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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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.
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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In case you missed it, Nicholas Tampio recently published a short piece in Aeon explaining why he thinks Confucius (among other non-Western thinkers) should not be regarded as a philosopher, with implications for the philosophy curriculum and the makeup of philosophy faculties. This is a response to the recent New York Times piece by Jay Garfield and Bryan Van Norden. Tampio and Van Norden subsequently exchanged tweets on the topic. Amy Olberding replies thoroughly and with humor here, and Ethan Mills responds on behalf of Indian philosophy here.
Where to begin?
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Here are the program schedule and travel information for the 5th annual Northeast Conference on Chinese Thought, hosted this year by the University of Bridgeport. As you can see, most of the chairing duties have not yet been assigned. If you plan to attend and would like to chair a session, please send a request to Manyul Im (email@example.com) or Hagop Sarkissian (firstname.lastname@example.org), along with a CV. Chairs will introduce speakers and keep an eye on the clock.
*For the purposes of facilities and meal preparation, if you are not a presenter or chair in a session, please send a quick note to Manyul Im (email@example.com) if you are planning or likely to attend.*
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Shannon Vallor, Technology and the Virtues: A Philosophical Guide to a Future Worth Wanting (Oxford, 2016) has just been published; information here. The book draws on Aristotelian, Confucian, and Buddhist virtue ethics as it explores a path toward a “future worth living.”
Journal of Chinese Humanities has just released its most recent issue entitled “Early Confucian Thought”. Published by Brill, the issue contains research articles, book reviews, and a special section “Top Ten Developments in the Studies of Chinese Humanities in 2015”.
Visit our websites to see the complete table of contents, read abstracts, and learn how to subscribe.
Call for abstracts
Australasian Philosophical Review (APR), Vol 1 Issue 3:
Comparative Ancient Chinese and Ancient Greek philosophy
Author: G. E. R. Lloyd, “The Fortunes of Analogy”
Invited commentaries from: Lisa Raphals, Adriane Rini, Raoul Mortley
Committee: Karyn Lai, Loy Hui Chieh, Michaelis Michael
The APR is seeking proposals for commentaries on Professor G.E.R. Lloyd’s article, “The Fortunes of Analogy”.
Abstracts should be brief (100-500 words), stating clearly the aspects of the target article that will be discussed, together with an indication of the line that will be taken. More details are available at the APR website: http://australasianphilosophicalreview.org/1.3
Those who are interested should register as commentators to view Professor Lloyd’s paper and the invited commentaries.
Abstract submissions for Volume 1 Issue 3 should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org by 15 October 2016.
Invitations to write commentaries of 2000-3000 words will be issued on 31st October 2016. Full-length commentaries will be due on 15th January 2017.
If you have any questions, please contact Karyn Lai
Fifty years ago, in the summer and fall of 1966, the People’s Daily was filled with stories lauding the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution, which had been officially launched in May of that year. Today’s issue of People’s Daily includes a section titled “推动儒学融入现代社会 (Promoting the Introduction of Confucianism into Modern Society)” which includes three articles:
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A recent article (in Chinese) in Guangming Daily, titled “Recent Boston Confucianism,” reports on Prof. Robert Neville’s recent scholarship as well as the Boston University Confucian Association’s student activities, including the first Ruist retreat hosted this past summer. This article has been republished by a number of major Chinese media outlets, which speaks to an interest in what is happening with Confucianism/Ruism in America. See here for the article.
The Boston University Confucian Association is sponsoring a lecture by Prof. Tongdong BAI of Fudan University on September 28, 2016. The topic is “A New Confucian Tianxia Model and Its Superiority to the Nation-State and Liberal Models.” Please see here for more details.
From Halla Kim:
The North American Korean Philosophy Association will hold a session or two at the Pacific Division Meetings of the American Philosophical Association in Seattle, April 12-15, 2017. We are pleased to accept proposals for presentations and panels.
This time we have not set any theme for the session(s) but it should be related to some aspect of Korean philosophy broadly conceived. For example, the concept of emotion in (a phases of) Korean neo-Confucian movement or the notion of emptiness in the Korean Zen tradition or in a comparative framework. Paper abstracts should be 150-200 words in length. Complete panel proposals should include: panel title, a 150-word introduction to the theme of the panel, and a 150-word abstract for each of the papers. Include each presenter’s name, e-mail address, and institutional affiliation. Graduate students and Post-docs are welcome to apply. The review will begin immediately and close on September 30. Since group sessions are determined on a first come first serve basis at the Pacific meetings, we encourage you to act quickly. Please send your abstracts to: email@example.com
The Institute of Philosophy at the University of Leiden is advertising for an associate or full professor in comparative philosophy. More details here here.
Springer is having a one-day sale on the e-Book version of the Dao Companion to Daoist Philosophy: regularly $269.00, today it can be purchased for $19.99. Click here for the deal (as well as more information on the book).
Update: The sale’s over 🙁
THE COLUMBIA SOCIETY FOR COMPARATIVE PHILOSOPHY
Welcomes: TAO JIANG (Rutgers University)
With responses from: ESKE MØLLGAARD (University of Rhode Island)
Please join us at Columbia University’s Religion Department on FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 23rd at 5:30PM for his lecture entitled:
“Between Philosophy and History: The Challenge of Authorship to Classical Chinese Philosophy in the Western Academy”
ABSTRACT: The tension between philosophical and historical inquiries has been a perennial problem. Within the modern academy, the disciplines of philosophy and history are protected by their respective institutional norm and practice, without much need for interaction. However, Chinese philosophy, situated between Sinology and philosophy in the western academy, has encountered extraordinary challenges from both Sinologists (most of whom are historians) and (Western) philosophers. At the root of the difficulty facing Chinese philosophy lies its very legitimacy, torn between the historicist orientation of Sinology and the presentist orientation of mainstream contemporary Western philosophy. Such divergent disciplinary norms have put scholars of Chinese philosophy in a difficult position. On the one hand, they have to defend the philosophical nature, or even the philosophical worthiness, of classical Chinese texts in front of contemporary Western philosophers whose interests tend to be more issue-driven and in the philosophical integrity of ideas, rather than the historicity of ideas. At the same time, these scholars of Chinese philosophy, when dealing with Sinologists, need to justify the basic premise of their philosophical approach to the classics due to the historical ambiguity and compositional instability of these texts. Continue reading “Tao Jiang – Columbia Society for Comparative Philosophy Lecture: “Between Philosophy and History: The Challenge of Authorship to Classical Chinese Philosophy in the Western Academy”, Sep.23 @ 5:30pm”
The Tang Center for Early China, founded at Columbia University in 2015, is dedicated to the advancement of the understanding of the richness and importance of early Chinese civilization as a part of a broader common human heritage. It is committed to doing so through both solid scholarship and broad public outreach. It does this, in part, through programs supporting fellowships and conferences, as well as through publications. A useful overview of funding opportunities is here; and for the center’s website, see here.
International Society for Chinese Philosophy (ISCP) invites you to participate in the ISCP panels at APA Pacific Division Meeting at the Westin Seattle from April 12 to April 15, 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
4. Presenter’s e-mail address
5. Approximately 200-word Paper Abstract
Please send your submission to Robin Wang at firstname.lastname@example.org by September 25, 2016.
Julian Baggini hosts a podcast looking at Confucian perspectives on the relationship and tensions between hierarchy and equality. Julian’s guests are Stephen C. Angle, Joseph C.W. Chan, Michael Puett, and Justin Tiwald. Produced in association with the Berggruen Philosophy and Culture Centre.
The APA has announced the winners of its 2016 Op-Ed Contest — see here — and among them is Bryan Van Norden, writing on “Confucius on Gay Marriage.” Congratulations, Bryan!
Call for Papers and Abstracts: ACPA group sessions at 2017 Pacific APA
- Association of Chinese Philosophers in North America (ACPA) group sessions at the 2017 Pacific Division Meeting of the American Philosophical Association (APA)
- April 12 – 15, 2017.
- Westin Seattle Hotel, Seattle, WA.
Submission deadline: September 15, 2016
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An opportunity to expand horizons — introduce this audience to the junzi?
Call for Abstracts
for an edited collection under contract with Springer:
Moral Expertise: New Essays from Theoretical and Clinical Perspectives
Editors: Jamie Carlin Watson, PhD and Laura Guidry-Grimes, PhD(c)
Deadline for Abstracts: October 31st, 2016
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I am posting this on behalf of Eirik Harris and Henry Schneider:
Chinese Legalism was at its peak in the Qin and Qing eras. Chairman Mao started what would be a brief revival of the ideas of Hanfei and Shang Yang. What role do the ideas of Chinese Legalism / Realism play today? Eirik Harris (City University of Hong Kong) and Henry Schneider (University of Graz) want to explore contemporary applications of Early Chinese Realist / Legal / Administrative / … / thought.
Interested scholars are welcome to participate. At the moment, Eirik and Henry are interested in organizing different panels for both the APA Pacific 2017 (Seattle) and the ICSP 2017 (Singapore). With time, a more ambitious working and publication program can emerge. Scholars, students and all interested people should contact email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org. If you want to submit papers for the above mentioned panels, you are more than welcome.
Peng Guoxiang, a leading scholar of Confucianism who is currently Qiu Shi Distinguished Professor of Chinese Philosophy, Intellectual History and Religions at Zhejiang University, has arrived at the Library of Congress John W. Kluge Center (in Washington DC) as the Kluge Chair in Countries and Cultures of the North. His tenure began in July and he will be in residence for six months. More details are here.
The Bloomsbury Research Handbook of Chinese Philosophy Methodologies, edited by Sor-hoon Tan, is due to be published later this week. Details are here, and I’ll paste the very rich Table of Contents below. This is another in the Bloomsbury Research Handbooks in Asian Philosophy series, on which more is available here. So far, the only other title concerned with Chinese philosophy is The Bloomsbury Research Handbook of Chinese Philosophy and Gender, edited by Ann-Pang White, which appeared earlier this year; see further below for its Table of Contents, and more details here. The series also contains several books focusing on the philosophies of India.
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The Philosophy and Cultural Identity series, edited by Michael Krausz (Bryn Mawr College)
and Andreea Deciu Ritivoi (Carnegie Mellon University), encourages new scholarship in cross-cultural philosophy, exploring topics such as cultural memory, cultural membership, cultural obligations, cross-cultural experience, personal identity, single and multiple identities, single and multiple selves, and cosmopolitanism. A flyer for those interested in submitting a proposal is here. and the website for the series is here.
The ACLS has announced their Fall 2016 funding opportunities, many of which may be applicable to work in Chinese or comparative philosophy; see here. Bear in mind that the Munro Fund can be used to support successful applicants whose projects are related to Chinese philosophy, though these grants are still extremely competitive.
Dao: A Journal of Comparative Philosophy, Volume 15, Issue 3, September 2016
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Valerie Tiberius recently sent out a survey link via the APA about “what matters to philosophers.” There is a substantial portion devoted to the marginalization of certain fields and methods. I recommend that anyone who wants Asian fields to play a more prominent role in the profession use this survey to take one small step in that direction. See the message and link below.
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Wen XING of Dartmouth has published an essay arguing that the Peking University Laozi bamboo manuscript is a forgery. See here.
The latest issue of Frontiers of Philosophy in China has been published, with a special focus on the challenge that excavated texts pose to Chinese philosophical research today. Until the end of August, the full issue (full text) is available here to read or download. The full Table of Contents follows.
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Here and there I have argued that Confucius did not think family virtue is the root of ren 仁; far from it. In defense of that claim I’ll now try to answer the question: how then do so many scholars think he did?
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The Society for the Study of Early China is pleased to announce its Fifth Annual Conference, which will take place in Toronto on Thursday, 30 March 2017. Like our previous meetings, this one will take place in conjunction with the Association for Asian Studies’ Annual Conference. Registration for the AAS event is not required to attend the SSEC meeting.
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Confucius’ remark at Analects 1.6 is often cited to show that he thought proper moral development begins with filial piety and then extends that attitude to ever-larger groups of people (ever less intensely). I shall argue that the remark does not display such a view. Confucius did not in general envision moral progress as extension.
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A friendly reminder to be sure to cite ctext.org for those who utilize it.
ctext.org is an invaluable resource and asset to the field. It allows us all a free, quick, and easy way to look up texts we see cited, as well as the ability to look up concordance references. The field is tremendously better off with ctext. This is why it is very important to give the site and its creator/editor, Donald Sturgeon, formal credit in bibliographies, forewords, and footnotes, as per standard academic practice. I am moved to say this because I’ve lately become aware of works that look to be utilizing ctext.org, but fail to formally attribute it in bibliographic material. Instruction on how to cite ctext.org texts can be found here: http://ctext.org/faq/cite.
Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews
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Arindam Chakrabarti and Ralph Weber (eds.), Comparative Philosophy without Borders, Bloomsbury, 2016, 246pp., $112.00 (hbk), ISBN 9781472576255.
Reviewed by Saranindranath Tagore, National University of Singapore
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Sam Crane has a thought-provoking post titled “Confucian Rationality and Its Modern Fate” on his blog, reflecting on the question “What can Confucianism be in a modern context?” Recommended!
I’d like to recommend Ian Sullivan’s recently published article, “Simone de Beauvoir and Confucian Role Ethics: Role-Relational Ambiguity and Confucian Mystification,” which has just been published in Hypatia 31:3. Abstract follows….
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The International Convention of Asia Scholars (ICAS) is the largest international gathering in the field of Asian Studies. ICAS attracts participants from over 60 countries to engage in global dialogues on Asia that transcend boundaries between academic disciplines and geographic areas. Since 1997, ICAS has brought more than 20,000 academics together at nine conventions.
Click here for more details. The proposal deadline is 10 October 2016.
The STCP (Society for Teaching Comparative Philosophy) has a special issue of the journal ASIANetwork, with selected papers from the first meeting. It’s available free, online, Vol 23 Issue 2. Here is the listing of papers, which look great!
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Boston College is pleased to host the annual meeting of the New England Association for Asian Studies on January 28-29, 2017, under the theme of “Asia: Past, Present, Future.” Proposals are due by Oct. 1, 2016. See here for more information.
I’ve long been interested in Alice Crary’s work — her 2007 book is reviewed here — in part because of intriguing resonances between her ideas and some aspects of Neo-Confucianism that I find most attractive, such as the need to “discern patterns” in an “already moral world.” These issues come out even more strongly in her latest book, Inside Ethics, which is reviewed here. Rejecting an “ethically indifferent metaphysic” seems to me to be starting off in the right direction!
The newest issue of the on-line journal Comparative Philosophy (7:2) has been published. Articles are available at the journal’s website.
In 2014, the first “Conference on Middle Period Chinese Humanities” was convened at Harvard, gathering together scholars working on the period covering the Tang through the Ming dynasties in all fields. I had the good fortune to attend, and found it very stimulating — if somewhat short of philosophers. The second such conference has now been announced, to be held at Leiden University, September 14-17, 2017. Those interested in participating are asked to submit an abstract of 300 to 500 words (in English or Chinese) and a CV by October 1, 2016 to: email@example.com. Those whose abstracts are accepted will be notified by December 1, 2016. For more information, see here.
Many folks interested in the history of logic in China probably already know about this website, but I just discovered it and thought I’d share. Also of interest is the book History of Logic in China: 5 Questions, which poses the following 5 questions to a lengthy series of specialists and presents their answers:
- Why did you begin working on history of Chinese logic in China?
- What is the best way to define your area in terms of historical period, textual sources, methodology or other factors?
- What is your favorite example of logical acumen by an early Chinese thinker?
- In your opinion what is the most difficult or problematic aspect of studying logical thinking by Chinese in the past?
- Which other areas of study could benefit from a better understanding of Chinese logic, or vice versa? (For example, other aspects of the history of Chinese thought, the relationship between early and later study of logic in China, or the relationship with other branches of philosophy such as the philosophy of science, ethics, etc.)
In the most recent issue of the Journal of Moral Education (45:2), Michael Slote published “Moral Self-Cultivation East and West: A Critique.” Here is the abstract:
Moral Self-Cultivation plays an important, even a central role, in the
Confucian philosophical tradition, but philosophers in the West, most
notably Aristotle and Kant, also hold that moral self-cultivation or
self-shaping is possible and morally imperative. This paper argues that
these traditions are psychologically unrealistic in what they say about
the possibilities of moral self-cultivation. We cannot shape ourselves
in the substantial and overall ways that Confucianism, Aristotle, and
Kant say we can, and our best psychological data on moral education
and development indicate strongly that these phenomena depend
crucially on the intervention of others and, more generally, on external
factors individuals don’t control.
I would be very interested in hearing thoughts in response to this argument. If anyone does not have access to the article and would like a copy, please contact me via email.
In the current issue of Metaphilosophy (47:3), JeeLoo Liu has published a review of Brian Bruya, ed., The Philosophical Challenge from China (MIT, 2015). She gives paragraph-long summaries of each of the thirteen chapters, and then concludes with some critical remarks, which I will excerpt below.
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Yang Guorong (East China Normal University), On Human Action and Practical Wisdom. Translated by Paul D’Ambrosio (East China Normal University) and Sarah Flavel (Bath Spa University). Leiden: Brill, 2016.
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Creativity and Diversity: 11th International Conference on Daoist Studies
Nanterre, Paris, France, May 17-20, 2017
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Owen Flanagan and Wenqing Zhao write…
As part of our Templeton-St. Louis funded “Varieties of Well-Being” project, Owen Flanagan and Wenqing Zhao are inaugurating an international blog on well-being in different cultural traditions. We desire to engage in public outreach and to advance the cause of cross-cultural philosophy of well-being. In addition, we seek to help create a passion among people in and outside academia for learning from, not just about, other traditions. An international blog on comparative well-being is designed to share the fruit of the project with broader, international audiences.
We hereby invite you, as someone with experience of multicultural worlds, to write a short essay (200-450 words) on well-being that involves a comparative or cross-cultural aspect. It can be based on your own cultural experience or something that you have observed; a story, a moment or a piece of thought that showcases the variety of cultural norms for living a good life. Details follow below!
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CALL FOR PAPERS
Final Submission Deadline: September 1, 2017; 500 word proposals will be received until October 15, 2016
Special Issue Title: Cross-cultural Studies in Well-Being, a special journal issue in Science, Religion & Culture, an international peer reviewed open access journal.
Guest edited by: Prof. Owen Flanagan and Dr. Wenqing Zhao, The Center for Comparative Philosophy, Duke University, Durham, NC USA 27708
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The Research Group in Buddhist Philosophy at the National Chengchi University (NCCU) is pleased to invite applications for a postdoctoral research fellowship. The term of the appointment is February 1, 2017, to July 31, 2018. The Fellowship is intended to foster the academic careers of recent Ph.D. whose area of research is Chinese Buddhist philosophy, Buddhist Texts in Chinese Translation or Master Sheng Yen’s thought. Fellow is expected to work together with the faculty members at NCCU, and to offer one undergraduate course. Website http://thinker.nccu.edu.tw/news/news.php?Sn=1463
A new, complete translation of Xunzi has been published: Écrits de Maître Xun, Traduction, introduction et notes par Ivan P. Kamenarovic. For more information, see here.
The Center for Comparative Philosophy (CCP) at Duke was inaugurated in 2014 and is dedicated to teaching and research into the philosophies that animate different traditions. From the Center’s introductory statement:
We live in multicultural, multiethnic, cosmopolitan worlds. Different traditions rest on different philosophies — different metaphysics, epistemologies, and ethics, sometimes different views of the nature of persons and the human good. Understanding alternative philosophies that are lived by different people is a necessary condition for tolerant living. But more importantly it is a wonderful tool for philosophical imagination, for exploring the resources in other traditions for better thinking about the nature of things, human knowledge, the good life, and politics.
And here are the websites’s addresses.
CCP Website: https://sites.duke.edu/centerforcomparativephilosophy/
CCP Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/centerforcomparativephilosophy/
I am not sure what exactly to make of this data, which is based on a ranking system that may make ore sense for the sciences than for the humanities, but here is the latest ranking of philosophy journals, based on rates of citation over the last three years. This certainly is not the only measure of journal quality, but perhaps something worth taking into account.
We hereby request submissions of abstracts for the Fifth Northeast Conference on Chinese Thought (NECCT), to be held at the University of Bridgeport (Bridgeport, CT) on Saturday and Sunday, November 5-6, 2016.
Interested scholars should send an abstract of no more than one single-spaced page, plus a current CV, to Manyul Im (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Hagop Sarkissian (email@example.com) no later than June 30, 2016. All files should either be in Word or .pdf format. Please make the subject line of the email read as follows: NECCT 2016 Submission.
The goals of the conference are twofold: Continue reading “Call for Abstracts: Fifth Northeast Conference on Chinese Thought (NECCT)”