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

The Limits of Academic Philosophy?

I have lately been reading Frank Perkins’s marvelous book Heaven and Earth are Not Humane: The Problem of Evil in Classical Chinese Philosophy (Indiana, 2014). There’s lots of rich and provocative content in the book worth talking about, but at least for right now I want to focus on a different kind of question that Frank raises right at the beginning, on p. 5. Discussing the question of whether Warring States thought is appropriately labelled “philosophy,” he writes that “in practice, [this] is a question about institutions and the power of inclusion and exclusion… Certain boundaries are accepted in practice by almost all academic philosophers.”

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September 29, 2014 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Pedagogy | 16 comments

U of C closing its Confucius Institute

Commentary and relevant links here.

September 29, 2014 Posted by | China, Politics, Profession | one comment

“Dazed and Confucian”: Russell Moses on Xi Jinping

An interesting take on Xi Jinping’s frequent expressions of reverence for China’s past.

September 29, 2014 Posted by | China, Confucius, Contemporary Confucianism, Politics | no comments