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

CFP: 1st Annual Bay Area Conference on Chinese Thought

Thor Harris and I are pleased to announce the inaugural meeting of the Bay Area Conference on Chinese Thought (BACCT), which will meet annually at various Bay Area institutions of higher education beginning in 2017. BACCT is modeled on the highly successful regional cross-disciplinary conference series on Chinese thought in the Northeast and Midwest. Like those, the aim is is provide a forum for scholars to present their work, develop networks with other scholars in the area, and examine issues in Chinese thought from different disciplinary perspectives. Although the conferences will be held in the Bay Area (broadly construed), all scholars of Chinese thought are welcome to attend.

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January 6, 2017 Posted by | Call for Papers (CFP), Conference | no comments

New Book: Dao Companion to the Philosophy of Xunzi

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I am pleased to share the news that Eric Hutton’s much-anticipated Dao Companion to the Philosophy of Xunzi has been published. Click here for more information and to download the back matter and front matter for free (this includes the introduction).

A list of chapters and contributors is below the fold.

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November 18, 2016 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Recently Published, Tables of Contents, Xunzi | 5 comments

Another Round on Chinese Thought as Philosophy

In case you missed it, Nicholas Tampio recently published a short piece in Aeon explaining why he thinks Confucius (among other non-Western thinkers) should not be regarded as a philosopher, with implications for the philosophy curriculum and the makeup of philosophy faculties. This is a response to the recent New York Times piece by Jay Garfield and Bryan Van Norden.  Tampio and Van Norden subsequently exchanged tweets on the topic. Amy Olberding replies thoroughly and with humor here, and Ethan Mills responds on behalf of Indian philosophy here.

Where to begin?

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September 20, 2016 Posted by | Academia, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, philosophy canon, Profession, Related Blog Discussions | 23 comments

Postdoc at City University of Hong Kong

City U’s Centre for East Asian and Comparative Philosophy is advertising a postdoc that will be of interest to readers of this blog. I’ll post some highlights below the fold and then link to the complete listing.

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November 1, 2014 Posted by | Opportunities | no comments

In Memoriam: David S. Nivison (1923-2014)

American sinologist and philosopher David Nivison passed away on the 16th of this month. Nivison was a true polymath and made tremendous contributions to a variety of fields that overlapped with Chinese thought and history. For most readers of this blog, he will perhaps be best remembered for his contributions to Chinese philosophy, which was greatly enriched by his work on Daoists and Confucian philosophers across history, including the classical period as well as the Song, Ming and Qing dynasties. For much of his adult life, he also served as one of a small handful of scholars working on Chinese thought under the aegis of a Western philosophy department, and played a major role in integrating Chinese philosophy with contemporary philosophy as practiced in the English-speaking world. Among his best-known books are The Life and Thought of Chang Hsueh-ch’eng, The Ways of Confucianism, and The Riddle of the Bamboo Annals.

There are two substantial obituaries available on-line. One in English and the other in Chinese. The latter includes a nice collection of photographs.

October 24, 2014 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学 | one comment

New Book: Readings in Later Chinese Philosophy

RLCP_cover  I’m pleased to announce the publication of our reader in post-classical Chinese philosophy.

I’ll put the details below the fold, but it might help to have a quick summary of some the book’s most noteworthy (or at least distinctive) advantages.

  • Better selections than Chan’s Sourcebook, including several overlooked gems and works on and by women
  • Consistent translations of key terms and oft-quoted passages
  • Begone Wade-Giles!

 

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September 13, 2014 Posted by | Books of Interest, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Pedagogy, Resource, Translation | 5 comments

New Book: Ritual & Religion in the Xunzi

Kline and Tiwald_9781438451954.indd   Not without shame, I’d like to mention (and thereby promote) a book that I co-edited with Jack Kline, Ritual & Religion in the Xunzi, devoted to interpretations of Xunzi as a religious philosopher. I’ll include a brief description below the fold.

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August 4, 2014 Posted by | Books of Interest, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Religion, Ritual, Xunzi | 5 comments

New Book Series

Rowman and Littlefield has a new book series that will be of interest of many readers here, and they are now taking proposals. Note that they intend to publish works on Japan and Korea as well as China.

We are pleased to announce the establishment of the CEACOP Series in East Asian Comparative Ethics, Politics, and Philosophy of Law, a new monograph series organized and overseen as a cooperative venture by Rowman and Littlefield International and the Center for East Asian and Comparative Philosophy (CEACOP) at City University of Hong Kong.

We publish path-breaking and field-defining works in East Asian comparative ethics with a special interest in works of normative and applied ethics, political theory, and philosophy of law. We seek works that are more historically grounded as well as those that are more focused on contemporary affairs and problems that meet the standards of clarity and argumentative rigor characteristic of the best philosophy in the Anglo-American tradition. We expect more historically grounded works will demonstrate a sophisticated sensitivity and approach to issues of historical context and interpretation while wholly contemporary works will begin from and respond to issues of relevance to modern East Asian and Western societies.

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September 30, 2013 Posted by | Books of Interest, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Profession | no comments

Conference on Multiculturalism and Comparative Philosophy

Bay Area folks might be interested in attending the following conference at the University of California Santa Cruz, where Bo MOU and I will represent Chinese and comparative philosophy (for better or worse!). The conference is free and open to the public.

“Free to Universalize or Bound by Culture? Philosophy in a Multicultural Context” Conference

University of California Santa Cruz

Saturday, October 20, 2012, Humanities 1, Room 210

This public conference investigates the relation between philosophy and its multicultural context. Are there immutable questions and universal answers regarding knowledge, values, and reality, or is philosophical inquiry bound by history, geography, and culture? Should the philosopher be responsible to the public?

10:00-10:15     Welcome Remarks: UCSC Humanities Dean William A. Ladusaw

10:15-10:45     Keynote: Helen Longino (Stanford) 

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October 19, 2012 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Conference | no comments

Peer Review and Rationalization

I tend to do a lot of peer reviewing, but I’m certain that I don’t do it well. Of all of the consequential stuff that I have to write as a professional academic, I get the least feedback on my reviewer reports, and there isn’t much incentive to reflect on my deficiencies as a reviewer. I know that I have many such deficiencies, but I don’t know exactly what they are. If you were to point to any bit of advice and say that it’s poor, I would deny it and have a justification for it ready at hand. But I also recognize that I’m no better than (and probably worse than) the average reviewer, and I know that the average reviewer has significant vices. So while I can’t point to any direct evidence of my vices, I know by other routes that I have them, and that they are significant.

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August 25, 2012 Posted by | Profession | 9 comments

Update on ISCP's APA panel

Please note some changes in the scheduling and organization of ISCP’s panel at the Eastern Division meeting in Boston. The panel, “New Topics: Chinese and Comparative Philosophy” will now take place on Tuesday, December 28 at 7:30-10:30 PM. Click on “Read more” to see the list of talks and speakers, slightly modified since the publication of the APA’s original bulletin.

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December 24, 2010 Posted by | Conference | no comments

Chinese Philosophy in the New York Times

Thanks to Peimin Ni, Chinese philosophy has made its first appearance in the New York Times’ philosophy forum, “The Stone.” Here is the link, but feel free to respond to the article on this blog.

December 11, 2010 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学 | 9 comments

New Issue of Comparative Philosophy

http://www.comparativephilosophy.org

COMPARATIVE PHILOSOPHY      Vol 1, No 2 (2010)

Table of Contents

Articles

THE LABYRINTH OF PHILOSOPHY IN ISLAM
Nader El-Bizri
THE LOGIC OF THE CATUSKOTI
Graham Priest

Recent Work

CONFUCIANISM AND VIRTUE ETHICS: STILL A FLEDGLING IN CHINESE AND COMPARATIVE PHILOSOPHY
Justin Tiwald

July 12, 2010 Posted by | Buddhism, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Confucianism, Tables of Contents, Virtue | no comments