Routledge has recently published the Routledge Handbook of Chinese Medicine, edited by Vivienne Lo and Michael Stanley-Baker. This is “an extensive, interdisciplinary guide to the nature of traditional medicine and healing in the Chinese cultural region, and its plural epistemologies. The book introduces the broad range of ideas and techniques that comprise pre-modern medicine in China, and the historiographical and ethnographic approaches that have illuminated them.” For the full table of contexts or to order a copy of the book click here.
Oxford University Press has published Doing What You Really Want: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Mengzi by Franklin Perkins. In this book, “Franklin Perkins presents a coherent, systematic, and accessible explanation of Mengzi’s philosophy. He covers everything from the place of human beings in nature to human psychology and philosophy of emotions to the various way in which we can deliberately change and cultivate ourselves.” To find this book in both paper and online versions click here.
“Digital Identities in China,” a planned special issue of Chinese Literature and Thought Today guest-edited by Dr. Paul J. D’ Ambrosio, is inviting authors to explore digital identities in China from the perspective of Chinese literature, philosophy, or other related avenues. Interested individuals should send a 250-word abstract and a short bio to Dr. Paul J. D’Ambrosio by July 30, 2022. Notification of acceptance of abstracts will be sent out by August 15, 2022. Click HERE for more information about the topic and submissions.
On April 22, the fifth Rutgers Workshop on Chinese Philosophy took place, with six scholars of Chinese philosophy presenting papers that engaged with the work of Ernest Sosa and Linda Zagzebski. The workshop’s website is here. At the workshop, two Rutgers graduate students, Esther Goh and Frederick Choo, served as rapporteurs, taking notes on each presentation and on the discussion. Their reports follow here, to give those who were not present a sense of the day’s richness. Thanks very much to Ester and Fredrick for these detailed reports!
Bloomsbury Academic has recently published a new book titled Portraits of Confucius: The Reception of Confucianism from 1560 to 1960, edited by Kevin DeLapp. This is a 2-volume book that presents a major collection of Western perspectives on Confucius and Confucianism, stretching from the sixteenth century to the early twentieth century; the full Table of Contents is here. If you’d like to order this (expensive, if impressive) collection, you can order direct from here and if you use the code GLR 9VS you will receive a 20% discount.
Bloomsbury Philosophy has recently published several new books in Chinese and comparative philosophy. They have recently published Comparing Husserl’s Phenomenology and Chinese Yogacara in a Multicultural World by Jingjing Li, Daoist Resonances in Heidegger by David Chai, and Material Objects in Confucian and Aristotelian Metaphysics by James Dominic Rooney.
Newly in paperback are Critique, Subversion, and Chinese Philosophy by Hans-Georg Moeller and Andrew K. Whitehead, Chinese Philosophy of History by Dawid Rogacz, Chinese and Indian Ways of Thinking in Early Modern European Philosophy by Selusi Ambrogio, and Micheal Slote Encountering Chinese Philosophy by Yong Huang.
The University of Göttingen Centre for Modern East Asian Studies is hosting two more lectures on New Perspectives on Modernity in China. The lectures look at Chinese history, philosophy, religion, politics etc. presenting current research that is addressing unsettling questions triggered by these developments. Individuals must register for each event that they want to attend.
Justin Ritzinger — Push and Pull: Toward a Taylorian Theory of Alternative Modernities
May 6, 2022 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm (CET time); for more information and registration click HERE.
Viren Murthy — Conservative Radicalism: Watsuji Tetsuro’s Critique of Civil Society and Its Implications for Chinese Intellectual History
May 20, 2022 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm (CET time); for more information and registration click HERE.
Bin Song has recently published two essays that readers may find interesting:
“Donald Trump, Mao Zedong and Religious Anti-Intellectualism,” in Donald Trump in Historical Perspective: Dead Precedents, Edited by Michael Harvey (Routledge, 2022)
“The Utopian Seed of Modern Chinese Politics in Ruism (Confucianism) and its Tillichian Remedy,” in Why Tillich? Why Now?, Edited by Thomas G. Bandy (Mercer University Press, 2021)
19th-20th May 2022
Philosophy Department, Nanyang Technological University
In-person and via Zoom
The idea of harmony has positive connotations. We consider ourselves fortunate if we live in a harmonious neighbourhood or a harmonious society. Harmonious music is pleasing to the ear, as is harmonious architecture to the eye. People who see eye to eye are harmonious in their beliefs and perhaps in their sentiment. “Harmony” often also suggests a condition manifesting desirable equilibrium, or proportion, or balance (that may also be ethical or aesthetic in nature), across a range of human activities, projects and collaborations.