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

4th East West Philosophy Forum

East West Philosophy Forum:
The Epistemic Responsibilities of the Humanities

May 30th – 31st 2018
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam


East West Philosophy Forum

May 24, 2018 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学 | no comments

Diversity and Rhetorical Traditions Conference May 31-June 1

From Scott R. Stroud, ASHR President: The American Society for the History of Rhetoric conference on Diversity and Rhetorical Traditions is taking place next week, May 31 – June 1, in Minneapolis. Here is the link to the conference program and registration information: https://ashr.org/gatherings/symposia/upcoming-symposium/. Attendance at this event is free of charge.

May 22, 2018 Posted by | Conference, Rhetoric | no comments

Database of Religious History

Prof. Ted Slingerland writes…

Some of you may know about our relatively new project, the Database of Religious History (DRH; www.religiondatabase.org). If you had contact with the project in our early days, it has evolved considerably in the last year or two. My recent co-authored piece about it in JAAR gives a basic overview:


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May 22, 2018 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Religion | no comments

APA Newsletter on Asian and Asian-American Philosophers and Philosophies

APA Newsletters, Spring 2018 (Volume 17, Number 2)

Newsletter on Asian and Asian-American Philosophers and Philosophies

From the Guest Editor, Manyul Im

Submission Guidelines and Information

“’Three Sacrificial Rituals’ (sanji) and the Practicability of Ruist (Confucian) Philosophy,” Bin Song

“Traditional Chinese Body Practice and Philosophical Activity,” Steven Geisz

“East Asian Martial Arts as Philosophical Practice,” Alexus McLeod

May 22, 2018 Posted by | American Philosophical Association, Asian-American Philosophy, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy | no comments

2017 Dao Annual Best Essay Award 

Professor Yong Huang, Editor of Dao: A Journal of Comparative Philosophy, announces: 

Results of the 2017 Dao Annual Best Essay Award 

Dao has established “The Annual Best Essay Award” since 2007. In addition to a certificate of achievement, the award comes along with a prize of US$1,000. The award winners are noted in the website of the journal as well as the website of Springer, the publisher of the journal. The award ceremony is held each year at the American Philosophical Association Annual Meeting (Eastern Division) in January, where a special panel on the theme of the award winning essay is held. The critical comments and the author’s responses to them presented at the panel, after revision, will be published in the last issue of Dao each year.

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May 22, 2018 Posted by | Articles of Interest, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Journal Related | no comments

Tragic passing of Prof. Young Kun Kim (CUNY)

It is with great sadness that I pass along this news.

Prof. Kim was a member of the doctoral faculty in political science at the CUNY Graduate Center for over four decades. His research was in comparative political thought. Many readers of this blog, especially those in the proximity of New York City, have likely interacted with him in the past, as he was a regular participant in the Columbia Neo-Confucian Seminar as well as the Columbia Society for Comparative Philosophy.

He was a generous colleague with a warm sense of humor and kind, encouraging words. To have him fall victim to such a heinous crime is heartbreaking. More information can be found at this link. Here is a statement from Prof. Kim’s family.

Our condolences to all those who knew him.

May 19, 2018 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学 | 2 comments

Analysis / Translation of Xi Jinping Thought

David Ownby’s and Timothy Cheek’s analysis and translation of “Jiang Shigong on ‘Philosophy and History: Interpreting the “Xi Jinping Era” through Xi’s Report to the Nineteenth National Congress of the CCP’,” posted here at The China Story, is extremely well-done!

May 15, 2018 Posted by | China, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Contemporary Confucianism, Marxism, Politics | no comments

Curzer Reviews Puett and Gross-Loh, The Path

Howard Curzer has reviewed Michael Puett and Christine Gross-Loh, The Path: What Chinese Philosophers Can Teach Us About the Good Life (Simon & Schuster, 2017) at the Los Angeles Review of Books; see here.

May 9, 2018 Posted by | Book Review, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy | no comments

Ivanhoe Moving to SKK University in Korea

Philip J. Ivanhoe, currently Chair Professor of East Asian and Comparative Philosophy and Religion at City University of Hong Kong, has accepted the position of Distinguished Chair Professor in the College of Confucian Studies and Eastern Philosophy at Sungkyunkwan University, Seoul, South Korea. He will assume this post on 15 November 2018. Among Professor Ivanhoe’s duties will be to serve as editor in chief of the Journal of Confucian Philosophy and Culture at the Institute of Confucian Philosophy and Cultures and director of a new research center within the College of Confucian Studies and Eastern Philosophy tentatively named the Confucian Institute for East Asian Philosophy (CIEAP).

May 8, 2018 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Hong Kong, Korea | no comments

Song Reviews Ivanhoe, Oneness

Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews

2018.05.05 View this Review Online   View Other NDPR Reviews

Philip J. Ivanhoe, Oneness: East Asian Conceptions of Virtue, Happiness, and How We are All Connected, Oxford University Press, 2017, 188 pp., $39.95, ISBN 9780190840518.

Reviewed by Bin Song, Washington College

At the center of East Asian philosophical traditions lies a conception of oneness signifying that “we — and in particular our personal welfare or happiness — are inextricably intertwined with other people, creatures, and things,” which Ivanhoe calls the “oneness hypothesis.” (1) While drawing upon the writings of East Asian, especially neo-Confucian, thinkers to elucidate the conception of oneness, this book aims to show how these traditional views “can guide us in constructing contemporary versions of the oneness hypothesis.” (3) In an era when human civilization is constantly alarmed by ecological crisis and societal disintegration, this book has great appeal particularly to those who are willing to employ comparative philosophy to tackle these menacing issues.

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May 8, 2018 Posted by | Book Review, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Neo-Confucianism | no comments

Weekly Articles of Interest (7 May 2018)

Only one article (outside of the standard journals) came to my attention this week:

Hagop Sarkissian, “Neo-Confucianism, experimental philosophy and the trouble with intuitive methods,” British Journal for the History of Philosophy (2018). Abstract below and here; available for free download here (NOTE: if you have free access to this journal through your institution, please access it that way, saving the 50 free downloads for those without institutional access).

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May 7, 2018 Posted by | Articles of Interest, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Neo-Confucianism | no comments

Joseph Chan to be Princeton Global Scholar

Joseph Chan (University of Hong Kong) has accepted an invitation to be a Global Scholar at Princeton University for the next three spring semesters, starting February 2019. He will be affiliated with the University Center for Human Values and teach one course in Confucian political philosophy in the Department of Politics.

May 7, 2018 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Comparative Political Theory, Contemporary Confucianism | no comments

Ernst Tugendhat and Daoism: Workshop in Taipei

On May 7 and 9, the philosophy department of NCCU in Taipei organizes a workshop on the German philosopher Ernst Tugendhat’s book “Egocentricity and Mysticism” (Columbia UP, 2016). One of its translators, Mario Wenning, will discuss with us the philosophical relevance of Tugendhat’s ideas, esp. his interpretation of Daoist and Buddhist teachings. If you happen to be in Taipei and are interested in the topic, please feel free to join our discussion. For all other details see the abstract in Chinese (below).

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May 6, 2018 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学 | no comments

Summaries of RWCP 2018 Papers, Commentaries, and Discussions

Thanks to the scrupulous work of several graduate student rapporteurs, I am able to share summaries of all the papers presented at the recent 2018 meeting of the Rutgers Workshop in Chinese Philosophy. Read on!

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May 3, 2018 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Conference | 2 comments

A Note About Free Access to Individual Articles

I think it’s a great idea for authors to share “free access” — often limited to a certain number of downloads — with blog readers. As a glance at the map in the righthand sidebar reveals, people access this blog from all over the world, and many of them do not have institutional access to the journals in which we publish.

To keep things manageable, though, I suggest the following process. If the article for which you would like to provide free access is published in one of the journals whose Table of Contents I regularly post (see here), then please add a comment to the relevant ToC post, giving the information about downloading a free copy. If I have missed posting the ToC in question, then please remind me!

If your article is not in one of those journals, then when you tell me about the article (for the weekly digest), please also tell me about the free access information; or else, add it in a comment to the relevant weekly digest.

May 3, 2018 Posted by | Articles of Interest, Blog details | no comments