Many hold that for Confucius the family is the model for organized political society in some sense; that Confucius regarded the norms for relations beyond the family as largely based on the norms for relations with kin. Here I follow Joseph Chan in challenging that view.
DEADLINE: JUNE 30, 2016
[We are moving this to the top temporarily because of the approaching deadline for abstracts.]
We hereby request submissions of abstracts for the Fifth Northeast Conference on Chinese Thought (NECCT), to be held at the University of Bridgeport (Bridgeport, CT) on Saturday and Sunday, November 5-6, 2016.
Interested scholars should send an abstract of no more than one single-spaced page, plus a current CV, to Manyul Im (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Hagop Sarkissian (email@example.com) no later than June 30, 2016. All files should either be in Word or .pdf format. Please make the subject line of the email read as follows: NECCT 2016 Submission.
The goals of the conference are twofold: Continue reading “Call for Abstracts: Fifth Northeast Conference on Chinese Thought (NECCT)”
Palgrave MacMillan has published Wang Zhongjiang’s Order in Early Chinese Excavated Texts, translated by M. Tadd. More information here.
A wonderful and amusing reflection on the recent conference in Vilnius!
Mark Csikszentmihalyi (UC Berkeley) will be speaking on “Confucian Religion, Confucian Philosophy, and The Double Lens of Comparative Studies” on June 25 at Sungkyunkwan University in Korea. More information is here, and the abstract follows.
See here for a video in which Leigh Jenco gives an overview of her book Changing Referents: Learning Across Space and Time in China and The West (OUP, 2015).
See here for He Li’s review of Leading Schools of Thought in Contemporary China by Ma Licheng (translated by Jing L. Liu).
Call for Papers: The Cumberland Lodge Colloquium (Monday 26th September 2016) on “Population and Ethics: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Birth and Death” seeks paper proposals; the organizers are particularly interested in incorporating non-Western perspectives. See here for more details. The deadline to submit is July 3, 2016.
The University Committee on Asia & the Middle East (UCAME) is pleased to share the great news that the Tang Prize Committee, in a press conference from Taiwan earlier today, announced William Theodore de Bary, Professor Emeritus of Columbia University, the sole recipient of the 2016 Tang Prize in Sinology for his “pioneering contributions in Confucian studies.” Founded in 2012 by Samuel Yin who was inspired by the Nobel Prize, the award includes a cash prize of US$1.24 million, as well as a separate grant of approx. US$311,000 for awardees in each of its four categories: Sinology, Sustainable Development, Biopharmaceutical Science, and Rule of Law. The inaugural winner of the Tang Prize in 2014 was Prof. Yu Ying-shih. This year’s award ceremony will take place in Taipei on September 25.
Call for Papers (see below for deadlines)
The 20th International Conference of the International Society for Chinese Philosophy (ISCP) will be held at the Nanyang Technological University in Singapore on 4 – 7 July 2017.
Conference Theme: Chinese Philosophy in a Multicultural World
In the 21st century, cultures that originated on different continents are in close contact and people from various philosophical and religious traditions interact on multiple levels. How can Chinese philosophy position and present itself in this multicultural and intercultural world? How does a globalized world affect the study and development of Chinese philosophy? What does Chinese philosophy contribute to the making of a more harmonious and prosperous world? How can Chinese philosophy more effectively interact and communicate with other traditions? What can Chinese philosophy do to further renew and enrich its own traditions? This conference explores such questions, directly and indirectly, from a wide range of perspectives.
The latest issue of Confluence: Online Journal of World Philosophies, has just been released. It contains about 300 pages of articles, including a symposium led by Jonardon Ganeri on the question, “Is reason a neutral tool in comparative philosophy?” Near the end of the issue is a short survey article I wrote about the competing role ethical and virtue ethical interpretations of early Confucianism.
I am very happy to announce that a collection of fifteen review essays — all written by my students — has now been published on-line. The volume is titled Comparative Philosophy: Reviewing the State of the Art, and is available here. I have also written an Introduction that reflects on the changing nature of comparative philosophy today. The Table of Contents for the book appears below.
Prominent Confucian philosopher and scholar Liu Shuxian died last week in Taiwan at the age of 82.
Here’s a link to the announcement of his passing on the website of the Institute of Chinese Literature and Philosophy at Academia Sinica.
The 2017 annual meeting of the Metaphysical Society of America will be on the theme “The Metaphysics of Contingency: East and West.” The meeting will be held in Cambridge/Boston from Thursday March 30, 2017 to noon Sunday, April 2. They would be delighted to receive your expressions of interest by the September 1, 2016 deadline for submitting abstracts. The Call for Papers can be found here.
The latest North American Korean Philosophy Association Courier (2016, issue 2) is available here.
Bai Tongdong, Chinese-language book review editor at Dao, hereby shares a list of books that Dao is interested in reviewing. If you would like to review one (or more) of these books, please contact Professor Bai.
The Department of Philosophy at the Nepal Academy, Kathmandu, Nepal, together with the Department of Philosophy at the University of Malta, Malta are collaborating by organizing a conference at the Nepal Academy on issues that are pertinent to the Eastern and Western philosophical traditions.
Those interested in participating are asked to submit an abstract of a paper (c. 300 words) by email to the seminar organizing team. For Nepali contributors the abstract should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org while international contributors should sent their papers to email@example.com by Friday 14th October. Notification on acceptance of papers will be sent by Friday 28th October. The deadline for submission of paper is Friday 2nd December 2016.
More information is here.
We linked the Atlantic story a while ago, but here’s the New York Times account of Harvard’s third most popular course. (click image)
The following is a guest post by Jim Behuniak of Colby College. Please address any comments to Jim!
Van Norden on Chinese Philosophy in the U.S.
The recently concluded 11th East-West Philosopher’s Conference in Honolulu featured a number of sessions on the “place” of non-Western philosophy in the academy. Excellent presentations by Carine Defoort, Tao Jiang, Amy Olberding, Brian Bruya, and others, along with questions and discussion by Steve Angle, Roger Ames, Cheng Chung-ying and many others, brought the issue empirically and conceptually into focus over the ten days. This has me reflecting on Bryan Van Norden’s recent promotions of Chinese philosophy in the United States.
Frustrated by many of the comments generated by recent calls for more openness in philosophy, Amy Olberding whipped up the “Department of Deviance” blog site. Enjoy!
Brook Ziporyn has recently published Emptiness and Omnipresence: An Essential Introduction to Tiantai Buddhism with Indiana University Press. The Amazon link is here, with a brief description below. Congratulations, Brook!
Someone said to Confucius, “Master, why don’t you engage in government?” The Master said, “The Book of Documents says, ‘Filial! But be filial, and a friend to your brothers, thus contributing to government.’ Why then do that other kind of ‘engaging in government’?”
I’ll suppose for the sake of argument that the reported exchange is authentic, and argue that it is not significant evidence of Confucius’ views. Confucius is not aiming to communicate his views here.
The search to replace Roger Ames, who is retiring from the University of Hawaii, has been completed with the hiring of Frank Perkins, currently Associate Professor of Philosophy at Nanyang Technological University. Frank will begin at Hawaii in January of 2017. Congratulations, Frank!
The deadline for nominating someone for the Berggruen Philosophy Prize has been extended until June 30; see here for details.
Rivi Handler-Spitz, Pauline Lee, and Haun Saussy have translated and edited a book of translations by the great late-Ming dynasty iconoclast Li Zhi, and the book has now been published by Columbia University Press. It is beautifully produced and a great contribution to anyone seeking to teach about the culture and philosophy of Li’s crucial era. Congratulations! (Pauline Lee’s own book on Li Zhi was previously announced here on the blog.)
From Geir Sigurðsson:
International Society for Chinese Philosophy (ISCP) plans to host two sessions at the 2017 Eastern Division Meeting of American Philosophical Association (APA) on January 4-7 at the Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel in Baltimore, MD
You are invited to submit a panel proposal or a paper abstract. The paper abstract should be about 100-200 words. If you submit a panel proposal, please provide a panel title, abstract of each paper, affiliations of the presenters and commentators. Panel proposals with a unified theme are encouraged and preferred. However, individual paper submissions are also welcome, and we will work to group them into a themed session.
Please send the submissions electronically to Geir Sigurðsson, ISCP Liaison to APA at: firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline for submission is June 10, 2016.
The latest issue of Asian Philosophy has been published; see here for the Table of Contents.
Yong Huang writes:
The editorial board of Dao has just finished the selection of 2015 Dao Annual Best Essay Award. Professor David Wong’s paper, “Early Confucian Philosophy and Development of Compassion” (Dao 14.2: 157-194), wins the award. Congratulations, David!
The paper is now set for free access at this link: Early Confucian Philosophy and the Development of Compassion The following is its official citation:
G. E. R. Lloyd, Analogical Investigations. Historical and Cross-cultural Perspectives on Human Reasoning. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015. Pp. vi, 139. ISBN 9781107518377. $34.99 (pb).
Reviewed by Anders Klostergaard Petersen, University of Aarhus (email@example.com)
Review is here.
Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews
Alexus McLeod, Theories of Truth in Chinese Philosophy: A Comparative Approach, Roman and Littlefield, 2016, 197pp., $39.95 (pbk), ISBN 9781783483457.
Reviewed by Bryan W. Van Norden, Vassar College
This book provides an overview of philosophical theories of truth and semantics in ancient China, using contemporary analytic philosophy of language as an interpretive framework. The discussion is limited to Chinese philosophy prior to the intellectual revolution caused by Buddhism. However, the period Alexus McLeod focuses on (551 BCE-220 CE) is philosophically rich. This book is accessible to mainstream philosophers, generally well argued, and plausible in most of its conclusions.
The latest issue of FPC has been published. Until June 1, 2016, the full text is available here. The Table of contents is below.
Upcoming conference: “Political Theory in the East Asian Context: Beyond West-Centrism” at Hong Kong CityU from 3-4 June 2016 (Friday to Saturday). All are welcome. More details here.
Bryan Van Norden talks about Chinese philosophy in an interview on the APA Blog. Check it out!
At a symposium yesterday, “Chinese President Xi Jinping stressed the irreplaceable role of philosophy and social sciences for building socialism with Chinese characteristics, urging Chinese characteristics to be incorporated in their development.” Xinhua English-language story here; Chinese here.
From Piotr Gibas and Keith Knapp:
We are pleased to announce that The Citadel and the College of Charleston will host the 20th annual meeting of the Southeast Early China Roundtable in the charming city of Charleston, South Carolina, from October 28th to October 30th. Our keynote speaker will be Robin Yates of McGill University.
We welcome proposals for presentations dealing with pre-Song China from a variety of disciplinary perspectives, including anthropology, archaeology, art history, history, literature, philosophy, and religious studies. Please send a short abstract (250 words) of your proposed presentation and full institutional contact information to firstname.lastname@example.org by September 1, 2016. As per custom of the SEECR, the host universities will cover participants’ room and board. Early submissions are welcome.
Here are some reasons to think that Youzi did not regard family as the root of humanity or of the Way. (I used to think he did.)
Most of my argument focuses on defending a view held by Soothill, Leys, Chin, and maybe Lau and Slingerland: that by 弟 in Analects 1.2, Youzi meant elder-respect, a virtue commonly associated specifically with life outside the family. It would follow that according to 1.2, only one of the two parts of the root of humanity is specifically a family virtue. If 孝 and 弟 have something relevantly in common for Youzi, family isn’t it.
The latest “Stone” column in the New York Times features a provocative piece by Jay Garfield and Bryan Van Norden titled “If Philosophy Won’t Diversify, Let’s Call It What It Really Is.”
The latest APA Newsletter on Asian and Asian-American Philosophers and Philosophies (15:2) is now available on-line here. (To save a click, you can also directly download it here.) Its table of contents is as follows:
From the Guest Editor, Amy Olberding
Submission Guidelines and Information
- “Chinese Philosophy and Wider Philosophical Discourse: Including Chinese Philosophy in General Audience Philosophy Journals,” Amy Olberding
- “Some Reflections on the Status of Chinese Philosophy in U.S. Graduate Programs,” David B. Wong
- “What’s Missing in Philosophy Departments? Specialists in Chinese Philosophy,” Erin M. Cline
- “May You Live in Interesting Times: The State of the Field in of Chinese Philosophy,” Alexus McLeod
- “The ‘Double Bind’ on Specialists in Chinese Philosophy,” Yong Huang
- “Problems and Prospects for the Study of Chinese Philosophy in the English-Speaking World,” Bryan W. Van Norden
From Bo Mou… (Updated May 18, 2016)
For your information and possible interest, the FYI description of the 2016 term “Beijing Roundtable on Contemporary Philosophy” workshop series is attached here. The theme topic for 2016 term of “Beijing Roundtable” workshop is “How constructive engagement of epistemological resources in classical Chinese philosophy and contemporary philosophy is possible” (15 July 2016, Beijing).
Did Confucius think that if one of us has general virtue, or some particular virtue such as courage or filial piety, that general or particular virtue will have a substantial tendency to spread directly to the people around her, even if she holds no government position?
Here I’ll survey Confucius’ statements in the Analects and conclude that the answer is No. Confucius probably did not hold that view. (I gave the opposite reading in both my published papers on Chinese philosophy.)
Call for Papers and Abstracts: ACPA at 2017 Eastern APA
Submission deadline: May 20, 2015
Association of Chinese Philosophers in North America (ACPA) Group Meeting at the 2017 Eastern Division Meeting of the American Philosophical Association (APA)
January 4 – 7, 2017 at the Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel, Baltimore, MD.
Description: We now welcome scholars to submit either (1) proposals for individual papers or (2) proposals for complete panels for ACPA group sessions at the 2017 APA Eastern Division Meeting. The ACPA sponsors a “Dao Best Essay Award” session at the Eastern APA every year, with the participants invited by Professor Yong HUANG and the editorial board of Dao: A Journal of Comparative Philosophy. Beyond the Dao session, ACPA will organize one or two additional group sessions at the Eastern APA (with commentators for each individual paper when possible). In addition to the quality of submission, the selection of papers for presentation will be based on how well they can be worked into a good session.
Info on the Association of Chinese Philosophers in North America (ACPA) is available here: http://www.acpa-net.org
Guidelines for paper/abstract submission:
CALL FOR PAPERS: TRAVELLING THEORISTS/THEORIES
SOAS UNIVERSITY OF LONDON 30 JUNE-1 JULY
SOAS CENTRE FOR COMPARATIVE POLITICAL THOUGHT AND THE LONDON CPT RESEARCH GROUP
This workshop explores the myriad and perhaps mysterious ways in which theory travels. The phrase ‘travelling theory’ already puts both terms under question. What is travelling? How is it travelling? Whence is it travelling? And who produces theory and enables it to travel? The workshop is about articulating critical questions about producers, users, and diffusers of theory as well as the ethics, aesthetics, and politics of intellectual production.
The editors of a volume under contract to be entitled Routledge History of Human Rights are very keen to find potential chapters that deal with Chinese and/or East Asian perspectives on human rights. I attach the call here. Please respond directly to the editors.
In a February 2016 blog post, Bin SONG makes a powerful case for switching from “Confucianism” to “Ruism.” This is not a brand-new idea; for instance, David Elstein has consistently used “Ruism,” including in his posts here at Warp, Weft, and Way, and Robert Eno advocated for such a practice in his 1990 book The Confucian Creation of Heaven (see here for relevant quote). Still, Bin Song raises some new arguments. To some degree, the things that Elstein, Eno, and Song are talking about may not be entirely the same: at least in the first instance, I take them to be referring to a modern philosophical movement, an ancient ritual-cum-philosophical movement, and a modern spiritual or religious movement of potential relevance in the contemporary US, respectively. (Admittedly, the application of these categories to Chinese practices can only be approximate; I just mean to gesture toward some possible distinctions.) Be this as it may, it may be that the arguments for using “Confucianism” in any of these contexts are weaker than many of us have assumed. What do you think: should we abandon the word “Confucianism”?
Issue 9 of 当代儒学 (Contemporary Confucianism) has been published, and the table of contents is available here.
Special Issue of the European Journal For Philosophy of Religion: Tradition, Ritual, and Heaven in East Asian Religious Philosophy
Guest Editor: Philip J. Ivanhoe
Mat Foust has published a review of Stephen C. Angle and Michael Slote, eds., Virtue Ethics and Confucianism (Routledge, 2013) in the Sungkyun Journal of East Asian Studies. The full text of the review is available on-line here (look for “Book Review 4”). Thanks, Mat!
Dear ISCWP members,
The ISCWP plans to sponsor one or two panels at the 2016 APA Eastern Division meeting (which will take place in January 4-7, 2017 in Baltimore, Maryland, USA).
Please send all submissions Send abstracts and proposals to: email@example.com by Sunday May 15, 2016.
SUNY Press has just published Xu Di and Hunter McEwan’s (eds.) Chinese Philosophy on Teaching and Learning: Xueji in the Twenty-first Century. This is a translation of the “Xueji 學記” and several essays on its contemporary significance. More information is available at Amazon here.
The European Association for Chinese Philosophy will hold its inaugural conference this June 9-11 in Vilnius, Lithuania. The program looks outstanding and wide-ranging. See the website here, and the conference schedule here.
Two essays discuss Alexus McLeod’s work on Wong Chong and “truth,” and Alexus replies, in Comparative Philosophy 6:1; these essays are not directed to Alexus’s recently-published book (Theories of Truth in Chinese Philosophy: A Comparative Approach [Rowman & Littlefield International, 2015]), but the dialogue is still valuable.
- WANG CHONG, TRUTH, AND QUASI-PLURALISM
Lajos L. BRONS
- ROOTED AND ROOTLESS PLURALIST APPROACHES TO TRUTH:TWO DISTINCT INTERPRETATIONS OF WANG CHONG’S ACCOUNT
- REPLIES TO BRONS AND MOU ON WANG CHONG AND PLURALISM
Hans Van Eyghen reviews Brian Bruya, ed., The Philosophical Challenge from China (MIT, 2015) in Comparative Philosophy 7:1.
2016 Term SJSU Center for Comparative Philosophy Workshop (Conference Series Co-Sponsor: SJSU Philosophy Department Symposium)
How Constructive Engagement of Comparative Philosophy Is Possible: Challenges and Prospect
Conference flyer here.
Journalist Qian Jianghua writes: “A leading Confucian academic’s defense of polygamy and arranged marriage continues to stoke tensions, months after he made the comments last year in an article titled ‘Only Confucianism can settle modern women.'” More here.
James A. Flath, Traces of the Sage: Monument, Materiality, and the First Temple of Confucius, Honolulu, University of Hawai’i Press, 2016.
Traces of the Sage is a comprehensive account of the history and material culture of the Temple of Confucius (Kong Temple) in Qufu, Shandong.
Eddy Keming Chen, an advanced graduate student in philosophy at Rutgers, served as rapporteur for the recent Rutgers Workshop on Chinese Philosophy, and compiled this very through report on the day’s presentations and discussion. Many thanks, Eddy! (For those who would prefer a nicely formatted PDF version, it is available here.)
Report on The 3rd Rutgers Workshop on Chinese Philosophy (RWCP): CONVERSATIONS WITH WESTERN PHILOSOPHERS (Friday, April 15, 2016)
Eddy Keming Chen , Rutgers Philosophy Department
The 3rd Rutgers Workshop on Chinese Philosophy (RWCP), organized by Tao Jiang (Rutgers), Ruth Chang (Rutgers), and Stephen Angle (Wesleyan), continued the success of the RWCP conferences of the past two years. This year, the workshop included four sessions. Each presenter had been asked to find a Western philosopher to conduct a dialogue on a common theme in Chinese philosophy and Western philosophy. That resulted in four highly suggestive and fruitful conversations: the importance of studying non-Western philosophy, theories of truth, yuan and the “bourgeois predicament,” and the foundations for moral relativism.
The 2-week Visiting Programs organized by the Research Centre for Chinese Philosophy and Culture at the Department of Philosophy of The Chinese University of Hong Kong are now open for application.
In order to promote exchanges with scholars from around the world, the Research Centre for Chinese Philosophy and Culture has established several exchange programs to provide financial assistance for visiting scholars to conduct research and participate in academic activities organized by the Centre.