Warp, Weft, and Way

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

Waldorf meets guoxue in off-the-grid Chinese schools

Read about it here.

July 22, 2014 Posted by | China, Education Models, In the News | no comments

New Book: Democracy in Contemporary Chinese Thought

Excuse the lack of modesty, but I’d like to announce the publication of my new book, Democracy in Contemporary Confucian Philosophy.

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July 20, 2014 Posted by | Books of Interest, Contemporary Confucianism, Democracy, Political Theory | 2 comments

Interesting resource: Reviews of Asian-language books

I’ve just become aware of New Frontiers of Asian Scholarship, a resource hosted by the Harvard-Yenching Institute, posting reviews of Asian-language scholarly books. There are a few philosophy books, and a variety of other interesting materials.

July 18, 2014 Posted by | Book Review, Books of Interest, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Resource | no comments

Job Opening: Yale-NUS looking for East Asian Political Theorist

Yale-NUS College in Singapore is looking for “one or more open rank faculty members in the fields of comparative political theory or intellectual history. We are particularly interested in candidates working in East Asian political theory.” Please see here for details: https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/4173.

July 16, 2014 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative Political Theory, Job Opening | no comments

ISCWP Call for Papers for APA Pacific Division Meeting April 2015

The International Society for Comparative Studies of Chinese and Western Philosophy (ISCWP) plans to sponsor one or two panels at next year’s Pacific Division Meeting of APA (American Philosophical Association), which will take place at Westin Bayshore Hotel in Vancouver from April 1 to April 5, 2015. We hereby invite submissions.

Our Goal: We would like to encourage submissions of proposals of individual papers and panels. We encourage papers or panels that promote in-depth engagement between Chinese and Western philosophy. The submissions will be reviewed by all the three members of the board.When we select papers, we normally try to find papers that have common theme to form a panel. You may have a better chance to be accepted if you submit a panel proposal which already has a common theme.

Eligibility: We continue to welcome non-ISCWP members to propose papers to be included on an ISCWP-sponsored panel, or even propose a panel that is related to the ISCWP’s aims, so please feel free to send this notice to philosophers who might be interested even if they are not ISCWP members yet.

Please send all submissions by September 14, 2014.

1. To submit a paper proposal, please provide a 250-300 word abstract. The abstract needs to include the presenter’s name, institutional affiliation, paper title, and email address.

2. To submit a panel proposal, please provide an overall abstract of  the panel topic of 250-300 words, including due justification. It must include the following for each chair, speaker, and commentator on your panel:

  • name as it is to appear in print
  • affiliation
  • email address
  • paper title and abstract (for presenters)

3. You may submit a partial panel proposal – the earlier the better - and ask for help in filling it out. We may help you build panels based on partial panel proposals received early in the process.

4. The board will review the submissions and announce the result by October 14, 2014. The new board members:

http://www.iscwp.org/boards.html

5. Address all submissions and inquires to:

Prof. Guoxiang Peng, Vice-President of ISCWP
peng_gx@126.com 
(There is an underscore between “peng” and “gx”)

July 15, 2014 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Conference, ISCWP | no comments

New Book: India in the Chinese Imagination

India in the Chinese Imagination: Myth, Religion, and Thought
John Kieschnick and Meir Shahar, Editors

http://www.upenn.edu/pennpress/book/15158.html?

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July 13, 2014 Posted by | Books of Interest, China, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Indian Philosophy | no comments

Frontiers of Philosophy in China 9:2 T of C

The Table of Contents of the latest issue of Frontiers of Philosophy in China is available.

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July 11, 2014 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Tables of Contents | no comments

Asian Philosophy 24:2 T of C

Click here for the Table of Contents of the latest issue of Asian Philosophy.

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July 8, 2014 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Tables of Contents | no comments

Norton Critical Edition of Analects

The Norton Critical Edition of the Analects has just been published. Edited by Michael Nylan, it joins together  Nylan’s Introduction, Simon Leys’s translation of the text, and a series of interpretive essays:

  • Nicolas Zufferey • On the Ru and Confucius
  • Robert Eno • In Search of the Origins of Confucian Traditions in Lu
  • Mark Csikszentmihalyi and Tae Hyun Kim • The Formation of the Analects
  • Eric L. Hutton • Mencius, Xunzi, and the Legacy of Confucius
  • Luke Habberstad • The Sage and His Associates: Kongzi and Disciples across Early Texts
  • Julia K. Murray • Visualizing Confucius and His Disciples from the Analects
  • Thomas Wilson • Reading the Analects in the Sage’s Courtyard: A Modern Diner’s Guide to an Ancient Feast
  • Sébastien Billioud and Vincent Goossaert • Confucius and his Texts: A Century of Crisis and Reinventions
  • Yuming He • Talking Back to the Master: Play and Subversion in Entertainment Uses of theAnalects
  • Henry Rosemont Jr. • On “New Confucianism”
  • Sam Ho • Confucius on Film: Toward a Confucian Aesthetic

The choice of Leys’s translation — which consciously renders the text in modern, accessible language — may make sense in light of the Nylan’s objective in assembling this range of interpretive essays, which collectively  “suggest that the Confucius we thought we knew is not the Kongzi of record and that this Kongzi is a protean figure given to rapid change and continual reevaluation.”

July 8, 2014 Posted by | Books of Interest, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Confucianism, Translation | no comments

2015 ICAS CFP

Today’s the day for Calls for Proposals from big sinologocial conferences. Here’s the deal for the July, 2015 International Convention of Asian Scholars, to be held in Adelaide, Australia:

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July 6, 2014 Posted by | Call for Papers (CFP), China, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学 | no comments

2015 AAS CFP

There is rarely much philosophy, or even intellectual history, at the annual Association for Asian Studies conference, but here follows the Call for Papers. Anyone interested in organizing a panel on a Chinese-philosophy related theme might want to use the comments section to seek out other interested parties.

Each spring the Association for Asian Studies (AAS) holds a four-day conference devoted to planned programs of scholarly papers, roundtable discussions, workshops, and panel sessions on a wide range of issues in esearch and teaching, and on Asian affairs in general.

The Program Committee is now accepting panel proposals for consideration to present at the 2015 AAS Annual Conference scheduled to take place March 26-29, 2015 in Chicago, IL.

For more information on submitting a proposal, please visit the AAS Call for papers webpage. www.asian-studies.org/Conference/Call-for-Papers.htm

DEADLINE FOR ALL SUBMISSIONS IS AUGUST 7, 2014, 5:00pm Eastern Standard Time.

July 6, 2014 Posted by | Call for Papers (CFP), China, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学 | no comments

New Fulbright Opportunities in Taiwan

See the attached announcement in the following link for an explanation of a number of new Fulbright opportunities in Taiwan: for recent graduates, M.A. students, K-12 teachers, post-docs, and seasoned scholars:  Fulbright Taiwan.

June 30, 2014 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学 | no comments

Postdoc in Chinese or Asian Phil at NTU

The Philosophy Program at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore is searching for a postdoctoral fellow in a broadly defined field of “Culture and Society: The Value of Traditional Culture in Contemporary Society.” We are looking for a young scholar in Chinese or Asian philosophy who reflects on the contemporary relevance of classic thoughts. Applications are due by July 15, 2014 (11:59pm Singapore Time). Start time negotiable. More information can be found at http://www.hss.ntu.edu.sg/AboutHSS/Pages/Research.aspx or by contacting Li Chenyang at cyli@ntu.edu.sg.

June 30, 2014 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Opportunities, Profession | no comments

Dao Article Discussion – Ralph Weber on Comparison in Comparative Philosophy

We continue our collaboration with the journal Dao to present featured discussions of a newly published article, available for free download here (link has been fixed). For this edition, Ruth Chang (Rutgers University) has graciously agreed to introduce and share her thoughts about “Comparative Philosophy and the Tertium: Comparing What with What, and in What Respect?” by Ralph Weber (University of Zurich). Ruth Chang’s discussion — and discussion-starter we hope — is here, below. Please feel welcome to join in.

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June 24, 2014 Posted by | Comparative philosophy, Dao Article Discussion | 13 comments

Angle lecture: “Neo-Confucian ‘Civil Society’?”

I will be in London next week, and among other things, giving a talk at LSE in the Political Philosophy Seminar series on Tuesday, 24 June at 4pm, in the Old Building, Graham Wallas Room (5th floor; ask for directions at reception). The title is “Neo Confucian ‘Civil Society’?” It’s open to all; please come by if you are interested!

June 20, 2014 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Comparative Political Theory, Lecture, Neo-Confucianism | 2 comments

Conference at LSE: Chinese Ways of Thinking: Imagining the Global

A conference will take place next week in London that may be of interest: “Chinese Ways of Thinking: Imagining the Global” at LSE. All are welcome. Please read on for details!

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June 20, 2014 Posted by | China, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Comparative Political Theory, Conference | no comments

Deparochializing Political Theory “Short Course” at APSA

You are warmly invited to participate in the upcoming short course, ‘Deparochializing Political Theory’, running the day before APSA begins. Details and link below!

To find short course info online: https://www.apsanet.org/mtgs/program_2014/program.cfm?event=1523901

To register: once logged in to myAPSA, click ‘Register for a short course’ in the 2014 APSA Annual Meeting window (SC5)

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June 20, 2014 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative Political Theory, Conference, Opportunities, Pedagogy | no comments

The State of the State

The Global Contest for the Future of Government (new Foreign Affairs article).

 

June 18, 2014 Posted by | Comparative Political Theory, Democracy, Politics | no comments

Announcement: 2014 Term of the “Beijing Roundtable on Contemporary Philosophy”

 

Please find attached detailed information about the upcoming 2014 Term of the  “Beijing Roundtable on Contemporary Philosophy”  on the topic of “Mohist Logical Thought and Development of Contemporary Philosophy”

Academic Organizer: International Society for Comparative Studies of Chinese and Western Philosophy
Host & Co-sponsor: Center for Comparative Philosophy, Institute of Foreign Philosophy & Center for Analytic Philosophy, Peking University, Beijing, China
Co-sponsor: Center for Comparative Philosophy, San Jose State University, USA
Time: 28th June 2014, Saturday, 1 – 5 pm
Location: Room 227, Old Chemistry Building, Peking University, Beijing
Full information in the PDF here: 2014 Beijing Roundtable_program_2014-6-7 version

 

June 14, 2014 Posted by | Comparative philosophy, Conference, ISCWP | no comments

CFP: 18th SEECR at UNC

Dear colleagues,

We are pleased to announce that the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will host the 18th annual Southeast Early China Roundtable (SEECR) from October 31 to Nov. 2, 2014.  In accordance with SEECR tradition, lodging and meals will be provided to presenters.

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June 11, 2014 Posted by | Call for Papers (CFP), Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Conference | no comments

New Bilingual “Journal of Confucian Studies”

Journal of Confucian Studies (Chinese Thought and Culture Review)

The State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television (SAPPRFT) has recently approved to launch the Journal of Confucian Studies (Chinese Thought and Culture Review) and the Confucian Academy Press, devoted to the preservation and promotion of traditional Chinese culture. The Journal of Confucian Studies is the world’s only Chinese-English bilingual scholarly journal with the aim of promoting Chinese culture and conducting conversations among world civilizations. The Journal of Confucian Studies will be officially launched on August 1, 2014, at the 24th National Book Expo, co-held by SAPPRFT and People’s Government of Guizhou Province.

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June 11, 2014 Posted by | China, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Confucianism, Contemporary Confucianism, Journal News | no comments

Lecture tomorrow at Oxford

Reminder of the following paper to be delivered at the Interdisciplinary Workshop for Manuscript and Text Culture (WMTC) at The Queen’s College, University of Oxford

Please note the change of rooms.

Wednesday 11 June: Maria Khayutina (Munich University): Writing Agents in Early China (ca. 11-8 cc BCE): Secretaries and Makers of Slabs

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June 10, 2014 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Lecture | no comments

From China, With Pragmatism

The latest entry in the New York Times’ Stone column. Discussion welcome!

June 10, 2014 Posted by | China, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Confucius, In the News | 4 comments

New issue of Dao

The June, 2014 issue of Dao has been published; its Table of Contents is here. We expect to continue our new custom of hosting a discussion of one of the articles; more information on that will be forthcoming soon.

June 7, 2014 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Tables of Contents | no comments

Reflections on Middle Period China Conference

A major, three-day conference on China’s “Middle Period” (800-1400) just concluded at Harvard. It featured an unusual format, designed to spur more cross-disciplinary conversation than is usual, as well as to handle the large number of papers and participants who were present. I believe there were something approaching 200 folks there, from graduate students to senior scholars. The titles, abstracts, and a range of on-line comments are all available here: http://www.middleperiodchina2014.org.

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June 7, 2014 Posted by | Academia, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Conference, Profession | 2 comments

New Book: Perkins on Problem of Evil

An important new book is now available from Indiana University Press:

Heaven and Earth Are Not Humane: The Problem of Evil in Classical Chinese Philosophy
Franklin Perkins

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June 7, 2014 Posted by | Books of Interest, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Confucianism, Daoism | no comments

Next Rutgers Workshop: Call for Proposals

Unlike the first two Rutgers Workshops (the speakers at which were all invited), we are adopting a different approach for the third Workshop, which will take place in the spring of 2016 (not 2015). With this amount of lead-time, we are aiming to find scholars whose work in Chinese philosophy engages directly with that of a scholar working in contemporary non-Chinese philosophy, and to build the workshop’s program from such pairs of scholars, in direct conversation with one another. Our expectation is this will enable more substantial two-way philosophical dialogue. Please read the formal Call for Proposals that follows!

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June 4, 2014 Posted by | Call for Papers (CFP), Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Comparative Political Theory | no comments

June 4 and a Talk on Chinese Democracy in Taipei

Today is June 4, the 25 anniversary of the army crackdown that ended the student-led popular demonstrations in China and left hundreds, if not thousands, dead. If you happen to be in Taipei today, you might be interested in a talk that, though not directly, addresses the question of how to understand and evaluate June 4. David Lorenzo (National Chengchi University, Taiwan) will speak about “Conceptions of Democracy on Taiwan and the Chinese mainland”. The talk will begin at 13.30, in the Department of Philosophy, 70 Linhsi Road, Shihlin, Taipei. The talk is open to the general public.

June 3, 2014 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学 | 4 comments

New overview of Daoism

Komjathy, Louis. 2014. Daoism: A Guide for the Perplexed. New York: Bloomsbury Academic. 250 pages.

According to Lydia Kohn: A different, yet very successful approach to Daoism by topic rather than chronology or lineage, this consists of nine chapters: Tradition, Community, Identity, View, Personhood, Practice, Experience, Place, and Modernity. Highly insightful, meticulously researched, the book is extremely well written and combines a strong historical understanding with a deep involvement in contemporary practice. It opens Daoism in a new and amazing way.

June 3, 2014 Posted by | Books of Interest, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Daoism | one comment

New book on Early 20th Century Thought

Xiaoqun Xu, Cosmopolitanism, Nationalism, and Individualism in Modern China: The Chenbao Fukan and the New Culture Era, 1918-1928. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2014. Pp.255. ISBN 978-0-7391-8914-6.

The book analyzes aspects of intellectual life and cultural practices in the New Culture era of modern China by examining an influcential newspaper supplement published in Beijing during 1918-1928, along with other contemporary sources. It highlights a key intellectual-moral paradox in Chinese disourses between cosmopolitanism as an idealistic aspiration and nationalism as a practical imparative, both in complext relationship to indivudialism, and in constant negotiations between Chinese tradition and Western culture in the making of Chinese modernity. It argues for a re-consideration and re-appreciation of the New Culture era in modern Chinese history, as the issues treated in the book remain relevant to China and the world today.

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June 3, 2014 Posted by | Books of Interest, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Modern Chinese Philosophy | one comment

New Book – Nothingness in Asian Philosophy

Nothingness in Asian Philosophy – Routledge 2014

by Douglas Berger (editor) & Jeeloo Liu (editor)

From the Description at Amazon:

“A variety of crucial and still most relevant ideas about nothingness or emptiness have gained profound philosophical prominence in the history and development of a number of South and East Asian traditions—including in Buddhism, Daoism, Neo-Confucianism, Hinduism, Korean philosophy, and the Japanese Kyoto School. These traditions share the insight that in order to explain both the great mysteries and mundane facts about our experience, ideas of “nothingness” must play a primary role.”

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May 26, 2014 Posted by | Academia, Books of Interest, Buddhism, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Confucianism, Daoism, Indian Philosophy, Japanese philosophy | 3 comments

“Short Course” at APSA on Teaching Chinese and Islamic/Arab Political Thought

This should be of interest both to anyone attending the American Political Science Association meetings this coming fall, and also those of us in other fields who might want to try something similar at our own disciplinary meetings. Does the APA ever have such “short courses”? If you have any questions about the course, please contact Professor Browers.

Deparochializing Political Theory: How to Teach Chinese and Islamic/Arab Political Thought

Wednesday August 27, 1:30-5:30pm

APSA Annual Conference, Washington, DC (exact location TBA)

Michaelle L. Browers, Wake Forest University; Loubna El-Amine, Georgetown University

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May 26, 2014 Posted by | American Philosophical Association, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative Political Theory, Opportunities, Pedagogy | no comments

Conference: Philosophical Method in Chinese and German Philosophy

International Conference:

Philosophical Method in Chinese and German Philosophy.

Conference at Akademie für Politische Bildung Tutzing in Cooperation with Gesellschaft für Interkulturelle Philosophie (GIP e.V.), the University of Cologne, and Sihai Confucius Academy, Beiing, from Juli 1st to July 4th.

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May 25, 2014 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Conference | no comments

New Group: Society for Teaching Comparative Philosophy

The new Society for Teaching Comparative Philosophy has a website and is seeking teaching materials (among other things) to share. Check it out!

May 23, 2014 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Organization News, Pedagogy | no comments

New Newsletter from APA’s Committee on Asian and Asian-American Philosophy and Philosophers

APA Newsletters, Spring 2014 (Volume 13, Number 2)

Newsletter on Asian and Asian-American Philosophers and Philosophies
From the Guest Editor, “The CAAAPP Year in Review: New Trends in Asian Philosophy and Postcolonial Theory,” Leah Kalmanson
Articles
“Expressing Conventional Truths,” Amy Donahue
“Gandhi’s Satyagraha: Reinterpreting Satyakriya (Act of Truth) as a Political Strategy,” Veena Rani Howard
“The Concept of Minjung: Inventing “a People to Come,” Boram Jeong
“Populism, Pueblos, and Plutocracy: Notes on Radical Democracy from Latin America,” Grant Silva
Announcements
“Announcement on the Society for Teaching Comparative Philosophy,” Sarah Mattice

May 23, 2014 Posted by | American Philosophical Association, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学 | no comments

Nomination Deadline Approaching

The American Philosophical Association deadline for committee nominations is MAY 31, 2014. There are a couple of openings on the Asian and Asian-American Philosophers and Philosophies committee. If you are an APA member and you would like to nominate someone — yourself or someone other than yourself — for the committee, visit this site: https://nominations.apaonline.org/. Note that you must log into the site using your APA online username and password in order to enter a name and select a committee.

May 22, 2014 Posted by | Academia, American Philosophical Association, Nominations | no comments

Update from CEACOP in Hong Kong

The Center for East Asian and Comparative Philosophy at the City University of Hong Kong has a revised website and some pictures of the past year’s events: looks like it has been a busy year!

May 21, 2014 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Conference | no comments

Julie Lee Wei’s Translation of Nineteen Lectures Now Available

Julie Lee Wei, who has been embroiled in a long-running copyright dispute over her translation of Mou Zongsan’s Nineteen Lectures on Chinese Philosopy, has decided to post her complete, 490-page translation on the internet:

http://nineteenlects.com

(One technical note: for reasons I cannot explain, sometimes the links on this site have not worked for me, but I find that if clicking on a link gives you a url of this form – http://ninteenlects.com/page.php?p=Titlepage — then changing that to this form (note the “nine” instead of “nin”) will work – http://nineteenlects.com/page.php?p=Titlepage)

As Ms. Wei explains there, a few years ago her translation was accepted for publication by Columbia University Press, but the copyright dispute has put that on indefinite hold. During a stretch of time when she and Columbia believed that they had secured permission, though, I was asked to write an Introduction to the translation, which I did. That essay has languished along with Ms. Wei’s translation, and I have chosen to make it freely available on my own website:

Stephen C. Angle, “Mou Zongsan and his Nineteen Lectures on Chinese Philosophy”

I hope that my essay, and especially the translation, prove useful to those who would like to engage more deeply with this extremely important twentieth-century Confucian philosopher.

May 20, 2014 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Mou Zongsan | 10 comments

Malik’s Piece on Buddhism and Bigotry in the NYT

I thought this was interesting, though Malik clearly undermines his own implied connection between Buddhism and the bigotry late in the article. Worth a quick read perhaps? Here’s a little bit to get you started:

There is perhaps no religion that Western liberals find more appealing than Buddhism. Politicians fawn over the Dalai Lama, celebrities seek out Buddhist meditation, and scientists and philosophers insist that Buddhism has much to teach us about human nature and psychology.

Even some of the so-called New Atheists have fallen for Buddhism’s allure. For most of its Western sympathizers, Buddhism is a deeply humanist outlook, less a religion than a philosophy, a way of life to create peace and harmony.

The Rohingya people of Myanmar take a very different view of Buddhism. The Rohingya are Muslims who live mostly in Rakhine, in western Myanmar, bordering Bangladesh. Early Muslim settlements there date from the seventh century. Today, in a nation that is 90 percent Buddhist, there are some eight million Muslims, of whom about one in six is Rohingya.

For the Myanmar government, however, the Rohingya simply do not exist…

May 20, 2014 Posted by | Buddhism, In the News, Politics, Religion | 7 comments

Ethics, Empire, and Tradition: An International Conference on the Han Dyansty

Ethics, Empire, and Tradition: An International Conference on the Han Dynasty

University of Pittsburgh

23-24 May 2014

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May 13, 2014 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Conference | no comments

Call for Commentators for Eastern APA

Huaiyu Wang writes as follows (anyone interested please respond directly to him at wdhyana@gmail.com):

I am pleased to announce the tentative schedule for the following two panels for the Eastern APA meeting in Philadelphia. I would like to invite chairs for the two panels below and a commentator for each paper. (Please note that two papers have commentators already.)

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May 13, 2014 Posted by | Buddhism, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Conference, Confucianism, Dai Zhen, Daoism, Organization News | no comments

A New Kind of “Chinese” Philosophy

I was in Taiwan a few weeks ago and picked up a newish (2011) book: 《漢語哲學新視域》or New Horizons of Chinese Philosophy. The term for “Chinese philosophy” here is hanyu zhexue: the standard word for “philosophy” coupled with a term that means “Chinese language.” The collection of essays (edited by 汪文聖 Wang Wensheng) is divided into four section:

  • Viewing Earlier Chinese Philosophy from the Perspective of Today’s Problematiques
  • Viewing Western Philosophy from the Perspective of the Problematiques of Chinese Philosophy (zhongguo zhexue 中國哲學)
  • Viewing Chinese philosophy (zhongguo zhexue 中國哲學) from the Perspective of Western philosophy’s Problematiques
  • Viewing Western Philosophy from the Perspective of Universal Problematiques

One of the most interesting papers in this collection, which also nicely showcases the idea of “Chinese [-language] philosophy,” is Fabien Heubel (何乏筆)’s “漢語哲學在台灣:當代儒學與跨文化修養論的前景 Taiwan and the Potential of Contemporary Philosophy in Chinese [i.e., hanyu zhexue -- SA] — On the Prospects of a Transcultural Theory of Cultivation.” Here is his abstract:

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May 12, 2014 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学 | no comments

Philosophers’ Carnival Hosted by The Indian Philosophy Blog

Just a quick heads up that our good friends over at The Indian Philosophy Blog are hosting the 163rd Philosophers’ Carnival. Enjoy!

May 12, 2014 Posted by | Comparative philosophy, Indian Philosophy | one comment

New Book on Yi Jing

Unearthing the Changes: Recently Discovered Manuscripts of the Yi Jing (I Ching) and Related TextsEdward L. Shaughnessy

April, 2014; Cloth, 400 pages, ISBN: 978-0-231-16184-8, $40.00 

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May 12, 2014 Posted by | Books of Interest, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Yi Jing (Book of Changes) | no comments

CFP: ISCP at 2015 Central APA

Huaiyu Wang writes…

Dear ISCP and Researchers in Chinese Philosophy:

I would like to invite submission of paper or panel proposal for the ISCP’s panel at APA, Central, to be held at Hilton at the Ball Park hotel, St. Louis, Missouri, February 18-21, 2015. Submission Deadline: Sep. 10, 2014. (Early submission encouraged and appreciated)

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May 12, 2014 Posted by | Call for Papers (CFP), Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学 | no comments

Review of Virtue Ethics and Confucianism at NDPR

Hagop Sarkissian’s review of Virtue Ethics and Confucianism (Routledge, 2013) has been published at NDPR. Comments on the review or the book itself are welcome! I will also paste the review below. Thanks, Hagop!

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May 11, 2014 Posted by | Book Review, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Confucianism, Neo-Confucianism, Virtue | no comments

Call For Manuscripts — Modern Chinese Philosophy (Brill, Leiden and Boston), Edited by John Makeham, Australian National Universit

I’m posting this on behalf of John Makeham at the Australian National University. — Karyn Lai

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Call For Manuscripts – Modern Chinese Philosophy (Brill, Leiden and Boston), Edited by John Makeham, Australian National University    ISSN 1875-9386

Unlike classical, medieval, Buddhist or post-Tang Confucian philosophy, Modern Chinese philosophy has been largely ignored in Western studies of Chinese philosophy. This series aims to redress this imbalance by publishing authoritative, innovative and informative studies in Chinese philosophy from the late Qing period to contemporary times. It aims to become the series of choice for prospective authors of studies on Modern Chinese philosophy writing on topics in New Confucian philosophy, modern Buddhist philosophy, Chinese Marxist philosophy, modern Daoist philosophy, as well as works of a … read more comparative nature. It will be “catholic” in its judgment of what constitutes Chinese philosophy, adopting the norms favoured by Chinese scholars and intellectuals, as well as those adopted in the Western academy.

Brill welcomes submissions of book proposals and manuscripts for consideration for inclusion in the series. Submissions need to be in English and can be sent to the attention of the Publishing Editor, Qin Higley at higley@brill.com.

Books published in this Series include:

Late Works of Mou Zongsan: Selected Essays on Chinese Philosophy by Jason T. Clower (forthcoming, 2014)

Jin Yuelin’s Ontology: Perspectives on the Problem of Induction, by Yvonne Schulz Zinda (2012)

The Discovery of Chinese Logic, by Joachim Kurtz (2011)

Thinking Through Confucian Modernity: A Study of Mou Zongsan’s Moral Metaphysics, Sébastien Billioud (2011)

The Thought of Mou Zongsan, by N. Serina Chan (2011)

The Religious Philosophy of Liang Shuming: The Hidden Buddhist, by Thierry Meynard (2010)

The Unlikely Buddhologist: Tiantai Buddhism in Mou Zongsan’s New Confucianism, by Jason T. Clower (2010)

For more information please visit www.brill.com/map

 

May 11, 2014 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学 | no comments

Manuscript and Text Workshop at Oxford

Dirk Meyer writes:

We are pleased to announce the programme for Trinity Term 2014 of the Interdisciplinary Workshop for Manuscript and Text Culture (WMTC) at The Queen’s College, University of Oxford. We will discuss three papers this term.

  • Wednesday 14 May: Paola Ceccarelli (Newnham College, Cambridge): Gods Writing in Ancient Greece
  • Wednesday 4 June: Henrike Lähnemann (Newcastle University): Texts and Textiles: Manuscript Fragments in Medieval Dresses
  • Wednesday 11 June: Maria Khayutina (University of Munich): Writing Agents in Early China (ca. 11-8 cc. BCE): Secretaries and Makers of Slabs

The workshops take place at The Queen’s College University of Oxford: High Street OX1 4AW (Memorial Room). Lectures are from 6-7pm followed by a discussion. All are welcome. (For more details, see here.)

May 9, 2014 Posted by | Excavated Texts | no comments

Add Syllabi to AAS Repository

The APA Committee on Inclusiveness in the Profession is collecting syllabi related to underrepresented areas of our profession. One such area is “Asian and Asian American Philosophy.” Read on to see how you can contribute to making the philosophy profession–or at least our teaching–more diverse.

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May 8, 2014 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Pedagogy, Profession | no comments

Event in Singapore: Can Confucianism Save the World?

Can Confucianism Save the World? Reflections by Three Contemporary Political Thinkers

Speakers:

  • Prof Daniel A. Bell, Professor of Ethics and Political Philosophy; Director of the Center for International and Comparative Political Philosophy, Tsinghua University
  • Prof Joseph Chan, Professor in the Department of Politics and Public Administration, University of Hong Kong
  • Prof Tongdong Bai, Dongfang Chair Professor of Philosophy, Fudan University

Date:                     Thursday, 15 May 2014

Time:                     5:15pm-6:30pm

Venue:                 Lobby, Oei Tiong Ham Building, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, Singapore

May 8, 2014 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学 | 2 comments

New(ish) Books

Three recent books:

  • Ethical Treatment of Animals in Early Chinese Buddhism: Beliefs and Practices
  • Traditional Chinese Philosophy and the Paradigm of Structure (Li 理)
  • Chinese Ancestor Worship: A Practice and Ritual Oriented Approach to Understanding Chinese Culture

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May 8, 2014 Posted by | Books of Interest, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学 | no comments

UNSW Australia Postdoctoral Research Fellowship

The University of New South Wales’ Vice-Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Research Fellowships scheme (2015) is open. These highly competitive awards are targeted at early career researchers of exceptional calibre wishing to conduct full-time research at UNSW.

Fellowships will be offered for a period of 2 years, renewable for a third year subject to conditions being met; a UNSW academic salary (taxable) will be provided; a research support grant of A$10,000 per annum will be provided to assist with research costs.

Please refer to the conditions of the award at:

https://research.unsw.edu.au/vice-chancellor%E2%80%99s-postdoctoral-research-fellowships

and

https://research.unsw.edu.au/document/unsw_vc_postdoctoral_fellowships_application_pack.pdf

May 7, 2014 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学 | no comments

Daoist Philosophy: Enigmatic Texts | Thursday May 29th, 4-6pm | Segal Theatre, CUNY Graduate Center

The Columbia Society for Comparative Philosophy is thrilled to co-sponsor this event, featuring several distinguished scholars. Details below:

Daoist Philosophy: Enigmatic Texts

Thursday May 29th, 4-6pm | Segal Theatre, CUNY Graduate Center, 365 5th Ave, NYC

Daoist philosophy has been highly influential in East Asian thought, and is becoming increasingly so in the West.  Yet its texts are often inscrutable. Most notably, they frequently seem to express themselves in contradictions and paradoxes. In this meeting, a number of world experts discuss how to understand this.

Participants: Continue reading “Daoist Philosophy: Enigmatic Texts | Thursday May 29th, 4-6pm | Segal Theatre, CUNY Graduate Center”

May 7, 2014 Posted by | Conference, Daoism, Taoism | no comments

Fulbright Opportunities

The American Fulbright Program is a scholar exchange program that brings scholars and students from overseas to the United States and sends scholars and students from the United States overseas.

There are a large number of programs for the countries of East Asia.  If you are an American citizen and are a new university graduate (or will be next year), you are eligible for programs to teach English abroad or to engage in study/research programs.  Professors should circulate this information to students.

If you are an American scholar, there are many research and teaching opportunities.

Awards generally cover all expenses (including airfare) and include stipends.

I have attached three introductory documents to this message.

Teaching English

Graduate and undergraduate students

Scholar and Other

You can find all of the programs here: http://www.iie.org/fulbright.

The announcements for the next round of programs have just come out.  Many of the deadlines are August 1.

May 7, 2014 Posted by | Academia, Opportunities | no comments

Making Philosophy of Religion Less Parochial

Every Spring I teach a course on Philosophy of Religion, a subject that, though not my area of expertise, I enjoy teaching because it attracts a passionate and diverse group of students.

Still, it gets to me every time that the religion in Philosophy of Religion is limited to Western monotheistic traditions. Continue reading “Making Philosophy of Religion Less Parochial”

May 6, 2014 Posted by | Buddhism, Religion | 12 comments

Conference on Ritual

People in the New York area might be interested in the following conference which, while not about China, is concerned with an area of central importance to much Chinese philosophy: namely, ritual.

Exploring Ritual in the Ancient Near East and Mediterranean: Performance, Texts, and Material Culture

Friday, May 16, 2014, 9:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Seating is limited, please email isaw@nyu.edu to register.

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May 5, 2014 Posted by | Comparative philosophy, Conference, Ritual | no comments

CFP: Confucianism and Education

You are cordially invited to submit a proposal to:

Confucianism and Education: An International Symposium

University at Buffalo, October 17-9, 2014; Proposal Submission Deadline: June 15, 2014

For details, please visit Conference Website: http://gse.buffalo.edu/confucius.
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May 5, 2014 Posted by | Call for Papers (CFP), Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative Political Theory, Conference, Confucianism, Education Models | no comments

Listing of Women Studying Asian Philosophy

Amy Olberding suggested that I call attention to this site: http://www.womenofphilosophy.com/specialization/traditions/asian-philosophy/

It’s an effort to create a listing of women in philosophy but the section listing Asian seems very underdeveloped, so I’m guessing lots of folks may be unaware of the list.  Scholars can list themselves by hitting the “submit” tab.

May 5, 2014 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Profession | no comments

CFP: Brakenridge Philosophy Symposium

2015 THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT SAN ANTONIO
Brackenridge PHILOSOPHY SYMPOSIUM

Keynote Speaker: Kwong-loi Shun
Professor of Philosophy
University of California at Berkeley

CALL FOR PAPERS

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May 2, 2014 Posted by | Call for Papers (CFP), Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy | no comments

How using a foreign language changes moral decisions

Via Leiter Reports, a new study about how the use of foreign languages affects people’s judgments about trolley problems. May be of interest in light of the thread below regarding culturally variant intuitions.

 

May 2, 2014 Posted by | Empirical Studies | no comments