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

Topic Modelling Experiment

Ryan Nichols and Ted Slingerland, both longtime readers of this blog, write with an invitation to blog readers to help them out by participating in an experiment. Read on!

Dear Warp, Weft, and Way users,

As affiliates of the University of British Columbia’s Cultural Evolution of Religion Consortium (CERC), we write to invite Warp, Weft, & Way users with some training in classical Chinese to participate in an experiment. Several years ago we embarked on a project to use quantitative methods of analysis, including statistical testing and unsupervised data mining, in order to gain new insights into classical Chinese texts. Our corpus, drawn from Donald Sturgeon’s ctext.org, a resource we all know and enjoy, contains over 5 million characters from texts that date from pre-Warring States through the Tang.

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February 24, 2015 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学 | 3 comments

Varieties of the Self Conference at Scripps

An exciting conference called “Varieties of the Self” will be held this weekend at Scripps College; speaks include Kwong-loi Shun on Confucian ideas, Eric Schwitzgebel on Zhuangzi, and Robin Wang on an alternative Daoist approach. More information is here.

March 3, 2015 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Conference | one comment

Angle at Columbia Neo-Confucianism Seminar

I’ll be discussing some of Justin Tiwald’s and my work-in-progress at next week’s Neo-Confucianism seminar; hope to see some of you there! Here’s the official announcement:

The next session of the Columbia University Seminar on Neo-Confucian Studies (Seminar #567) will convene Friday, March 6, 2015 from 3:30 to 5:30pm in the Heyman Center for the Humanities at Columbia University. Steve Angle will present the paper “Varieties of Knowing,” which is a draft of Chapter 5 of a forthcoming work (co-written with Justin Tiwald) titled Neo-Confucianism: A Philosophical Introduction. All are welcome to attend. Please contact  Deborah Sommer (dsommer@gettysburg.edu) if you’d like a copy of the paper.

February 26, 2015 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Epistemology, Neo-Confucianism | no comments

Princeton Comparative Workshop in Early Military Thought

The East Asian Studies Program and the IHUM present:

Bellum vs zhan 戰: A Comparative Workshop in Early Military Thought

When: April 4th 2015 (Saturday)
Where: 202 Jones Hall, Princeton University

To register please contact Mercedes Valmisa at mvalmisa@princeton.edu. Please indicate if you would like to join for lunch, dinner or both. RSVP before March 10.

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February 24, 2015 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Conference | no comments

CFP: ASACP 2015 Conference

Australasian Society for Asian and Comparative Philosophy Conference 2015

Call for Papers

Asian Perspectives on Mind, Action and Cultivation

 
Conference Details

The ASACP Conference 2015 will be hosted by Monash University.
Dates: 10 July (Friday) – 12 July (Sunday) 2015
Venue: Monash University Caulfield Campus, Caulfield, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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February 24, 2015 Posted by | Call for Papers (CFP), Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy | no comments

El Amine Reviews Kim, Confucian Democracy in East Asia

Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews

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Sungmoon Kim, Confucian Democracy in East Asia: Theory and Practice, Cambridge University Press, 2014, 321pp., $29.99 (pbk), ISBN 9781107641211.

Reviewed by Loubna El Amine, Georgetown University

Sungmoon Kim’s book offers an important and passionate defense of democracy, especially as it applies to East Asian countries. It moves the current debate on the topic from the question of whether democracy is relevant to, and compatible with, the East Asian context, to the question of “the particular mode of Confucian democracy” that is suitable for East Asia (247). In other words, the starting premise of Kim’s inquiry is the simple fact that democracy does already exist in that part of the world, including in South Korea, Taiwan, and (“arguably,” according to Kim), in Hong Kong (247). The question then is, what form of democracy does, will, and should work in East Asia?

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February 23, 2015 Posted by | Book Review, Books of Interest, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Comparative Political Theory, Korea, Political Theory, Politics | no comments

Korean Philosophy Newsletter

I post here the latest Quarterly E-Newsletter of the North American Korean Philosophy Association (No. 5, February, 2015).

The NAKPA COURIER

New Year’s Greetings from the Desktop Editor

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

Greetings once again from Omaha, Nebraska, US, in the year of the “Goat”! I hope this letter finds you and all your loved ones well.

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February 23, 2015 Posted by | Comparative philosophy, Korean Philosophy | no comments

Naming, Identity, and Open Discussion

Actually, this post is less interesting philosophically than it sounds, though it concerns something that is important to Steve Angle and me in our roles serving as administrators of this blog. This post will remain on top for a bit, then its contents will be moved to the introductory side menu. PLEASE READ:

New Comments/Discussion Policy: We will be implementing, going forward, a policy that comment or discussion authors identify themselves by their actual full names (“last”/family name and given name), at least once in a post or discussion string, if their logged-in names do not already indicate them. It would also be good to have some small self-identifying epithet after a name — either an institutional affiliation, something like “no affiliation, (city name),” or anything else that helps to contextualize one’s identity. Any official contributors to the blog who are listed in the Contributors list can simply put “(see Contributors list)” after their names.

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February 23, 2015 Posted by | Blog details, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学 | 8 comments

Call for Papers and Panels: SACP at the APA East 2016

CALL FOR PAPER AND PANEL PROPOSALS

Including for a Special Workshop on How to Incorporate Asian Texts into Traditional Philosophy Courses

2016 Eastern Division Meeting of the American Philosophical Association

January 6-9, 2016, Washington, DC

The Society for Asian and Comparative Philosophy welcomes proposals for our panels at the American Philosophical Association’s Eastern Division meeting. Proposals regarding any aspect of Asian or comparative philosophy are welcome.

This year, we especially welcome paper and panel proposals for a Special Workshop on How to Incorporate Asian Texts into Traditional Philosophy Courses. Workshop papers should be targeted at non-Asianists who want to incorporate Asian texts into a traditional philosophy course. Proposals for incorporating Asian texts into courses in any area of philosophy are welcome, including ethics, epistemology, metaphysics, aesthetics, introductory courses, philosophy of religion, philosophy of mind, moral psychology, logic, environmental philosophy, philosophy of gender, philosophy of law, social/political philosophy, etc.

Whether for the special workshop or other areas of Asian and comparative philosophy, please submit individual paper abstracts or complete panel proposals.

Paper abstracts should be 150-200 words in length.

Complete panel proposals should include: panel title, a 150 word introduction to the theme of the panel, and a 150 word abstract for each of the papers.

Include each presenter’s name, e-mail address, and institutional affiliation.

No simultaneous submissions, please.

Please submit these materials no later than May 7 to Brian Bruya at bbruya@emich.edu.

February 19, 2015 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学 | no comments

Interesting Overview Article on “CPT”

I’d like to call your attention to a valuable essay on “Comparative Political Theory”: Diego von Vacano, “The Scope of Comparative Political Theory,” Annual Review of Political Science.

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February 14, 2015 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative Political Theory | no comments

Tenure Track Position in Asian Philosophy

From Matthew Pierlott at West Chester University:

West Chester University of Pennsylvania is seeking applicants for the position of Assistant Professor of Philosophy, tenure-track position, to begin August 2015. AOS: Asian Philosophy; AOC: Open. The Department awards both BA and MA degrees in Philosophy, BA degrees in Religious Studies, and Graduate Cer­tificate Programs in Applied Ethics. Normal teaching load 12 hrs/semester. Minimum Qualifications: Evidence of scholarly aptitude and earned Ph.D. in Philosophy or Religious Studies; com­pletion of the Ph.D. required by August 30, 2015.

To view full job ad and to apply, go to http://agency.governmentjobs.com/wcupa/default.cfm.

 

February 10, 2015 Posted by | Job Opening, Opportunities | no comments

Confucian values and the rise of Asia

An essay by Robert D. Kaplan in the Wall Street Journal.

February 8, 2015 Posted by | Confucianism, In the News | 2 comments

3rd Annual SECC Conference

The Third Annual Society for the Study of Early China Conference

Time: Thursday, 26 March 2015, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Location: Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers

For more information, see here.

February 7, 2015 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Conference, History | no comments

Job in Comparative Political Theory at SOAS

See here.

February 7, 2015 Posted by | Comparative Political Theory, Job Opening | no comments

Conference on Contemporary Buddhism in Ljubljana

International Symposium

BRIDGES BETWEEN ASIA AND EUROPE: BUDDHISM IN CONTEMPORARY SOCIETIES

University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Arts, Blue Room

March 12th – 14th 2015

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February 7, 2015 Posted by | Buddhism, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Conference | no comments

New IEP entries on Chinese Philosophy

An overview of topics in Chinese philosophy, by Ronnie Littlejohn; and an article on gender in Chinese philosophy, by Lijuan Shen and Paul D’Ambrosio. Looking forward to reading these in their entirety!

 

February 5, 2015 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学 | 2 comments

Workshop: Infusing Asian Philosophy into the Traditional Curriculum

Hey, Everyone,

I’m the program chair for the SACP panels at the APA East meeting, and I’m thinking of running a workshop for non-Asianists who want to include some Asian philosophy in the classroom.

The reason I’m writing is that I’m looking for ideas.

First let me tell you how I’m thinking about it. Suppose you could choose one text to include in a traditional philosophical anthology. The anthology would be in any specific area of philosophy or would be a basic introductory text. You would get to choose a short piece to represent any part of any Asian tradition that could be covered in one class period. That’s the first part of how to think about it. The second part of how to think of it would be: now what if a colleague came and asked you how to teach that text in the classroom? How would you explain it, or what kind of extra resources would you provide (in a reasonable amount) so that a non-Asianist could competently teach it without having to get a degree in it?

So, given those two ways of framing the issue, how should I approach this kind of panel? Should I open it to all Asian philosophy in general? Or should I focus on a specific philosophical area, such as ethics or epistemology? If the latter, which area would be a good first candidate?

Have any of your colleagues every shown an interest in such a thing? I broached the topic with a couple of colleagues today. One said that he’d be interested in a text from the Chinese tradition that he could use for an Intro class and would love to know how to teach it. Another said he’d be interested in an epistemology text from any non-Western tradition.

Do you think this kind of panel would garner any interest from non-Asianists at the meeting? Would people show up for a workshop on how to infuse Asian works of philosophy into their classrooms?

Finally, would any of you have an interest in answering this kind of call for papers? This would be pretty basic stuff from a specialist’s perspective.

Or is it a really bad idea to think that some non-Asianist could sit through a thirty minute lecture on an Asian text and then be competent to teach it?

Or is it a bad idea because we’d be ceding our turf?

All ideas are welcome. Feel free to shoot me down.

February 4, 2015 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Conference, Courses | 15 comments

New Book: Confucius and Wittgenstein

Jim Peterman’s Whose Tradition? Which Dao?: Confucius and Wittgenstein on Moral Learning and Reflection has been published; check it out.

January 31, 2015 Posted by | Books of Interest, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Confucius, Education Models | one comment

Postdoc in Non-Western Political Thought

Here is a 2-year postdoc position in Non-Western (Asian) Political Thought at Central European University (details here).  Deadline: Feb 28. 
 
Central European University (CEU) is an English-language, US-accredited graduate university located in Budapest. 
 
The position is offered by the Department of International Relations, but in the context of CEU’s interdepartmental Specialization in Political Thought. If you need more details about this position, please contact Prof. Alexander Astrov: astrova@ceu.hu

January 31, 2015 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Comparative Political Theory, Opportunities, Politics | no comments

Latest ISCWP Newsletter

The January 2015 ISCWP Newsletter is available from the society’s website. Among other things, new president XIAO Yang asks for feedback on possible new directions. Take a look! Comments here are also welcome.

January 31, 2015 Posted by | American Philosophical Association, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Organization News | no comments

SBE Interested in Confucian Persepctives

Members of the Society for Business Ethics are keen to add more Confucian (and other non-Western) voices to their conversations. One way to participate would be to submit a paper to their annual meeting; details follow!

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January 29, 2015 Posted by | Call for Papers (CFP), Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy | one comment

2015 AAR CFP

The Call for papers for the next annual meeting of the AAR has just been published. The meeting will be held in Atlanta.  The Confucian Traditions Group leadership would love to see you there.  Here is the Call for papers for the group:
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January 29, 2015 Posted by | Call for Papers (CFP), Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Confucianism, Religion | 2 comments

CFP ASACP Conference 2015

Australasian Society for Asian and Comparative Philosophy

ASACP Conference 2015: ASIAN PERSPECTIVES on MIND, ACTION and CULTIVATION

Monash University, Caulfield Campus, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 10-12 July 2015

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January 25, 2015 Posted by | Australia, Call for Papers (CFP), Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy | no comments

ISCWP Line-up at APA Pacific

At the APA (American Philosophical Association) Pacific Division Meeting (Vancouver, April 1-4, 2014). the ISCWP will sponsor two panels:

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January 25, 2015 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Organization News | no comments

Confucian Political Philosophy a Hot Topic in 2014

According to the Guangming Daily, “the interpretation of Confucian political philosophy” was one of the ten “hot” areas within Chinese academia in 2014. According to the newspaper’s staff, one of the key questions that scholars sought to answer was “What conceptual resources does the Confucian tradition have that can assist with the design of institutions in today’s China 儒家传统对今日中国之制度设计有哪些可资借鉴的思想资源?” For those with Chinese, some more details, and the other nine hot areas, are below. (It is item 3 on the list.)

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January 25, 2015 Posted by | China, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative Political Theory, Confucianism, Contemporary Confucianism, Philosophy in China, Political Theory, Politics | no comments

Hansen’s MOOC on edX

Chad Hansen has created a MOOC on edX called “Humanity and Nature in Chinese Thought,” available here. Here is some copy from the course description:

Think along with Classical Chinese masters as they explore and debate how and where we can find ethical guidance in nature.

We make ethical or behaviour guiding right / wrong judgments all the time but have you ever wondered where Ethics comes from, what it is about and why it is important? This course provides an introduction to traditional Chinese ethical thought and focuses on the pervasive contrast in the way Chinese and Westerners think about ethical guidance or guidance concerning what is right and what is wrong, good or bad.  Traditional Western orthodoxy uses the metaphor of a law – in its most familiar popular form, the command of a supernatural being backed by a threat of eternal punishment or reward – to explain ethical guidance. The Classical Chinese philosophers by contrast were all naturalists. They talked about ethical guidance using a path metaphor – a natural dào…

January 23, 2015 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Courses, Ethical Theory, Resources | no comments

Publication of volume: Masters of Disguise? – Conceptions and Misconceptions of ‘Rhetoric’ in Chinese Antiquity

The volume Masters of Disguise? – Conceptions and Misconceptions of ‘Rhetoric’ in Chinese Antiquity, edited by Wolfgang Behr and Lisa Indraccolo, has recently been published in a special issue of Asiatische Studien/ Études Asiatiques.

It can be accessed through http://www.degruyter.com/view/j/asia.2014.68.issue-4/issue-files/asia.2014.68.issue-4.xml for those who have access to DeGruyter online, and the contents page & introduction of the volume can be found under https://uzh.academia.edu/WolfgangBehr/Books.

A plaintext version of the contents follows below.

January 14, 2015 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学 | no comments

TOC: South China Quarterly 2015, no. 1

Read on for the table of contents of the new issue of South China Quarterly 《南國學術》:

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January 14, 2015 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Tables of Contents | no comments

WSP Publications

The Warring States Project has changed its distributor to the University Press of New England, and at least two WSP publications are forthcoming this spring, including The Emergence of China; for more information and ordering information, see here.

January 12, 2015 Posted by | Books of Interest, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Journal News | no comments

Pang Pu Passes Away

The eminent scholar of early Chinese thought Pang Pu 庞朴 has passed away; for a nice appreciation of his life and work, see here.

January 12, 2015 Posted by | China, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学 | 3 comments

New Classical Chinese Dictionary

I imagine that many blog readers — even those who love Pleco on their smartphones — will be keen to get ahold of this new dictionary of classical Chinese!

January 12, 2015 Posted by | Books of Interest, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Resource | 4 comments

AUF AUGENHÖHE — FESTSCHRIFT ZUM 65. GEBURTSTAG VON HEINER ROETZ

Please see below a message from Prof. Wolfgang Behr, University of Zurich.

***

Dear colleagues,

two days ago, Heiner Roetz turned 65 and was presented –to his great
surprise and visible pleasure!– with a Festschrift entitled “Auf
Augenhöhe” by some of his former students and current colleagues. Since
it contains quite a few articles on Chinese philosophy, especially for
those of you who read German, I am reproducing the table of contents
below.

Pages 5-38, including a tabula gratulatoria, a short appreciation and
full bibliography of Heiner Roetz’ work are available as PDFs here:
https://uzh.academia.edu/WolfgangBehr/Books

Best,
Wolfgang

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January 10, 2015 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学 | no comments

New “Traditional Culture” Textbooks in China

China Daily reports: “A series of textbooks featuring gems of traditional Chinese culture, including Analects of Confucius and The Art of War, will be used by primary and middle school students across China, reported Beijing Daily. The new textbooks, compiled by China Center of Traditional Culture, aim to cultivate youngsters’ values and characters by teaching them Confucian classics, poems, Chinese medicine and the like….”

See: http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2015-01/07/content_19262804.htm

January 8, 2015 Posted by | China, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Contemporary Confucianism | no comments

CFP: Special ACPA Panel at 2016 Eastern APA

Huaiyu Wang writes, on behalf of the ACPA:

Please find below a Call for Paper for the ACPA panels at APA Eastern at Washington DC, Jan. 2016. This time, we plan to have two panels commemorating the 20th Anniversary of ACPA in addition to the Dao Best Essay Award session. At the same time, Dao: A Journal of Comparative Philosophy will be commemorating its 15th Anniversary with a special issue/topic (please refer to the forthcoming call for paper by the journal editor for more information).

Moreover, ACPA and Dao plan to host a joint reception at APA 2016 that will feature a presentation by Dr. Huang Yong: “How to Publish in the Journal of DAO: A Message from the Editor-in-Chief,” to be followed with a Q&A Session.

Please see the below information for more details. We look forward to our members and friends to joining us in Washington DC for celebrating the achievements of the organization and the journal. We will keep you posted with update arrangements and please do not hesitate to let us know if you have any questions about and suggestions for this event.
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January 7, 2015 Posted by | American Philosophical Association, Call for Papers (CFP), Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Organization News | no comments

New Issue of Asian Philosophy

Asian Philosophy 24:4 has been published:

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December 29, 2014 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Tables of Contents | one comment

ECNU in Shanghai starting Chinese Phil MA Program

Paul D’Ambrosio of East China Normal University in Shanghai — one of the strong philosophy programs in China, which it has been my good fortune to visit a few times — writes with this news:

We are starting an English language Chinese Philosophy MA program here at ECNU. We can work with the students to get scholarships from the Chinese government that would include full tuition, housing (a single room with a bathroom, balcony, and a shared kitchen), and a 2,000rmb living expense each month. Our program will be two years, and the students are expected to take four classes each semester.

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December 29, 2014 Posted by | China, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Fellowships, Graduate study | 5 comments

Know the Analects?

Get a free tour of Qufu!

December 29, 2014 Posted by | Analects, China, Confucius | no comments

European Association for Chinese Philosophy

I recently received this announcement from Jana Rošker about the newly-established European Association for Chinese Philosophy. There has been a lot of activity in Chinese philosophy for a while, and it’s nice to see this new scholarly association to encourage it further.

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December 29, 2014 Posted by | Europe, Organization News | no comments

New Chinese Philosophy Postdoc Opportunity at Michigan

Funded by the Tang Junyi Lecture Fund and administered by the Department of Asian Languages & Cultures (ALC) and the Lieberthal-Rogel Center for Chinese Studies (LRCCS) at the University of Michigan, the Tang Junyi Postdoctoral Fellowship is open to scholars conducting well-designed research and writing projects on Chinese philosophy. One (1) fellow will be selected.

Eligibility:

– Research topics can cover any aspect of Chinese philosophy and philosophical thought.

– Candidates must be able to provide evidence of successful completion of their PhD degree by June of the year of appointment and may not be more than seven (7) years beyond receipt of the PhD.

– Applicants who do not have native command of English must include the date and score of the most recent TOEFL examination or other evidence of proficiency in English (such as a degree from a US university or a letter from an academic advisor).

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December 23, 2014 Posted by | Academia, Fellowships, Opportunities | no comments

Fudan English-Language Chinese Philosophy Programs

Here is information about the English-language programs in Chinese philosophy offered at Fudan University. We have had some discussion of them here before. and the feedback we’ve gathered has been consistently positive. I had an opportunity to give a lecture to some of the students in this program a year or so ago, and was impressed with the students! The application deadline and other information is below.

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December 21, 2014 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Programs of Study | 6 comments

SACP Panels at the Upcoming APA East Meeting

The Society for Asian and Comparative Philosophy will host two panels at the upcoming APA conference in Philadelphia.  If you are going to the conference be sure not to miss these two panels of outstanding scholars.

December 27th, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Panel GI-5
Topic: Philosophy of Language in Early China
Chair: Susan Blake
Speakers:
Jane Geaney (University of Richmond): “A Language Crisis? Early Chinese Metalinguistic Terms from a Comparative Perspective”
Dan Robins (University of Hong Kong): “Later Mohist Nominalism”
Susan Blake (Indiana University): “Disputation and Names in the Zhuangzi”
Stephen Walker (University of Chicago): “Systematically Misleading Expressions in Zhuangzi 25”

 

December 29th, 1:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Panel GIX-3
Topic: Comparative Perspectives in East Asian Philosophy
Chair: James McRae
Speakers:
Ai Yuan (University of Oxford): “Embracing the Unavoidable: Zhiming (知命) in Mencius and Zhuangzi”
Brad Cokelet (University of Miami): “Spontaneous Agency and Neo-Kantian Constitutivism”
Paul D’Ambrosio (East China Normal University): “Justice vs. Harmony: Li Zehou’s Historical Approach to Global Ethics”
Hwa Yeong Wang (Binghamton University): “A Feminist Reconstruction of Emotions in Korean Neo-Confucianism”
James McRae (Westminster College): “From Kyōsei to Kyōei: Symbiotic Flourishing in Japanese Environmental Ethics”

December 20, 2014 Posted by | American Philosophical Association, Conference | no comments

New articles on Democracy and on Confucianism

Two new articles in the latest China: An International Journal may be of interest, one on “Chinese democracy” and one on “Confucianism” and Chinese labor activism.

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December 20, 2014 Posted by | China, Comparative philosophy, Comparative Political Theory, Confucianism, Contemporary Confucianism, Democracy | no comments

More new content at SEP

The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy has added some great new content related to Chinese philosophy, some of it discussed here. The latest is a new article on the Zhuangzi by Chad Hansen. (One of these days I hope I will finish my own article on “Chinese Social and Political Philosophy”….) Congratulations, Chad.

December 20, 2014 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Daoism, Zhuangzi | 10 comments

NYT on Ted Slingerland’s Trying Not To Try

A nice article on Ted Slingerland’s recent book!

December 20, 2014 Posted by | Books of Interest, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy | one comment

Two New Books

Two valuable new works:

Congratulations to both authors!

December 20, 2014 Posted by | Books of Interest, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Contemporary Confucianism | no comments

New book: Worlding Multiculturalisms

Worlding Multiculturalisms: The Politics of Inter-Asian Dwelling (edited by Daniel Goh) in the Routledge Series of Political Theories in East Asian Context has just published. Please find the website below in case you are interested.
http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9781138781177/
Worlding multiculturalisms are practices that infuse our arbitrary cultural lives with new things from other cultures in poetic ways to enable us to dwell and be at home with the complexity of the world. In the context of the crisis of multiculturalism in the West and the growing obsolescence of state-based multiculturalism in the postcolonial world, this book offers examples of new practices of worlding multiculturalisms that go beyond issues of immigration, integration and identity. Contrasting Western and Asian notions of
multiculturalism, this book does not focus on state issues, but rather, highlights manifestations of cultural exchange.

December 16, 2014 Posted by | Books of Interest, Comparative philosophy | one comment

New book on Confucian revival

A promising-looking new collection of essays on the multi-faceted revival of Confucianism in contemporary China, to be released in February by SUNY Press:

The Sage Returns: Confucian Revival in Contemporary China

Summary

Until its rejection by reformers and revolutionaries in the twentieth century, Confucianism had been central to Chinese culture, identity, and thought for centuries. Confucianism was rejected by both Nationalists under Chiang Kai-shek and Mao Zedong’s Communist Party, which characterized it as an ideology of reaction and repression. Yet the sage has returned: today, Chinese people from all walks of life and every level of authority are embracing Confucianism. As China turned away from the excesses of the Cultural Revolution and experienced the adoption and challenges of market practices, alternatives were sought to the prevailing socialist morality. Beginning in the 1980s and continuing through the years, ideas, images, behaviors, and attitudes associated with Confucianism have come back into public and private life. In this volume, scholars from a wide range of disciplines explore the contemporary Confucian revival in China, looking at Confucianism and the state, intellectual life, and popular culture. Contributors note how the revival of Confucianism plays out in a variety of ways, from China’s relationship with the rest of the world, to views of capitalism and science, to blockbuster movies and teenage fashion.

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December 13, 2014 Posted by | Books of Interest, China, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Confucianism, Contemporary Confucianism | 2 comments

Conference on De 德 (Virtue) and Mei 美 (Beauty)

International Conference on De德 (Virtue) and Mei 美 (Beauty) in Chinese Philosophy

国际学术研讨会(2015, 3月25-27)

In order to promote a deeper understanding of philosophy and culture among civilizations and encourage further professional and cultural exchanges between China and Europe we will hold the conference on virtues and beauty in Venice, Italy, March 25-27, 2015.

为了加深对世界文明的理解和推动中国与欧洲的学术交流,我们将2015年3月25-27在意大利威尼斯大学共同举办首届国际中国德性与美学术研讨会。

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December 10, 2014 Posted by | Aesthetics, Call for Papers (CFP), Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Conference | no comments

Korean Philosophy Conference

You may have noticed this information in my recent post about the NAKPA, but in case you didn’t, here is the official poster for the Korean and Comparative Philosophy and History of Philosophy conference that will be held at City University of Hong Kong, Dec. 12-13, 2014.

December 10, 2014 Posted by | Comparative philosophy, Conference, Confucianism, Korea, Korean Philosophy, Neo-Confucianism | no comments

AAS Small Grants Program

For current AAS members, the China and Inner Asia Small Grant Program may be of interest:

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December 8, 2014 Posted by | Opportunities | no comments

Review of Crane, Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Dao

Here is another in our occasional series of book reviews. Thanks to Mat for doing this, and comments are, of course, welcome!

Mathew A. Foust       Central Connecticut State University

Review of Sam Crane, Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Dao: Ancient Chinese Thought in Modern American Life (UK: Wiley Blackwell, 2013), xi + 201 pp.

Sam Crane intends this volume for “people who have an interest in seeing how ancient Chinese thought might cast new light on the present day but who are not yet familiar with the time-honored works” (3), with the belief that Chinese thought can “show us something about our world and ourselves that we might otherwise not see” (10). More specifically, Crane applies concepts and theories from Confucianism and Daoism to several contemporary issues dotting the American landscape. After a chapter explaining key concepts of Confucianism and Daoism, Crane explores how these teachings might be brought to bear on debates arising in virtually every sphere of human life, from birth (e.g., the issue of abortion) to death (e.g., the issue of euthanasia). Although his arguments are occasionally strained by inadequate textual support, his volume is largely able to achieve its stated objectives.

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December 8, 2014 Posted by | Book Review, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Comparative Political Theory, Confucianism, Confucius, Contemporary Confucianism | no comments

NAKPA Newsletter

Many readers will be interested in the doings of the North American Korean Philosophy Association (NAKPA), the newsletter of which follows. 


The NAKPA COURIER

A Quarterly E-Newsletter of the North American Korean Philosophy Association
No. 4, December, 2014

 

Season’s Greetings from the Desktop Editor

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

Greetings once again from Omaha, Nebraska, US! I hope this letter finds you and all your loved ones well. First of all, we have just launched our Facebook page “North American Korean Philosophical Association” so please visit and “like” us. (I am indebted to Joe Bolling for this project).

In this issue of the NAKPA Courier, you are able to find the full program of the conference Korean and Comparative Philosophy and History of Philosophy that will be held at City University of Hong Kong, Dec. 12-13, 2014. In addition, the full program of the two sessions on Korean philosophy at the upcoming Eastern APA (American Philosophical Associations) in Philadelphia in December 2014, the session at the Central APA (St. Louis) in February 2015 and also one at the Pacific APA (Seattle) in April 2015 can be found. The first will be focused on the Korean traditional philosophy in general, the second one on the Korean Studies on the Book of Changes, and the last one on the Korean political philosophy. (For details, see the section below.)  I am also pleased to let you know that “The Spirit of Korean Philosophy: Six Debates and Their Significance,” an international conference recently held in Omaha under the auspice of University of Nebraska at Omaha as well as the Academy of Korean Studies and NAKPA, went very well.

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December 8, 2014 Posted by | American Philosophical Association, Comparative philosophy, Korea, Korean Philosophy, Organization News | no comments

Explaining Daoism with help from RZA

Here.

December 4, 2014 Posted by | Daodejing, Daoism, Popular Culture | 3 comments

Midwest Conference in Chinese Thought Call for Papers announced

CALL FOR PAPERS

 

11th Annual Midwest Conference on Chinese Thought

North Central College, Naperville, IL

May 1-2, 2015

 

The Midwest Conference on Chinese Thought was created to foster dialogue and interaction between scholars and students working on Chinese thought across different disciplines and through a variety of approaches. Submissions are invited for papers on any aspect of Chinese thought, as well as papers dealing with comparative issues that engage Chinese perspectives.

This year’s conference will be held on Friday, May 1 and Saturday, May 2 at North Central College in Naperville, IL (30 miles west of Chicago). Our keynote speaker will be Donald Harper, Professor of East Asian Languages and Civilizations, University of Chicago. Dr. Harper will discuss the three groups of ancient Laozi manuscripts—the bamboo-slip manuscripts from Guodian, the silk manuscripts from Mawangdui, and the looted bamboo-slip manuscripts acquired by Peking University—from the perspective of current manuscript culture studies and the New Philology in European and Anglo-American textual studies. All three groups of manuscripts predate the first century BCE imperial editorial project which was a defining moment in the formation of the ancient intellectual texts that survive today in printed editions. Ranging in date between 300 and 100 BCE, the three groups of Laozi manuscripts permit us to consider the earlier formation and circulation of the Laozi based on actual manuscripts, and can be the basis for a reassessment of the “original” Laozi.

Please submit a 1-page abstract to Brian Hoffert at bhoffert@noctrl.edu by January 31, 2015 for blind review. For more information about the conference, go to www.indiana.edu/~mcct/home.php or contact Brian Hoffert at bhoffert@noctrl.edu.

December 4, 2014 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学 | no comments

Academic Book Costs

Given the energetic interest (e.g. here, recently) in academic book prices that are clearly pitched to institutional library collections and not for the average disposable income of individuals, I thought perhaps we could discuss this in a separate post and if we’re lucky, some of the blog readers who are in the publishing end could weigh in. At the very least, it might provide a forum in which to find out what goes into the decision to print a hardcover, library volume exclusively — I suppose something more illuminating than “there isn’t a market big enough for a softcover printing” would be nice. Comments from all sides are welcome.

Please keep comments civil — I know there is frustration out there but it may be constructive not to rage against the machine in this context.

December 3, 2014 Posted by | Academia, Book Prices, Publishing | 26 comments

New Blog on Being an Asian in Philosophy

Readers may be interested in this new blog:

This blog contains narratives of personal experiences, submitted by readers, of life in philosophy as a person of color. Some of these stories will undoubtedly be accounts of racial bias, whether explicit, unconscious, or institutional. However, other posts will be accounts of progress being undertaken or achieved.

This is a project of several philosophers of all colors, moderated by a group of philosophy faculty from a variety of institutions. It is partly inspired by the thoughtful conversations that grew up around the blog What is it Like to be a Woman in Philosophy.

We invite everyone to contribute. Many posts will be written by people of color in philosophy. But we hope that not all will be.

We plan to post a new story every day or as they are submitted. Please click on the ‘Send a Story’ link to submit a story anonymously.

December 2, 2014 Posted by | Academia, Profession | no comments

ToC: Dao 13:4

The latest issue of Tao has been published.

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December 2, 2014 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Japanese philosophy, Tables of Contents | no comments

New Frontiers of Philosophy in China published

Frontiers of Philosophy in China 9:3 has been published, and is available on-line. Among other things, there are reviews of:

  • Brook Ziporyn, Ironies of Oneness and Difference: Coherence in Early Chinese Thought; Prolegomena to the Study of Li 理. (By Steve Coutinho)
  • Stephen C. Angle, Contemporary Confucian Political Philosophy: Toward Progressive Confucianism. (By WANG Kun)
  • Erica Fox Brindley, Music, Cosmology, and the Politics of Harmony in Early China. (By Heinrich Geiger)

In case some readers do not have access to this journal, I will add here some snippets from these three reviews.

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December 1, 2014 Posted by | Book Review, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Comparative Political Theory, Contemporary Confucianism | no comments

Reading the Old in the Light of the Newly Discovered: Chinese Philosophy and Ancient Chinese Texts

Macquarie University, Sydney, will be the first in Australia to host an international conference on ancient Chinese thought and the newly recovered ancient bamboo and silk texts, from 8th to 10th December 2014.

Organized by Chinese Studies of the Department of International Studies (Languages and Cultures), Faculty of Arts, the symposium will focus on the latest research of international importance: traditional Chinese thought in the newly recovered ancient texts.

Dates and Venues:

Day 1 – Monday 8th December
Opening Ceremony – 9:30 for 10:00am – 11:00am, Macquarie University Art Gallery, Building E11A
RSVP: dsklee@bigpond.net.au. Limited seats are available.
Conference begins 11:30am – 5:15pm, C5C T1 Theatre (Open to all, free admission)

Day 2 – Tuesday 9th December
9:00am- 5:15pm, Tuesday, W5C 220.

Day 3 – Wednesday 10th December
9:00am- 5:15pm, Wednesday, W5C220

Contact
For details, please contact Dr Shirley Chan, shirley.chan@mq.edu.au, +612 98507021

Programme 1-12a Extract

In the past four decades, the discovery of previously unknown texts dating to the fourth century BCE and to the Han Dynasty, as well as older versions of known texts, has revolutionized the study of early Chinese philosophy and history. The texts are of great significance in understanding the development of the major strands in Chinese thought particularly what we now speak of as “Daoism” and “Confucianism” — that have had enduring significance in many Asian cultures, and in allowing us a fresh opportunity to ask crucial questions about ancient Chinese culture and history. Experts and key researchers in the fields of early Chinese writing and classical Chinese thought are being invited to contribute to the discussion of the topics in terms of modes of manuscript production, Chinese intellectual history, and new interpretations of Chinese thought as revealed in these newly recovered texts. The conference has received overwhelming response from international and local scholars. We expect the bilingual discussion to provide a rare platform for exchange among Chinese and Western scholars, significantly advancing the frontiers of knowledge of early China and traditional Chinese culture. Admission to the conference is free.

There are more than 30 speakers from universities in Australia, China, America, Singapore and Hong Kong including the following:

* Australian National University
* Beijing Normal University
* Bohai University
* Capital Normal University
* Chinese Academy of Social Sciences
* DePaul University
* East China Normal University
* Fudan University
* University of Hawaii
* University of Hong Kong
* Hubei University of Economics
* Ji’ning University
* Lehigh University
* Macquarie University
* University of Melbourne
* Nanjing University
* National University of Singapore
* Peking University
* University of Sydney
* University of Technology Sydney
* Tsinghua University
* Wuhan University

More information is available at: http://arts.mq.edu.au/news_and_events/events/faculty_conferences/reading_the_old_in_the_light_of_the_newly_discovered_chinese_philosophy_and_ancient_chinese_texts

 

December 1, 2014 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学 | no comments

CFP: Education and the Hong Kong Umbrella Movement

This is a call for submissions to a special issue of the journal Educational Philosophy and Theory, which will be edited by Liz Jackson and Timothy O’Leary of the University of Hong Kong.

The Umbrella Movement, a student-led series of protests, occupations and collaborations across different social groups, has permanently altered the social and political landscape of Hong Kong. In marked contrast to the depoliticized, capitalist orientation that predominated in the public sphere in the past, the Umbrella Movement is marked by youth performance of alternative values of collaboration, accountability, and communitarian care. Participants in the Umbrella Movement, both students and educators, are finding new ways to nurture experiential learning in student-authored contexts, in contrast with the teacher- and test-centered education historically customary in Hong Kong. Resistance to the conservative political values of Hong Kong, that preclude local youth democratic participation in revising and reshaping the society, lies at the heart of this movement.

This Special Issue of Educational Philosophy and Theory examines the Umbrella Movement as not only a political movement, but also an alternative form of education that is framed by student resistance and the desire by young people to reclaim their cultural, social, and political world.

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November 30, 2014 Posted by | Call for Papers (CFP), Hong Kong, Pedagogy, Politics, Popular Culture | no comments