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Master Program in Philosophy at University of Macau

The Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies of the University of Macau is offering a 2-year master degree program in Philosophy for admission in the academic year 2024/2025.
The Department balances Western and Chinese philosophy, with internationally renowned scholars contributing to graduate and undergraduate teaching in their areas of expertise. A shared commitment to the pursuit of wisdom through rigorous, passionate, historically-informed and innovative reasoning is nurtured through research-driven teaching and mentoring.

For details about the program and admission application, please visit the website:

Application for Admission:

For inquiries: (853) 8822 4768

“Learning Together”: A Zoom-Based Lecture and Seminar Series on Chinese Philosophy

Presenting the 四海为学 “Learning Together” project. A philosophy lecture and seminar series promoting collaborative learning across cultures. Hosted by the Center for Intercultural Learning and the School of Philosophy at East China Normal University this project brings together prominent scholars and teachers with students from around the world. We take xue  or “study” as foundational. Xue is a particular type of learning that includes modeling and reflective imitation. To engage in xue is to learn through close readings of classics, commentaries, and contemporary thinkers, and includes modeling their thinking and applying it in strategic ways. We hope to aid in cultivating a generation of comparative scholars who can understand one another better, have meaningful engagements, and cooperate despite differences. Our working motto is “Learning from Chinese philosophy.”

On August 30th at 8pm Beijing time Professor Yang Guorong of East China Normal University will present “How to do Philosophy” as the inaugural address for the 四海为学 “Learning Together” philosophy lecture series. The talk will be moderated by Professor Yu Zhenhua, East China Normal University.  The link for Professor Yang’s talk is:

All lectures will take place on Zoom. Links will be provided one week before each lecture.

Next week, on August 26th, our first seminar begins. This is “The Female Confucius” taught by Dimitra Amarantidou, Assistant Professor of Chinese Philosophy at Shanghai Normal University. (For details see our site or email us.)

The lectures for the rest of 2022 are as follows:

Roger Ames Peking University 

“The Confucian Concept of the Political and ‘Family Feeling’ (xiao ) as its Minimalist Morality”

Friday, Sept. 16th  9am Beijing time. 

Michael Nylan University of California, Berkeley 

Xue : ‘Learning and Emulation”  

Friday, Oct. 7th, time TBD

Robin Wang Loyola Marymount University  

“Metaphysics Against Aggression: What Rou (Suppleness) Can Teach Us?”

Thursday, Nov. 3rd,  22:00 Beijing time. 

Stephen Angle Wesleyan University 

“Chapter 4 of Growing Moral: A Confucian Guide to Life”  

Friday, Dec. 9th,  21:00 Beijing time. 


For a full list of all the seminars running this fall, and the 18 lectures already planned for 2022-2024 please visit:

Our website is mostly functional, but still being worked on. Apologies for any inconveniences.

To participate, contribute, or be part of this project in any capacity please email:

The lectures, seminars, and all 四海为学 “Learning Together” events are free and open to everyone. From professors to students, anyone interested is welcome to participate.

We also welcome suggestions and constructive criticisms.

CfP Conference on “Tracking Global Wokeism”

Conference organized by the GUST Global Studies Center  
Jan. 17-19. 2023  
Tracking Global Wokeism  
The word ‘woke’, initially coined by African Americans in the 1930s as an injunction to stay mindful of racial inequalities, has over the last decade been used to raise awareness of any sort of discrimination. The term has helped to advance the cause of social justice in many domains. However, a search on the internet can quickly yield the impression that “woke” is now, similar to “Political Correctness,” predominantly used in a negative fashion. People who are “too woke” are criticized as dogmatic, self-righteous, and obsessed with moral purity.  

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Call for Abstracts: The Moral Roots of Quarantine: The East and the West (Online Conference)

The Moral Roots of Quarantine: The East and the West 1617 December 2021
Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies
Faculty of Arts and Humanities University of Macau
The conference will be held online on Zoom as to allow broad participation.

Call for Abstracts: The conference mainly aims at enriching the scholarly debate about comparative EastWest perspectives
on the responses to infectious diseases, with a special focus on antipandemic measures and their
justifications. The global nature of the current emergency calls for an interdisciplinary as well as intercultural
investigation: the conference brings together scholars from the East and the West currently working on
COVID19 from diverse disciplinary perspectives (philosophy of science, philosophy of politics,
philosophy of medicine, among others. This event is part of the interdisciplinary research project “The Moral
Roots of Quarantine: a comparative study of the moral and cultural dimension of quarantine in COVID19 pandemic across
East and West (

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Public On-line Lecture Series with Robin Wang, Michael Puett, etc.

The Philosophy and Religious Studies Department at the University of Macau invites everyone to a Lecture Series for the Fall term 2021.
All the meetings will be held in a hybrid in-person/online format.
15 September, 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Prof. ROBIN WANG (Loyola Marymount University)
The Variety of Minds: Why the Dao Mind Is/Becomes Huanghu (Ambiguous and Elusive)?
29 September, 5:30-7:00 p.m.
Prof. GIOVANNI BONIOLO (University of Ferrara)
Identity and dementia: a different approach.
13 October, 5:30-7:00 p.m.
Prof. HOLGER BRIEL (Beijing Normal University-Hong Kong Baptist University United International College in Zhuhai)
VisonBytes – Seeing in the age of intercultural digitality.
27 October, 7:30-9:00 p.m. (TBC)
Prof. MICHAEL PUETT (Harvard University)
10 November, 8:00-9:30 p.m.
Prof. STEVEN CROWELL (Rice University)
Methodological Atheism: An Essay in the Second-Person Phenomenology of Commitment.
24 November, 5:30-7:00  p.m.
Prof. PHILIP TONNER (University of Glasgow)
Wayfarers and Dwellers: implications from phenomenological anthropology for ‘roots’ music heritage research.

Zhuangzi Stories Animated

We’ve launched a YouTube channel animating Zhuangzi stories (subtitles in various languages):

It’s also available in Spanish:

And on Bilibili in Chinese:


Critical Theory From and Beyond the Margins: Public Online Workshop


24 OCTOBER 2020, SATURDAY | 10:00 AM TO 6:00 PM (UTC +8)
ZOOM MEETING- ID: 976 4344 1616 | PASSCODE: 241

Critical theory is a Western, and distinctly European, intellectual tradition that drew its normative resources from the social and political events that transpired in Europe over the course of the 20th century. It is relevant to ask the question whether, as a critical-practical
tradition, critical theory has anything to contribute outside the Western-European context, given the emergence of globalization and the issues that arose with it. For some, the Eurocentrism of critical theory is symptomatic of its very own crisis, one which challenges the universality of its normative claims, e.g., the abolition of social injustice. Is it possible for critical theory to overcome its Eurocentrism and, therefore, its own crisis? The irony is that critical theory is only able to defend the universality of its normative claims when it is able to
renew itself. If it is at all possible to renew critical theory, what does this renewal entail? The workshop will pursue these questions by expanding the scope of traditional critical theory, especially, but not exclusively, by drawing on critical perspectives on modern societies and
emancipation movements that have originated in Asia.

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CfP: ODIP Online Dictionary of Intercultural Philosophy

CALL FOR PAPERS: ODIP: Online Dictionary of Intercultural Philosophy

ODIP in cooperation with ALAFI invites entries on topics related to intercultural philosophy.

ODIP offers brief and understandable definitions of non-Western philosophical terms. It aims to promote a shift from Comparative Philosophy to World Philosophy enabling a genuine plurality of knowing, doing, and being human. It collects key-concepts from several regions and presents those concepts in a succinct fashion. It is meant to be an inspiring and stimulating resource for philosophers who aim to expand their horizons and think interculturally.

ALAFI (Latin-American Association for Intercultural Philosophy) aims to promote open, plural, cosmpolitan and intercultural practices in philosophy, in Latin America in particular and in the hispanic-lusophone circuit in general.

Submissions are normally between 200 and 1000 words long (up to 3500 words for historical entries on philosophical schools and movements such as “Comparative Philosophy”). Submissions should be sent either in English or have an English translation attached. Submissions in Portuguese and Spanish are in particular accepted and promoted, provided they come with an English translation (Submissions will be edited and do not need to come in perfect English).

All submissions are peer reviewed. Preferably, entries explain concepts and terms, but in certain cases, entries on philosophers or books will also be accepted. All entries will be published with the author’s name. Entries must present bibliographical references for further reading at the end of the text.

On the ‘Call for Entries’ ( page you will find a list of terms. These are just suggestions. Entries on other relevant terms are welcome.

Send to:

The copyright stays with the authors.

Deadline for submissions: June 5th 2020