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ISCP Newsletter 2_20_19

Dear Friends of the ISCP

I am delighted to report to you that Professor Kwong-Loi Shun has accepted the nomination and has been elected to be our new Chair of the Board of Officers. On behalf of the board of officers, I wish to thank him for taking over the leadership for the future direction of the ISCP, and I also wish to thank the former Chair, Professor Robert C. Neville, for his tireless service to the ISCP over so many years.

Another update is that we have now completed our preliminary program and have published it on our website. Please check it out.

Those of you who will miss this year’s meeting please remember that our next meeting will be held in Shanghai in 2021 at East China Normal University. Professor Yang Guorong will be our new President by then. Please watch for our CFP and submit your abstracts in time.


JeeLoo Liu

Executive Director, International Society for Chinese Philosophy

March 1st Columbia University Seminar on Neo-Confucian Studies

The next session of the Columbia University Seminar on Neo-Confucian Studies will convene on March 1st, from 3:30 to 5:30 pm in the main board room of the Heyman Center for the Humanities at Columbia University. The speaker will be Jennifer Eichman, who will be presenting a paper entitled “Refreshingly Experimental: Crafting Confucian Arguments with a Buddhist Lexicon.”

Please contact Zach Berge-Becker <>, Rapporteur for the Seminar on Neo-Confucian Studies, if you would like to attend the seminar and thus receive a copy of the paper, which is a work in progress and is not to be further distributed or copied without permission of the author.

CFP: 2019 Bond University Interim Conference

About the Conference

The international conference ‘Confucianism and World Disharmony: The Quest for Harmony in Difference’ will be held from Wednesday 28th August to Friday 30th August 2019 at Bond University on the Gold Coast, Australia. It is hosted by the Centre for East-West Cultural and Economic Studies and the Faculty of Society and Design (Bond University), organised with support from the World Consortium for Research in Confucian Cultures and The Centre for East-West Relations (Beijing Foreign Studies University).

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ISCWP January 2019 Newsletter

The ISCWP January 2019 newsletter has been published. This issue features updates from several of the society’s members on their various activities, and a listing of conference panels organized by the society for the 2019 meetings (Eastern, Central, and Pacific) of the American Philosophical Association.

This and past newsletters are available on our web site at the following address:

Click here for the PDF version.

Book Reviews by Bin Song

Bin Song (Washington College) has recently published reviews of two books:

Paul Tillich and Asian Religions. Edited by Keith CHAN Ka-fu and William NG Yau-nang (Boston: De Gruyter, 2017). “Asian Religions” here mainly refer to Buddhism and Confucianism. The review is published by the Journal of Interreligious Studies, and can be accessed through here.

Confucianisms for a Changing World Cultural Order. Edited by Roger T. Ames, Peter D. Hershock (Honolulu, HI: University of Hawaii Press, 2017). The review is published by “Reading Religion” in the American Academy of Religion, which you can find here.

New book: Heaven is Empty: A Cross-Cultural Approach to “Religion” and Empire in Ancient China by Filippo Marsili


Heaven is Empty offers a new perspective on the relationship between religion and the creation of the first Chinese empires. Heaven Is Empty offers a new comparative perspective on the role of the sacred in the formation of China’s early empires (221 BCE–9 CE) and shows how the unification of the Central States was possible without a unitary and universalistic conception of religion.

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