Author Archives: Justin Tiwald

New Book Series: Oxford Chinese Thought

Eric L. Hutton and I are very pleased to announce the launch of a new book series devoted exclusively to translations of Chinese philosophical and religious texts, Oxford Chinese Thought. The series will be published by Oxford University Press and, at least initially, all books will be released immediately into paperback. As most readers of this blog know, there is a vast body of philosophical and religious literature in Chinese and only the thinnest slice of it — barely a sliver — has been translated into English, which has created major obstacles to teaching and scholarship on Chinese thought, especially to teaching the post-classical thinkers in depth. Oxford Chinese Thought aims to address this longstanding challenge by providing high-quality English translations that are well suited for classroom use.

Translations are solicited by the series editors in consultation with the advisory board. We intend to focus primarily on post-Han texts that played significant roles in shaping Chinese thought. Continue reading →

New Book: Taking Back Philosophy: A Multicultural Manifesto

Taking Back Philosophy: A Multicultural Manifesto
Bryan W. Van Norden. Foreword by Jay L. Garfield
Columbia University Press

Are American colleges and universities failing their students by refusing to teach the philosophical traditions of China, India, Africa, and other non-Western cultures? This biting and provocative critique of American higher education says yes. Continue reading →

Discussion of Owen Flanagan’s The Geography of Morals

The widely-read ethics blog PEA Soup hosts regular discussions of recently published books (or more precisely, books recently reviewed for Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews, which are themselves recently published). The featured book this time around is Owen Flanagan’s The Geography of Morals, a philosophical call to arms against parochialism in ethics that engages at length with Chinese philosophy. Check it out!

MANCEPT Workshop on Confucian Political Theory workshop (updated)

I have some updates to share on the workshop on Confucian political theory at the Manchester Centre for Political Theory. Note especially the new deadline for submissions (June 2) and the keynote speaker (Joseph Chan).

The workshop itself will run from September 9 (Monday) to September 13 (Wednesday), 2017. The venue will be in Arthur Lewis Building, University of Manchester. Thanks to co-convener Baldwin Wong of The Chinese University, Hong Kong, for the latest.

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Bay Area Conference on Chinese Thought — deadline extended

Thor Harris and I have received several good abstracts for next year’s meeting of the Bay Area Conference on Chinese Thought (BACCT), but we could use a few more to round out the group. Please note that BACCT is meant for presenting works in progress as well as finished papers. Scholars working on Chinese thought from any disciplinary approach are welcome. And student presentations are also welcome, so please notify your grad students.

The conference will be held at the University of California Davis on October 14-15, 2017. Those interested in participating should submit an abstract of no more than one single-spaced page, along with a CV, in Word or PDF format. Please email these to Justin Tiwald <> and Thor Harris <> with the subject line “BACCT Submission.” The deadline for submissions has been extended to May 30, 2017.

Dissertation Workshops on Comparative Political Theory

Shortly before the next American Political Science Association meeting in San Francisco, the organization will host dissertation workshops, one of which is devoted to students working in comparative political theory. The workshops group six ABD students together with two scholars. The deadline to apply is May 15. The workshops will take place on August 30, the day before the main APSA meeting commences. More information is here.


April 15 Deadline for Bay Area Conference on Chinese Thought

Just a quick reminder that the deadline for the Bay Area Conference on Chinese Thought (BACCT) is April 15. The event will take place at UC Davis on October 14-15. More information below!


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.

Individual presentations will likely be twenty minutes in length, grouped into panels that will aim to bring out inter-disciplinary connections. Continue reading →