.
Continue reading “New Book Series”
I received this information from the publisher of these books, and pass it on for your information:
Call for Reviews – Dao De Jing: A Complete Commentary by Zhankui Liu
A free copy will be sent to the reviewer by the publisher (Awakening Light Press) for these titles:
Language: Simplified Chinese
Publisher: Awakening Light Press
Continue reading “Call for Reviews – Dao De Jing: A Complete Commentary by Zhankui Liu”
The next session of the Columbia University Seminar on Neo-Confucian Studies will convene Friday, October 4, 2013 from 3:30 to 5:30pm in the Komoda Room of the Heyman Center for the Humanities at Columbia University.
Our presenter is Gopal Sukhu of the Department of Classical Middle Eastern and Asian Languages and Cultures at Queens College, City University of New York. His paper is titled “Repossessing the Exorcised: Zhu Xi and the Songs of Chu.” You might also like to consult his new book, The Shaman and the Heresiarch: A New Interpretation of the Li Sao (SUNY, 2012).
Continue reading “Columbia Neo-Confucianism Seminar this Friday”
An article in today’s New York Times discusses Bard College’s decsion to allow students to apply to Bard via submission of four 2,500 word essays, in lieu of the standard list of test scores and high school grades. My eye was drawn to the first of the questions listed in the article:
In “The Analects,” Confucius identifies the cardinal virtue of ren (variously translated as goodness, humanity, benevolence) with many different attitudes and behaviors. Yet Confucius also says, “There is one thread that runs through my doctrines.” Commentators differ about what that one thread is. What, in your opinion, could that one thread be? How does that one thread tie together the wide range of moral values that Confucius celebrates in “The Analects”? Support your answer by interpreting specific passages from the text.
This is perhaps less surprising, in light of the fact that Bard for several years used the Analects as a key reading in its First-Year Seminar program, and continues to include readings from classical Chinese thought.
An open rank position in Asian philosophy at CUHK has been posted:
||Faculty (open rank) / Contract type open
||Sha Tin, Hong Kong
The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong invites applications for:
Professor / Associate Professor / Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy (Ref. 1314/036(430)/2), initially three-year contract from August 2014, which, subject to mutual agreement, may lead to longer-term appointment or substantiation later. 4 courses/year in philosophy (undergraduate and postgraduate) and general education. Strong teaching experience and a good research record (for Associate Professorship or above). Some thesis supervision. Usual non-teaching duties. AOS: Chinese philosophy; AOC: open; Daoist philosophy will be an advantage. PhD or ABD. Salary competitive.
With graduate school applications due in the next few months, I’d like to put a plug in for our MA and PhD programs here at Indiana University. In particular we are looking for students interested in early Confucian thought (roughly the 6th century BCE through the 3rd century CE). Continue reading “Graduate Programs at Indiana University”