New Job Listing: Duke-DKU Global Fellows Program

Applications accepted on a rolling basis up to December 15, 2021, by 5pm (EST). Review of applications will begin on November 1st.

The Duke-DKU Global Fellows Program is designed to offer an international experience to post-doctoral scholars or advanced doctoral students whose records demonstrate excellence in teaching and an interest in pursuing an academic career. Duke-DKU Global Fellows teach at Duke Kunshan University (DKU) for the Undergraduate Program.

Most courses at DKU are taught in 7-week terms; a few courses are taught over a semester. Contact hours for all classes are the same; in particular, the number of contact hours for a 7-week course is the same as a 14-week course. Courses might include sections of common courses, distinct elective courses, lab sections or recitations. Assignment of classes will be determined by Fellow specific expertise and by DKU teaching needs.

The Fellowship is contingent upon successful receipt of the appropriate type of Chinese visa. Fellows may teach for a 7-week term up to a full academic year based on DKU teaching needs and the Fellow’s availability and his/her related education and experience required for immigration purposes.

The award carries a $13,000 stipend ($17,000 for fellows who have completed their PhD) for two courses, a $1,500 allowance for costs related to research or course preparation, travel costs to/from China, health insurance, and a housing allowance.

Post-doctoral fellows or advanced doctoral students from all disciplines are invited to apply. 

To see the full listing click here.

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TOC: Journal of Confucian Philosophy and Culture Vol. 36

The editors are delighted to announce the publication of Volume 36 of the Journal of Confucian Philosophy and Culture (JCPC), with the Special Topic: Texts and Contexts: Women in Korean Confucianism, and featuring Professor Hwa Yeong Wang as guest editor.

JCPC is published biannually (in February and August) and welcomes contributions of both articles and book reviews by qualified authors from around the world. The journal is cross-disciplinary in its outlook and presents work from philosophers, anthropologists, psychologists, sociologists, historians, theologians, political scientists as well as other disciplines. JCPC examines the historical, doctrinal, literary, social, and political developments that have formed contemporary versions of Confucianism for the purpose of interpreting and exploring Confucianism from a modern perspective. The Journal is indexed in AtlaSerials, BAS (Bibliography of Asian Studies), MLA Directory of Periodicals, and KCI (Korea Citation Index). The attached file contains the cover and complete table of contents of Volume 34.

The complete volume is available online at our web site: http://jcpc.skku.edu/.

On-line lecture: Confucianism and the Political Theory of the Business Corporation

Date: 17 September 2021 (Friday)

Time: 16:00 (HKT)

Venue: Online (This talk will be held via Zoom.)

Participants: Chi Kwok, Lingnan University; Sungmoon Kim, City University of Hong Kong

Registration is required. Please email: joogangl@gmail.com

Click here to view flyer.

Abstract: Despite the burgeoning literature in contemporary Confucian political theory, little effort has been devoted to the exploration of the implications of Confucianism to economic justice. Among the few exceptions, Chan (2013) argues that Confucianism would require a sufficientarian, yet inegalitarian, distributions of economic resources; Kim (2019) suggests that Confucianism could offer an account of the political economy of harmony where distributive values of equality, need, and merit “could have their own place”. Although these are important contributions, these works’ focal point is on developing a general outlook and guiding principles of a Confucian moral economy. This paper argues that the modern relevance of a theory of moral economy depends to a significant degree on whether it could offer an attractive normative account to the legally privileged economic agent, business corporation, which enjoys legal rights such as legal personality, limited liability, asset shielding that are unavailable to other market actors. The paper attempts to build a bridge between contemporary Confucian political theory and political theory of the business corporation for two purposes. First, it offers a better ontological account of the business corporation for Confucian political theory to intervene in debates about the business corporation. Second, it also offers alternative moral resources to develop a political theory of the business corporation beyond the usual liberal democratic framework in the literature.

Public On-line Lecture Series with Robin Wang, Michael Puett, etc.

The Philosophy and Religious Studies Department at the University of Macau invites everyone to a Lecture Series for the Fall term 2021.
 
All the meetings will be held in a hybrid in-person/online format.
15 September, 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Prof. ROBIN WANG (Loyola Marymount University)
The Variety of Minds: Why the Dao Mind Is/Becomes Huanghu (Ambiguous and Elusive)?
 
29 September, 5:30-7:00 p.m.
Prof. GIOVANNI BONIOLO (University of Ferrara)
Identity and dementia: a different approach.
 
13 October, 5:30-7:00 p.m.
Prof. HOLGER BRIEL (Beijing Normal University-Hong Kong Baptist University United International College in Zhuhai)
VisonBytes – Seeing in the age of intercultural digitality.
 
27 October, 7:30-9:00 p.m. (TBC)
Prof. MICHAEL PUETT (Harvard University)
TBA
 
10 November, 8:00-9:30 p.m.
Prof. STEVEN CROWELL (Rice University)
Methodological Atheism: An Essay in the Second-Person Phenomenology of Commitment.
 
24 November, 5:30-7:00  p.m.
Prof. PHILIP TONNER (University of Glasgow)
Wayfarers and Dwellers: implications from phenomenological anthropology for ‘roots’ music heritage research.
 

New Book: Origins of Moral-Political Philosophy in Early China: Contestation of Humaneness, Justice, and Personal Freedom

My new book, Origins of Moral-Political Philosophy in Early China: Contestation of Humaneness, Justice, and Personal Freedom, has just been published by Oxford University Press (OUP 2021). It is available in both paperback and hardcover. Use the code AAFLYG6 to get a 30% discount off on the publisher’s website (OUP website). A detailed Table of Contents (including a tentative Chinese translation of ToC) can be found here.

From the publisher’s website:

This book rewrites the story of classical Chinese philosophy, which has always been considered the single most creative and vibrant chapter in the history of Chinese philosophy. Works attributed to Confucius, Mozi, Mencius, Laozi, Zhuangzi, Xunzi, Han Feizi and many others represent the very origins of moral and political thinking in China. As testimony to their enduring stature, in recent decades many Chinese intellectuals, and even leading politicians, have turned to those classics, especially Confucian texts, for alternative or complementary sources of moral authority and political legitimacy. Therefore, philosophical inquiries into core normative values embedded in those classical texts are crucial to the ongoing scholarly discussion about China as China turns more culturally inward. It can also contribute to the spirited contemporary debate about the nature of philosophical reasoning, especially in the non-Western traditions.

This book offers a new narrative and interpretative framework about the origins of moral-political philosophy that tracks how the three normative values, humaneness, justice, and personal freedom, were formulated, reformulated, and contested by early Chinese philosophers in their effort to negotiate the relationship among three distinct domains, the personal, the familial, and the political. Such efforts took place as those thinkers were reimagining a new moral-political order, debating its guiding norms, and exploring possible sources within the context of an evolving understanding of Heaven and its relationship with the humans. Tao Jiang argues that the competing visions in that debate can be characterized as a contestation between partialist humaneness and impartialist justice as the guiding norm for the newly imagined moral-political order, with the Confucians, the Mohists, the Laoists, and the so-called fajia thinkers being the major participants, constituting the mainstream philosophical project during this period. Thinkers lined up differently along the justice-humaneness spectrum with earlier ones maintaining some continuity between the two normative values (or at least trying to accommodate both to some extent) while later ones leaning more toward their exclusivity in the political/public domain. Zhuangzi and the Zhuangists were the outliers of the mainstream moral-political debate who rejected the very parameter of humaneness versus justice in that discourse. They were a lone voice advocating personal freedom, but the Zhuangist expressions of freedom were self-restricted to the margins of the political world and the interiority of one’s heartmind. Such a take can shed new light on how the Zhuangist approach to personal freedom would profoundly impact the development of this idea in pre-modern Chinese political and intellectual history.

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CFP: On-line Conference of the International Society of East Asian Philosophy

International Society of East Asian Philosophy (ISEAP) On-line Conference
December 10-11 (Japan time)
Keynote Speakers:
Professor Philip J. IVANHOE (Georgetown University)
Professor Michiko YUSA (Professor Emerita, Western Washington University)Abstracts for individual papers and organized panels should be submitted to eastasianphilosophy@gmail.com by Oct 15, 2021 (Japan Time).

For more details, please see the attached flyer and kindly disseminate to those who may be interested.

CFP: EACS Young Scholar Award 2022

The Board of the European Association for Chinese Studies is pleased to announce the EACS Young Scholar Award (YSA). The purpose of this award is to encourage research in Chinese studies among young scholars, especially, but not exclusively, scholars studying and working at European institutions.
(See eligibility and submission info below)

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CFP: EACP online conference on Chinese Philosophy

The European Association for Chinese Philosophy (EACP) is hosting its first online conference on December 3rd 2021, in the theme of “Chinese Philosophy: Paths Between Convergence and Divergence” (more info here; deadline for submission October 31st).

We are particularly excited for the opportunity afforded by the online medium to get to know scholars of Chinese philosophy who cannot normally travel to Europe for our conferences. We strongly encourage the participation of junior scholars, women, scholars of color, and other groups who aren’t well represented in the fields of Chinese philosophy and Sinology.

I hope we’ll get to see many new faces and that many will get advantage of this opportunity to get to know our association.

You can write Mercedes Valmisa (mvalmisa@gettysburg.edu) and Selusi Ambrogio (selusi.ambrogio@unimc.it) with any questions or suggestions!

Mercedes Valmisa
Assistant Professor of Philosophy
Gettysburg College
Secretary/Treasurer ACPA
Board EACP
mvalmisa@gettysburg.edu