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

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 | 2 comments

April 15 Deadline for Bay Area Conference on Chinese Thought

Just a quick reminder that the deadline for the Bay Area Conference on Chinese Thought (BACCT) is April 15. The event will take place at UC Davis on October 14-15. More information below!

 

Thor Harris and I are pleased to announce the inaugural meeting of the Bay Area Conference on Chinese Thought (BACCT), which will meet annually at various Bay Area institutions of higher education beginning in 2017. BACCT is modeled on the highly successful regional cross-disciplinary conference series on Chinese thought in the Northeast and Midwest. Like those, the aim is is provide a forum for scholars to present their work, develop networks with other scholars in the area, and examine issues in Chinese thought from different disciplinary perspectives. Although the conferences will be held in the Bay Area (broadly construed), all scholars of Chinese thought are welcome to attend.

Individual presentations will likely be twenty minutes in length, grouped into panels that will aim to bring out inter-disciplinary connections. Continue reading “April 15 Deadline for Bay Area Conference on Chinese Thought”

April 3, 2017 Posted by | Call for Papers (CFP), Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Conference | no comments

Review of Pang-White’s handbook of Chinese philosophy & gender

Here is Sarah Mattice’s review of Ann Pang-White’s Bloomsbury Research Handbook of Chinese Philosophy and Gender, published in Hypatia Reviews Online.

March 29, 2017 Posted by | Book Review, Feminism, Gender | no comments

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March 27, 2017 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学 | 2 comments

CFP: EACP Conference on “Global Chinese Philosophy”

Call for Papers for the 2nd Biennial Conference of the European Association for Chinese Philosophy, “Global Chinese Philosophy”

The Conference is being held at the University of Basel, Switzerland, September 7-9, 2017.

Keynote Speakers:

  • Thomas Fröhlich (University of Nuremberg-Erlangen and University of Hamburg)
  • Loy Hui-chieh (National University of Singapore)

Abstracts should be no more than 200 words. Panel proposals should include the title and a brief description of the panel, as well as the names, affiliations, and email addresses of the participants. Please also provide the titles of each participant’s presentation. The deadline for submission is March 31, 2017.

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

Book talk with Melissa Williams

Book talk with Melissa Williams, Co-Editor of East Asian Perspectives on Political Legitimacy: Bridging the Empirical-Normative Divide

Monday, April 3, 2017, 4:15pm to 5:30pm; Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, Suite 200N, 124 Mt Auburn Street, Cambridge

Join us for a discussion with Melissa Williams, Professor of Political Science, and founding Director of the Centre for Ethics at the University of Toronto, Senior Visiting Scholar at the Harvard Kennedy School and Co-Editor of “East Asian Perspectives on Political Legitimacy: Bridging the Empirical-Normative Divide“, and Tongdong Bai, the Dongfang Chair Professor of Philosophy at Fudan University in China and Berggruen Fellow at Harvard’s Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics. Archon Fung, Academic Dean and Ford Foundation Professor of Democracy and Citizenship, HKS, will moderate.

March 25, 2017 Posted by | Books of Interest, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Comparative Political Theory | no comments

Olberding: “Degenerate Skepticism and the Thieves of Philosophy”

Amy Olberding has published an essay called “Degenerate Skepticism and the Thieves of Philosophy” on the “Department of Deviance” website. She explains the essay’s origin:

An essay presented at a special APA session on what Chinese philosophy can contribute to contemporary philosophy. There are increasingly many sessions at APA meetings pitched to offer the non-specialist an entry into “non-western” philosophy. Rarely are these attended by anyone who is not already a specialist in “non-western” philosophy. The essay here is not about how Chinese philosophy can contribute to contemporary debate. It is instead a polemic about the folly of this question in the current atmosphere within the discipline.

March 23, 2017 Posted by | American Philosophical Association, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, philosophy canon, Profession | 6 comments

Co-Authored Essay “In Defense of Hierarchy” at Aeon

A new essay called “In Defense of Hierarchy,” the joint responsibility of several of us but largely written by Julian Baggini, has been published at Aeon. It is the fruit of discussions at a conference sponsored by the Berggruen Philosophy and Culture Center, and is an interesting example of comparative or what some folks are now calling cosmopolitan philosophy. Enjoy!

March 22, 2017 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Comparative Political Theory, Political Theory, Politics | 9 comments

GARY OSTERTAG – Columbia Society for Comparative Philosophy Lecture: “The Daoist Dialectic of Enlightenment” Friday Mar 31 at 5:30pm

THE COLUMBIA SOCIETY FOR COMPARATIVE PHILOSOPHY

Welcomes: GARY OSTERTAG (CUNY Graduate Center | Nassau Community College)
With responses from: GRAHAM PRIEST (CUNY Graduate Center)

Please join us at Columbia University’s Religion Department on FRIDAY, MARCH 31st at 5:30PM for his lecture entitled:

The Daoist Dialectic of Enlightenment

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March 22, 2017 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学 | no comments

Sonya Ozbey Hired at Michigan

Sonya Ozbey has accepted the position of Assistant Professor of Chinese Philosophy, jointly appointed in Department of Asian Languages and Cultures and in the Department of Philosophy, at the University of Michigan. Ozbey received her PhD from DePaul University, where she studied with Frank Perkins, and is currently Tang Junyi Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures at Michigan. Her research areas are Classical Chinese Philosophy, Early Modern European Philosophy, Comparative Philosophy, and Animality Studies. There’s a nice on-line interview with her here.

March 21, 2017 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy | one comment

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March 21, 2017 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学 | 10 comments

Angle reviews Kim, Public Reason Confucianism

My review of Sungmoon Kim, Public Reason Confucianism: Democratic Perfectionism and Constitutionalism in East Asia (Cambridge, 2016) recently appeared in Ethics 127:3. The first paragraph of the review follows. A pre-publication version of the whole review is available here.
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March 21, 2017 Posted by | Book Review, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Comparative Political Theory, Contemporary Confucianism, Korea, Political Theory | no comments

El Amine to speak on Confucian Political Thought at NUS

Loubna El Amine will speak at the National University of Singapore on March 23; her topic is “The Problem of Political Order in Classical Confucian Thought.” Details here.

March 21, 2017 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative Political Theory, Confucianism, Lecture, Political Theory, Singapore | no comments

CFP: MANCEPT workshop: Confucian Political Theory

Manchester Workshops for Political Theory, Monday 11 September to Wednesday 13 September, 2017

Conveners: Elton Chan (Yale-NUS College), Larry Lai (University of Hong Kong) and Baldwin Wong (Chinese University of Hong Kong) 

Venue: Arthur Lewis Building, University of Manchester

Abstracts of 500-1000 words, prepared for blind review, are due by 26th May, 2017; see below for further details.

In recent years there has been an increasing interest among Anglo-American political theorists in comparing the diverse ways of how the Western and Chinese thinkers address political issues.

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March 21, 2017 Posted by | Call for Papers (CFP), Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Comparative Political Theory, Contemporary Confucianism | no comments

Wuhan University International MA Program in Philosophy

Wuhan University is proud to announce its new international MA program in Philosophy taught in English.

ABOUT US

Located in Wuhan, a major center for technology, the arts, education, and industry in China’s scenic Yangtze Valley, Wuhan University is an international research university, with one of the top five philosophy departments in China. The School of Philosophy has around 500 undergraduate students, and 500 graduate students, and our large, international faculty is engaged in all areas of philosophical research, with divisions dedicated to traditional Chinese philosophy, contemporary western philosophy, ethics, aesthetics, philosophy of religion, and Marxist philosophy.

Please check out our website at www.whu.edu.cn/phi/

ABOUT THE PROGRAM

This is a two-year MA program, intended to provide an excellent training in philosophy.  Outstanding applicants will be provided a full scholarship that covers tuition and a stipend. To apply for admission and a scholarship go to http://admission.whu.edu.cn. The application deadline for Chinese Government Scholarships is March 31, 2017.

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March 19, 2017 Posted by | China, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Graduate study | no comments

Reminder: Rutgers Workshop deadline approaching

Please remember that the deadline for submitting a proposal for the 2018 Rutgers Workshop is March 31, 2017 — details are here, and please feel free to ask questions of any of the organizers if you are not sure about the aptness of your idea.

March 18, 2017 Posted by | Call for Papers (CFP), Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy | no comments

New Issue of Dao (16:1)

The latest issue of Dao (16:1, 2017) has been published; the Table of Contents is available here.

March 17, 2017 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Tables of Contents | no comments

CFP: NTNU Journal Special Issue on Overseas Study of Confucianism

The 師大學報 (Journal of National Taiwan Normal University) is seeking manuscripts on the topic of 域外漢學:以東亞與歐美的儒學/經學研究為核心 (Foreign Sinology: With a Focus on East Asian, North American, and European Confucian / Classical Studies Research) for an upcoming special issue. The deadline is April 15, for publication later this year. Details here.

March 17, 2017 Posted by | Call for Papers (CFP), Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Chinese Texts, Taiwan | no comments

CFP: British Postgraduate Network for Chinese Studies

I pass on the following, even though there is no mention of philosophy among the suggested topics. (It does say that the conference is “not restricted to” those topics.)

CFP: British Postgraduate Network for Chinese Studies 2017 conference, 14-15 June 2017 – University of Sheffield, UK.

Papers will be selected on the basis of the quality of the abstract submitted.

Our theme this year: “From local to global: regional aspects of China”

We will accept topics from a wide spectrum of the Humanities and Social Sciences, including but not restricted to:

  • History, Art, Religions
  • Education, Public Health, Public Policies
  • Heritage, Traditional and Modern Culture
  • Politics, Economics, Media Studies
  • Environment, Geography, Urbanisation
  • Regional studies based in Mainland China, Hong Kong,Taiwan, etc.

Confirmed Keynote speakers:

  • Marina Svensson (Professor of Modern China Studies, University of Lund, Sweden)
  • Marjorie Dryburgh (Lecturer in Modern Chinese Studies, University of Sheffield)
  • Gemma Thorpe (Artist, Sheffield)

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Deadline for applications: 16th of April 2017, midnight (UK time)

Please apply with our Google form using the link below (you don’t need a Google account). We require a 250-300 words abstract.

https://goo.gl/forms/Hv9Tpus3tSahwonY2

Contact: BPCSconference2017@hotmail.com

Disclaimer: This association is focused on UK-based students, but we gladly accept international applications for our annual conference – just explain in the comment section of the application why you want to attend!

Unfortunately we usually cannot help with VISA specific issues but we do recommend applying for grants such as those offered by UCCL to help with fieldwork/research expenses if you are based in China. Please consult the BACS website for other funding opportunities.

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We are grateful for our sponsors’ support:

  • British Association for Chinese Studies
  • European Association for Chinese Studies
  • Amsterdam University Press
  • School of Taiwan Studies, SOAS
  • Global China Institute
  • University of Sheffield
  • Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland

March 17, 2017 Posted by | Call for Papers (CFP), China | no comments

Ames and Zhao on a Confucian World Order

Roger Ames and ZHAO Tingyang will discuss “A Confucian World Order?” next Monday night at the Bridge Cafe in Beijing, part of the on-going thinkINchina series. Details here.

March 16, 2017 Posted by | China, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Contemporary Confucianism, Lecture | no comments

Van Norden on Multicultural Philosophy at BU

On March 23, in addition to his talk for the BU Confucian Association, on which see here, Bryan Van Norden will also be presenting “A Multicultural Philosophy Manifesto,” sponsored by the BU Philosophy Department; for details, see here.

March 15, 2017 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学 | no comments

Renmin University English-language MA Program

Renmin University in Beijing has an English-language MA Program in “Chinese Philosophy, Religion, and Culture”; more information is available here. The application deadline is April 30, 2017; scholarships are available. (If any readers have participated in this program and would be willing to share your experiences, please add a comment, or else contact me directly.)

March 15, 2017 Posted by | China, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Graduate study | no comments

Should Philosophy Departments be Nationalist or Universalist?

A posting at the Daily Nous blog by Bharath Vallabha raises this question. He begins:

What should be the relation of a philosophy department to the country it is in? For example, is there a sense in which a philosophy department in America ought to be distinctly American, tied more closely to the history, culture and identity of America than to that of other countries? Or should the fact that the department is in America be irrelevant to the philosophical work that is done in the department?

I will call the former view, that the department ought to be distinctly American in some sense, nationalism. And I will call the latter view universalism.

See here.

March 14, 2017 Posted by | China, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy | no comments

Society for the Study of Early China Fifth Annual Conference

The Society for the Study of Early China Fifth Annual Conference Thursday, 16 March 2017

9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Location: Sheraton Centre Toronto, Leaside Room

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

Global Philosophy: Call for contributions

Global Philosophy, www.globalphilosophyresources.com, provides easy to use resources for faculty members who are interested in diversifying their teaching but who lack training in nonwestern philosophy.  We are looking for contributors. 

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March 9, 2017 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Pedagogy, Resource | no comments

Perkins Reviews Harris, The Shenzi Fragments

Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews

2017.03.05 View this Review Online   View Other NDPR Reviews

Eirik Lang Harris, The Shenzi Fragments: A Philosophical Analysis and Translation, Columbia University Press, 2016, 173pp., $55.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780231177665.

Reviewed by Franklin Perkins, University of Hawai’i at Manoa

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March 7, 2017 Posted by | Book Review, China, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative Political Theory, Legalism, Mohism, Politics, Xunzi | one comment

New Book: Lo and Twiss, eds., Chinese Just War Ethics

Routledge has recently published Ping-cheung Lo and Sumner B. Twiss’s wide-ranging edited volume, Chinese Just War Ethics: Origin, Development, and Dissent.  Its contents are below.  Continue reading “New Book: Lo and Twiss, eds., Chinese Just War Ethics”

March 7, 2017 Posted by | Books of Interest, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Confucianism, Daoism, Legalism, Military, Wang Yangming | no comments

Song on Women and Ruism

Bin SONG has published a new editorial at Huffington Post titled “The Status of Women is Not an Issue for the Ru (Confucian) Tradition.” Check it out!

March 7, 2017 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Confucianism, Contemporary Confucianism, Gender | no comments

New Book: Foust, Confucianism and American Philosophy

SUNY has just published Mat Foust’s new book, Confucianism and American Philosophy. From the publisher’s website: “In his examination of a broad range of philosophers, including Confucius, Mencius, Xunzi, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, Charles Peirce, William James, and Josiah Royce, Foust traces direct lines of influence from early translations of Confucian texts and brings to light conceptual affinities that have been previously overlooked.” Congratulations, Mat!

March 6, 2017 Posted by | Books of Interest, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Confucianism | no comments

Grad Student Workshop on Texts and Commentaries

First Annual Graduate Student Workshop

“Canonical Texts and Commentaries”

International Center for the Study of Ancient Text Cultures

Renmin University of China

Beijing, June 18th –24th, 2017  Continue reading “Grad Student Workshop on Texts and Commentaries”

March 4, 2017 Posted by | China, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Chinese Texts, Fellowships, Graduate study | no comments

List of Chinese names of Western scholars

Philip Clart (Leipzig) maintains a useful list of the Chinese names of scholars who publish primarily in Western languages. If your name is not on it, please contact Prof. Clart, who would be glad to add you!

March 4, 2017 Posted by | China, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Resource | no comments

Angle’s March Beijing Lectures

Later this month I am giving a couple lectures at local Beijing universities that are open to the public, in case anyone is interested:

  • March 15, 7pm at 民族大学, “从进步儒学的角度看社会压迫”. Details on the location are here.
  • March 17, 2pm at 人民大学, “进步儒学是否自由主义的一种?” Prof. Liang Tao 梁涛 will be commenting; the poster (with location information) is here.

March 3, 2017 Posted by | China, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Contemporary Confucianism, Lecture | one comment

BNU Summer Philosophy program on Daoism

An announcement from Thomas Michael:

Beijing Normal University is again offering its Summer Philosophy program; this year, it is on the theme of Daoism. The program runs from July 10 to July 25, 2017, and the deadline for submitting application materials is April 23rd, 2017. Please see here for the brochure, here for the Facebook link and application, and read on for more information.

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March 2, 2017 Posted by | China, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Daodejing, Daoism, Programs of Study | 2 comments

Introducing the WWWOPY awards!

It is often remarked that too many papers are published, too few read. This is likely true of our own area of interest here at Warp, Weft, and Way–Chinese philosophy.

One way to call more attention to published research and, more importantly, have it read and incorporated into ongoing debates, is to highlight exceptional work. The most widely known yearly distinction for philosophy papers is the Philosopher’s Annual (motto: “an attempt to pick the ten best articles of the year”). Alas, it is unlikely anything concerning Chinese philosophy will be nominated for, let alone receive, this distinction in the foreseeable future. Dao: A Journal of Comparative Philosophy does choose one article per year for distinction, which has been terrific; but its candidate pool is limited to articles published in that journal. This leaves out several other journals that publish important research, not to mention the numerous anthologies and companion volumes that remain important vehicles for cutting edge research in our field. And as mainstream, non-specialist journals begin to accept more papers in Chinese philosophy, some papers may be overlooked as a result.

But we need not sit idly by while meritorious articles go unrecognized. Hence, we announce the Warp, Weft, and Way Outstanding Papers of the Year (or WWWOPY) Awards. Continue reading “Introducing the WWWOPY awards!”

March 1, 2017 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学 | no comments

13th Annual Midwest Conference on Chinese Thought (Conference Program)

The program is available for the 13th Annual Midwest Conference on Chinese Thought (held at Indiana University in Bloomington, IN). More information, including paper abstracts, can be found here. The conference is open to the public, and there are no registration fees.  Continue reading “13th Annual Midwest Conference on Chinese Thought (Conference Program)”

February 28, 2017 Posted by | Conference | one comment

New Book: Carl Schmitt and Leo Strauss in the Chinese-Speaking World

This is to announce that the volume Carl Schmitt and Leo Strauss in the Chinese-Speaking World: Reorienting the Political, edited by Carl K. Y. Shaw (蕭高彥)and me, has just been published by Lexington and is now available on the internet and elsewhere. Here is the link to the publisher’s website, here on Amazon. And here is the description on our cover:

“Reorienting the Political examines the reception of Carl Schmitt and Leo Strauss in the Chinese-speaking world. The legacies of both Schmitt, the German legal theorist and thinker who joined the Nazi party, and Strauss, the German-Jewish classicist and political philosopher who became famous after his emigration to the United States, are highly controversial. Since the 1990s, however, these thinkers have had a powerful resonance for Chinese scholars.

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February 28, 2017 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学 | no comments

McLeod on Comparative Philosophy in an Age of Cultural Chauvinism

Alexus McLeod has a wonderful short essay on what comparative philosophy means to him (he describes it as “the art of traveling without traveling”) as this week’s featured philosopher at politicalphilosophy.net.

February 26, 2017 Posted by | Comparative philosophy | no comments

Central APA Panel on Chinese Philosophy

The APA committee on International Cooperation is sponsoring a panel on “Ancient Chinese and Contemporary Philosophy” at the upcoming Central APA. I imagine there are other Chinese/Comparative panels as well; if anyone could list those in the Comments, that would be great!

This session happens Friday, March 3 from 1:15 to 4:15pm and the speakers and titles of their presentations are:

  • Julianne Chung (University of Louisville) “Why Chinese Philosophy Is Indispensable”
  • Amy Olberding (University of Oklahoma) “Early Chinese Ethics and What Matters Morally”
  • Hagop Sarkissian (Baruch College, CUNY) “Metaethical Relativism and Natural Daos”

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

CFA: Comparative Humanities Conference in Hyderabad

Department of Comparative Literature and India Studies, English and Foreign Languages University Hyderabad is pleased to organize a Three-day National Conference on:

COMPARATIVE HUMANITIES: RE-CONFIGURING HUMANITIES ACROSS CULTURES

April 5-7, 2017

[Last date for sending in the abstract: 3rd March, 2017]

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February 25, 2017 Posted by | Call for Papers (CFP), Comparative philosophy, Conference, Indian Philosophy | no comments

JHI Blog Entry on Heidegger and Zhuangzi

Dag Herbjørnsrud has written a fascinating entry at the Journal of the History of Idea blog, which begins as follows…

A remarkable example of how ideas migrate across so-called cultural borders and change minds in unknown ways happened in the German city of Bremen on October 8, 1930. There, Martin Heidegger gave a speech based upon his masterwork Being and Time (1927). Afterwards, he and several of Bremen’s citizens gathered at the home of a wholesaler. During the evening, Heidegger suddenly turned to his host and asked, “Mister Kellner, would you please bring me the Parables of Zhuangzi? I would like to read some passages from it.”

February 25, 2017 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Daoism, Zhuangzi | no comments

New Book and Website: Angle & Tiwald, Neo-Confucianism

Justin Tiwald and I are very happy to announce the publication of our jointly-authored book, Neo-Confucianism: A Philosophical Introduction (Polity, 2017). Advance copies of the book have begun to appear, it will be generally available in the UK soon, and available in the US in another six weeks or so.

Justin and I have also prepared a website, Neo-Confucianism.Com, to support the book and to promote the study of Neo-Confucianism more generally. That site has its own blog (plus lots of other stuff, including sample syllabi and the Chinese texts corresponding to all the translated material in the book), though I expect that when we post things there, we will also announce it here. If anyone has ideas about what other material we can include at Neo-Confucianism.Com, please just let one of us know!

February 23, 2017 Posted by | Books of Interest, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Neo-Confucianism, Pedagogy | 3 comments

New Book: Ni translation of the Analects

Peimin Ni’s new translation-and-commentary on the Analects, Understanding the Analects of Confucius: A New Translation of Lunyu with Annotations, is due out soon:  (SUNY, 2017). I have read the book in manuscript, and wrote the following blurb:

Peimin Ni’s translation of the Analects has many virtues that make it stand out as an exemplary version of this most important Chinese text. Ni has chosen to present the text as a living document, embedded in two thousand years of commentarial conversation over its meaning, with today’s readers very much part of that ongoing conversation.

Among other things, Peimin skillfully translates the text so that its potential ambiguity comes through, making sense of commentarial debates in ways that previous translations have not captured. Congratulations!

February 23, 2017 Posted by | Analects, Books of Interest, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Confucianism | no comments

Blog Readers in Beijing?

If any of you Warp, Weft, and Way readers are based in Beijing, or are passing through, please feel free to get in touch with me: I am based at Tsinghua University all spring, from now up through the end of May.

February 21, 2017 Posted by | China | no comments