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

New Book: Witchcraft and the Rise of Confucianism

Witchcraft and the Rise of the First Confucian Empire


Liang Cai – Author

SUNY series in Chinese Philosophy and Culture


Price: $85.00
Hardcover – 330 pages

Release Date: February 2014

ISBN13: 978-1-4384-4849-7

Price: $85.00
Electronic – 330 pages

Release Date: February 2014

ISBN13: 978-1-4384-4851-0

Contests long-standing claims that Confucianism came to prominence under China’s Emperor Wu.

When did Confucianism become the reigning political ideology of imperial China? A pervasive narrative holds it was during the reign of Emperor Wu of the Han dynasty (141–87 BCE). In this book, Liang Cai maintains that such a date would have been too early and provides a new account of this transformation. A hidden narrative in Sima Qian’s The Grand Scribe’s Records (Shi ji) shows that Confucians were a powerless minority in the political realm of this period. Cai argues that the notorious witchcraft scandal of 91–87 BCE reshuffled the power structure of the Western Han bureaucracy and provided Confucians an opportune moment to seize power, evolve into a new elite class, and set the tenor of political discourse for centuries to come.

Liang Cai is Assistant Professor of History at the University of Arkansas.

January 27, 2014 Posted by | Books of Interest, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Confucianism | no comments

Ivanhoe Lecture at Rutgers

P. J. Ivanhoe will speak at Rutgers on Feb. 6; the title is “Senses and Values of Oneness.” More informaton is here.

January 27, 2014 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Lecture | one comment

Call for Abstracts: Conference on Phil. of Death and Dying

I am informed that this conference welcomes papers from comparative or non-Western perspectives:

We invite all interested scholars to contribute to the program of the inaugural conference of the International Association for the Philosophy of Death of Dying. The conference will be held 20-22 November 2014 on the campus of California State Polytechnic University, Pomona (east of Los Angeles, California).

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January 27, 2014 Posted by | Call for Papers (CFP), Comparative philosophy, Conference | no comments

New Issue of Comparative Philosophy

The on-line journal Comparative Philosophy has publised issue 5:1 (2014).

January 27, 2014 Posted by | Comparative philosophy, Tables of Contents | no comments