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

“Debating Confucian Political Philosophy” at HKU on Feb 14

There will be two events held at Hong Kong University on February 14: a Symposium on Sungmoon Kim’s Public Reason Confucianism and a Roundtable on the Future of Confucian Political Philosophy. These events are open to all, though we request that you register. The poster announcing these events is here, and details (and link for registration) is here. Speakers at the Symposium are Stephen ANGLE, Joseph CHAN, Sungmoon KIM, and Franz MANG; speakers at the Roundtable are:

Stephen ANGLE, Wesleyan University; Berggruen Fellow 2016-17
Elton CHAN, Yale-NUS College
Joseph CHAN, The University of Hong Kong
CI Jiwei, The University of Hong Kong
FAN Ruiping, City University of Hong Kong
HUANG Yong, Chinese University of Hong Kong
JIANG Yi-Huah, City University of Hong Kong
Sungmoon KIM, City University of Hong Kong; Berggruen Fellow 2016-17

If you are in Hong Kong, please join us!

January 20, 2017 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Comparative Political Theory, Hong Kong | no comments

R. Kim Reviews H. Kim’s Translation of Dasan on the Analects

Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews

2017.01.16 View this Review Online   View Other NDPR Reviews

Jeong Yak-yong (Dasan), The Analects of Dasan, Volume 1: A Korean Syncretic Reading, Hongkyung Kim (tr. and comm.), Oxford University Press, 2016, 260pp., $85.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780190624996.

Reviewed by Richard Kim, Saint Louis University

Even among contemporary Western philosophers with an interest in East Asian philosophy, there are relatively few who are familiar with the works of Jeong Yak-yong (Dasan, 1762-1836), arguably the most brilliant mind in Korean intellectual history. The neglect of Dasan is in part due to the lack of English translations of his works. Hongkyung Kim’s translation and commentary is an important step toward introducing the writings of one of the most outstanding thinkers in Korean history.

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January 20, 2017 Posted by | Analects, Book Review, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Confucianism, Korean Philosophy | 2 comments

ISCP News

JeeLoo Liu, the new Executive Director of the International Society for Chinese Philosophy (ISCP), writes with a range of news and updates on the society:

Dear ISCP Members and Associates:

As the new Executive Director of the ISCP, I would like to give you an update on our recent activities. 

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January 20, 2017 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Organization News | no comments

PhD opening in Mozi and Yang Zhu Studies at KU Leuven, Sinology

This position is offered in the context of a research project on the creation of Mozi or Yang Zhu from “heretics” into “philosophers.” We are looking for a young MA student in Sinology, Chinese studies, or Chinese philosophy willing to study an epoch in this creation. One’s research focus should be on one of the two figures in one (or more) epochs of the candidate’s choice. For more details, see this attached document.

January 18, 2017 Posted by | China, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Fellowships, Graduate study, Mohism | one comment

Latest issue of Frontiers of Philosophy in China

The latest issue of Frontiers of Philosophy in China is now available. Below, please find the table of contents and see the link for more information:

http://booksandjournals.brillonline.com/content/journals/1673355x/11/3

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January 18, 2017 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Tables of Contents | no comments

Job at Duke/Kunshan

Duke Kunshan University (DKU) invites applications for faculty positions (rank open) in the arts and humanities (philosophy, history, literature, language, and audio visual and performing arts). Pending accreditation approval, DKU will launch an innovative, integrated and interdisciplinary liberal arts undergraduate program leading to both Duke and DKU degrees. Students interested in arts and humanities will be immersed in integrated core courses including the arts of interpretation in written texts, images and sounds, as well as a common set of university-wide courses on China, global challenges, and ethics. Areas of study in the arts and humanities include, but are not limited to, Global Cultural Studies, Media and Arts, Performance Studies, China and US Studies, and Ethics and Leadership. Faculty will have the unique opportunity to pioneer, lead and implement an interdisciplinary and integrated arts and humanities curriculum and to conduct research in the related fields. These positions may start as early as Fall 2017 to begin preparation for the launch.

More information here.

January 18, 2017 Posted by | China, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Job Opening | no comments

New Book: Cullen, The Foundations of Celestial Reckoning

Christopher Cullen, The Foundations of Celestial Reckoning: Three Ancient Chinese
Astronomical Systems
(London: Routledge, 2017)

The Foundations of Celestial Reckoning gives the reader direct access to the foundational documents of the tradition of calculation created by astronomers of the early Chinese empire between the late second century BCE and the third century CE. The paradigm they established was to shape East Asian thought and practice in the field of mathematical astronomy for centuries to come. It was in many ways radically different from better known traditions of astronomy in other parts of the ancient world.

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January 18, 2017 Posted by | Books of Interest, China, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学 | no comments

Decolonising Philosophy at SOAS

The Student Union at SOAS (the School of Oriental and African Studies, part of the University of London) has issued their annual statement of their desired “Educational Priorities,” and one of them, “Decolonising SOAS: Confronting the White Institution,” has created a stir because of its demands concerning philosophy:

  • “To make sure that the majority of the philosophers on our courses are from the Global South or it’s diaspora. SOAS’s focus is on Asia and Africa and therefore the foundations of its theories should be presented by Asian or African philosophers (or the diaspora).”
  • “If white philosophers are required, then to teach their work from a critical standpoint. For example, acknowledging the colonial context in which so called “Enlightenment” philosophers wrote within.”

Media reports on this document have been full of hysterical criticism of “political correctness,” including a quote from Sir Roger Scruton announcing that “If they think there is a colonial context from which Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason arose, I would like to hear it.” Apparently Sir Roger is not familiar with Peter Park’s excellent book, Africa, Asia, and the History of Philosophy: Racism in the Formation of the Philosophical Canon, 1780–1830

This column takes a more balanced view — noting in particular that the only degree in philosophy at SOAS is in “World Philosophy,” through the Department of Religions and Philosophies. Indeed, if one looks at the course of study for the BA in World Philosophy, it’s somewhat difficult to believe that the majority of philosophers studied aren’t already from “the Global South or its diaspora.”

January 13, 2017 Posted by | Academia, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy | 2 comments

Nishan Confucian Studies Summer Institute

Nishan Confucian Studies Summer Institute (July 1-30, 2017)

Nishan & Qufu, Shandong Province, China

The 2017 Nishan Confucian Studies Summer Institute International Program offers teachers of Chinese history and culture an opportunity to spend a month at an established Confucian academy reading the Confucian classics with world-renowned experts Roger T. Ames and Chenshan Tian and other distinguished comparative philosophy and Confucian scholars. We invite all of those students and teachers who are intrigued by Chinese culture who seek a more profound appreciation of Chinese philosophy, history, and cosmology to join us on this unique educational and research journey. Read on for more information, or click here for a two-page English flier, or here for more extensive background in Chinese (with lots of pictures).

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January 11, 2017 Posted by | China, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Opportunities | no comments

Fudan Fellow Program

Prof. Tongdong Bai of Fudan writes:

Fudan University has instituted a Fudan Fellow Program.  It accepts both full-time students as well as full-time scholars.  There are two types of fellows: Fudan Senior Fellows for Professors and Associate Professors and Fudan Fellows for Assistant Professors, post-docs and students.  For a flyer that contains more information about the program, see here.

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January 8, 2017 Posted by | China, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Fellowships | no comments

Nouns, verbs, and ontological metaphors

This post (and the many substantive comments) on “Nouns, verbs, and ontological metaphors” may be of interest; it discusses literary Sinitic and Mandarin vs. English; Sinitic vs. Indo-European modes of expression; characters vs. words; Chinese philosophy; mass nouns.

January 8, 2017 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Chinese Texts, Comparative philosophy, Metaphysics | no comments

CFP: 1st Annual Bay Area Conference on Chinese Thought

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 “CFP: 1st Annual Bay Area Conference on Chinese Thought”

January 6, 2017 Posted by | Call for Papers (CFP), Conference | no comments

Chinese Philosophy at New England AAS

There will be a number of panels related to Chinese philosophy (and one explicitly on comparative philosophy) at the upcoming New England Region Association for Asian Studies Annual Conference, to be held at Boston College on January 28-29, 2017. Details and registration information here; and read on for the panel information.

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January 3, 2017 Posted by | China, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Conference | no comments

TOC of PEW 67:1 (January 2017)

Philosophy East & West 67:1 (January 2017) has been published, including a special feature of Joseph Chan’s book Confucian Perfectionism and a discussion of the Confucian idea of harmony with Chenyang Li and others. More information here.

January 1, 2017 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Tables of Contents | no comments

Updated information on Fudan’s English-language MA Program

For several years Fudan University has run a successful English-language MA program in Chinese philosophy. Updated information is now available on our Graduate Programs page, under “MA Programs.” The priority application deadline (for scholarships) is Feb. 20, 2017. You can also find past discussions of this program here.

December 27, 2016 Posted by | China, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Graduate study | no comments

New issue of 当代儒学 [Contemporary Confucianism]

The tenth issue of 当代儒学 [Contemporary Confucianism] has been published; the full text is available here.

December 22, 2016 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Contemporary Confucianism | no comments

New Book: Van Auken, The Commentarial Transformation of the Spring and Autumn

SUNY Press has published Newell Ann Van Auken’s The Commentarial Transformation of the Spring and Autumn. More information here, and after the break.

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December 22, 2016 Posted by | Books of Interest, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Chinese Texts | no comments

CFP: Singapore-Hong Kong-Macau Symposium on Chinese Philosophy

Call for Papers: Singapore-Hong Kong-Macau Symposium on Chinese Philosophy
Philosophy and Religious Studies Program, University of Macau
21.–22.4.2017; CFP Deadline: 30.12.2016

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December 21, 2016 Posted by | Call for Papers (CFP), Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Hong Kong | no comments

Working on Comment Function Issues

Just to let you know that we are troubleshooting the comment function. We hope it will all be solved in a few days. Meanwhile, you are able to comment, but when you submit it, you’ll either be taken to a blank page or an error page. If you refresh the main page or the post-page, your comment should be there, however. Thanks for your patience.

Update (11 minutes later…): Fixed!

Update (45 minutes later…): Not quite fixed. Will keep working on it.

Update (1 hour later…): Fixed for sure now. Comment away! (The downside is that the fix involved removing the Postmatic email alert and comment system for following posting and discussion through email. Look for an announcement about an updated email alert system at a future date.)

December 19, 2016 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学 | one comment

CFP: Logic Conference

The Organisers of the 2nd World Congress on Logic and Religion, to be held at the University of Warsaw (Poland), 18-22 June, 2017, have the pleasure of inviting you to the Congress: http://logicandreligion.uw.edu.pl/

The Congress will have a separate section on Logic in the religions of East Asia. As with the other sections of the Congress (such as Logic in the religions of South Asia, Logic in Arabic philosophy and the Islamicate world, etc.), we are seeking papers that concern the relation between logic and East Asian philosophies/religions in all possible aspects. We would welcome both established and early-career researchers working in the field to participate. In keeping with our practice in the other sections of the Congress, we welcome papers that concern the relation between the logic and religions of East Asia and South East Asia, taken in the broadest sense of those terms.

The registration form can be found at: http://logicandreligion.uw.edu.pl/registration/

December 18, 2016 Posted by | Call for Papers (CFP), Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Logic | no comments

New Forum for Postgrad Student Discussion

I am happy to share this announcement from Frank Saunders, PhD Candidate at the University of Hong Kong:

I would like to invite all of our postgraduate student community members to a new comparative and Chinese philosophy discussion forum. The space is designed for informal (but I hope high quality!) idea-sharing and connection-creating among the newest members of the field eager for peer feedback, advice, and general discussion.

The site itself is very new and utilitarian (rather Mohist, actually) and I would be very happy for others to come forward with the technical skills (which I lack) to improve the space as time goes on and the community grows. Here is the link: http://s15.zetaboards.com/CandCPhil4Postgrads/index/

December 18, 2016 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy | no comments

Announcing: List of Anglophone Chinese Philosophy PhD Programs

Jim Behuniak, Yong Huang, Alexus McLeod, and I have assembled what we hope to be a comprehensive, alphabetically-ordered list of Anglophone PhD programs in Chinese philosophy. The list will reside here at Warp, Weft, and Way, and we will update it as often as necessary to keep it current. (There is also a link to the list on the top right of the home page.) We have a few requests:

  • If you are associated with one of the programs listed, and notice any errors or omissions, please let me know!
  • If you are associated with one of the programs listed, and would like us to add anything in the “further information” area, including links that might be particularly helpful to someone considering graduate study in Chinese philosophy in your program, please let me know.
  • If you feel your program should be on our list, by all means contact one of us. We are aiming to be inclusive, and apologize if we have missed any programs.

Now that we have the basic structure of the page done, we can also consider adding additional types of information. Anyone with any good ideas, please say so in the comments.

December 16, 2016 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Graduate study | 15 comments

New Book: Neville, The Good Is One, Its Manifestations Many

SUNY Press has just published a new book by Robert Cummings Neville: The Good Is One, Its Manifestations Many: Confucian Essays on Metaphysics, Morals, Rituals, Institutions, and Genders. More information is here. I will also post the book’s description and Table of Contents below.

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December 14, 2016 Posted by | Books of Interest, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Contemporary Confucianism | no comments

New website for ACPA

The Association of Chinese Philosophers in America has a new website: http://chinesephilosophersacpa.weebly.com/.

December 11, 2016 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Organization News | no comments

CFP: 13th Midwest Conference on Chinese Thought

The 13th Annual Midwest Conference on Chinese Thought will take place this year at Indiana University on April 21-22. Those interested in presenting should submit a 1-page abstract to Michael Ing at ming@indiana.edu by January 31, 2017 for blind review; see here for more details.

December 8, 2016 Posted by | Call for Papers (CFP), Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Conference | 2 comments

2017 Summer School: Chinese Thought and Culture

Applications are now open for the 2017 summer school in China this July (1st-18th, The International Academy for Chinese Thought and Culture). The programme is arranged as a GALA-based collaboration between staff at Beijing Foreign Studies University, Peking University and Bath Spa. Students from any discipline are welcome to apply. The short application form is available here: 

https://goo.gl/forms/wkITLaIxf8vdbUoj1

A few photos from the trip last year can be viewed here: 

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10101254387908984.1073741832.61303538&type=1&l=ca17d79ffc

The deadline for the first round of applications is January 30th 2017. Further details from the programme advert are here

December 7, 2016 Posted by | China, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Opportunities | no comments

New Book on Political Legitimacy

Cambridge University Press has published East Asian Perspectives on Political Legitimacy: Bridging the Empirical-Normative Divide, edited by Joseph Chan, Doh Chuli Shin, and Melissa S. Williams. More details and table of contents here.

December 7, 2016 Posted by | Books of Interest, China, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative Political Theory, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Politics | no comments

New Book: Huang, The Chinese Theory of Justice

Huang Yushun 黄玉顺 is one of the most prolific and creative Confucian thinkers in China today, and one of his books has been published in English translation: Voice From the East: The Chinese Theory of Justice (Paths International, 2016). More details are here.

December 7, 2016 Posted by | Books of Interest, China, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Comparative Political Theory, Contemporary Confucianism | 3 comments

2nd Kant In Asia conference

Hong Kong Baptist University will host “Intuition East and West: The Second Kant in Asia International Conference” from 17-20 December, 2016. More information can be found here.

December 6, 2016 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Conference, Modern Chinese Philosophy, Mou Zongsan | no comments

Irene Cronin (UCLA): The Notion of Accepted Contradiction in Early Chinese Daoism. 12 Dec 2016 at CUNY Graduate Center

FALL 2016 Logic and Metaphysics Workshop

DateMonday December 12, 4.15-6.15

Place: Room 5382, CUNY Graduate Center.

Speaker: Irena Cronin, UCLA

TitleThe Notion of Accepted Contradiction in Early Chinese Daoism

Abstract: Although the representation of the Dao differs a little between the representative Early Chinese Daoist works Zhuangzi and Dao de jing, the differences are one of degree, rather than “substance”.  In Zhuangzi, the common man as possible master craftsman, whether it be as a cook, woodmaker, or fisherman, or other kind of craftsman, has the capability of understanding and embracing the Dao (although these occurrences would be relatively rare), while in Dao de jing, it is only the Sage, a rare man of extreme ability that can do so; all others do not have this capability and have minor, shadowy and totally indeterminable experiences of the Dao, and are “condemned” to live an ignorant and almost animal-like existence, finding solace in creature comforts.

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December 5, 2016 Posted by | Daodejing, Daoism, Laozi, Lecture, Logic | no comments

CFP: Chinese Studies Association of Australia Conference

Call for Papers: Chinese Studies Association of Australia 15th Biennial Conference

Chinese values and counter-values: past and present

Monday 10 – Wednesday 12 July, 2017

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December 4, 2016 Posted by | Australia, Call for Papers (CFP), China, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Conference | no comments

Liu named new ISCP Executive Director

Robert Cummings Neville, Chair of the ISCP Board of Officers, has announced that JeeLoo Liu has been named to a five-year term as Executive Director of the society, beginning January 2017. Congratulations JeeLoo!

December 4, 2016 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Organization News | one comment

ECNU grad programs, job openings, and Intercultural Center

I pass on this message from Paul D’Ambrosio of East China Normal University, concerning ECNU’s English-language MA and PhD programs; job openings at ECNU, and their new Intercultural Center.

Firstly, I would like to remind everyone about our English-language MA and PhD programs at ECNU. One of the unique features of our program is that students in our classes are split, about 50-50, Chinese and foreign. This makes for an exceptional teaching environment.

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December 1, 2016 Posted by | China, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Graduate study, Job Opening | 2 comments

Israel on Wang Yangming

Larry Israel wrote to share information on two articles he’s recently published on Wang Yangming. We are always happy to pass on this kind of news! 

https://muse.jhu.edu/article/626973  “The Renaissance of Wang Yangming Studies in the People’s Republic of China,” Philosophy East and West, vol. 66, no. 3 (July 2016): 1001-1019.  Takes the story up to 2014.

link to cambridge.org A new journal launched by Cambridge, the Journal of Chinese History Israel, G.L. (2016) ‘WANG YANGMING IN BEIJING, 1510–1512: “IF I DO NOT AWAKEN OTHERS, WHO WILL DO SO?”’ Journal of Chinese History, pp. 1–33. 

November 29, 2016 Posted by | Articles of Interest, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Neo-Confucianism, Wang Yangming | 2 comments

Latest NAKPA E-newsletter

The NAKPA (Korean Philosophy Association) E-newsletter No. 3, 2016 is now available.

November 28, 2016 Posted by | Comparative philosophy, Korea, Korean Philosophy | no comments

CFP: Education East and West

Education East and West: The Third Annual BSU Colloquium for Global Philosophy and Religion

17-18 March, 2017, Bath Spa University, Bath, UK. 

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November 28, 2016 Posted by | Call for Papers (CFP), Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Conference, Education Models, Europe | no comments

New issue of Dao

The latest issue of Dao: A Journal of Comparative Philosophy (15:4, December 2016) has been published; it includes articles on the methodology of comparative philosophy, on Peimin Ni’s arguments concerning Confucianism and human dignity (and a reply from Prof. Ni), and much more.

 

November 28, 2016 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Tables of Contents | no comments

Post at Leuven for Taiwanese Scholars interested in Mozi or Yang Zhu

KU Leuven is advertising a PhD position for the study of the “creation of Mozi and Yang Zhu as philosophers”: see here. This position is only for Taiwanese scholars, though I am assured that soon another call will come out for all scholars.

November 22, 2016 Posted by | China, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Job Opening, Mohism | no comments

Templeton ACT Fellowship

The John Templeton Foundation invites applications for its Academic Cross-Training (ACT) Fellowship program beginning November 14, 2016, with fellowships to begin Fall 2018. The ACT Fellowship program is intended to equip recently tenured philosophers and theologians with the skills and knowledge needed to study Big Questions that require substantive and high-level engagement with empirical science. More details are here.

November 21, 2016 Posted by | Comparative philosophy, Fellowships | no comments

New Book on Korean Philosophy

Traditional Korean Philosophy: Problems and Debates, Edited by Youngsun Back and Philip J. Ivanhoe, has been published by Rowman & Littlefield International, in their CEACOP East Asian Comparative Ethics, Politics and Philosophy of Law series. It looks great — congratulations to the editors and contributors!

November 21, 2016 Posted by | Books of Interest, Buddhism, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Confucianism, Korea, Korean Philosophy | no comments

Journal of World Philosophies announcement

An announcement from Monika Kirloskar-Steinbach (Universität Konstanz, Department of Philosophy):

The journal Confluence: Online Journal of World Philosophies has now moved to Indiana University Press. It will be published as an Open Access journal under the title Journal of World Philosophies. Our first issue is scheduled to appear in December 2016. (Confluence’s first four volumes are now found under: https://scholarworks.iu.edu/iupjournals/index.php/confluence/index.)

The journal’s Facebook page is to be found under: https://www.facebook.com/Journal-of-World-Philosophies-323570801356967/?ref=bookmarks. I hope to meet you there (I’m going to initiate a discussion on world philosophies after this mailing).

[Congratulations to Prof. Kirloskar-Steinbach and co-editor Jim Maffie on this new phase of their project. The Facebook page includes the table of contents for the new issue; looks very interesting! –TC]

November 20, 2016 Posted by | Comparative philosophy, Journal News, Journal Related | 3 comments

New Book: Dao Companion to the Philosophy of Xunzi

xunzi_dao-companion

 

I am pleased to share the news that Eric Hutton’s much-anticipated Dao Companion to the Philosophy of Xunzi has been published. Click here for more information and to download the back matter and front matter for free (this includes the introduction).

A list of chapters and contributors is below the fold.

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November 18, 2016 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Recently Published, Tables of Contents, Xunzi | 5 comments

CFP Singapore Hong Kong Macau Symposium on Chinese Philosophy

CALL FOR PAPERS

2017 SINGAPORE-HONG KONG-MACAU SYMPOSIUM

ON

CHINESE PHILOSOPHY

21-22 April 2017

Organized and Sponsored by the Philosophy and Religious Studies Program, University of Macau, Macau

The Singapore-Hong Kong-Macau Symposium on Chinese Philosophy aims to foster dialogue and interaction between scholars primarily based in Singapore, Hong Kong, and Macau. Submissions are invited for papers on any aspect of Chinese Philosophy, as well as papers dealing with comparative issues that engage Chinese perspectives. Speakers will be selected through a review of abstracts. While preference will be given to those from the region, participants from any geographic areas are welcome. The language of the Conference is English.  Speakers coming from abroad will be provided with accommodations during the Conference, and lunches and dinners will be served for all speakers.

Please submit 1-2 pages abstracts for review to: hmoeller@umac.mo
Submission deadline:  30 Dec 2016
Notification of acceptance: 31 Jan 2017

Should you have any enquiries, please contact Hans-Georg Moeller at: hmoeller@umac.mo

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November 18, 2016 Posted by | Call for Papers (CFP), Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Conference | no comments

AAR Panels on East Asian traditions

Keith Knapp has compiled a very helpful list of AAR panels of interest to scholars of Confucianism, which I share here. The AAR Annual Meeting takes place in San Antonio, Texas starting on Nov. 19. Continue reading “AAR Panels on East Asian traditions”

November 17, 2016 Posted by | Buddhism, China, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Conference, Confucianism, Religion | no comments

Alexus McLeod – Columbia Society for Comparative Philosophy Lecture: “The Madman of Chu: The Problem of Mental Illness and Self-Cultivation in Early Chinese Texts”, Dec. 2 @ 5:30pm

THE COLUMBIA SOCIETY FOR COMPARATIVE PHILOSOPHY

Welcomes: ALEXUS MCLEOD (University of Connecticut)
With responses from: ANDREW MEYER (Brooklyn College, CUNY)

Please join us at Columbia University’s Religion Department on FRIDAY, DECEMBER 2nd at 5:30PM for his lecture entitled:

The Madman of Chu: The Problem of Mental Illness and Self-Cultivation in Early Chinese Texts

ABSTRACT: In Confucian and Zhuangist texts of the Pre-Han and Han period, we see characters described as “crazy, mad” (狂 kuang), and find descriptions or discussions of madness or mad persons—most prominently the infamous Jieyu, “Madman of Chu”. I argue that madness is seen by Confucians and Zhuangists as a kind of moral deformity that moves one outside of the boundaries of ritual and society and thus full personhood—a fact that leads the Confucians to shun mad people, and the Zhuangist to praise them.  Madness is seen not as a 病 bing (disorder, illness), but instead as based on a cultivated choice.   Continue reading “Alexus McLeod – Columbia Society for Comparative Philosophy Lecture: “The Madman of Chu: The Problem of Mental Illness and Self-Cultivation in Early Chinese Texts”, Dec. 2 @ 5:30pm”

November 17, 2016 Posted by | Analects, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Huainanzi, Lecture, Self-Cultivation, Zhuangzi | no comments

New Book: Chong on Zhuangzi

Kim-chong Chong has published Zhuangzi’s Critique of the Confucians: Blinded by the Human (SUNY, 2016), which looks fascinating. Details here.

November 16, 2016 Posted by | Books of Interest, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Confucianism, Daoism, Zhuangzi | 5 comments

Angle at LaTrobe — Lecture

I will be speaking at LaTrobe University in Melbourne tomorrow; the topic is “Why Comparative Philosophy Matters.” Details:

Date: Wednesday 16th November 2016
Time: 4:00 – 6:00pm
Venue: Martin Building, Level 3, Room 369, La Trobe University
Cost: Free
Enquiries: csrc@latrobe.edu.au

In addition, I will be in Melbourne through Saturday, and if anyone wants to get together and talk Chinese philosophy, please send me an email!

November 15, 2016 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Lecture | no comments

McLeod at Central Connecticut – Lecture

Alexus McLeod (University of Connecticut) will give two presentations on Wednesday, Nov. 16, 1:40 – 2:55, at Central Connecticut State University – Student Center, Philbrick Meeting Room 120 on Chinese Astronomy and (separately) Chinese Martial Arts. Contact Mathew Foust with any questions.

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November 14, 2016 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Martial Arts | no comments

CFP: SACP 49th Annual Conference at Peking University

Society for Asian and Comparative Philosophy 49th Annual Conference, June 9-12, 2017

Peking University, Beijing, China

CONFERENCE THEME: The Paradigm and Values of Chinese Philosophy within a Global Context

Keynote Speaker: Carine Defoort, University of Leuven, KU Leuven.

Title of Keynote Presentation: “To Name or not to Name: The Power of Words in Early Chinese Philosophy”

Deadline for Abstracts and Proposals: Feb 10, 2017

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November 14, 2016 Posted by | Call for Papers (CFP), China, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Conference, Organization News | one comment

Suggestions needed for ‘harmony’ in Confucian thought

I’m seeking suggestions for scenarios, accounts or conversations where ‘harmony’ between self and elements of social/political life may be detected. I’m looking at texts associated with the Confucian tradition, including the histories, from Han and before. I am aware this is an interpretive matter and, at this stage, I’m keen to keep the casting net as wide as possible. One quick example that comes to mind is the Lunyu‘s 和而不同 or the Zuozhuan‘s soup (左传·昭公二十年). But there will be much more beyond quips like this. I’m also keen to look at accounts where terms like 和 (or ones that suggest it, e.g. 由 (A1.12) or 從 (A4.18)) are not present but where the idea of harmony – and its implications – emerges from the turn of events described in the passage.

Any ideas would be much appreciated! Thanks in advance.

Karyn Lai

November 13, 2016 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学 | 16 comments

Peng at Neo-Confucianism Seminar this Friday

The next session of the Columbia University Seminar on Neo-Confucian Studies (University Seminar #567) will convene Friday, November 11, 2016 from 3:30 to 5:30pm in the Heyman Center for the Humanities at Columbia University.

Peng Guoxiang of Zhejiang University will present the paper “Reading as a Spiritual and Bodily Exercise: The Religious Dimension of Zhu Xi.”  A copy of the paper is available from the organizers (see below).

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November 10, 2016 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Neo-Confucianism | no comments

2017 RVP Conferences

The Council for Research in Values and Philosophy (RVP) has announced a number of conferences in spring and summer 2017 under the general heading of “Re-Learning to Be Human for Global Times: Challenges and Opportunities.” Details are here. I have never attended a RVP conference; if any readers have, maybe you could share your impressions?

November 10, 2016 Posted by | China, Comparative philosophy, Conference | no comments

Angle lecture in Beijing Sunday 11/20

For anyone who’ll be in Beijing on the 20th, you are welcome to my lecture that evening, the title of which is “从进步儒学的角度看社会压迫 [Social Oppression as Viewed by Progressive Confucianism”].” Details follow. Please feel free to contact me with any questions.

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November 10, 2016 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Comparative Political Theory, Contemporary Confucianism, Lecture | 2 comments

NECCT 2016 – Quick Report

Just a few things to report after the Northeast Conference on Chinese Thought 2016: Bruce Brooks has kindly set up a webpage where some of the presentation slides are or will be available. Below the fold are a few pictures of the event. Alexus McLeod has volunteered to host NECCT 2017 at the University of Connecticut.

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November 7, 2016 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Conference | no comments

Graduate Student Conference

Fourth Annual Stanford-Berkeley Graduate Student Conference on Premodern Chinese Humanities

A joint organizing committee of Stanford University and UC Berkeley faculty announces the Fourth Annual Stanford-Berkeley Graduate Student Conference on Premodern Chinese Humanities, to be held on Friday, April 21 and Saturday, April 22, 2017, at UC Berkeley. This national meeting of graduate students specializing in premodern Chinese studies aims to bring together young scholars from geographically distant institutions to present and discuss innovative research on China.

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November 4, 2016 Posted by | Call for Papers (CFP), China, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Chinese Texts, Graduate study | no comments

Job at Ryerson University

Ryerson University (Toronto) has a newly announced tenure-track position: AOS (i) Non-Western Philosophy or (ii) Metaphysics and/or Epistemology; see here for more details.  

November 4, 2016 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Job Opening | no comments

In Memoriam: Jiyuan Yu (1964 – 2016)

We have received this sad news from Chenyang Li:

Dear friends,

 I am extremely saddened to share the news that ISCP executive director and executive committee chair, Professor Jiyuan Yu passed away on 3 November 2016, after a courageous battle with cancer.

His passing is a major loss to our organization. Professor Jiyuan Yu also served as the president of ISCP in 2012-2013 and hosted the 18th International Conference on Chinese Philosophy in Buffalo, New York in 2013. He will be remembered dearly by his friends and colleagues. A panel will be organized in his honor at the upcoming 20th International Conference on Chinese Philosophy in Singapore, 4-7 July 2017.

Thank you, Jiyuan and farewell, our dear friend!

Chenyang Li

President of ISCP

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November 4, 2016 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学 | 6 comments

Van Norden at Aeon on The Second Sage

Bryan Van Norden has a lovely essay about Mencius at Aeon, intended for a general audience. Check it out!

November 3, 2016 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Confucianism, Mencius | 3 comments

Reminder: 2017 ISCP CFP

The deadline for submitting paper abstracts and panel proposals for 20th International conference on Chinese philosophy is 30 November 2016. The conference will take place at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore on July 4-7, 2017. 

The conference website for information and submission is at http://www.hss.ntu.edu.sg/programmes/philosophy/iscp/Pages/Home.aspx .

November 3, 2016 Posted by | Call for Papers (CFP), Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Conference, Organization News | no comments

New Book: Feminist Encounters with Confucius

Mathew A. Foust and Sor-hoon Tan, eds., Feminist Encounters with Confucius (Brill, 2016) has been published. Congratulations! The table of contents follows, and see also here.

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November 3, 2016 Posted by | Books of Interest, Comparative philosophy, Confucianism, Feminism | no comments