The Rutgers Workshop in Chinese Philosophy (RWCP) is calling for proposals for its fifth biennial meeting. It will be held at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey, US, on Friday, April 17, 2020 (please note the year). RWCP is aimed at bringing together scholars in Chinese philosophy with philosophers in the Western analytic tradition for in-depth engagements on topics of mutual interest. All topics are welcome. Ideally, submitted proposals will directly address the works of a living Western analytic philosopher whom we will invite to be paired with the paper presenter as commentator.
An impressive line-up will be featured at this week’s “New York-China Epistemology Conference: 2018.” Mostly analytic epistemology from both Chinese and U.S. participants, with some Chinese sources mixed in here and there.
The Department of Philosophy at CSU Long Beach has an opening at the rank of Assistant Professor, tenure-track, in Value Theory.
In correspondence, the Chair has written that the department has “teaching needs in Chinese, Japanese, and Indian philosophies. We are hoping to get a strong pool of applicants with a variety of teaching and research specializations.”
For full consideration, please submit your application through AJO by Nov. 15, 2018. The full details can be found here:
SUNY has published Jim Behuniak, ed., Appreciating the Chinese Difference: Engaging Roger T. Ames on Methods, Issues, and Roles, which includes a range of essays as well as Roger Ames’s response. Congratulations, Jim! More information follows below.
Vol. 46, no. 2 (November 2018) of the Journal of Chinese Religions is now online at https://www.tandfonline.com/toc/yjch20/current?nav=tocList. Read on for the Table of Contents, which includes reviews of Michael Ing’s The Vulnerability of Integrity in Early Confucian Thought and Geoffrey Redmond’s translation of The I Ching, among others.
Palgrave Macmillan has just published Alexus McLeod’s book The Philosophical Thought of Wang Chong. Congratulations, Alexus! The cover description follows:
This book is a study of the methodological, metaphysical, and epistemological work of the Eastern Han Dynasty period scholar Wang Chong. It presents Wang’s philosophical thought as a unique and syncretic culmination of a number of ideas developed in earlier Han and Warring States philosophy. Wang’s philosophical methodology and his theories of truth, knowledge, and will and determinism offer solutions to a number of problems in the early Chinese tradition. His views also have much to offer contemporary philosophy, suggesting new ways of thinking about familiar problems. While Wang is best known as a critic and skeptic, Alexus McLeod argues that these aspects of his thought form only a part of a larger positive project, aimed at discerning truth in a variety of senses.
Eske Møllgaard – Columbia Society for Comparative Philosophy Lecture: “How I Came to Conclude that Confucian Discourse is not Philosophy” Friday Oct 12 at 5:30pm
THE COLUMBIA SOCIETY FOR COMPARATIVE PHILOSOPHY
Welcomes: Eske Møllgaard (University of Rhose Island)
With responses from: Andrew Lambert (College of Staten Island, CUNY)
Please join us at Columbia University’s Religion Department on FRIDAY, October 12th at 5:30 PM for his lecture entitled:
How I Came to Conclude that Confucian Discourse is not Philosophy
ABSTRACT: The paper follows and elaborates on a line of argument in my book The Confucian Political Imagination, which was published by Palgrave Macmillan this summer. I do not address the main argument of the book, but sum up a line of thought that has gradually taken form since I began to read Confucian texts. I explain what I learned about reading Confucianism from my teacher Tu Weiming, and why I could not follow the philosophical turn in American Confucian studies. I point to the importance of reading in an emphatic sense, and argue that the philosophical approaches to Confucian texts often leads to an impoverished reading of these texts. Then I provide my own suggestions towards a definition Confucian discourse. I briefly point to the historical reasons Confucian discourse is not philosophy, and finally I ask if all this really matters.
COLLEGE OF ARTS & SCIENCES, OBERLIN COLLEGE
FACULTY TENURE TRACK POSITION AVAILABLE
Title: East Asian Religions
The East Asian Studies Program and Religion Department at Oberlin College invite applications for a full-time tenure track faculty position in East Asian Religions in the College of Arts and Sciences. Initial appointment to this position will be for a term of four years, beginning fall of 2019, and will carry the rank of assistant professor.
The latest issue of China Review International has been published, and is available here. It is labelled Volume 23, Number 3, 2016; after being on hiatus for a while, the journal has lately been more active. This issue includes some reviews the will be of interest to WW&W readers, including my review of Ming-huei Lee, Confucianism: Its Roots and Global Significance; and Thomas Michael’s review of Michael D. K. Ing, The Vulnerability of Integrity in Early Confucian Thought.
PhD Position – City University of Hong Kong 香港城市大學 – “Yijing studies in European societies”
Supervisor: Prof. Tze-ki Hon, Department of Chinese and History
Michael Leese reviews G. E. R. Lloyd, The Ambivalences of Rationality: Ancient and Modern Cross-Cultural Explorations (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2018) at BMCR.
Chinese Studies Association of Australia 16th Biennial Conference: Engaging Chinese Scholarship: New Directions, New Challenges
Monday 1 July – Wednesday 3 July, 2019; La Trobe University (city campus), Melbourne
For more information, see here.
The Philosophy Department of National Cheng-chih University in Taiwan is currently inviting applications for three open-rank, tenured/tenure-track positions; the preferred specializations are Eastern Philosophy and/or Contemporary analytic philosophy. The appointment will commence on August 1, 2019.
Please see here for more information.
I’m happy to announce that a project I have been working on for some time has now reached a level of maturity that I feel comfortable sharing it publicly. Jinburuxue.com is a mainly Chinese-language website that aims to share Chinese versions of writings about progressive approaches to Confucianism. (Jinbu ruxue or 进步儒学 means progressive Confucianism.) Some of the material originally appeared in Chinese, and some of it was originally in English and has been translated specifically for this project. (All work appears with permission.) The site also has an English-language version, although the underlying essays and other materials are still in Chinese.
The contributors to this website have many differences, but share a common understanding of Confucianism as a living tradition, a still-developing tradition. In addition, we believe that as Confucianism develops in the contemporary world, it must be inclusive, supporting the ability of all people to improve ethically. In the essays and other materials collected on the site, we argue that the values of the Confucian tradition should be expressed in new ways in the 21st century. This is what the Book of Changes calls “changing with the times 与时偕行,” the Greater Learning calls “daily renewal 日新,” and the Analects calls “reviewing the old to know the new 温故而知新.” We call this contemporary, developing form of Confucianism “Progressive Confucianism.”
The site focuses on Chinese-language versions of our material because in the first instance, our goal is to have an impact on Chinese-language discussions of what Confucianism is and can be. Any thoughts on this project or suggestions for changes or future development are welcome!
The Table of Contents for the latest issue of Asian Philosophy is below, and see here.
Chen Bo, Two different approaches to philosophy a critical reflection on contemporary Chinese philosophy
Chaehyun Chong, Why is loving a thief not the same as loving all men for the Mohists?
Niklas Söderman, Critique of modernity in the philosophy of Nishitani Keiji
Ady Van den Stock, The curious incident of wisdom in the thought of Feng Qi (1915-1995): comparative philosophy, historical materialism, and metaphysics
Quan Wang, Pleasure principle and perfect happiness: morality in Jacques Lacan and Zhuangzi
Yingjin Xu, Iki and Contingency: A Reconstruction of Shuzo Kuki’s Early Aesthetic theory
The Department of Philosophy at The University of British Columbia (UBC), Vancouver Campus, invites applications for an Assistant Professor (tenure-track position). AOS: Asian Philosophy. AOC: Open. We welcome applications from philosophers who specialize in the philosophical traditions of East Asia and/or South Asia. A Ph.D. in Philosophy or other relevant field (e.g., Asian Studies, Religion) prior to taking up the position is required. Start date: July 1, 2019.
For more information, see: https://www.philjobs.org/job/show/10990