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

Berggruen Prize Nomination Deadline Extended

The nomination deadline for the Berggruen Prize has been extended to July 28th. For more information and to make a nomination, please see www.berggruen.org/prize. It would be great to broaden the pool of candidates being considered!

June 21, 2017 Posted by | Comparative philosophy | 2 comments

Podcast: Seok on Confucian Shame

The New Book Network has an interview with Bongrae Seok concerning his new book, Moral Psychology of Confucian Shame: Shame of Shamelessness (Rowman & Littlefield, 2017). Enjoy!

June 21, 2017 Posted by | Books of Interest, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Psychology | no comments

Two Concepts of Roles

There are many images and metaphors that might serve as cores of conceptions of something for which one could use the English word “role.”  One way to look for some is to look at words from other languages.  I’ll look here at two, one from Greek and one from old Chinese.

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June 15, 2017 Posted by | Analects, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Ethical Theory, Roger Ames, Role Ethics | 5 comments

New Book: Liu, Neo-Confucianism: Metaphysics, Mind, and Morality

Wiley has published JeeLoo Liu, Neo-Confucianism: Metaphysics, Mind, and Morality. Details are here, and follow below. Congratulations, JeeLoo!

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June 15, 2017 Posted by | Books of Interest, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Neo-Confucianism | no comments

CFP: AAS 2018 Panel, “Literary Approaches to Early Chinese Philosophy”

Please contact Daniel Fried if you are interested in joining the panel he is proposing. Details follow.

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June 15, 2017 Posted by | Call for Papers (CFP), China, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Chinese Texts | no comments

New Book: Origins of Chinese Political Philosophy

Brill has published Martin Kern and Dirk Meyer, eds., Origins of Chinese Political Philosophy: Studies in the Composition and Thought of the Shangshu (Classic of Documents). Details are here.

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June 14, 2017 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Chinese Texts | no comments

CFP on Philosophy and Translation

CALL FOR PAPERS – Tetsugaku Vol. 2, 2018

*Special theme: Philosophy and translation*

*Submission Deadline*:  30 September 2017

Tetsugaku, the International e-Journal of the Philosophical Association of Japan, calls for papers for the special issue, “Philosophy and translation” (Vol. 2, 2018), edited by Naoko Saito.

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June 14, 2017 Posted by | Call for Papers (CFP), Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Translation | no comments

Please Send Help on Citations

At Steve’s request I have agreed to help prepare a guidance “page” on how to cite Chinese philosophy-related texts (classical and post-classical), and how to use the citations you see.  But I don’t know much about that, so please send help!

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June 11, 2017 Posted by | Blog details, Publishing, Resources | no comments

WWWOPY Follow-Up: Please share your ideas

Some of you may remember that Hagop Sarkissian and I announced a while back a plan to acknowledge top papers on Chinese philosophy (journal articles and anthology chapters) via something we called the WWWOPY (Warp, Weft, and Way Outstanding Papers of the Year). Following the announced procedure, we wrote to a wide range of research-active colleagues (both junior and senior, and of various methodological and theoretical backgrounds) to solicit nominations. However, we received zero replies with nominations. So we are re-thinking our idea.

We subsequently wrote again to the same set of twenty-four colleagues, telling them what happened and asking (1) whether they thought this was a good idea, and (2) whether they had suggestions to make it work better. This time almost everyone replied, but there was little consensus. In reflecting on all the feedback, we did conclude that especially in a growing field with an increasing number of new voices, finding a way to call attention to particularly valuable, recent, article-length work still seems like a good idea. Many people told us that they did not keep regular tabs on this kind of new work, only digging in when they began a new project. But this means that too many people may be missing ideas that should prompt new or different kinds of research projects in the first place, among other consequences.

However we are a bit stymied about how to proceed, and so decided to open this topic up for general discussion. It is hard to find an approach that seems likely to be both useful and practical. Please share your thoughts!

June 10, 2017 Posted by | Articles of Interest, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Journal Related, Profession | 2 comments

Discussion of Owen Flanagan’s The Geography of Morals

The widely-read ethics blog PEA Soup hosts regular discussions of recently published books (or more precisely, books recently reviewed for Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews, which are themselves recently published). The featured book this time around is Owen Flanagan’s The Geography of Morals, a philosophical call to arms against parochialism in ethics that engages at length with Chinese philosophy. Check it out!

June 9, 2017 Posted by | Book Review, Books of Interest, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, philosophy canon | no comments

Wong interviewed at 3am on Pluralism and Zhuangzi

There is a very nice interview with David Wong at 3am; check it out!

June 7, 2017 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy | no comments

Loy Reviews Ivanhoe, Three Streams

Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews

2017.06.04 View this Review Online   View Other NDPR Reviews

Philip J. Ivanhoe, Three Streams: Confucian Reflections on Learning and the Moral Heart-Mind in China, Korea, and Japan, Oxford University Press, 2016, 250pp., $74.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780190492014.

Reviewed by Hui Chieh Loy, National University of Singapore

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June 5, 2017 Posted by | Book Review, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Confucianism, Neo-Confucianism | no comments

Crane Reviews Kim, Public Reason Confucianism

Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews

2017.06.01 View this Review Online   View Other NDPR Reviews

Sungmoon Kim, Public Reason Confucianism: Democratic Perfectionism and Constitutionalism in East Asia, Cambridge University Press, 2016, 276pp., $99.99 (hbk), ISBN 9781107106222.

Reviewed by Sam Crane, Williams College

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June 2, 2017 Posted by | Book Review, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Comparative Political Theory, Korea | no comments

New Book: A World History of Ancient Political Thought

Oxford has published a revised and expanded edition of Antony Black, A World History of Political Thought: Its Significance and Consequences. (It actually came out at the very end of 2016.) The volume is notable for taking various traditions that are often called “non-Western” completely seriously, and for its balanced, comparative observations. See more here or below.

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June 1, 2017 Posted by | Books of Interest, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Comparative Political Theory | 9 comments

New Book: Bodies in China: Philosophy, Aesthetics, Gender, and Politics

SUNY has published Eva Kit Wah Man, Bodies in China: Philosophy, Aesthetics, Gender, and Politics. More information is here or below.

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June 1, 2017 Posted by | Books of Interest, China, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Feminism, Gender | no comments

New Book: Military Thought in Early China

SUNY has published Christopher C. Rand, Military Thought in Early China. See here or below for more.

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June 1, 2017 Posted by | Books of Interest, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Military | no comments

Valmisa Dissertation Information

Mercedes Valmisa asked me to post the below information about her recently defended dissertation; congratulations, Mercedes! Her dissertation is available for download through ProQuest and Academia.edu, and anyone who is interested can also contact her to get a copy (regatular@gmail.com or mvalmisa@princeton.edu).

Changing Along with the World: Adaptive Agency in Early China
Mercedes Valmisa
Dissertation Adviser: Willard Peterson
Committee: Martin Kern, Melissa Lane, Franklin Perkins

Abstract

One of the major philosophical problems in Early China was the relationship between the person and the world, and in particular, how to act in relation to the world. This dissertation addresses the problem of agency in Early China, and pursues three main guiding questions: how to act efficaciously in different situations, how to cope with uncertainty and unpredictability in ordinary life, and how to achieve control and freedom.

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May 31, 2017 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Chinese Texts, Dissertation | no comments

CFP: SACP at 2018 Eastern APA

CALL FOR PAPER AND PANEL PROPOSALS

2018 Eastern Division Meeting of the American Philosophical Association
January 3-6th, 2018. Savannah Convention Center, Savannah, GA.

Submission deadline: June 16th, 2017

Society for Asian and Comparative Philosophy (SACP) group sessions at the 2018 Eastern Division Meeting of the American Philosophical Association (APA).

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May 31, 2017 Posted by | American Philosophical Association, Call for Papers (CFP), Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy | no comments

New Book: Brasovan, Neo-Confucian Ecological Humanism

SUNY has just published Nicholas S. Brasovan’s Neo-Confucian Ecological Humanism: An Interpretive Engagement with Wang Fuzhi. Details are here, and pasted below. Congratulations!

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May 30, 2017 Posted by | Books of Interest, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Cosmology, Ecology | no comments

Rini Reviews Flanagan, Geography of Morals

Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews

2017.05.29 View this Review Online   View Other NDPR Reviews

Owen Flanagan, The Geography of Morals: Varieties of Moral Possibility, Oxford University Press, 2017, 362pp., $40.00 (hbk), ISBN9780190212155.

Reviewed by Regina Rini, New York University

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May 30, 2017 Posted by | Book Review, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy | no comments

What is the Best Way to Cite Texts?

In this comment to a recent post, Bill Haines expressed frustration concerning how best to cite passages from texts like Mozi or Li Ji, and wondered if the readers of Warp, Weft, and Way might be able to uncover and then publicize some best practices. We have had some brief discussion of citing Ctext.org here, but a more general discussion would be great. Please share your thoughts!Mending Clothes - Ming cropped

May 29, 2017 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Chinese Texts, Sinology, Translation | 50 comments

Huang asking for help on Confucian Political Philosophy course

Yong HUANG asked me to post the following here; please post comments/replies here, addressed to him.

Inspired by a similar project that Steve Angle did a few years ago (on which see here, for the original plan, and here, for the outcome), I plan to offer a graduate level course on recent studies of Chinese philosophy in the English speaking world this fall. To have a better focus, I tentatively plan to limit it to Confucian political philosophy. At the end of the semester, each student will be required to write a substantive critical essay on the book he or she chooses to write. I’ll invite those students of high quality papers to do revision until I deem them publishable. Then I’ll invite authors of the books discussed to make responses to these papers. I’ll then seek a publisher to publish these papers, together with authors’ responses, tentatively with the title: Confucian Political Philosophy: The State of the Field.

After a quick search at Amazon, I’ve got the following list of books more or less explicitly devoted to Confucian political philosophy (I don’t include the edited volumes). Here I solicit your help to see whether I’ve missed some other books on Confucian political philosophy published in English since, say, the year of 2000. I’ll be also grateful, of course, if you guys have any other suggestions regarding what I plan to do in this course.

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May 29, 2017 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Comparative Political Theory, Pedagogy | 3 comments

Priest on DDJ and MMK at CUHK

Graham Priest will be speaking at CUHK on June 5 and 14; details here.

May 29, 2017 Posted by | Buddhism, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Daodejing, Hong Kong | no comments

Olberding on the Confucian role for etiquette in resisting injustice

Amy Olberding’s “The Moral Gravity of Mere Trifles” at LSE’s The Forum. She begins:

“Some of the most heated critiques of etiquette emphasize a tension between progressive political values and conformity to polite norms. Insistence on polite rules of interaction may, so the worry goes, stifle righteous dissent, suppress critique of the powerful, and mire us all in hidebound tradition. Better to forcefully call out injustice when we see it than abide by polite rules that sacrifice moral progress to surface social accord. In these critiques, etiquette can seem an enemy of salutary change and a barrier to justice. This reasoning, the early Confucians would argue, misses much about how etiquette works and what it contributes to moral life….”

May 29, 2017 Posted by | Articles of Interest, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Confucianism, Ritual | no comments

CFP: Southeast Early China Roundtable

Florida International University, Miami and the Elling Eide Center, Sarasota (FL) will jointly host the 21st annual Southeast Early China Roundtable (SEECR), October 27-29, 2017.

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May 29, 2017 Posted by | Call for Papers (CFP), China, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Chinese Texts | no comments

CFP: ACPA at 2018 Eastern APA

Call for Papers and Abstracts:  ACPA at 2018 Eastern APA

Submission deadline:  June 9, 2017

Association of Chinese Philosophers in America (ACPA) group session at the 2018 Eastern Division Meeting of the American Philosophical Association (APA).

January 3 – 6, 2018 at the Savannah Convention Center, Savannah, GA.

Description:  We now welcome scholars to submit proposals for individual papers to be considered for inclusion on a single ACPA group session at the 2018 APA Eastern Division Meeting.  (Please note:  We are only considering proposals for individual paper presentations for Eastern APA 2018, not proposals for a complete panel.)

We are open to submissions that engage with Chinese philosophy in a wide variety of ways and we are not specifying a theme for the group session prior to receiving proposals.  However, for the 2018 Eastern APA, the ACPA board particularly welcomes proposals for individual papers that engage in some way with the work of our late colleague Professor Jiyuan Yu (1964 – 2016), who passed away on November 3, 2016.

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May 29, 2017 Posted by | Call for Papers (CFP), Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy | no comments

MANCEPT Workshop on Confucian Political Theory workshop (updated)

I have some updates to share on the workshop on Confucian political theory at the Manchester Centre for Political Theory. Note especially the new deadline for submissions (June 2) and the keynote speaker (Joseph Chan).

The workshop itself will run from September 9 (Monday) to September 13 (Wednesday), 2017. The venue will be in Arthur Lewis Building, University of Manchester. Thanks to co-convener Baldwin Wong of The Chinese University, Hong Kong, for the latest.

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May 27, 2017 Posted by | Comparative Political Theory, Conference, Confucianism | no comments

CFP: ISCWP at Eastern APA

The ISCWP plans to sponsor one or two panels at the 2017 APA Eastern Division meeting (which will take place in January 3-6, 2018 in Savannah, Georgia, USA). 

Please send all submissions Send abstracts and proposals to: xiaoy@kenyon.edu by Sunday, June 4, 2017.

Our Goal: We would like to encourage submissions of proposals of individual papers and panels. We welcome any 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.

We especially encourage you to submit paper or panel proposals that explore the connections between Continental philosophy and Chinese philosophy. A possible panel on the teaching of Chinese and comparative philosophy is under consideration.

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May 25, 2017 Posted by | Call for Papers (CFP), Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, European Continental Philosophy | no comments

ToC Dao 16:2

The latest issue of Dao is now available (16:2, June 2017) . The Table of Contents follows.

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May 23, 2017 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Tables of Contents | no comments

Hutton Reviews Tan, ed., Methodologies Handbook

Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews

2017.05.21 View this Review Online   View Other NDPR Reviews

Sor-hoon Tan (ed.), The Bloomsbury Research Handbook of Chinese Philosophy Methodologies, Bloomsbury, 2016, 375pp., $176.00 (hbk), ISBN 9781472580313.

Reviewed by Eric L. Hutton, University of Utah

This 18-chapter anthology is potentially of interest to at least three distinct audiences: philosophers and other scholars whose primary focus is not Chinese philosophy, undergraduate and graduate students who aspire to become specialists in Chinese philosophy, and scholars who are already established specialists in Chinese philosophy. My review will be organized around what the volume offers and how well it serves each of these potential audiences.

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May 23, 2017 Posted by | Book Review, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy | no comments

Announcing “The Deviant Philosopher” Website

A team based at the University of Oklahoma have just announced a splendid new website devoted to teaching “deviant philosophy.” It is made up of Primers, Units and Lessons, and Exercises and Activities, all designed to be incorporated into existing courses or to spur the creation of new ones. The editors are also very interested in new content, so please contribute! Their discussion of the meaning of “deviant philosophy” helps to make clear the scope of the project:

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May 20, 2017 Posted by | Asian-American Philosophy, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Indian Philosophy, Japanese philosophy, Korean Philosophy, Pedagogy | no comments

Bern Workshop on Emotions as Skills in Chinese and Græco-Roman Ethics

The Good Life and the Art of Feeling: Emotions as Skills in Chinese and Græco-Roman Ethics
Workshop, University of Bern, June 7-9
The workshop is a part of the project “The Art of Feeling: Cultivated Emotions in Early Chinese and Græco-Roman Thought” at the Institute of Philosophy at the University of Bern (Project description here) and will consist in talks by several prominent scholars of Ancient and Chinese philosophy and open discussions. The poster with more information is here.
The workshop is open to anyone interested, but registration is required to participate in the conference dinner and for accommodation.
For registration and further information, please contact David Machek at david.machek@philo.unibe.ch.

May 16, 2017 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Emotions, Europe | no comments

ToC JCPC 27

The latest issue of the Journal of Confucian Philosophy and Culture, published by Sungkyunkwan University in Seoul (Vol. 27 / February 2017), is — like all issues of the journal — is available on line here. The list of articles is also below. Enjoy!

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May 16, 2017 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Confucianism, Korea, Tables of Contents | no comments

Bay Area Conference on Chinese Thought — deadline extended

Thor Harris and I have received several good abstracts for next year’s meeting of the Bay Area Conference on Chinese Thought (BACCT), but we could use a few more to round out the group. Please note that BACCT is meant for presenting works in progress as well as finished papers. Scholars working on Chinese thought from any disciplinary approach are welcome. And student presentations are also welcome, so please notify your grad students.

The conference will be held at the University of California Davis on October 14-15, 2017. Those interested in participating should submit an abstract of no more than one single-spaced page, along with a CV, in Word or PDF format. Please email these to Justin Tiwald <jtiwald@sfsu.edu> and Thor Harris <thorr@ucdavis.edu> with the subject line “BACCT Submission.” The deadline for submissions has been extended to May 30, 2017.

May 13, 2017 Posted by | Call for Papers (CFP), Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Conference | no comments

Lastest Sino-Platonic Paper: Wei’s Preface on Mou Zongsan

Julie Lee Wei’s “Translator’s Preface to the English Translation of Mou Zongsan’s Nineteen Lectures on Chinese Philosophy” has been published as Sino-Platonic Papers 268; see here.

May 13, 2017 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Mou Zongsan | no comments

Chan at Harvard on “Democratic Equality and Confucian Hierarchy”

Faculty Seminar with Joseph Chan – “Democratic Equality and Confucian Hierarchy”

The Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard will be hosting a seminar with Joseph Chan, who will present his paper, “Democratic Equality and Confucian Hierarchy.” Archon Fung will be the discussant. This event is co-sponsored with the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation.

DATE & TIME: Tuesday, May 23 3:00-5:00pm
LOCATION: Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics

More information here.

May 13, 2017 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Comparative Political Theory, Contemporary Confucianism, Democracy | no comments

CFP: ISCP at 2018 Eastern APA

The International Society for Chinese Philosophy (ISCP) plans to host two sessions at the 2018 Eastern Division Meeting of American Philosophical Association (APA) on January 3-6 in Savannah, GA.

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May 13, 2017 Posted by | Call for Papers (CFP), Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy | no comments

New issue of FPC Vol.12, No.1, 2017

Table of Contents for the latest issue of Frontiers of Philosophy in China follows…

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May 13, 2017 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Tables of Contents | no comments

Chung on the Upsides of Non-Specialists Teaching Asian Philosophy

There is a piece by Julianne Chung in the new volume of the Newsletter for the APA Committee on Asian and Asian American Philosophers and Philosophies, on the beneficial aspects of non-specialists of Asian philosophy teaching courses on it. I think we’ve had discussions of this topic in various comment sections on our site, so I thought some of you might be interested. Further discussion is welcome, of course.

May 9, 2017 Posted by | Asian Philosophy, Pedagogy | no comments

Harris Reviews Fraser, The Philosophy of the Mozi

Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews

2017.05.07 View this Review Online   View Other NDPR Reviews

Chris Fraser, The Philosophy of the Mozi: The First Consequentialists, Columbia University Press, 2016, 293pp., $40.00 (pbk), ISBN 9780231149273.

Reviewed by Eirik Lang Harris, City University of Hong Kong

When I was a graduate student casting around for ideas for a dissertation topic, one of my mentors suggested that I find some topic X, generally denigrated in the literature, and formulate an argument of the sort, “X is not as stupid as it sounds.” In an important sense, this is what Chris Fraser has done in examining the early Chinese text the Mozi. He examines the philosophical ideas of the Mohists as they appear in this text and provides not only the most charitable account of their philosophical ideas to appear in any Western language but also the first book length treatment of this text by a philosopher in at least 50 years.

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May 8, 2017 Posted by | Book Review, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Mohism | 3 comments

ASACP Conference: Call for Papers Extended

Australasian Society for Asian and Comparative Philosophy (ASACP) Conference, 10-12 July 2017. Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia.

Proposals for papers and panels should be submitted via email to Dr Leesa Davis (leesa.davis@deakin.edu.au<mailto:leesa.davis@deakin.edu.au>) with “ASACP 2017” in the subject line. Closing date for proposals: Thursday June 1 2017

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May 2, 2017 Posted by | Asian Philosophy, Call for Papers (CFP), Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy | no comments

Confucianism Podcasts

Robert Neville and Bin SONG are interviewed about several topics related to Confucianism (or Ruism) in series of podcasts produced by the student team of the Howard Thurman Center at Boston University. They are available here. The series’ topics include: Boston Confucianism, Confucianism’s take on the last election, the relevance of Confucianism to contemporary American society, Confucian education, civil examinations, why Ruism may be preferred over Confucianism, Ruism’s political philosophy, Ruist metaphysics, etc.

May 2, 2017 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Confucianism, Popular Culture | no comments

2016 Dao Annual Best Essay Award Winner

 

Dao has established The Annual Best Essay Award since 2007. In addition to a certificate of achievement, the award comes along with a prize of US$1,000. The award winners are noted in the website of this journal as well as the website of Springer, the publisher of this journal. The award ceremony is held each year at the American Philosophical Association Annual Meeting (Eastern Division), where a special panel on the theme of the award winning essay is held.

The selection process consists of two stages. At the beginning of each year, a nominating committee of at least three editorial members, who have not published in Dao in the given year, is established. This committee is charged with the task of nominating three best essays published in the previous year. These three essays are then sent to the whole editorial board for deliberation. The final winner is decided by a vote by all editorial board members who are not authors of the nominated essays.

The editorial board has just finished its deliberation on the best essay published in 2016, and the award is given to:

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April 30, 2017 Posted by | Articles of Interest, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Journal News | no comments

Five Books: Michael Puett on Chinese Philosophy

The website Five Books has a nice interview with Michael Puett called “Michael Puett recommends the best of Chinese Philosophy.” Check it out!

April 29, 2017 Posted by | Books of Interest, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学 | 2 comments

CFP: ISCP at 2017 AAR

The ISCP is planning to host one panel at AAR (American Academy Religion) Annual Meeting 2017 in Boston, from Nov. 18-21. If anyone is interested, please submit your individual paper abstract or group panel proposal to the ISCP no later than May 31st, 2017. More information about AAR 2017 Boston meeting can be found here. Please send your proposal to ISCP board: JeeLoo Liu jeelooliu@gmail.com;  Jinli He jhe@trinity.edu; Sun, Weimin weimin.sun@csun.edu.

April 29, 2017 Posted by | Call for Papers (CFP), Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Religion | no comments

Huff Reviews Vallor, Technology and the Virtues

This book is notable for drawing on multiple traditions of thought about virtue, including Confucianism and Buddhism…

Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews

2017.04.20 View this Review Online   View Other NDPR Reviews

Shannon Vallor, Technology and the Virtues: A Philosophical Guide to a Future Worth Wanting, Oxford University Press, 2016, 309pp., $39.95 (hbk), ISBN 9780190498511.

Reviewed by Benjamin I. Huff, Randolph-Macon College

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April 27, 2017 Posted by | Book Review, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Confucianism, Virtue | no comments

New JCR issue with several reviews of Chinese philosophy books

Vol. 45, no.1 (May 2017) of the Journal of Chinese Religions is now available online, and it contains a number of articles and especially reviews that will be of interest to many readers of this blog. The Table of Contents is below.
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April 27, 2017 Posted by | Book Review, China, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Religion, Tables of Contents | no comments

WARREN FRISINA – Columbia Society for Comparative Philosophy Lecture: “Forming One Body with All Things: Organicism and the Pursuit of an Embodied Theory of Mind” Friday May 5 at 5:30pm

THE COLUMBIA SOCIETY FOR COMPARATIVE PHILOSOPHY

Welcomes: WARREN FRISINA (Hofstra University)
With responses from: BONGRAE SEOK (Alvernia University)

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

“Forming One Body with All Things: Organicism and the Pursuit of an Embodied Theory of Mind”

This paper uses the Neo-Confucian slogan that we should strive to “form one body with all things” as a starting point for asking whether the organismic metaphors so central to Neo-Confucian thought might be compatible with and of service to contemporary thinkers in cognitive science and philosophy of mind who believe that an embodied theory of mind is the appropriate goal for our time.  My hypothesis is that the recent pursuit of embodied descriptions of minds and mental activity sometimes appear paradoxical unless set within a broader organismic framework. Thus, this paper argues that those who are working fervently toward establishing a fully embodied understanding of the human mind would do well to look to the role organismic metaphors play in shaping the Chinese understanding of a hsin (heart/mind) that has always been understood as fully embodied. Continue reading “WARREN FRISINA – Columbia Society for Comparative Philosophy Lecture: “Forming One Body with All Things: Organicism and the Pursuit of an Embodied Theory of Mind” Friday May 5 at 5:30pm”

April 25, 2017 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学 | no comments

Two New JCP Issues

The Journal of Chinese Philosophy fell behind a bit in its publication schedule, but is now working to catch up, and has recently published 42(1-2), March-June 2015; and 42(3-4), September-December 2015. Tables of Contents for both issues are below.

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April 23, 2017 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Journal News, Tables of Contents | no comments

Berggruen Workshop at Harvard: “Perspectives on Chinese Thought in the World”

This workshop celebrates the partnership between the Berggruen Institute and the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics, thereby also taking advantage of the presence of the first group of Berggruen Fellows at Harvard. The topic of the workshop, also related to a major concern of the Berggruen Institute, is “Perspectives on Chinese Thought in the World.” Some of the presenters work on China in a rather straightforward way, others don’t, but China, and thus Chinese thought, concerns us all, and increasingly so. One way or another, the talks will address how it does. Advance reading of papers is not expected, though papers are available for some of the talks (upon request).

On February 9, 2017, the workshop convened for a successful session, featuring Viren Murthy, Tongdong Bai, and Sungmoon Kim, before the organizers were compelled to postpone the afternoon panels due to the onset of a blizzard. These panels have now been rescheduled as a featured event that will kick off the Center’s 30th Anniversary Celebration, May 4-6, 2017. More details are here.

April 23, 2017 Posted by | China, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Comparative Political Theory, Conference | no comments

Confucian Political Theory in Manchester

The Manchester Centre for Political Theory will host a workshop on Confucian political theory on September 11-13. The deadline to apply is May 26. Graduate students and faculty emeriti will, upon acceptance, be able to apply to the Centre for funding. More information is here.

April 21, 2017 Posted by | Call for Papers (CFP), Comparative Political Theory, Conference, Confucianism | no comments

Dissertation Workshops on Comparative Political Theory

Shortly before the next American Political Science Association meeting in San Francisco, the organization will host dissertation workshops, one of which is devoted to students working in comparative political theory. The workshops group six ABD students together with two scholars. The deadline to apply is May 15. The workshops will take place on August 30, the day before the main APSA meeting commences. More information is here.

 

April 21, 2017 Posted by | Comparative Political Theory, Conference, Dissertation, Graduate study, Opportunities | no comments

Global and Comparative Philosophy in the Netherlands

Leiden University has launched a new undergraduate program in “Philosophy: Global and Comparative Perspectives,” and on April 15, 2017, the Dutch Filosofie magazine will be hosting a Global Philosophy event called “Thinking Planet.” Details on both, plus an interview with the relevant Leiden philosophers, available here.

April 13, 2017 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Europe | no comments

Kim at Next Neo-Confucianism Seminar

The next session of the Columbia University Seminar on Neo-Confucian Studies will convene Friday, April 21st, from 3:30 to 5:30pm in the Heyman Center for the Humanities at Columbia University.

The speaker will be Professor Kim Sungmoon, and his presentation is titled: “The Confucian Value Theory of Criminal Punishment.” If you would like to attend, please contact rapporteur Zach Berge-Becker for a copy of the paper.

April 9, 2017 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Comparative Political Theory, Contemporary Confucianism | no comments

New Journal and Article on Birth of “Philosophy” in Japan

Tetsugaku: International Journal of the Philosophical Association of Japan is an interesting-looking new journal, and its first issue contains an article called The Birth of Philosophy as 哲學 (Tetsugaku) in Japan.” The article scrutinizes the history of the introduction of the subject from Holland to Japan, the coinage and application of the term tetsugaku (zhexue in Chinese), and its adoption in China during the late-nineteenth century. The article explains a lot about subtle changes in its coverage and nuance during the process. The journal and article are available from the following link:

http://philosophy-japan.org/en/international_journal/volume-1-2017-philosophy-and-the-university/

This open-access journal also welcomes submissions of papers written in English, French or German. Please refer to the document at the bottom of the page.

April 9, 2017 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Japan, Japanese philosophy | no comments

Chinese Phil-Related Panels at Pacific APA

I have done my best to compile and organize chronologically all the Chinese Philosophy-related panels, lectures, and other events at the Pacific APA, coming up in Seattle next week. If you notice anything I have left out, please let me know. I did not include papers or panels that relate solely to other East Asian traditions — happily, there are several of these, but I decided to limit myself to Chinese philosophy for the purpose of this list.

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April 7, 2017 Posted by | American Philosophical Association, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Conference | no comments

New NAKPA Newsletter

The latest newsletter of the North American Korean Philosophy Association (NAKPA) is available here.

April 7, 2017 Posted by | Comparative philosophy, Korea, Korean Philosophy | no comments

2-Year Position at Vassar / Van Norden to Yale-NUS

Two related developments: Bryan Van Norden will spend the next two academic years (2017-18 and 2018-19) as Kwan Im Thong Hood Cho Temple Visiting Professor at Yale-NUS College in Singapore; and Vassar College (Bryan’s home base) has announced a full-time, two-year Visiting Assistant Professor position beginning August, 2017. AOS: Chinese philosophy. AOC: Open. For more details on the position, see below.

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April 7, 2017 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Job Opening, Singapore | no comments

Chinese Philosophy Reception at Pacific APA

Thanks to support from Polity and Wiley-Blackwell, there will be a Chinese Philosophy Reception at the Pacific APA meetings, held Thursday, April 14 from 4:00 to 6:00pm in the Stuart Room (next to the elevators on the Mezzanine Level). We will have free hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. In addition to general conversation, there will be opportunities to purchase signed copies of Angle and Tiwald, Neo-Confucianism: A Philosophical Introduction (Polity 2017) and to view the final proofs of Liu, Neo-Confucianism: Metaphysics, Mind, and Morality (Wiley-Blackwell, forthcoming in 2017). All are welcome!

April 5, 2017 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学 | one comment

In Memoriam: Burton Watson (1925 – 2017)

I was alerted to a post by Lucas Klein, regarding the passing of Burton Watson on April 1, 2017. We have not been able to find any obituary notices. Watson’s translations, particularly of Zhuangzi and Xunzi, are probably the first introductions English readers have of early Chinese thought. His Zhuangzi translation is certainly the one that has had the most poetic effect on me. He was one of the giants of translation.

April 4, 2017 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学 | 3 comments