2/25/15: Upon review this blog has been edited significantly for grammatical correctness and clarity. I apologize for any glaring difficulties and hope that this revised version is easier to follow.
Synopsis: This paper-length blog post covers some of the developments in the gay-marriage debate among contemporary Confucian scholars. Throughout this piece I summarize and reconsider some of the proposed stances that some modern Confucian scholars take towards same-sex marriage. I consider what I call the Mengzi/Child Argument, the Metaphyiscal Argument, the Ren Argument, and the Institutional Argument.
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A note from Keith Knapp:
This is just a quick reminder that the deadline for sending in proposals for the Southeast Early China Roundtable annual meeting is fast approaching. It is this Saturday, August 1.
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Although Zhou texts have been extensively commented upon for nearly 2,500 years, recent events have fundamentally altered the way these texts are understood. These events include the still-influential Doubting Antiquity movement, discovery of previously unknown manuscripts during excavations, archaeology of material culture that expands our knowledge of Zhou life, and new phonetic restorations of ancient Chinese. In present day China, some early texts have been adapted into popular culture — the Confucian scholar Yu Dan has become a celebrity based on her charismatic presentation of the Lunyu.
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A new issue of Asian Philosophy is available and can be found here.
Dear Colleagues,The School of History, Philosophy, and Religion at Oregon State University in Corvallis, Oregon invites applications from specialists in Buddhist Studies (Asian Buddhism) for a full-time tenure-track appointment at the Assistant Professor level, effective September 16, 2016. Teaching responsibilities are five courses per academic year.
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Publication opportunity (non-peer-reviewed) for articles on “early Chinese self-cultivation”. On July 1st, 2015, Paul Fischer (Western Kentucky University) and Lin Zhipeng 林志鵬 (Fudan University) hosted a workshop in Shanghai on early Chinese self-cultivation (entitled 治氣養心之術——中國早期修身方法), hosted by the 復旦大學中華文明國際研究中心. (Please find the schedule attached.) The Center is willing to publish the collected papers of the workshop, but have allowed us to expand the volume somewhat. Therefore we are seeking submissions from non-participants to be included in this volume.
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Fellow committee member, Leah Kalmanson, is looking for respondents for an Author Meets Readers panel for the Central APA meetings in Chicago in March. Please contact her directly if you are interested. Find her contact info below.
The APA’s Committee on Asian and Asian-American Philosophers and Philosophies (CAAAPP) will be hosting an author-meets-reader panel at the next meeting of the APA Central Division (Chicago, March 2-5) for Peter K. J. Park’s recent book Africa, Asia, and the History of Philosophy: Racism in the Formation of the Philosophical Canon. Prof. Park’s work has already generated some conversation here at Warp, Weft, and Way. We are currently looking for respondents to serve on the panel. If you would be interested in attending the next Central meeting and serving as a respondent on our author-meets-reader panel, please contact Leah Kalmanson at email@example.com.
The Society for the Study of Early China is pleased to announce that its Fourth Annual Meeting will take place in Seattle on 31 March 2016. As in past years, the Society for the Study of Early China is pleased to hold its meeting in conjunction with the Association for Asian Studies’ Annual Conference. Registration for the AAS event is not required for those who attend only the SSEC meeting.
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Chenyang Li and Franklin Perkins (eds.), Chinese Metaphysics and Its Problems, Cambridge University Press, 2015, 242 pp., $95.00 (hbk), ISBN 9781107093508.
Reviewed by Joseph A. Adler, Professor Emeritus of Asian Studies and Religious Studies, Kenyon College
Read on-line at NDPR.
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Bryan W. Van Norden comments here.
The latest issue of Frontiers of Philosophy in China has been published. The table of contents is also located below:
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Here is the Call for Papers for the Society for Ethics Across the Curriculum’s upcoming 2015 conference, which will be held at Clemson University on October 8-10, 2015. The theme is “Ethics Without Borders,” and they are explicitly interested in cross-cultural and comparative issues.
Daniel A. Bell’s new book, The China Model: Political Meritocracy and the Limits of Democracy (Princeton, 2015) has been published. Amazon is here. Unsurprisingly, the book is occasioning considerable discussion. One early review is here. Comments (and references to other reviews) are welcome!
Émilie Frenkiel’s new book, Conditional Democracy: The Contemporary Debate on Political Reform in Chinese Universities (ECPR Press, 2015) has been published. Click here for more information.
Over the next few weeks you’ll be seeing a new name here on the blog: Max Fong, a student of mine at Wesleyan, is working this summer as a research assistant and will be helping out with some of the blog postings. Thanks, Max!
Call for Papers and Abstracts: ACPA at 2016 Pacific APA
Submission deadline: September 14, 2015
Association of Chinese Philosophers in North America (ACPA) Group Meeting at the 2016 Pacific Division Meeting of the American Philosophical Association (APA)
March 30, 2016 – April 3, 2016 at the Westin St. Francis Hotel, San Francisco CA.
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University of Hawaii Press has recently published a new book edited by Roger Ames and Nakajima Takahiro called Zhuangzi and the Happy Fish. The Table of Contexts can be viewed at Amazon.
Erica Lucast Stonestreet’s review at NDPR of Nancy E. Snow (ed.), Cultivating Virtue: Perspectives from Philosophy, Theology, and Psychology (Oxford University Press, 2015) highlights Ted Slingerland’s contribution to the volume, nicely bringing Chinese philosophy into this broader conversation.
A thought-provoking post at China Policy on various strands in current Chinese discourse about “values” (Confucian, universal, civilizational, and otherwise).
From Livia Kohn:
The Journal of Daoist Studies has several openings for an academic paper, no more than 10,000 words, to be published in the next issue: vol. 9, Feb. 2016.
Please send to “firstname.lastname@example.org” soon, if possible before August 1.
“The centrality of marriage to the human condition makes it unsurprising that the institution has existed for millennia and across civilizations. Since the dawn of history, marriage has transformed strangers into relatives, binding families and societies together. Confucius taught that marriage lies at the foundation of government. 2 Li Chi: Book of Rites 266 (C. Chai & W. Chai eds., J. Legge transl. 1967). This wisdom was echoed centuries later and half a world away by Cicero, who wrote, “The first bond of society is marriage; next, children; and then the family.” See De Officiis 57 (W. Miller transl. 1913). There are untold references to the beauty of marriage in religious and philosophical texts spanning time, cultures, and faiths, as well as in art and literature in all their forms.” [Read full opinion here.]
I’m not sure for how long, but the current Journal of Chinese Philosophy is available for free access here: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/jocp.2014.41.issue-1-2/issuetoc . Though it is the most recent and current, Volume 41, it is dated March – June 2014.
Henry Rosemont’s review of Barry Allen’s new book on Chinese epistemology, Vanishing Into Things (Harvard University Press, 2015), has just been published at NDPR. Looks terrific!
Jaeyoon Song’s important study of Song dynasty political thinking, Traces of Grand Peace: Classics and State Activism in Imperial China, now has a webpage and is scheduled for publication in November. Congratulations, Jaeyoon!
An interesting-sounding lecture that touches on the possible “new life” to be found in the Neo-Confucian compendium, Reflections on Things at Hand; June 18th at Taiwan Normal University:
主講人：朱浤源教授 （中央研究院 近代史研究所）、呂榮海律師 （蔚理法律事務所）
主持人：潘朝陽教授 （國立臺灣師範大學 東亞學系）
地 點：臺師大誠大樓九樓 政治學研究所多功能會議室
The latest issue of Telos (171; Summer, 2015) contains a special section on the debate over “universal values” in China. Here is the on-line introduction to the issue; the Table of Contents follows.
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Paul Fischer (Western Kentucky University; currently visiting at Fudan) writes with information about a workshop on Chinese self-cultivation, to be held at Fudan on July 1. All are welcome! Please contact Dr. Fischer with any questions.
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The latest issue of the China-based, English-language Journal of Chinese Humanities has been published, and contains a number of articles related to Chinese philosophy (especially Confucianism):
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It has just come to my attention that Volume 19, Number 4 of Chinese Review International has been published. This is dated 2012, but they have been running behind. I’m not sure how recently this issue was published, but anyway it’s new to me, and perhaps to some readers. Several recent books in Chinese philosophy are reviewed, including works by Jiang Qing, Michael Ing, Paul Fraser, and more. For those without institutional access, Yuri Pines’s review of Jiang Qing is also available on his Academia.edu site.
On behalf of the organizers, I’d like to announce two forthcoming events at the Department of Asian and African Studies, Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana (Slovenia).
The first one is a summer school on Wei, Jin, Nanbei Period and the Importance of Transition to be held 2-9 September 2015 in Korte (Slovenia). Applications are invited from graduate students as well doctoral degree holders. There is no tuition fee and the costs of full board are covered by Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation. Participants should cover their own travel expenses to Ljubljana, transportation between Ljubljana and the summer school venue will be provided by the organizers. A letter of motivation as well as further enquires should be sent to email@example.com by 1 July 2015. For more information, see here.
The second one is a conference in the Special Topics in Chinese Studies (STCS) series to be held 11-13 December 2015 in Ljubljana (Slovenia). This year’s topic is Comparative Perspectives: Islam, Confucianism and Buddhism. Proposals are invited for panels, roundtable discussions, and individual papers addressing the conference theme as outlined in the Call for Papers. Abstracts of no more than 250 words should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org by 25 August 2015. For more information, see here.
The Center for East Asian and Comparative Philosophy (CEACOP) at the City University of Hong Kong is offering a one-year postdoctoral fellowship in political philosophy/theory to begin in Fall 2015. Requirements include a PhD in Philosophy/Political Science, with specialization in Political Philosophy/Theory and no more than 3 years’ postdoctoral experience. Familiarity with Comparative Political Theory/East Asian Philosophy would be an advantage, but is not essential.
For more information and to apply, see: http://www.cityu.edu.hk/hro/en/job/current/administrative.asp?ref=ur-cr985
P. J. Ivanhoe’s new book, Confucian Reflections: Ancient Wisdom for Modern Times (Rutledge, 2015) has been published. Congratulations! Click here for more information.
The new issue of Philosophy Compass features two articles dealing with Chinese philosophy, continuing its consistent string of high-quality articles in our area.
NCCU Sheng Yen Postdoctoral Fellowship in Chinese Buddhist Philosophy, 2015-2016
With the generous support of the Sheng Yen Educational Foundation, the Research Group in Buddhist Philosophy at the National Chengchi University (NCCU) is pleased to invite applications for a one-year postdoctoral research fellowship. The term of the appointment is August 1, 2015, to July 31, 2016.
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While not directly on Chinese philosophy, Christopher Beckwith’s new Greek Buddha: Pyrrho’s Encounter with Early Buddhism in Central Asia (Princeton, 2015) is certainly provocative for its argument about early Buddhist influence on Pyrrho, and deserves a wide readership.
The deadline for submitting abstracts for the 4th Northeast Conference on Chinese Thought has been extended to June 15, 2015. Interested scholars should send an abstract of no more than one single-spaced page, plus a current CV, to Tom Radice (email@example.com) and Xiaomei Yang (firstname.lastname@example.org). All files should either be in Word or .pdf format.
The conference will be held at Southern Connecticut State University on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 7-8, 2015.
Please refer to the original link for full details.
At a recent event in China, a colleague — relatively new to the China scene — asked me why there was so much interest in the topics of “livelihood” on the parts of the Chinese scholars at our interdisciplinary conference Here is a partial explanation: “On Xi Jinping’s Thought Regarding People’s Livelihood.”
The latest issue of Dao: A Journal of Comparative Philosophy has been published. The Table of Contents is here. Among other things, it contains an article by David Wong called “Early Confucian Philosophy and the Development of Compassion,” along with replies to Wong’s essay by several scholar.
Please see below for the lineup of our two panels at the upcoming 2016 APA Eastern meeting. If you are interested in chairing a panel or commenting on one of the papers, please email Sarah Mattice shortly. Thank you.
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The 11th East-West Philosophers’ Conference: “Place”
Wednesday May 25-Tuesday May 31, 2016
Call for Proposals
Humanity takes up space. In this, humanity is no different from other species. Humanity also purposefully transforms space, but is not unique in doing so. Other species also reshape the spaces they occupy to serve their purposes: birds create nests, bees create hives and beavers create dams. What seems to be uniquely human is the disposition to qualitatively transform spaces into places that are charged with distinctive kinds of significance.
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A New Book: Chinese Metaphysics and Its Problems, Chenyang Li and Franklin Perkins (eds.), Cambridge University Press (2015). [Amazon link]
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Numbers and discussion here.
We are now accepting submissions for our next issue, with a focus on the theme “Literature of the Ming and Qing Dynasties.”
Journal of Chinese Humanities (JOCH) is an English-language extension of Wen Shi Zhe (Journal of Literature, History and Philosophy), one of mainland China’s most respected humanities journals. JOCH focuses on presenting scholarly work on various aspects of China’s traditional culture and society. It is our goal to foster international dialogue on important issues in Chinese studies and provide a platform for academic exchange. Continue reading “Call for Papers, Journal of Chinese Humanities”
Erin Cline of Georgetown University has published a new book with Columbia University Press, Families of Virtue: Confucian and Western Views on Childhood Development. Congratulations, Erin! The Columbia U. P. website is here; read on for a description.
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Scott Barnwell revisits one of our favorite topics:
Off and on over the past 18 months I’ve been working on a new essay for my blog series “Classical Daoism – Is There Really Such a Thing?” The essay is on Wuwei 無為 and whether it could be considered a defining feature of a group or tradition we call (early) Daoism. I’ve got some thoughts I hope some may feel like addressing. As far as I can tell, wuwei does not have just one meaning or usage. I think there are a few different uses and would like to know if others would differentiate them as I do.
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Via Feminist Philosophers, I learned of this paper by Don Howard, entitled “The History That We Are: Philosophy as Discipline and the Multiculturalism Debate.” A couple of excerpts:
The hypothesis that I want to put forward here is that the conception of the “philosophical” underlying this state of affairs does not correspond to a timeless Platonic form, but that it is instead a construction undertaken in a specific cultural context, at a specific historical moment, for some very specific reasons, not all of which have to do with the love of wisdom. The time is the end of the eighteenth and the beginning of the nineteenth century. The place is northern Europe, chiefly, though not exclusively, Prussia and Hanover.
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Two new articles about the Peng Bird in as many days! Here’s one about a Zhuangzi-inspired art installation at the 56th Venice Biennale. More information on the installation, along with some pictures, here.
A new article by Bryan W. Van Norden at The National Interest.
For those of you who may have been unceremoniously dropped from your email subscriptions (to new post notifications) when our site underwent a “routine” update a couple of months ago, we have added a different — and more convenient, by Postmatic’s own advertising — subscription service from on the far right menu.
One of the new features that I haven’t tested yet is the ability to comment directly from the email in which the post is sent. I guess we will find out soon enough.
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For those in Taiwan, this lecture on the future of cross-straits relations from a Confucian perspective may be of interest; it is announced as the first in a new series of lectures of Confucian perspectives on contemporary civil society issues):
This is a highly competitive fellowship with a generous stipend. Scholars who have been awarded their PhDs after January 2011, or who are expecting the award of their degree imminently, are eligible to apply: UNSW Vice Chancellor’s postdoctoral research fellowships
Applicants should have publications in peer-reviewed scholarly journals and with reputable publishers. They should also discuss future publishing plans. The application pack is available here: UNSW Postdoc Application Pack
If you have questions about a post-doc fellowship in Chinese philosophy, please contact A/Prof Karyn Lai (email@example.com)
As I have already mentioned, on Friday May 15, there will be an all-day symposium on Joseph Chan’s book Confucian Perfectionism at HKU. There are at least two other Chinese-philosophy related events taking place next week in Hong Kong (please let me know if you know of others!):
- On Thursday May 14, David Wong (Duke University) will be speaking on “Moral Beauty” at HKU (Room 966, 9/F, The Jockey Club Tower) at 4:30pm.
- On Wednesday May 13, I will be speaking on “Varieties of Knowing in Neo-Confucianism” at the Center for East Asian and Comparative Philosophy, HK City University (Conference Room 1, To Yuen Building), 4:00pm.
We would like to extend the deadline for our CFP for APA Eastern 2016 to May 8. As we mentioned before
, – and I’d like to clarify further – though the main theme of the celebration is about methodologies for Chinese and comparative philosophy, we basically welcome papers that deal with any aspects of Chinese and comparative philosophy in general. If you’d like to submit for the DAO special issue for this event, I suppose you will need to clarify the methodology of your study. For the purpose of the ACPA panel, however, this is not an imperative as long as there is a reasonable methodology underlying your research.
Thanks for your attention and all the best,
Sungmoon Kim, ed., Confucianism, Law and Democracy in Contemporary Korea (Rowman and Littlefield International; CEACOP Series in East Asian Comparative Ethics, Politics and Philosophy of Law) has been published. Congratulations to all involved: it looks terrific!
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2015 Nishan Confucian Studies Summer Institute: International Program for Teachers of Chinese Studies
The International Program for Teachers of Chinese Culture is an invitation to spend a month reading the Confucian classics with world-renowned experts Roger T. Ames, Chenshan Tian and other distinguished comparative philosophy and Confucian scholars at a newly established Confucian academy at the site of Confucius’s birth, career, and death.
Application deadline: June 1, 2015
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The Cambridge History of China: Volume 5. The Five Dynasties and Sung China, 960–1279 AD, Part 2 has been published. Part 1 contained overviews of each reign; this volume looks at the period topically, including important contributions to the periods intellectual history by Peter Bol and Hoyt Tillman. See “inside the book” with Amazon here.
The submission deadline for paper or panel proposals to the ISCWP for next year’s Eastern APA has been extended to May 4. The rest of the details can be seen here.
Today seems to be Daoism Day here at Warp, Weft, and Way. A new book:
Daoism in Japan: Chinese traditions and their influence on Japanese religious culture
Edited by Jeffrey L. Richey
Routledge – 2015 – 268 pages