I will be speaking at Boston University on Friday, October 27, at 3pm, sponsored by the Boston University Confucian Association. My title is “Neo-Confucianism as Philosophy,” and there will be three respondents to the lecture — Robert Neville, Yair Lior, and Lawrence Whitney — as well as an opportunity for general discussion. I am very much looking forward to this! Details are here.
Philip Clart has taken the time to list all panels at the upcoming American Academy of Religion conference in Boston (November 18-21) with significant Chinese Religions content (at least 50%). The entries are extracted from the online program book, where you can find abstracts for individual papers (https://papers.aarweb.org/program_book).
I thought that many readers of Warp, Weft, and Way might also be interested in this information, so pass it on here.
Harvard University Asia Center has published Constance A. Cook, Ancestors, Kings, and the Dao. More information follows.
Daniel A. Bell speaks on the priority of harmony over freedom in a recent interview. Today, his interview appears just beneath CCTV’s extensive media coverage for Xi Jinping’s speech on the 19th Party Congress (see lower half of this page; in case you can’t find it, just use this link). Fama crescit eundo.
Columbia University Press has published Genuine Pretending: On the Philosophy of the Zhuangzi, by Hans-Georg Moeller and Paul J. D’Ambrosio. It looks terrific! More information here.
Confucius is OUP’s Philosopher of the Month — which means that certain chapters and articles are available for free. More info is available here.
Taisu Zhang, The Laws and Economics of Confucianism: Kinship and Property in Preindustrial China and England, has recently been published by Cambridge. The book is a study in comparative legal and economic history. It asks why early modern property institutions in rural China and England went down distinctly different paths—and whether these institutional differences had any macro-level economic effects. The book’s central thesis ties together cultural analysis with law and economics—two theoretical paradigms that have had virtually no interaction over the past several decades—but also engages the growing literature on global economic divergence.
SUNY Press recently published the paperback version of Peimin Ni’s Understanding the Analects of Confucius: A New Translation of the Lunyu with Annotations.
Thursday, October 19, 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Chiung-yun Evelyn Liu, Associate Research Fellow, Institute of Chinese Literature and Philosophy, Academia Sinica; HYI Visiting Scholar
Chair/discussant: Wai-yee Li, Professor of Chinese Literature, Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations, Harvard University
Sponsored by the Harvard Yenching Institute
Common Room, 2 Divinity Avenue, Cambridge
Vol. 45, no. 2 (November 2017) of the Journal of Chinese Religions is now online at http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/yjch20/45/2?nav=tocList. This issue contains reviews of several recent books in Chinese philosophy.
Below is a job advertisement for a faculty position in Asian Studies at Nazarbayev University. The search committee explicitly encourages applications from suitably qualified philosophers for this position.
The Department of History, Philosophy, and Religious Studies in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Nazarbayev University in Astana, Kazakhstan invites applications for an open-rank faculty position in pre-modern Asian studies. The period and specialization are open, but preference will be given to candidates specializing in the history and/or religious and philosophical traditions of China and Inner Asia before 1644.
Jim Ryan has published Chinese Philosophy: A Reader. The book is a 500-page paperback, available on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1973882108. I am informed that a Kindle edition is forthcoming. The Table of Contents follows….
Mathew Foust and Tim Connolly will both be speaking at Central Connecticut State University on Monday, October 23, from 4:30 to 5:45 in Social Sciences Hall 106; the topic is “Confucianism and American Philosophy: A Forum on Doing Philosophy Comparatively.” It is free and open to the public.
Call for papers: “Materiality of Knowledge in Chinese Thought, Past and Present”
Submission Deadline: 15 October 2017
Conference Dates: 19-21 September 2018
University of Oxford
The conference is organised jointly by Dirk Meyer and Stefano Gandolfo, University of Oxford. It will take place on 19-21 September 2018 at The Queen’s College, University of Oxford. It will discuss matters related to the materiality of knowledge from the following three aspects:
Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews
Mathew A. Foust, Confucianism and American Philosophy, SUNY Press, 2017, 194pp., $80.00 (hbk), ISBN: 9781438464756.
Reviewed by Andrew Lambert, City University of New York, College of Staten Island
This book seeks to further develop dialogue between the American pragmatist and transcendentalist traditions, and classical Confucian thought. Scholars have previously noted certain parallels and commonalities, but the aim here is to “expand the scope of this area of comparative philosophy beyond the typically engaged duo of Confucius and Dewey” (p. 129). As a work in comparative philosophy, the book also seeks to contribute to the ongoing debate about the status of non-Western intellectual traditions within the discipline of philosophy. Much has been written recently on this topic, and this work makes its contribution by familiarizing those working in American philosophy with classical Confucian thought, and vice versa.
The Department of Philosophy at the University of Hong Kong is inviting applications for an open rank, tenure-track post. Candidates are expected to have Asian philosophy as an area of specialization. Applications will be accepted on line only, through the Academic Jobs Online service. The URL for the job listing is:
The link above provides a detailed description of the application requirements and procedures.
Call For Papers for a topical issue of Open Theology
Global Philosophies as a New Horizon for Christian Theology and Philosophy of Religion
“Open Theology” (http://www.degruyter.com/view/j/opth) invites submissions for the topical issue “Global Philosophies as a New Horizon for Christian Theology and Philosophy of Religion”, edited by Russell Re Manning and Sarah Flavel (Bath Spa University, UK), prepared in collaboration with Bath Spa Colloquium for Global Philosophy and Religion. Continue reading “CFP: Global Philosophies and Christian Theology”
THE COLUMBIA SOCIETY FOR COMPARATIVE PHILOSOPHY
Jake Davis (New York University)
With a response from:
Katja Vogt (Columbia University)
Please join on us at Columbia University’s Religion Department on FRIDAY, OCTOBER 6th at 5:30 PM for his lecture entitled:
“Is There a Global Norm in Favor of Global Attentiveness?”
University of Arizona, Assistant Professor of Chinese Studies
The Department of East Asian Studies in the School of International Languages, Literatures and Cultures (SILLC) at the University of Arizona invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor in Chinese Studies. Ph.D. in hand is expected by the time of the appointment, August 2018. Continue reading “Job: Arizona, Chinese Studies”
The Journal of Confucian Philosophy and Culture, Vol. 28 / August 2017, has been published. The full contents are available via this link; the Table of Contents follows.
Readers may be interested in Peter Adamson’s ambitious History of Philosophy Without Any Gaps project: https://historyofphilosophy.net/. Part of the “without gaps” methodology is “looking at non-Western cultures,” and currently Professor Adamson has included considerable attention to Indian philosophy (in collaboration with Jonardan Ganeri), and he has already done a great deal with Islamic philosophy. As for Chinese: “…My further ambition is to cover the other philosophical traditions of Asia (especially Chinese) and also African philosophy and the philosophy of the African diaspora, but of course India will take a while so you’ll have to be patient if you are waiting for me to get to that!” (See here.)
Disturbing news from a colleague in Australia:
This is Yin Gao from the University of Newcastle, Australia. I have been teaching Chinese philosophy in this institution for over 15 years. I am afraid I have a rather bad news. My school decided to abolish philosophy major:
I wonder if you would announce the news here. My colleagues and I are dismayed by this decision. Currently, this proposed change is still under consultation. Any support from anyone would be much appreciated. They can send their comment to the following link:
Ruth.Hartmann@newcastle.edu.au or email me at my email as listed here.
UoN receive submission until Friday the 22nd of Sept [updated]. However, any comment after this date would still means a lot to us.
Call for Papers: Engaging ‘China’: Perspectives from the Margins
Oxford China Humanities Graduate Conference (10-11 Jan 2018)
Keynote speakers: Peter K. Bol (Harvard), Henrietta Harrison (Oxford)
Deadline for submission: October 15th 2017, 17:00 (GMT)
Graduate students are invited to submit abstracts for the second annual University of Oxford China Humanities Graduate Conference, which takes the theme of ‘engagement’ in the Chinese context as its point of departure. We welcome papers that work with modern and pre-modern subject material and from all humanistic disciplines, including but not limited to history, literary and cultural studies, art, film and media studies, philosophy, human geography, anthropology, musicology and religion.
Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews
Kwok-Ying Lau, Phenomenology and Intercultural Understanding: Toward a New Cultural Flesh, Springer, 2016, 256pp., $109.00 (hbk), ISBN 9783319447629.
Reviewed by Eric S. Nelson, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
This book, the fruition of twenty years of research and writing about phenomenology, carefully and insightfully traces the complex historical relations between phenomenology and non-Western thought over the last century. It also offers a critical diagnosis of the contemporary impediments to, and possibilities for, intercultural philosophy.
Here is a useful collection of essays by Roger Ames and the late Henry Rosemont: Confucian Role Ethics: A Moral Vision for the 21st Century? (V&R Academic, 2016) that had previously escaped my attention. The Table of contents follows.
International Society for Chinese Philosophy (ISCP) invites abstracts of papers for the ISCP panels at APA Central Division meeting in Chicago, IL, February 21- 24, 2018. The themes and topics are open as long as they are connected with Chinese philosophy. Your submission should include the following information:
1. Title of Paper
2. Name of Presenter
3. Presenter’s Affiliation and Contact Information
4. Paper Abstract (200-300 words)
Please send your submission in Word format or PDF to Qiong Wang by September 17, 2017.
The Asian Studies Program invites applications for a full-time tenure-track faculty position, pending administrative approval, to teach courses in Asian Studies beginning in August 2018, and to serve as the director of Calvin College’s Semester Program in China. Candidates from Religion, History, and Philosophy will be considered; the successful candidate will be housed in the most appropriate department.
PENG Guoxiang of Zhejiang University writes with information about a post-doc opportunity:
A post-doc program of Chinese philosophy, intellectual history, and religions, especially Confucianism, at Zhejiang University now is available for application. The eligible candidates are required:
1. No more than 35 years old;
2. Citizenships that have diplomatic relations with China;
3. PhD acquired outside China and within one year;
4. No less than 20 months in China within two years;
5. Excellence in Chinese or English if from non-English speaking world;
Interested applicants can directly contact me with their CV at: firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline is Nov. 13.
We are happy to announce that the second bi-annual workshop organized by the International Center for the Study of Ancient Text Cultures will be held in Xi’an, China, January 5-13, 2018. The theme for this time is “Manuscripts and Materiality of Text.” Four instructors, Profs. AnneMarie Luijendijk (Princeton), Daniela Mairhofer (Princeton), Matthias Richter (CU Boulder), and Xu Jianping (ZJU) will each lead a one-day workshop. Keynote speakers are Profs. Martin Kern (Princeton) and Liu Yuejin (CASS). Please refer to the attached document for more information and application. We welcome all applicants interested in the fields of Chinese Antiquity, Late Medieval Antiquity, and Medieval Latin. Deadline is Oct. 10th, 2017. For information see the document below:
Bloomsbury has published Tony Swain’s Confucianism in China: An Introduction. See here for more.
Call for Proposals: Society for Asian and Comparative Philosophy 50th Annual Conference, June 8-11th, 2018
Hosted by Pedagogical University of Cracow, Krakow, Poland; supporting co-organizers are National Museum in Krakow and Institute of the Middle and Far East of Jagiellonian University
CONFERENCE THEME: Power and Creativity
Keynote Speaker: Graham Parkes (University of Vienna), “Will to Power and the Field of Dao/De: Nietzsche and Zhuangzi on Creative Experience”
Deadline for Abstracts and Panel Proposals: January 31, 2018
Call for Papers and Abstracts: ACPA at 2018 Pacific APA in San Diego
Submission deadline: Wednesday, September 27, 2017.
Association of Chinese Philosophers in America (ACPA) group session at the 2018 Pacific Division Meeting of the American Philosophical Association (APA). March 28 – 30, 2018 at the Westin San Diego Gaslamp Quarter in San Diego, California.
Description: We now welcome scholars to submit proposals for individual papers to be considered for inclusion on an ACPA group session at the 2018 APA Pacific Division Meeting. (Please note: We are only considering proposals for individual paper presentations for Pacific APA 2018, not proposals for a complete panel.)
Continue reading “CFP: ACPA at 2018 Pacific APA”
Here are the program schedule and travel information for the first annual Bay Area Conference on Chinese Thought (BACCT), October 14-15, hosted this year by the University of California, Davis.
Saturday, October 14th
Call for Abstracts: American Society for the History of Rhetoric Symposium on “Diversity and Rhetorical Traditions”
May 31-June 1, 2018
The American Society for the History of Rhetoric (ASHR) invites paper proposals to be considered for our 2018 Symposium on “Diversity and Rhetorical Traditions.” The Symposium will be held on May 31-June 1, 2018 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, immediately prior to the Rhetoric Society of America Biennial Conference.
To be considered for the Symposium, please submit a one-page, single-spaced abstract to Dr. Scott Stroud (email@example.com) by September 30, 2017. All submissions should relate to the Symposium theme discussed below, be composed in English, stripped of author identification for peer review, and submitted as either a Word document or a PDF. Authors will be notified about the status of their submissions by the end of the year.
There is no cost to attend the Symposium, although all presenters must be members of ASHR. If you are not currently a member, you will be given an opportunity to join if your paper is accepted. For more information on ASHR, membership, and rates, visit www.ashr.org.
Diversity and Rhetorical Traditions
Continue reading “CFP – Diversity and Rhetorical Traditions Conference”
The Department of East Asian Languages & Civilizations at the University of Pennsylvania is delighted to announce an interdisciplinary symposium in honor of Nathan Sivin at Perry World House, 3803 Locust Walk, Philadelphia, PA 19104, on Oct. 14-15, 2017.
The symposium is free and open to the public, but pre-registration is required. Just click here if you’d like to attend:
If I may be permitted a moment of self-promotion: Wiley has just published A Concise Companion to Confucius, a volume in their prestigious Blackwell Companions to Philosophy series. It comprises seventeen chapters by a roster of distinguished contributors. I hope you like it!
The archaeologists who are cleaning up the bamboo strips found in the Haihunhou tomb are expected to confirm that one of the texts recovered is the long lost Qi version of the Analects; see here.
2nd Biennial Conference of the European Association for Chinese Philosophy, Basel, 7-9 September 2017
Almost 100 scholars will present their work at the 2nd Biennial Conference of the European Association for Chinese Philosophy (EACP: http://www.ea-cp.eu/), which takes place in Basel on September 7-9, 2017. The theme of the conference is “Global Chinese Philosophy.” Two keynote addresses by Prof. Thomas Fröhlich (Hamburg) and Prof. Loy Hui-chieh (Singapore) are open to the public. Thomas Fröhlich will talk about “Beyond Confucian Delusions and Illusions. Critical Issues in Chinese Philosophy Today” at the Kollegienhaus (Hörsaal 001) on Thursday, 7 September, 6–7pm. Loy Hui-chieh will give an address on “Getting Through to a War-loving Ruler: The Mohists and their Elite Audiences” at the Kollegienhaus (Hörsaal 001) on Friday, 8 September, 6–7pm.
For questions or further information, please write to Ralph Weber. The full conference program follows.
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The ISCWP plans to sponsor one or two panels at the 2018 APA Pacific Meeting, which will take place in San Diego, March 28- April 1, 2018.
We would like to encourage submissions of proposals of individual papers and panels. We encourage papers or panels that promote in-depth engagement between Chinese and Western philosophy (broadly construed). The submissions will be reviewed by all the three members of the board. When we select papers, we normally try to find papers that have common theme to form a panel. You may have a better chance to be accepted if you submit a panel proposal which already has a common theme. Continue reading “CFP: ISCWP at 2018 Pacific APA”
Since I have heard from some APA folks that they are keen to increase the diversity of traditions represented on the APA main programs, it makes sense to pass on the below reminder here.
Paper submissions for the 2018 APA Pacific Division meeting in San Diego, California, are currently open. Submissions close at 11:59 p.m. Pacific time on September 1. If you have a paper you would like to present, please you submit it as soon as possible at the paper submissions website. We urge you submit your paper before 2 p.m. Pacific time on Friday, September 1, after which there will be nobody available at the national office to provide technical assistance.
Indiana University Press has a new-ish series called “World Philosophies” that I have not previously noted here on the blog. See here and below.
Ted Slingerland’s edX MOOC on early Chinese thought starts next week if anyone’s got interested students. Free to sign up!
The ISCWP Summer 2017 newsletter is available online here. It contains information on the following:
- Letter from the President
- Member News and Updates
- ISCWP Sponsored Panels, APA Eastern Division Meeting (Jan 4-7, 2017)
- ISCWP Sponsored Panels, APA Pacific Division Meeting (Apr 12-15, 2017)
- Dues and Donations
Call for Papers: SACP PANELS for APA Pacific Division, 2018
Westin San Diego Gaslamp Quarter, Seattle WA, March 28-30, 2018
The Society for Asian and Comparative Philosophy invites submissions to be considered for inclusion in panels at the upcoming APA Pacific Division Meeting. Submissions focusing on any area of Asian and/or Comparative philosophy will be considered. Both individual papers and completed panel proposals are encouraged.
For blog readers in East Asia, especially…
NATIONAL HUMANITIES CENTER EAST ASIAN SCHOLARS PROGRAM
With the support of the Henry Luce Foundation, the National Humanities Center invites proposals from scholars at elite East Asian universities for fellowships for the 2018-19 academic year. The current participating universities are Tsinghua, Fudan, Shanghai Jiao Tong, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong University, National University of Singapore, and National Taiwan University, although we are open to expanding participation from stellar institutions.
Paul van Els and Sarah A. Queen, eds., Between History and Philosophy: Anecdotes in Early China (Albany, NY: State University of New York Press, 2017). ISBN: 978-1-4384-6611-8.
The hardcover version will be out very soon; the Kindle and other eBook versions are already available. For more information, see the SUNY website:
Information about the book and its cover (including a sharper image) is also available at Paul’s website:
Summary and Table of Contents follows.
Call for papers: “Materiality of Knowledge in Chinese thought, Past and Present”.
The conference will be organised jointly by Dirk Meyer and Stefano Gandolfo, University of Oxford. It will take place on 19-21 September 2018 at The Queen’s College, University of Oxford. It will discuss matters related to the materiality of knowledge from the following three aspects:
The International Society for Chinese Philosophy (ISCP) invites submissions to be considered for ISCP panels at the upcoming APA Pacific Division Meeting at Westin San Diego Gaslamp Quarter, San Diego, CA, March 28- April 1, 2018. Submissions focusing on any area of Chinese or Comparative philosophy.
REQUIRED (for proposal):
- Title of Paper
- Name of Presenter
- Presenter’s Affiliation
- Presenter’s e-mail address
- Approximately 200-word Paper Abstract
Please send each your proposal as an e-mail attachment to Robin Wang at firstname.lastname@example.org by October 1, 2017.
Pardon the self promotion. My book was published earlier this month by Oxford University Press.
Here’s the synopsis:
The Vulnerability of Integrity in Early Confucian Thought is about the necessity and value of vulnerability in human experience. In this book, Michael Ing brings early Chinese texts into dialogue with questions about the ways in which meaningful things are vulnerable to powers beyond our control, and more specifically how relationships with meaningful others might compel tragic actions.
Vulnerability is often understood as an undesirable state; invulnerability is usually preferred. While recognizing the need to reduce vulnerability in some situations, The Vulnerability of Integrity demonstrates that vulnerability is pervasive in human experience, and enables values such as morality, trust, and maturity. Vulnerability is also the source of the need for care for oneself and for others. The possibility of tragic loss fosters compassion for others as we strive to care for each other.
This book demonstrates the plurality of Confucian thought on this topic. The first two chapters describe traditional and contemporary arguments for the invulnerability of integrity in early Confucian thought. The remainder of the book focuses on neglected voices in the tradition, which argue that our concern for others can and should lead to us compromise our own integrity. In such cases, we are compelled to do something transgressive for the sake of others, and our integrity is jeopardized in the transgressive act.
More information can be found here.
The latest issue of 齐鲁学刊 [Qilu Academic Journal] features an extended, two-part dialogue between Huang Yushun and me, and another dialogue between Guo Ping and me. The topics covered include both substantive and methodological issues related to Huang’s “Life Confucianism (生活儒学),” to the “Liberal Confucianism” defended by both Huang and Guo, and to the idea of “Progressive Confucianism.” See:
- 生活儒学与进步儒学的对话 [Dialogue Between Life Confucianism and Progressive Confucianism] (Part 1)
- 生活儒学与进步儒学的对话 [Dialogue Between Life Confucianism and Progressive Confucianism] (Part 2)
- 德性、自由与“有根的全球哲学”——关于“进步儒学”与“自由儒学”的对话 [Virtue, Liberty, and ‘Rooted Global Philosophy’—A Dialogue Concerning Progressive Confucianism and Liberal Confucianism]
Issue 16:3 of Dao has been published; details are here and below.
Michael Sandel and Paul D’Ambrosio have edited a book on Chinese philosophy titled “Encountering China: Michael Sandel and Chinese Philosophy” that will come out on Harvard University Press in early January 2018. A flyer with more information is available here, and the Table of Contents follows.
Daily Nous reports on censorship of philosophical writings in Hong Kong.
East China Normal University (ECNU) in Shanghai is looking for a two-year post-doc in ancient Chinese art theory and classic Chinese aesthetics. Applicants must have PhD in related areas. Stipend is 75,000 RMB for one year and 150,000 RMB for two years. Please send application materials to Professor Zhu Zhirong (email@example.com) at the Department of Chinese Language and Literature of ECNU.
5th INTERNATIONAL STCS CONFERENCE:
FROM HEGEL TO MAO AND BEYOND — The Long March of Sinicizing Marxism
organized by the Department of Asian Studies at the Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana
Date: April 20-22, 2018
Venue: Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana, Ljubljana
Call For Papers and further information are available here (abstracts due by November 25, 2017).
Authority versus Authenticity: 12th International Conference on Daoist Studies
Beijing Normal University, Beijing, 1-4 June, 2018
[PENDING APPROVAL BY THE MINISTRY OF EDUCATION (expected by December)]
This year’s theme is the relationship of inner truth in contrast (and conflict) with outer circumstances, an issue that pervades Daoist history and culture, since Daoists highly value naturalness and integrity that often crosses or even runs in opposition to mainstream values, notions, and practices—both without and within the religion itself.
Volume 3 of the Journal of Chinese Humanities has been published. Among other things, it contains an interesting discussion of the trend toward “indigenization” in Chinese humanities, and the connection of this to Confucianism, by Wang Xuedian; and a review by Joshua Mason of Huang Yushun’s English-language book, Voice from the East: The Chinese Theory of Justice (translated by Hou Pingping and Wang Keyou; Reading, UK: Paths International, 2016). The Table of Contents is here.