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

Call for Abstracts: Fifth Northeast Conference on Chinese Thought (NECCT)

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 (manyulim@bridgeport.edu) and Hagop Sarkissian (hagop.sarkissian@baruch.cuny.edu) 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.

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May 24, 2016 Posted by | Call for Papers (CFP), Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Conference | no comments

Dao 15:2 TOC

The latest issue of Dao has been published; the Table of Contents is available here.

May 23, 2016 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Tables of Contents | no comments

ISCP CFP for 2017 Eastern APA

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: geirs@hi.isThe deadline for submission is June 10, 2016.

May 23, 2016 Posted by | American Philosophical Association, Call for Papers (CFP), Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy | no comments

Asian Philosophy 26:2 TOC

The latest issue of Asian Philosophy has been published; see here for the Table of Contents.

May 23, 2016 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Tables of Contents | no comments

Stephen Hawking on Zhuangzi’s Butterfly

Here.

May 20, 2016 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学 | one comment

Wong Wins Dao Best Essay Award

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:

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May 19, 2016 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Dao Article Discussion, Journal News | no comments

Petersen Reviews Lloyd, Analogical Investigations

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 (akp@cas.au.dk)

Review is here.

May 19, 2016 Posted by | Book Review, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy | no comments

Van Norden Reviews McLeod, Theories of Truth in Chinese Philosophy

Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews

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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.

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May 19, 2016 Posted by | Book Review, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Philosophy of language | no comments

New issue of Frontiers of Philosophy in China

The latest issue of FPC has been published. Until June 1, 2016, the full text is available here. The Table of contents is below.

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May 19, 2016 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Tables of Contents | no comments

Conference: Political Theory in the East Asian Context

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.

May 19, 2016 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Comparative Political Theory, Conference, Hong Kong | no comments

Van Norden Interviewed on APA Blog

Bryan Van Norden talks about Chinese philosophy in an interview on the APA Blog. Check it out!

May 18, 2016 Posted by | American Philosophical Association, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Profession | no comments

Xi Jinping on Philosophy with Chinese Characteristics

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.

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

CFP 20th meeting of the Southeast Early China Roundtable at Charleston — First call

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 knappk@citadel.edu by September 1, 2016.  As per custom of the SEECR, the host universities will cover participants’ room and board.  Early submissions are welcome.

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

Is Analects 1.2 about family?

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.

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May 16, 2016 Posted by | Analects, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Chinese Texts, Confucianism, Confucius, Education Models, Filial piety, Moral Psychology, Roger Ames, Role Ethics, Ruism, Self-Cultivation | 18 comments

Garfield and Van Norden in NYT

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.”

May 11, 2016 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Profession | 11 comments

New APA Newsletter on Asian and Asian-American Philosophers and Philosophies

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

Articles

  • “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

May 10, 2016 Posted by | American Philosophical Association, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Profession | 5 comments

2016 Beijing Roundtable on Contemporary Philosophy

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).

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May 10, 2016 Posted by | Call for Papers (CFP), China, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Epistemology | no comments

Did Confucius think our virtues are contagious?

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.)

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May 9, 2016 Posted by | Analects, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Chinese Texts, Confucianism, Confucius, Filial piety, Moral Psychology, Political Theory, Virtue | 23 comments

ACPA CFP/CFA: group session[s] at Eastern APA January 4 – 7, 2017 in Baltimore

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:

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May 6, 2016 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学 | no comments

CFP: Traveling Theorists/Theories

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.

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May 5, 2016 Posted by | Call for Papers (CFP), China, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Comparative Political Theory | no comments

Call for Submissions on Human Rights

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.

May 4, 2016 Posted by | Call for Papers (CFP), China, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative Political Theory, Hong Kong, Human Rights | no comments

Should we use “Ruism” instead of “Confucianism”?

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”?

May 4, 2016 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Confucianism, Contemporary Confucianism, Ruism | 43 comments

New issue of 当代儒学 (Contemporary Confucianism)

Issue 9 of 当代儒学 (Contemporary Confucianism) has been published, and the table of contents is available here.

May 4, 2016 Posted by | China, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Confucianism, Contemporary Confucianism, Journal News | no comments

Special Journal Issue on Tradition, Ritual, and Heaven

Special Issue of the European Journal For Philosophy of Religion: Tradition, Ritual, and Heaven in East Asian Religious Philosophy

Guest Editor: Philip J. Ivanhoe

http://www.akademospress.com/?layout=blog&id=417

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May 4, 2016 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Religion, Ritual | no comments

Foust Reviews Virtue Ethics and Confucianism

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!

May 4, 2016 Posted by | Book Review, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Confucianism, Contemporary Confucianism, Virtue | no comments

ISCWP 2016 Eastern APA CFP

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: xiaoy@kenyon.edu by Sunday May 15, 2016.

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May 4, 2016 Posted by | Call for Papers (CFP), Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Organization News | no comments

New Book: Xueji in the Twenty-first Century

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.

May 4, 2016 Posted by | Books of Interest, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Education Models | no comments

EACP Inaugural Conference in Vilnius

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.

May 4, 2016 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Conference, Europe | no comments

Brons and Mou Discuss McLeod on Truth in Early China

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
    Bo MOU
  • REPLIES TO BRONS AND MOU ON WANG CHONG AND PLURALISM
    Alexus MCLEOD

 

May 2, 2016 Posted by | Book Review, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy | no comments

Van Eyghen reviews Bruya, ed., The Philosophical Challenge from China

Hans Van Eyghen reviews Brian Bruya, ed., The Philosophical Challenge from China (MIT, 2015) in Comparative Philosophy 7:1.

May 2, 2016 Posted by | Book Review, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy | no comments

SJSU Comparative Philosophy Workshop

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.

May 2, 2016 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Conference | no comments

Conservative Confucians debate Chinese Feminists

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.

May 2, 2016 Posted by | China, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Confucianism, Contemporary Confucianism, Feminism, Gender | no comments

New Book: Traces of the Sage

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.

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May 2, 2016 Posted by | Books of Interest, China, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Confucianism, Confucius, Religion | no comments

Report/Summary on 3rd Rutgers Workshop

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.

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April 29, 2016 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Conference | no comments

Application for RCCPC 2-week Visiting Program

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.

Overview:

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.

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April 26, 2016 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Fellowships, Hong Kong | 2 comments

Sungmoon Kim, Public Reason Confucianism now available

Kim, PRC coverSungmoon Kim’s new book, Public Reason Confucianism: Democratic Perfectionism and Constitutionalism in East Asia (Cambridge, 2016) has just been published. Congratulations, Sungmoon! Here are links to the CUP website and Amazon. Cambridge has also made available a form that anyone can use to get a 25% discount; click here. Here is the book’s description:

Recent proposals concerning Confucian meritocratic perfectionism have justified Confucian perfectionism in terms of political meritocracy. In contrast, ‘Confucian democratic perfectionism’ is a form of comprehensive Confucian perfectionism that can accommodate a plurality of values in civil society. It is also fully compatible with core values of democracy such as popular sovereignty, political equality, and the right to political participation. Sungmoon Kim presents ‘public reason Confucianism’ as the most attractive option for contemporary East Asian societies that are historically and culturally Confucian. Public reason Confucianism is a particular style of Confucian democratic perfectionism in which comprehensive Confucianism is connected with perfectionism via a distinctive form of public reason. It calls for an active role for the democratic state in promoting a Confucian conception of the good life, at the heart of which are such core Confucian values as filial piety and ritual propriety.

April 25, 2016 Posted by | Books of Interest, China, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Comparative Political Theory, Contemporary Confucianism, Hong Kong, Korea, Political Theory, Politics | no comments

Angle lecture: Beyond Comparative Philosophy

I’ll be speaking next Monday night (May 2, 6:00pm) in Wesleyan’s Center for the Humanities lecture series. My topic is “Beyond Comparative Philosophy”; details are here. The lecture is free and open to the public.

April 25, 2016 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学 | no comments

Eiho Baba on Chinese Philosophy and Underlying Assumptions

Eiho Baba of Furman University has a nice contribution to “TEDxFurmanU” on “Chinese Philosophical Texts with a Sensitivity to Underlying Assumptions”; see here.

April 25, 2016 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Psychology | no comments

Jenco at Harvard: How Should We Use the Chinese Past?

Leigh Jenco (LSE) will be speaking at Harvard on May 2 at 4:00pm. Her title is “How Should We Use the Chinese Past?: Non-Western Histories of Thought in a Global Age.” More information here.

April 22, 2016 Posted by | China, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Comparative Political Theory, Lecture | no comments

2017 New England Regional AAS at BC

Boston College is pleased to host the annual meeting of the New England Association for Asian Studies on January 28-29, 2017, under the theme of “Asia: Past, Present, Future.”

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April 22, 2016 Posted by | Call for Papers (CFP), China, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Conference | no comments

Ruist Retreat in Boston

Bin Song, a graduate student at BU, writes:

We Boston Ruists will host a Ruist retreat this summer, July 1-3rd, at Boston University. Attached is the schedule, including all details of the retreat and logistics. 

The initiative of this retreat was proposed by some friends in the Facebook group ‘Friends from Afar: a Confucianism group.’ I hope the retreat can be organized as a ‘middle’ sort of Ruism, aiming to propagate Ruist wisdom among ordinary American people but still not losing its scholarly virtuosity.  

Anyone interested in learning more about the retreat, or in registering, should contact Bin Song (the information is on the attachment). Comments on this undertaking are of course welcome here.

April 21, 2016 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Confucianism, Contemporary Confucianism, Religion, Ritual | no comments

NYT on Nicholas Berggruen

New York Times piece on Nicholas Berggruen; the Berggruen Institute’s Philosophy and Culture Center has emerged as an important new source of funding and programming in our area. (Disclosure: I am on the Academic Board.)

April 19, 2016 Posted by | Academia, China, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Profession | 3 comments

World Congress of Philosophy 2018 in Beijing

In August of 2018, the World Congress of Philosophy will be held in Beijing. The initial circular with information is available here; the English-language website is here.

April 19, 2016 Posted by | China, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Conference | no comments

More on archiving publications

In response to my posting about archiving my papers, Brian Bruya and I had a bit of correspondence about the differences among home-grown archive sites (like the “WesScholar” site I am using) and others, such as Academia.edu, ResearchGate, PhilPapers, and perhaps others. Brian also pointed me toward this very interesting discussion of the pros- and cons- of various options. Just a couple days ago, a colleague in anthropology told me that in her field, it was very common to post everything — including PDFs of published articles, which I think violates the policies of most journals — on Academia.edu. The advantages in terms of ease of access are pretty obvious, although see the discussion referenced above for some downsides of just using Academia (or, perhaps, any single approach).

Brian himself uses a homegrown arching mechanism, as does Hagop Sarkissian:

I’d be interested in: (1) links to any other on-line sources of work in Chinese and/or comparative philosophy, and (2) any further thoughts about these topics.

April 19, 2016 Posted by | Academia, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Profession, Publishing | no comments

Awalt-Conley, Neo-Confucianism and Physicalism

At my invitation, my former student Dylan Awalt-Conley has agreed to make the following short essay public as a Guest Post. Please address any questions or comments to Dylan. 

Neo-Confucianism and Physicalism 

© 2016, Dylan Awalt-Conley

Despite general enthusiasm for engaging with the Neo-Confucian imaginary in a serious philosophical way, there seem to be some widely held reservations against its use in scientific contexts. Yet I believe that much of the intuitive incompatibility between the Cheng-Zhu metaphysic and a scientific framework comes from a sense of ‘science’ that is constrained by an implicit ontological reductionism. If we are willing to take Neo-Confucianism seriously, then the ontology invoked by concepts like li and qi can provide an experimentally sound alternative to physicalism, complete with new ways of thinking and working scientifically.

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April 19, 2016 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Metaphysics, Nature, Neo-Confucianism, Science | 7 comments

Conference on Oneness in Philosophy and Psychology in Hong Kong

Philip J. Ivanhoe will convene an “International Conference on Oneness in Philosophy and Psychology” from 14-16 May 2016 at City University of Hong Kong; details here.

April 18, 2016 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Conference, Psychology | one comment

Perspectives on Chinese Happiness at the University of Westminster

Perspectives on Chinese Happiness: A two-day event at the University of Westminster
29-30 June 2016
9.30am-5pm
Location: The Pavilion, 115 Cavendish Street, London W1

Free of charge, registration required. Lunch provided on both days.
Open to anyone interested in this topic. 
All welcome.
To book a place, please email happy2016@westminster.ac.uk by 7 June 2016

This unique event seeks to establish dialogue with academic and non-academic audiences to discuss and respond to academic research on Chinese happiness.
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April 18, 2016 Posted by | China, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Conference | no comments

Expressions of Interest—PhD Scholarships, Chinese Intellectual History, La Trobe University

John Makeham, now Chair and Director, China Studies Research Centre, La Trobe University, passes on this information:

The China Studies Research Centre at La Trobe University is seeking Expressions of Interest from potential applicants for one of several three-year PhD scholarships for research in the field of Chinese intellectual history. Dissertation topics focussing on modern Confucian and Buddhist thought are particularly encouraged. International applicants will be eligible for a fee waiver as well as a stipend. 

Expressions of Interest, which should include a full CV and a thesis proposal of no more than 3 pages, should be sent to: CSRC@latrobe.edu.au

April 18, 2016 Posted by | Australia, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Fellowships, Graduate study | no comments

New book on “Ecofamilism”

Wan-Li Ho, Ecofamilism: Women, Religion, and Environmental Protection in Taiwan (Three Pines Press, May 2016)

Ecofamilism proposes a new analytical framework, moving beyond ecofeminism, based on Western feminism and Christian theology, to illuminate Taiwanese women’s motivations and how they understand their role in the environmental movement. Based on extensive interviews with women founders, leaders, and members of six non-governmental, often religious-based, organizations from 1990-2015, the work presents contemporary issues in Taiwan from the perspectives of social anthropology, geography, inter-religious cooperation, and global ethics. Ecofamilism offers a new way of approaching life in contemporary Asia, engaging more precisely with while authentically portraying the experiences of Taiwanese women—whose gender roles are ancillary to motivations of family, religion, and society. Its key concept of ecofamilism pairs the notions of ecology and family while drawing on Chinese religio-cultural traditions of responsibility to the family to illuminate ecologically responsible positions toward society, environment, and all living beings. More information here.

April 18, 2016 Posted by | Books of Interest, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Taiwan | no comments

Columbia Neo-Confucian Seminar: Brook Ziporyn “Zhu Xi on the Consciousness and Unconsciousness of the Mind of Heaven and Earth” this Friday, April 22 @ 3:30pm

The next session of the Columbia University Seminar on Neo-Confucian Studies (University Seminar #567) will convene Friday, April 22, 2016 from 3:30 to 5:30pm in the Heyman Center for the Humanities at Columbia University.

Brook Ziporyn (University of Chicago) will present his paper “Zhu Xi on the Consciousness and Unconsciousness of the Mind of Heaven and Earth: Cross-Cultural Considerations of Ontological Theism and Atheism.”

All are welcome to attend. Copies of his paper and other information are available from the organizers: Ari Borrell , Tao JiangOn-cho Ng, or Deborah Sommer.

April 16, 2016 Posted by | Lecture, Philosophy of Mind, Zhu Xi | no comments

Angle papers archive site

Thanks to the enormous help of my research assistant Max Fong, I now have a site at which many of my publications are archived and can be downloaded. We will try to add anything currently missing over the next few weeks. Because of copyright policies, in most cases these are the final, edited versions but not the actual published versions. I am sure that many folks out there are way ahead of me in putting a site like this together; please feel free to share that info!

April 9, 2016 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Comparative Political Theory | 5 comments

New Book: Harris, The Shenzi Fragments

Details are now available on the web about Eirik Lang Harris’s soon-to-be-published The Shenzi Fragments: A Philosophical Analysis and Translation (Columbia University Press). Congratulations, Eirik!

April 9, 2016 Posted by | Books of Interest, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Legalism, Translation | no comments

CFP: NAKPA Annual Conference

From Halla Kim:

The North American Korean Philosophy Association (NAKPA) holds its annual conference at Univ of San Francisco, NOV 28-30, 2016 on the theme “From Interactions to Creations: Currents and Counter-currents in Korean Philosophy.” We are pleased to accept proposals for presentations and panels related to the conference theme. For example, the concept of emotion in (a phases of) Korean neo-Confucian movement or the “desire” in the Korean Zen tradition or the body and mind in a comparative framework. Papers on other topics will also be considered, esp. philosophical works related to Korean and comparative philosophy, for example, work that brings non-Korean philosophy into a comparative framework with Korean philosophy. 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. Graduate students and post-docs are welcome to apply. The winner of the graduate student/post-doc award will be given $500.00 to defray the expenses for travel. The review will begin on June 15, 2016 and primarily close on August 1. The language of the conference is English. Thank you. Please send your submission and inquires to: hallakim@unomaha.edu

April 9, 2016 Posted by | Call for Papers (CFP), Comparative philosophy, Korea, Korean Philosophy | no comments

CFP: ISCWP at 2017 APA Eastern

CALL FOR PAPER AND PANEL PROPOSALS

2017 Eastern Division Meeting of the American Philosophical Association

January 4-7, 2016, Baltimore, MD

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. Paper abstracts should be 150-200 words in length and complete panel abstracts should include a 150 word introduction to the theme of the panel, complete with panel title, along with 150 word abstracts for each of the papers.  Please include presenter’s name(s), email(s), and institution(s). No simultaneous submissions, please.

Please submit these materials no later than May 7 to Sarah Mattice at s.mattice@unf.edu.

Sarah Mattice, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, University of North Florida

April 9, 2016 Posted by | Call for Papers (CFP), Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy | no comments

El Amine in WaPo on HR and Democracy

Loubna El Amine discusses Confucianism, human rights, and related topics–and even mentions this blog–in her recent Washington Post piece, “Are ‘democracy’ and ‘human rights’ Western colonial exports? No. Here’s why.”

April 3, 2016 Posted by | China, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Comparative Political Theory, Human Rights, Politics | 2 comments

New Book: Puett and Gross-Loh, The Path

Michael Puett and Christine Gross-Loh have just published The Path: What Chinese Philosophers Can Teach Us About the Good Life (Simon & Schuster), a general-readership book based on Puett’s very successful class at Harvard. Congratulations to the authors! More information from Amazon is here.

April 3, 2016 Posted by | Books of Interest, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy | 3 comments

Allan on Confucius and Abdication at Harvard (and in NYRB)

Monday, April 11, 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
The Rise of Confucius and Legends of Abdication in Light of Warring States Period Bamboo Manuscripts
Speaker: Sarah Allan, Burlington Northern Foundation Professor of Asian Studies in honor of Richard M. Dressler at Dartmouth College, chair of the Society for the Study of Early China, and editor of Early China
Sponsored by the Harvard University Fairbanks Center for Chinese Studies
S250, 2nd Floor, CGIS South, 1730, Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA

More information here.

Subscribers to the New York Review of Books can also read Ian Johnson’s “A Revolutionary Discovery in China” in the April 21 issue, which is a review essay based on Sarah Allan’s book Buried Ideas: Legends of Abdication and Ideal Government in Early Chinese Bamboo-Slip Manuscripts.

April 3, 2016 Posted by | Books of Interest, China, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Confucianism, Excavated Texts, Lecture | no comments

Angle: “How Buddhist is Neo-Confucianism?”

I trust that everyone who is interested has heard about the upcoming Rutgers Workshop on Chinese Philosophy (RWCP), “Conversations with Western Philosophers”; more info is here. The prior afternoon, I will be giving a public lecture in which some may be interested:

“How Buddhist is Neo-Confucianism? The Roots and Branches of Zhu Xi’s Epistemology”

Thursday, April 14, 2016, 4:30-6:00pm.  Pane Room, Alexander Library, College Avenue Campus, Rutgers University.  Free and open to the public.

April 3, 2016 Posted by | Buddhism, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Lecture | 7 comments

C&CP on Decolonializing Comparative Methodologies

The current issue of Comparative and Continental Philosophy (issue 7:2) has some excellent, provocative material on the methodology of comparative philosophy. I particularly recommend:

  • Amy K. Donahue & Rohan Kalyan, “Introduction: On the Imperative, Challenges, and Prospects of Decolonizing Comparative Methodologies”

and

  • David Haekwon Kim, “José Mariátegui’s East-South Decolonial Experiment”

 

March 31, 2016 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Methodology | no comments

Hutton’s Xunzi now out in paperback

Good news:  Princeton University Press is pleased to present the publication of the paperback edition of Xunzi: The Complete Text by Xunzi, translated and with an introduction by Eric L. Hutton, for course use.

March 31, 2016 Posted by | Books of Interest, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Confucianism, Translation, Xunzi | no comments