Warp, Weft, and Way

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

2nd Kant In Asia conference

Hong Kong Baptist University will host “Intuition East and West: The Second Kant in Asia International Conference” from 17-20 December, 2016. More information can be found here.

December 6, 2016 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Conference, Modern Chinese Philosophy, Mou Zongsan | no comments

Irene Cronin (UCLA): The Notion of Accepted Contradiction in Early Chinese Daoism. 12 Dec 2016 at CUNY Graduate Center

FALL 2016 Logic and Metaphysics Workshop

DateMonday December 12, 4.15-6.15

Place: Room 5382, CUNY Graduate Center.

Speaker: Irena Cronin, UCLA

TitleThe Notion of Accepted Contradiction in Early Chinese Daoism

Abstract: Although the representation of the Dao differs a little between the representative Early Chinese Daoist works Zhuangzi and Dao de jing, the differences are one of degree, rather than “substance”.  In Zhuangzi, the common man as possible master craftsman, whether it be as a cook, woodmaker, or fisherman, or other kind of craftsman, has the capability of understanding and embracing the Dao (although these occurrences would be relatively rare), while in Dao de jing, it is only the Sage, a rare man of extreme ability that can do so; all others do not have this capability and have minor, shadowy and totally indeterminable experiences of the Dao, and are “condemned” to live an ignorant and almost animal-like existence, finding solace in creature comforts.

Some characterizations from Dao de jing of what the Dao is comprised of and its nature include: “It is from the Nameless that Heaven and Earth sprang” (Laozi c2005, 141); “For truly Being and Not-being grow out of one another” (Laozi c2005, 143); “The Way is like an empty vessel that yet may be drawn from without ever needing to be filled” (Laozi c2005, 146); “Dao never does; yet through it all things are done.” (Laozi c2005, 188); and “Dao gave birth to the One; the One gave birth successively to two things, three things, up to ten thousand (everything)” (Laozi c2005, 195).”

Not only is contradiction accepted, but actually embraced by the select enlightened few. In my talk, I explore what the meaning of this could be.

Source: Laozi (attributed) (c2005) Dao de jing. Arthur Waley (trans). In: Arthur Waley (trans, comm,) The way and its power: a study of the Tao Te Ching and its place in Chinese thought.  Routledge, London, New York.

The meeting is open to all interested. Please feel free to pass this announcement on.

December 5, 2016 Posted by | Daodejing, Daoism, Laozi, Lecture, Logic | no comments

CFP: Chinese Studies Association of Australia Conference

Call for Papers: Chinese Studies Association of Australia 15th Biennial Conference

Chinese values and counter-values: past and present

Monday 10 – Wednesday 12 July, 2017

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December 4, 2016 Posted by | Australia, Call for Papers (CFP), China, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Conference | no comments

Liu named new ISCP Executive Director

Robert Cummings Neville, Chair of the ISCP Board of Officers, has announced that JeeLoo Liu has been named to a five-year term as Executive Director of the society, beginning January 2017. Congratulations JeeLoo!

December 4, 2016 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Organization News | no comments

ECNU grad programs, job openings, and Intercultural Center

I pass on this message from Paul D’Ambrosio of East China Normal University, concerning ECNU’s English-language MA and PhD programs; job openings at ECNU, and their new Intercultural Center.

Firstly, I would like to remind everyone about our English-language MA and PhD programs at ECNU. One of the unique features of our program is that students in our classes are split, about 50-50, Chinese and foreign. This makes for an exceptional teaching environment.

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December 1, 2016 Posted by | China, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Graduate study, Job Opening | one comment

Israel on Wang Yangming

Larry Israel wrote to share information on two articles he’s recently published on Wang Yangming. We are always happy to pass on this kind of news! 

https://muse.jhu.edu/article/626973  “The Renaissance of Wang Yangming Studies in the People’s Republic of China,” Philosophy East and West, vol. 66, no. 3 (July 2016): 1001-1019.  Takes the story up to 2014.

link to cambridge.org A new journal launched by Cambridge, the Journal of Chinese History Israel, G.L. (2016) ‘WANG YANGMING IN BEIJING, 1510–1512: “IF I DO NOT AWAKEN OTHERS, WHO WILL DO SO?”’ Journal of Chinese History, pp. 1–33. 

November 29, 2016 Posted by | Articles of Interest, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Neo-Confucianism, Wang Yangming | 2 comments

Latest NAKPA E-newsletter

The NAKPA (Korean Philosophy Association) E-newsletter No. 3, 2016 is now available.

November 28, 2016 Posted by | Comparative philosophy, Korea, Korean Philosophy | no comments

CFP: Education East and West

Education East and West: The Third Annual BSU Colloquium for Global Philosophy and Religion

17-18 March, 2017, Bath Spa University, Bath, UK. 

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November 28, 2016 Posted by | Call for Papers (CFP), Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Conference, Education Models, Europe | no comments

New issue of Dao

The latest issue of Dao: A Journal of Comparative Philosophy (15:4, December 2016) has been published; it includes articles on the methodology of comparative philosophy, on Peimin Ni’s arguments concerning Confucianism and human dignity (and a reply from Prof. Ni), and much more.

 

November 28, 2016 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Tables of Contents | no comments

Post at Leuven for Taiwanese Scholars interested in Mozi or Yang Zhu

KU Leuven is advertising a PhD position for the study of the “creation of Mozi and Yang Zhu as philosophers”: see here. This position is only for Taiwanese scholars, though I am assured that soon another call will come out for all scholars.

November 22, 2016 Posted by | China, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Job Opening, Mohism | no comments

Templeton ACT Fellowship

The John Templeton Foundation invites applications for its Academic Cross-Training (ACT) Fellowship program beginning November 14, 2016, with fellowships to begin Fall 2018. The ACT Fellowship program is intended to equip recently tenured philosophers and theologians with the skills and knowledge needed to study Big Questions that require substantive and high-level engagement with empirical science. More details are here.

November 21, 2016 Posted by | Comparative philosophy, Fellowships | no comments

New Book on Korean Philosophy

Traditional Korean Philosophy: Problems and Debates, Edited by Youngsun Back and Philip J. Ivanhoe, has been published by Rowman & Littlefield International, in their CEACOP East Asian Comparative Ethics, Politics and Philosophy of Law series. It looks great — congratulations to the editors and contributors!

November 21, 2016 Posted by | Books of Interest, Buddhism, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Confucianism, Korea, Korean Philosophy | no comments

Journal of World Philosophies announcement

An announcement from Monika Kirloskar-Steinbach (Universität Konstanz, Department of Philosophy):

The journal Confluence: Online Journal of World Philosophies has now moved to Indiana University Press. It will be published as an Open Access journal under the title Journal of World Philosophies. Our first issue is scheduled to appear in December 2016. (Confluence’s first four volumes are now found under: https://scholarworks.iu.edu/iupjournals/index.php/confluence/index.)

The journal’s Facebook page is to be found under: https://www.facebook.com/Journal-of-World-Philosophies-323570801356967/?ref=bookmarks. I hope to meet you there (I’m going to initiate a discussion on world philosophies after this mailing).

[Congratulations to Prof. Kirloskar-Steinbach and co-editor Jim Maffie on this new phase of their project. The Facebook page includes the table of contents for the new issue; looks very interesting! –TC]

November 20, 2016 Posted by | Comparative philosophy, Journal News, Journal Related | 2 comments

New Book: Dao Companion to the Philosophy of Xunzi

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I am pleased to share the news that Eric Hutton’s much-anticipated Dao Companion to the Philosophy of Xunzi has been published. Click here for more information and to download the back matter and front matter for free (this includes the introduction).

A list of chapters and contributors is below the fold.

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November 18, 2016 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Recently Published, Tables of Contents, Xunzi | 5 comments

CFP Singapore Hong Kong Macau Symposium on Chinese Philosophy

CALL FOR PAPERS

2017 SINGAPORE-HONG KONG-MACAU SYMPOSIUM

ON

CHINESE PHILOSOPHY

21-22 April 2017

Organized and Sponsored by the Philosophy and Religious Studies Program, University of Macau, Macau

The Singapore-Hong Kong-Macau Symposium on Chinese Philosophy aims to foster dialogue and interaction between scholars primarily based in Singapore, Hong Kong, and Macau. Submissions are invited for papers on any aspect of Chinese Philosophy, as well as papers dealing with comparative issues that engage Chinese perspectives. Speakers will be selected through a review of abstracts. While preference will be given to those from the region, participants from any geographic areas are welcome. The language of the Conference is English.  Speakers coming from abroad will be provided with accommodations during the Conference, and lunches and dinners will be served for all speakers.

Please submit 1-2 pages abstracts for review to: hmoeller@umac.mo
Submission deadline:  30 Dec 2016
Notification of acceptance: 31 Jan 2017

Should you have any enquiries, please contact Hans-Georg Moeller at: hmoeller@umac.mo

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November 18, 2016 Posted by | Call for Papers (CFP), Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Conference | no comments

AAR Panels on East Asian traditions

Keith Knapp has compiled a very helpful list of AAR panels of interest to scholars of Confucianism, which I share here. The AAR Annual Meeting takes place in San Antonio, Texas starting on Nov. 19. Continue reading “AAR Panels on East Asian traditions”

November 17, 2016 Posted by | Buddhism, China, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Conference, Confucianism, Religion | no comments

Alexus McLeod – Columbia Society for Comparative Philosophy Lecture: “The Madman of Chu: The Problem of Mental Illness and Self-Cultivation in Early Chinese Texts”, Dec. 2 @ 5:30pm

THE COLUMBIA SOCIETY FOR COMPARATIVE PHILOSOPHY

Welcomes: ALEXUS MCLEOD (University of Connecticut)
With responses from: ANDREW MEYER (Brooklyn College, CUNY)

Please join us at Columbia University’s Religion Department on FRIDAY, DECEMBER 2nd at 5:30PM for his lecture entitled:

The Madman of Chu: The Problem of Mental Illness and Self-Cultivation in Early Chinese Texts

ABSTRACT: In Confucian and Zhuangist texts of the Pre-Han and Han period, we see characters described as “crazy, mad” (狂 kuang), and find descriptions or discussions of madness or mad persons—most prominently the infamous Jieyu, “Madman of Chu”. I argue that madness is seen by Confucians and Zhuangists as a kind of moral deformity that moves one outside of the boundaries of ritual and society and thus full personhood—a fact that leads the Confucians to shun mad people, and the Zhuangist to praise them.  Madness is seen not as a 病 bing (disorder, illness), but instead as based on a cultivated choice.   Continue reading “Alexus McLeod – Columbia Society for Comparative Philosophy Lecture: “The Madman of Chu: The Problem of Mental Illness and Self-Cultivation in Early Chinese Texts”, Dec. 2 @ 5:30pm”

November 17, 2016 Posted by | Analects, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Huainanzi, Lecture, Self-Cultivation, Zhuangzi | no comments

New Book: Chong on Zhuangzi

Kim-chong Chong has published Zhuangzi’s Critique of the Confucians: Blinded by the Human (SUNY, 2016), which looks fascinating. Details here.

November 16, 2016 Posted by | Books of Interest, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Confucianism, Daoism, Zhuangzi | 5 comments

Angle at LaTrobe — Lecture

I will be speaking at LaTrobe University in Melbourne tomorrow; the topic is “Why Comparative Philosophy Matters.” Details:

Date: Wednesday 16th November 2016
Time: 4:00 – 6:00pm
Venue: Martin Building, Level 3, Room 369, La Trobe University
Cost: Free
Enquiries: csrc@latrobe.edu.au

In addition, I will be in Melbourne through Saturday, and if anyone wants to get together and talk Chinese philosophy, please send me an email!

November 15, 2016 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Lecture | no comments

McLeod at Central Connecticut – Lecture

Alexus McLeod (University of Connecticut) will give two presentations on Wednesday, Nov. 16, 1:40 – 2:55, at Central Connecticut State University – Student Center, Philbrick Meeting Room 120 on Chinese Astronomy and (separately) Chinese Martial Arts. Contact Mathew Foust with any questions.

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November 14, 2016 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Martial Arts | no comments

CFP: SACP 49th Annual Conference at Peking University

Society for Asian and Comparative Philosophy 49th Annual Conference, June 9-12, 2017

Peking University, Beijing, China

CONFERENCE THEME: The Paradigm and Values of Chinese Philosophy within a Global Context

Keynote Speaker: Carine Defoort, University of Leuven, KU Leuven.

Title of Keynote Presentation: “To Name or not to Name: The Power of Words in Early Chinese Philosophy”

Deadline for Abstracts and Proposals: Feb 10, 2017

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November 14, 2016 Posted by | Call for Papers (CFP), China, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Conference, Organization News | one comment

Suggestions needed for ‘harmony’ in Confucian thought

I’m seeking suggestions for scenarios, accounts or conversations where ‘harmony’ between self and elements of social/political life may be detected. I’m looking at texts associated with the Confucian tradition, including the histories, from Han and before. I am aware this is an interpretive matter and, at this stage, I’m keen to keep the casting net as wide as possible. One quick example that comes to mind is the Lunyu‘s 和而不同 or the Zuozhuan‘s soup (左传·昭公二十年). But there will be much more beyond quips like this. I’m also keen to look at accounts where terms like 和 (or ones that suggest it, e.g. 由 (A1.12) or 從 (A4.18)) are not present but where the idea of harmony – and its implications – emerges from the turn of events described in the passage.

Any ideas would be much appreciated! Thanks in advance.

Karyn Lai

November 13, 2016 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学 | 16 comments

Peng at Neo-Confucianism Seminar this Friday

The next session of the Columbia University Seminar on Neo-Confucian Studies (University Seminar #567) will convene Friday, November 11, 2016 from 3:30 to 5:30pm in the Heyman Center for the Humanities at Columbia University.

Peng Guoxiang of Zhejiang University will present the paper “Reading as a Spiritual and Bodily Exercise: The Religious Dimension of Zhu Xi.”  A copy of the paper is available from the organizers (see below).

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November 10, 2016 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Neo-Confucianism | no comments

2017 RVP Conferences

The Council for Research in Values and Philosophy (RVP) has announced a number of conferences in spring and summer 2017 under the general heading of “Re-Learning to Be Human for Global Times: Challenges and Opportunities.” Details are here. I have never attended a RVP conference; if any readers have, maybe you could share your impressions?

November 10, 2016 Posted by | China, Comparative philosophy, Conference | no comments

Angle lecture in Beijing Sunday 11/20

For anyone who’ll be in Beijing on the 20th, you are welcome to my lecture that evening, the title of which is “从进步儒学的角度看社会压迫 [Social Oppression as Viewed by Progressive Confucianism”].” Details follow. Please feel free to contact me with any questions.

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November 10, 2016 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Comparative Political Theory, Contemporary Confucianism, Lecture | 2 comments

NECCT 2016 – Quick Report

Just a few things to report after the Northeast Conference on Chinese Thought 2016: Bruce Brooks has kindly set up a webpage where some of the presentation slides are or will be available. Below the fold are a few pictures of the event. Alexus McLeod has volunteered to host NECCT 2017 at the University of Connecticut.

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November 7, 2016 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Conference | no comments

Graduate Student Conference

Fourth Annual Stanford-Berkeley Graduate Student Conference on Premodern Chinese Humanities

A joint organizing committee of Stanford University and UC Berkeley faculty announces the Fourth Annual Stanford-Berkeley Graduate Student Conference on Premodern Chinese Humanities, to be held on Friday, April 21 and Saturday, April 22, 2017, at UC Berkeley. This national meeting of graduate students specializing in premodern Chinese studies aims to bring together young scholars from geographically distant institutions to present and discuss innovative research on China.

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November 4, 2016 Posted by | Call for Papers (CFP), China, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Chinese Texts, Graduate study | no comments

Job at Ryerson University

Ryerson University (Toronto) has a newly announced tenure-track position: AOS (i) Non-Western Philosophy or (ii) Metaphysics and/or Epistemology; see here for more details.  

November 4, 2016 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Job Opening | no comments

In Memoriam: Jiyuan Yu (1964 – 2016)

We have received this sad news from Chenyang Li:

Dear friends,

 I am extremely saddened to share the news that ISCP executive director and executive committee chair, Professor Jiyuan Yu passed away on 3 November 2016, after a courageous battle with cancer.

His passing is a major loss to our organization. Professor Jiyuan Yu also served as the president of ISCP in 2012-2013 and hosted the 18th International Conference on Chinese Philosophy in Buffalo, New York in 2013. He will be remembered dearly by his friends and colleagues. A panel will be organized in his honor at the upcoming 20th International Conference on Chinese Philosophy in Singapore, 4-7 July 2017.

Thank you, Jiyuan and farewell, our dear friend!

Chenyang Li

President of ISCP

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November 4, 2016 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学 | 5 comments

Van Norden at Aeon on The Second Sage

Bryan Van Norden has a lovely essay about Mencius at Aeon, intended for a general audience. Check it out!

November 3, 2016 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Confucianism, Mencius | 3 comments

Reminder: 2017 ISCP CFP

The deadline for submitting paper abstracts and panel proposals for 20th International conference on Chinese philosophy is 30 November 2016. The conference will take place at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore on July 4-7, 2017. 

The conference website for information and submission is at http://www.hss.ntu.edu.sg/programmes/philosophy/iscp/Pages/Home.aspx .

November 3, 2016 Posted by | Call for Papers (CFP), Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Conference, Organization News | no comments

New Book: Feminist Encounters with Confucius

Mathew A. Foust and Sor-hoon Tan, eds., Feminist Encounters with Confucius (Brill, 2016) has been published. Congratulations! The table of contents follows, and see also here.

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November 3, 2016 Posted by | Books of Interest, Comparative philosophy, Confucianism, Feminism | no comments

Fung Global Fellows Program

Princeton University is pleased to announce the call for applications to the Fung Global Fellows Program at the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies (PIIRS). … Fellowships are awarded to scholars employed outside the United States who are expected to return to their positions, who have demonstrated outstanding scholarly achievement and exhibit unusual intellectual promise, but who are still early in their careers.

During the academic year 2017-18, the program theme will be “The Culture and Politics of Resentment.”

NEW DEADLINE: Applications are due on November 21, 2016 (11:59 p.m. EST).

Website: http://piirs.princeton.edu/funggfp/

November 3, 2016 Posted by | Comparative philosophy, Fellowships | no comments

New Book: P.J. Ivanhoe, Three Streams

I am happy to announce that Philip J. Ivanhoe’s Three Streams: Confucian Reflections on Learning and the Moral Heart-Mind in China, Korea, and Japan (Oxford University Press, 2016) has been published. See here and here, and a summary follows.

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October 31, 2016 Posted by | Books of Interest, China, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Japan, Korea, Neo-Confucianism | no comments

Pacific APA Panel on Teaching Asian/Asian-American Philosophy – Call for Proposals

[Just a reminder that the deadline for proposals is Monday, 10/31. Thank you. -M. I.]

The APA’s Committee on Asian and Asian-American Philosophers and Philosophies invites proposals/abstracts for a sponsored panel on teaching Asian and/or Asian-American philosophy. The Committee is especially interested in documented, project or experience based narratives of effective teaching techniques, comparative philosophy focus in lesson plans, theoretical or practical complexities, or strategies for curricular integration in degree programs. Other topics will also be considered. The Pacific Division meetings will be held in Seattle, WA on April 12 – 15, 2o17. Please send proposals or abstracts to Manyul Im via email: manyulim@bridgeport.edu. Please include a CV with your proposal/abstract.

Deadline for full consideration of proposals is October 31, 2016.

October 28, 2016 Posted by | Asian Philosophy, Asian-American Philosophy, Call for Papers (CFP), Comparative philosophy, Conference | no comments

Angle and Tiwald, Neo-Confucianism: A Philosophical Introduction

Very happy to be able to point to a concrete sign that Justin Tiwald’s and my book, Neo-Confucianism: A Philosophical Introduction, will be published this coming spring. The Polity website says so! Later this fall, the book’s companion website will go live, and I will share information about that here.

In th074566248xe meantime, here is a sneak preview of the Table of Contents (which isn’t currently available on the Polity website):

1 Introduction
2 Pattern and Vital Stuff
3 Nature
4 Heartmind
5 Emotions
6 Knowing
7 Self-Cultivation
8 Virtues
9 Governance and Institutions
10 The Enduring Significance of Neo-Confucianism

October 23, 2016 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学 | 4 comments

Chengchi University event on modern Chinese philosophy

An exciting seminar on “The Awakening of Faith and Modern Chinese Philosophy” will be held at Chengchi University (Taiwan) on 1 November, 1:30-6:00. It is open to the public, and details are available here.

October 20, 2016 Posted by | Buddhism, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Conference | no comments

Frontiers of Philosophy in China 11:2

I seem to have posted the Tables of Contents of FPC 11:1 and 11:3, but never 11:2. The Table of Contents for issue 11:2, with a special section on excavated manuscripts, is available here.

October 20, 2016 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Tables of Contents | no comments

Hans Feger in Taiwan

Dr. Hans Feger (Philosophy Department, Free University of Berlin) will be in Taipei for a series of lectures on European and Chinese philosophy early next month. The lectures are open to the general public, and you are invited to join us if you happen to be in Taipei!

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October 19, 2016 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学 | no comments

Chinese Philosophy in Berlin

Philippe Brunozzi asked me to post the following announcement (indeed, it is a promising development that one of the major philosophy departments in continental Europe is building up a curriculum in Chinese Philosophy!!):

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October 19, 2016 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学 | 2 comments

Bai Tongdong – Columbia Society for Comparative Philosophy Lecture: “Pre-Qin Chinese Thought as a Modern Political Philosophy”, Nov.11 @ 5:30pm

THE COLUMBIA SOCIETY FOR COMPARATIVE PHILOSOPHY

Welcomes: TONGDONG BAI (Fudan University)
With responses from: VIREN MURTHY (University of Wisconsin Madison)

Please join us at Columbia University’s Religion Department on FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 11th at 5:30PM for his lecture entitled:

“Pre-Qin Chinese Thought as a Modern Political Philosophy”

ABSTRACT: In this paper, I will deal with the issue of the legitimacy of Chinese philosophy as a philosophy first.  With the definition of philosophy as a systematic reflection on fundamental human problems that transcend time, place, and a particular people, I will argue that there is a philosophical dimension in traditional Chinese thought.  I will also explain and defend the ways Chinese philosophy expresses its systematic reflections.  I will also respond to the criticism that the elucidation and systematization effort in dealing with Chinese philosophy makes Chinese philosophy lose its significance.  Moreover, I will argue that comparative philosophy should be problem-oriented, and the problems with which the pre-Qin thinkers dealt resemble those in early European modernity.  Thus, not only is Chinese philosophy a philosophy, but it is a modern political philosophy.  Through the analysis of the nature of pre-Qin philosophy, I also hope to direct the readers to a reevaluation of the nature of modernity, and of the relevance of pre-Qin philosophy to today’s world. Continue reading “Bai Tongdong – Columbia Society for Comparative Philosophy Lecture: “Pre-Qin Chinese Thought as a Modern Political Philosophy”, Nov.11 @ 5:30pm”

October 18, 2016 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学 | no comments

Lecture in Berlin: Nelson on Neo-Confucianism and Buddhism

Prof. Dr. Eric NELSON (Division of Humanities, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology):

The Debate between Neo-Confucianism and Buddhism in Jeong Dojeon and Gihwa

Nov. 30, 2016; 18:00-20:00. More information here.

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October 14, 2016 Posted by | Buddhism, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Korea, Lecture, Neo-Confucianism | no comments

Daily Nous cartoon hits the mark

See it here.

October 12, 2016 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学 | one comment

CFP: ISCP at 2017 Central APA

International Society for Chinese Philosophy (ISCP) invites abstracts of papers for the ISCP panels at APA Central Division Meeting in Kansas City, MO from March 1 to March 4, 2017. The themes and topics are open as long as they are connected with Chinese philosophy.

Your submission should include the following information:

1. Title of Paper
2. Name of Presenter
3. Presenter’s Affiliation and Contact Information
4. Paper Abstract (200-300 words)

Please send your submission in Word Format to Qiong Wang at qiong.wang@oneonta.edu by October 28, 2016.

October 11, 2016 Posted by | Call for Papers (CFP), Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy | no comments

Harvard Yenching Library Chinese materials added to Ctext.org

Donald Sturgeon reports that thanks to the support of Harvard Yenching Library, over 5 million pages of scanned materials from the Yenching Library collection have been added to the Library section of the ctext.org site, including high quality images from the Chinese Rare Books Collection. See http://ctext.org/library.pl?if=en&collection=139. Approximate transcriptions created using the ctext.org OCR procedure have also been added to the Wiki, making these materials full-text searchable. In future he hopes to collaborate with other libraries to include materials from their Chinese language collections.

October 11, 2016 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Chinese Texts, Resources | no comments

Charles Taylor Wins Inaugural Berggruen Prize

Canadian philosopher Charles Taylor has been named the first winner of the Berggruen Prize. The $1 million award from the Berggruen Institute is given annually to a thinker whose ideas are of broad significance for shaping human self-understanding and the advancement of humanity. It will be presented to Professor Taylor in New York on December 1, 2016. To learn more about the prize please visit the Berggruen Prize page.

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October 5, 2016 Posted by | Comparative philosophy | no comments

CFP: 11th Daoist Studies Conference

Creativity and Diversity: 11th International Conference on Daoist Studies

Nanterre, Paris, France, May 17-20, 2017

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October 5, 2016 Posted by | Call for Papers (CFP), Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Conference, Daoism | no comments

Revised Edition: Allan, Heir and Sage

Sarah Allan, The Heir and the Sage: Dynastic Legend in Early China (revised and expanded edition) is now in print with SUNY Press (2016). 

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October 5, 2016 Posted by | Books of Interest, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学 | no comments

Eric Schwitzgebel – Columbia Society for Comparative Philosophy Lecture: “Death and Self in the Incomprehensible Zhuangzi”, THURSDAY Oct.13 @ 5:30pm

THE COLUMBIA SOCIETY FOR COMPARATIVE PHILOSOPHY

Welcomes: ERIC SCHWITZGEBEL (University of California Riverside)
With responses from: CHRISTOPHER GOWANS (Fordham University)

Please join us at Columbia University’s Religion Department on *THURSDAY*, OCTOBER 13th at 5:30PM for his lecture entitled:

“Death and Self in the Incomprehensible Zhuangzi”

ABSTRACT: The ancient Chinese philosopher Zhuangzi defies interpretation. This is an inextricable part of the beauty and power of his work. The text – by which I mean the “Inner Chapters” of the text traditionally attributed to him, the authentic core of the book – is incomprehensible as a whole. It consists of shards, in a distinctive voice. Despite repeating imagery, ideas, style, and tone, these shards cannot be pieced together into a self-consistent philosophy. This lack of self-consistency is a positive feature of Zhuangzi. It is part of what makes him the great and unusual philosopher he is, defying reduction and summary.  In this talk, I will look at Zhuangzi’s inconsistent remarks about death and the self. Continue reading “Eric Schwitzgebel – Columbia Society for Comparative Philosophy Lecture: “Death and Self in the Incomprehensible Zhuangzi”, THURSDAY Oct.13 @ 5:30pm”

October 5, 2016 Posted by | Daoism, Lecture, Zhuangzi | no comments

Chinese Philosophy to Return to Michigan

I am thrilled to be able to share the news that, thanks in part to a gift from Don and Ann Munro, the University of Michigan will be re-establishing a tenure-track line in Chinese philosophy, to be housed jointly in the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures and the Department of Philosophy. The support that the Munros have shown for the study of Chinese philosophy—in addition to Don’s distinguished career, the Munros have established the Tang Junyi Lecture Series at UM, the Munro Fund at the ACLS, and now this—is truly exemplary. Full text of the announcement follows.

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October 4, 2016 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Profession | 13 comments

Harvard EAS Conference CFP

CALL FOR PAPERS

The 20th Annual Harvard East Asia Society Conference:

Roads Through Asia
Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA

The Harvard East Asia Society (HEAS) invites currently enrolled graduate students working across all disciplines to submit abstracts for its annual conference.

This year’s conference will be held from February 24-25, 2017. Participants should plan to arrive on or before February 24, 2017.

The HEAS Conference Committee invites the submission of papers that examine Asia from various perspectives and disciplines, including but not limited to history, philosophy, religion, literature, art history, sociology, anthropology, archaeology, economics, political science, gender studies, environmental studies, and law. Preference will be given to work that speaks to multiple fields or engages critically with those categories and boundaries that define past and present research on Asia.

In its twentieth year, the HEAS Conference is an annual forum for graduate students to exchange ideas and discuss research related to Asia. It is an opportunity for young scholars to present their research to their peers and to faculty members of Harvard University’s department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations. The conference also helps participants to meet others doing similar research and to forge new professional relationships.

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October 3, 2016 Posted by | Call for Papers (CFP), Conference | no comments

CFP: Middle Period Conference; Deadline Tomorrow!

With apologies for not posting this sooner, here is the Call for Abstracts for the “Second Conference on Middle Period Chinese Humanities.” The deadline is tomorrow, October 1, 2017. I attended the first such conference, and though I may have been the only card-carrying philosopher there, I learned a great deal and recommend the second conference highly to anyone interested in Tang-Ming philosophy (or intellectual history, etc., etc.).

September 30, 2016 Posted by | Call for Papers (CFP), China, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Neo-Confucianism | no comments

New Book: Yu, Chinese History and Culture, vols. 1 and 2

Columbia University Press has published a two-volume set titled Chinese History and Culture, providing a collection of eminent intellectual historian Ying-shih Yu’s essays, many dealing with philosophical topics, some appearing for the first time in English. Details for volume one (Sixth Century B.C.E. to Seventeenth Century) and volume two (Seventeenth Century Through Twentieth Century); I’ll copy the Tables of Contents below.

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September 28, 2016 Posted by | Books of Interest, China, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Confucianism, Contemporary Confucianism | no comments

Even More Jobs

Thanks to Alexus’s comment, I realize that I failed to use “Asian” as a search term, and in fact there are several more relevant ads:

UPDATE: Here is another relevant job listing:

September 27, 2016 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Job Opening | 12 comments

More Jobs

The news about UCSD (not to mention the earlier news about Leiden’s senior position) nudged me into looking at PhilJobs, which lists 4 other tenure-track jobs that include Chinese or Non-Western philosophy as potential specialization:

Pretty cool!

September 26, 2016 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Job Opening | one comment

Job at UCSD

Exciting news: the University of California at San Diego department of philosophy is advertising for an assistant professor whose main area of research is some aspect of non-western philosophy. A faculty member wrote me to say: “As a department, we are very interested in diversifying the philosophy curriculum and recognizing the significant and underappreciated contributions to philosophy from scholars working in traditions that do not have their origin in Western Europe.” The details of the ad are here.

September 26, 2016 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Job Opening | no comments

New Book: Harris, Shenzi Fragments

Columbia University Press has also published Eirik Harris’s outstanding study of the Shenzi fragments — congratulations, Eirik!

Eirik Lang Harris, The Shenzi Fragments: A Philosophical Analysis and Translation (Columbia University Press, 2016)

Read on for details on the book, as well as a code that can be used for a 30% discount on the book.

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September 25, 2016 Posted by | Books of Interest, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Legalism, Political Theory, Politics | no comments

New Book: Fraser, The Philosophy of the Mozi

I am very happy to share the news that Columbia University Press has published Chris Fraser’s (ahem, long-awaited :-)) book:

The Philosophy of the Mòzi: The First Consequentialists

Congratulations, Chris! Information here.

September 25, 2016 Posted by | Books of Interest, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Ethical Theory, Mohism | one comment

TOC: Frontiers of Philosophy in China 11:3

Frontiers of Philosophy in China Vol.11, No.3, 2016

http://journal.hep.com.cn/fpc

Table of Contents

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September 25, 2016 Posted by | China, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Tables of Contents | no comments

Publishing on the History of Chinese Philosophy

The recent discussion of the scope of “philosophy” reminded me of Amy Olberding’s excellent idea that those of us with tenure, at least, should make a point of endeavoring to publish in “general” philosophy journals, at least some of the time. (Just to be clear: this is no criticsm of existing journals focused on Chinese or comparative philosophy!) I am finishing up an essay on how to understand (and translate) tian in the context of Neo-Confucianism, and thought that it might make sense to try submitting it to a general history of philosophy journal. Which to choose? I decided to do a little research. I was pretty sure that Brian Leiter’s blog would have some sort of ranking of such journals, and sure enough, it does (from 2010). What surprised me was what I found when I started looking at the journals’ websites.

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September 21, 2016 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Journal Related, Profession, Publishing | 13 comments