Daily Archives: December 13, 2012

China is Sixteenth

As of right now (1:39pm EST, 13 December 2012), the total number of visitors from China to the blog since our 15 November re-boot at the new server ranks 16th. I hope that ranking will improve as the word gets out of our new accessibility, and current plans to solicit guest-posts from more China-based scholars come to fruition. Please help us to spread the word, and let any of the administrators know if you have ideas that might help, or any other suggestions for the future of the blog. (Or just post them here as comments.) Thanks!

Quick Note for WW&W Contributors

I have been meaning to post this, but forgot until Brian Bruya and Tongdong Bai’s posts:

Since the server move, blog contributors must reset their passwords to be able to post again. To do this, please contact Steve Angle. We look forward to reading posts from all our contributors by and by.

(An aside: if you are interested in contributing a post as a guest, or in joining the contributors list, please contact one of the administrators: Steve Angle, Chris Fraser, or me.)

A ground-breaking book on Chinese political philosophy

…by me, of course!

Here is a link: http://www.amazon.com/China-Political-Philosophy-Kingdom-Theories/dp/1780320752

And, my own objective view is well supported by a very authoritative voice (based upon the number of posts here, this voice must have been the most authoritative in Chinese philosophy):

“Tongdong Bai’s new book pulls off a remarkable balancing act. It is accessible and yet provocative; it is solidly based on China’s early history and yet full of fascinating comparisons with Western thought and with the contemporary world. It is a splendid introduction to Chinese philosophy for all readers.” – Stephen C. Angle, Wesleyan University

Now that you’ve seen my ego (too much of it, I guess), let me be modest for a moment. In this book, I argue that the Chinese transitions from the Western Zhou to the Qin dynasty were comparable with European modernization in many ways. The pre-Qin thinkers, then, were addressing problems of modernity. One implication of this crazy claim is that pre-Qin Chinese philosophy is first and foremost a political philosophy. Since they are about problems of modernity, the contemporary relevance of pre-Qin philosophical ideas is then apparent.

And now is your turn to show how crazy I must have been! (If you wish to trash my book in the form of book review, please let me know, and I’d be happy to arrange a copy to be sent to you.)

English-based MA and Visiting Programs in Chinese Philosophy at Fudan, Shanghai

M.A. and Visiting Student Programs in Chinese Philosophy
With Courses Offered in English
Fudan University, Shanghai, China

These programs are aimed to offer opportunities of learning Chinese and studying Chinese philosophy to overseas postgraduates or college juniors and seniors who have not yet been able to master the Chinese language. In addition to Chinese language classes, these programs offer courses on Chinese philosophy as well as other related courses in English at Fudan University. Fudan University is a leading institution of higher education in China, and is experienced with and renowned for educating overseas students. The School of Philosophy at Fudan is a top philosophy department in China. The university is located in Shanghai, the most dynamic city of China that belongs to a region that is rich in Chinese traditions and cultures. It has been two years since these programs were launched, and 21 students have been enrolled in either the M.A. program (17 students) and the visiting student program (4 students). They are from the U.S., Canada, Puerto Rico, the Netherlands, Germany, Italy, Ireland, Israel, and Indonesia, and many of them are top students in their classes, majoring in philosophy, classics, and/or East Asian or Chinese studies. The above facts make these programs simply the most successful of their kind (English-based higher and post-graduate education programs in Chinese philosophy) in mainland China.

  • M.A. Program: a two-year degree program, 29 credits (with 6 credits for 2 courses in Chinese Language) and a master thesis.
  • Visiting Student Program: a one-year program, 3-4 major courses, and 1-2 courses of Chinese, a certificate to be offered upon the completion.
  • Audit Program: individual-course-based program.
  • Tuition and Living Expenses: RMB 50,000 a year for tuition; on-campus housing: from RMB 1,200 per month to 2,700 per month; meals at an on-campus dining facility: RMB 1,000 per month.
  • Scholarships and part-time jobs abundantly available.

Application Deadlines: March 1 (Priority, for scholarships) and June 1.

For Further Information: http://iso.fudan.edu.cn/downloads/zgzx20121129.pdf

The International Student Office: http://www.fso.fudan.edu.cn/ or http://iso.fudan.edu.cn/en/

Or contact Prof. Bai Tongdong, baitongdong@fudan.edu.cn