The Journal of Chinese Philosophy fell behind a bit in its publication schedule, but is now working to catch up, and has recently published 42(1-2), March-June 2015; and 42(3-4), September-December 2015. Tables of Contents for both issues are below.
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This workshop celebrates the partnership between the Berggruen Institute and the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics, thereby also taking advantage of the presence of the first group of Berggruen Fellows at Harvard. The topic of the workshop, also related to a major concern of the Berggruen Institute, is “Perspectives on Chinese Thought in the World.” Some of the presenters work on China in a rather straightforward way, others don’t, but China, and thus Chinese thought, concerns us all, and increasingly so. One way or another, the talks will address how it does. Advance reading of papers is not expected, though papers are available for some of the talks (upon request).
On February 9, 2017, the workshop convened for a successful session, featuring Viren Murthy, Tongdong Bai, and Sungmoon Kim, before the organizers were compelled to postpone the afternoon panels due to the onset of a blizzard. These panels have now been rescheduled as a featured event that will kick off the Center’s 30th Anniversary Celebration, May 4-6, 2017. More details are here.
Leiden University has launched a new undergraduate program in “Philosophy: Global and Comparative Perspectives,” and on April 15, 2017, the Dutch Filosofie magazine will be hosting a Global Philosophy event called “Thinking Planet.” Details on both, plus an interview with the relevant Leiden philosophers, available here.
The next session of the Columbia University Seminar on Neo-Confucian Studies will convene Friday, April 21st, from 3:30 to 5:30pm in the Heyman Center for the Humanities at Columbia University.
The speaker will be Professor Kim Sungmoon, and his presentation is titled: “The Confucian Value Theory of Criminal Punishment.” If you would like to attend, please contact rapporteur Zach Berge-Becker for a copy of the paper.
Tetsugaku: International Journal of the Philosophical Association of Japan is an interesting-looking new journal, and its first issue contains an article called “The Birth of Philosophy as 哲學 (Tetsugaku) in Japan.” The article scrutinizes the history of the introduction of the subject from Holland to Japan, the coinage and application of the term tetsugaku (zhexue in Chinese), and its adoption in China during the late-nineteenth century. The article explains a lot about subtle changes in its coverage and nuance during the process. The journal and article are available from the following link:
This open-access journal also welcomes submissions of papers written in English, French or German. Please refer to the document at the bottom of the page.
I have done my best to compile and organize chronologically all the Chinese Philosophy-related panels, lectures, and other events at the Pacific APA, coming up in Seattle next week. If you notice anything I have left out, please let me know. I did not include papers or panels that relate solely to other East Asian traditions — happily, there are several of these, but I decided to limit myself to Chinese philosophy for the purpose of this list.
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The latest newsletter of the North American Korean Philosophy Association (NAKPA) is available here.
Two related developments: Bryan Van Norden will spend the next two academic years (2017-18 and 2018-19) as Kwan Im Thong Hood Cho Temple Visiting Professor at Yale-NUS College in Singapore; and Vassar College (Bryan’s home base) has announced a full-time, two-year Visiting Assistant Professor position beginning August, 2017. AOS: Chinese philosophy. AOC: Open. For more details on the position, see below.
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Thanks to support from Polity and Wiley-Blackwell, there will be a Chinese Philosophy Reception at the Pacific APA meetings, held Thursday, April 14 from 4:00 to 6:00pm in the Stuart Room (next to the elevators on the Mezzanine Level). We will have free hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. In addition to general conversation, there will be opportunities to purchase signed copies of Angle and Tiwald, Neo-Confucianism: A Philosophical Introduction (Polity 2017) and to view the final proofs of Liu, Neo-Confucianism: Metaphysics, Mind, and Morality (Wiley-Blackwell, forthcoming in 2017). All are welcome!
Call for Papers for the 2nd Biennial Conference of the European Association for Chinese Philosophy, “Global Chinese Philosophy”
The Conference is being held at the University of Basel, Switzerland, September 7-9, 2017.
- Thomas Fröhlich (University of Nuremberg-Erlangen and University of Hamburg)
- Loy Hui-chieh (National University of Singapore)
Abstracts should be no more than 200 words. Panel proposals should include the title and a brief description of the panel, as well as the names, affiliations, and email addresses of the participants. Please also provide the titles of each participant’s presentation. The deadline for submission is March 31, 2017.
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Book talk with Melissa Williams, Co-Editor of East Asian Perspectives on Political Legitimacy: Bridging the Empirical-Normative Divide
Monday, April 3, 2017, 4:15pm to 5:30pm; Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, Suite 200N, 124 Mt Auburn Street, Cambridge
Join us for a discussion with Melissa Williams, Professor of Political Science, and founding Director of the Centre for Ethics at the University of Toronto, Senior Visiting Scholar at the Harvard Kennedy School and Co-Editor of “East Asian Perspectives on Political Legitimacy: Bridging the Empirical-Normative Divide“, and Tongdong Bai, the Dongfang Chair Professor of Philosophy at Fudan University in China and Berggruen Fellow at Harvard’s Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics. Archon Fung, Academic Dean and Ford Foundation Professor of Democracy and Citizenship, HKS, will moderate.
Amy Olberding has published an essay called “Degenerate Skepticism and the Thieves of Philosophy” on the “Department of Deviance” website. She explains the essay’s origin:
An essay presented at a special APA session on what Chinese philosophy can contribute to contemporary philosophy. There are increasingly many sessions at APA meetings pitched to offer the non-specialist an entry into “non-western” philosophy. Rarely are these attended by anyone who is not already a specialist in “non-western” philosophy. The essay here is not about how Chinese philosophy can contribute to contemporary debate. It is instead a polemic about the folly of this question in the current atmosphere within the discipline.
A new essay called “In Defense of Hierarchy,” the joint responsibility of several of us but largely written by Julian Baggini, has been published at Aeon. It is the fruit of discussions at a conference sponsored by the Berggruen Philosophy and Culture Center, and is an interesting example of comparative or what some folks are now calling cosmopolitan philosophy. Enjoy!
Sonya Ozbey has accepted the position of Assistant Professor of Chinese Philosophy, jointly appointed in Department of Asian Languages and Cultures and in the Department of Philosophy, at the University of Michigan. Ozbey received her PhD from DePaul University, where she studied with Frank Perkins, and is currently Tang Junyi Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures at Michigan. Her research areas are Classical Chinese Philosophy, Early Modern European Philosophy, Comparative Philosophy, and Animality Studies. There’s a nice on-line interview with her here.
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My review of Sungmoon Kim, Public Reason Confucianism: Democratic Perfectionism and Constitutionalism in East Asia (Cambridge, 2016) recently appeared in Ethics 127:3. The first paragraph of the review follows. A pre-publication version of the whole review is available here.
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Loubna El Amine will speak at the National University of Singapore on March 23; her topic is “The Problem of Political Order in Classical Confucian Thought.” Details here.
Manchester Workshops for Political Theory, Monday 11 September to Wednesday 13 September, 2017
Conveners: Elton Chan (Yale-NUS College), Larry Lai (University of Hong Kong) and Baldwin Wong (Chinese University of Hong Kong)
Venue: Arthur Lewis Building, University of Manchester
Abstracts of 500-1000 words, prepared for blind review, are due by 26th May, 2017; see below for further details.
In recent years there has been an increasing interest among Anglo-American political theorists in comparing the diverse ways of how the Western and Chinese thinkers address political issues.
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Wuhan University is proud to announce its new international MA program in Philosophy taught in English.
Located in Wuhan, a major center for technology, the arts, education, and industry in China’s scenic Yangtze Valley, Wuhan University is an international research university, with one of the top five philosophy departments in China. The School of Philosophy has around 500 undergraduate students, and 500 graduate students, and our large, international faculty is engaged in all areas of philosophical research, with divisions dedicated to traditional Chinese philosophy, contemporary western philosophy, ethics, aesthetics, philosophy of religion, and Marxist philosophy.
Please check out our website at www.whu.edu.cn/phi/
ABOUT THE PROGRAM
This is a two-year MA program, intended to provide an excellent training in philosophy. Outstanding applicants will be provided a full scholarship that covers tuition and a stipend. To apply for admission and a scholarship go to http://admission.whu.edu.cn. The application deadline for Chinese Government Scholarships is March 31, 2017.
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Please remember that the deadline for submitting a proposal for the 2018 Rutgers Workshop is March 31, 2017 — details are here, and please feel free to ask questions of any of the organizers if you are not sure about the aptness of your idea.
The latest issue of Dao (16:1, 2017) has been published; the Table of Contents is available here.
The 師大學報 (Journal of National Taiwan Normal University) is seeking manuscripts on the topic of 域外漢學：以東亞與歐美的儒學／經學研究為核心 (Foreign Sinology: With a Focus on East Asian, North American, and European Confucian / Classical Studies Research) for an upcoming special issue. The deadline is April 15, for publication later this year. Details here.
I pass on the following, even though there is no mention of philosophy among the suggested topics. (It does say that the conference is “not restricted to” those topics.)
CFP: British Postgraduate Network for Chinese Studies 2017 conference, 14-15 June 2017 – University of Sheffield, UK.
Papers will be selected on the basis of the quality of the abstract submitted.
Our theme this year: “From local to global: regional aspects of China”
We will accept topics from a wide spectrum of the Humanities and Social Sciences, including but not restricted to:
- History, Art, Religions
- Education, Public Health, Public Policies
- Heritage, Traditional and Modern Culture
- Politics, Economics, Media Studies
- Environment, Geography, Urbanisation
- Regional studies based in Mainland China, Hong Kong,Taiwan, etc.
Confirmed Keynote speakers:
- Marina Svensson (Professor of Modern China Studies, University of Lund, Sweden)
- Marjorie Dryburgh (Lecturer in Modern Chinese Studies, University of Sheffield)
- Gemma Thorpe (Artist, Sheffield)
Deadline for applications: 16th of April 2017, midnight (UK time)
Please apply with our Google form using the link below (you don’t need a Google account). We require a 250-300 words abstract.
Disclaimer: This association is focused on UK-based students, but we gladly accept international applications for our annual conference – just explain in the comment section of the application why you want to attend!
Unfortunately we usually cannot help with VISA specific issues but we do recommend applying for grants such as those offered by UCCL to help with fieldwork/research expenses if you are based in China. Please consult the BACS website for other funding opportunities.
We are grateful for our sponsors’ support:
- British Association for Chinese Studies
- European Association for Chinese Studies
- Amsterdam University Press
- School of Taiwan Studies, SOAS
- Global China Institute
- University of Sheffield
- Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland
Roger Ames and ZHAO Tingyang will discuss “A Confucian World Order?” next Monday night at the Bridge Cafe in Beijing, part of the on-going thinkINchina series. Details here.
On March 23, in addition to his talk for the BU Confucian Association, on which see here, Bryan Van Norden will also be presenting “A Multicultural Philosophy Manifesto,” sponsored by the BU Philosophy Department; for details, see here.
Renmin University in Beijing has an English-language MA Program in “Chinese Philosophy, Religion, and Culture”; more information is available here. The application deadline is April 30, 2017; scholarships are available. (If any readers have participated in this program and would be willing to share your experiences, please add a comment, or else contact me directly.)
A posting at the Daily Nous blog by Bharath Vallabha raises this question. He begins:
What should be the relation of a philosophy department to the country it is in? For example, is there a sense in which a philosophy department in America ought to be distinctly American, tied more closely to the history, culture and identity of America than to that of other countries? Or should the fact that the department is in America be irrelevant to the philosophical work that is done in the department?
I will call the former view, that the department ought to be distinctly American in some sense, nationalism. And I will call the latter view universalism.
The Society for the Study of Early China Fifth Annual Conference Thursday, 16 March 2017
9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Location: Sheraton Centre Toronto, Leaside Room
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Global Philosophy, www.globalphilosophyresources.com, provides easy to use resources for faculty members who are interested in diversifying their teaching but who lack training in nonwestern philosophy. We are looking for contributors.
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Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews
2017.03.05 View this Review Online View Other NDPR Reviews
Eirik Lang Harris, The Shenzi Fragments: A Philosophical Analysis and Translation, Columbia University Press, 2016, 173pp., $55.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780231177665.
Reviewed by Franklin Perkins, University of Hawai’i at Manoa
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Bin SONG has published a new editorial at Huffington Post titled “The Status of Women is Not an Issue for the Ru (Confucian) Tradition.” Check it out!
SUNY has just published Mat Foust’s new book, Confucianism and American Philosophy. From the publisher’s website: “In his examination of a broad range of philosophers, including Confucius, Mencius, Xunzi, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, Charles Peirce, William James, and Josiah Royce, Foust traces direct lines of influence from early translations of Confucian texts and brings to light conceptual affinities that have been previously overlooked.” Congratulations, Mat!
First Annual Graduate Student Workshop
“Canonical Texts and Commentaries”
International Center for the Study of Ancient Text Cultures
Renmin University of China
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Philip Clart (Leipzig) maintains a useful list of the Chinese names of scholars who publish primarily in Western languages. If your name is not on it, please contact Prof. Clart, who would be glad to add you!
Later this month I am giving a couple lectures at local Beijing universities that are open to the public, in case anyone is interested:
- March 15, 7pm at 民族大学, “从进步儒学的角度看社会压迫”. Details on the location are here.
- March 17, 2pm at 人民大学, “进步儒学是否自由主义的一种?” Prof. Liang Tao 梁涛 will be commenting; the poster (with location information) is here.
An announcement from Thomas Michael:
Beijing Normal University is again offering its Summer Philosophy program; this year, it is on the theme of Daoism. The program runs from July 10 to July 25, 2017, and the deadline for submitting application materials is April 23rd, 2017. Please see here for the brochure, here for the Facebook link and application, and read on for more information.
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Alexus McLeod has a wonderful short essay on what comparative philosophy means to him (he describes it as “the art of traveling without traveling”) as this week’s featured philosopher at politicalphilosophy.net.
The APA committee on International Cooperation is sponsoring a panel on “Ancient Chinese and Contemporary Philosophy” at the upcoming Central APA. I imagine there are other Chinese/Comparative panels as well; if anyone could list those in the Comments, that would be great!
This session happens Friday, March 3 from 1:15 to 4:15pm and the speakers and titles of their presentations are:
- Julianne Chung (University of Louisville) “Why Chinese Philosophy Is Indispensable”
- Amy Olberding (University of Oklahoma) “Early Chinese Ethics and What Matters Morally”
- Hagop Sarkissian (Baruch College, CUNY) “Metaethical Relativism and Natural Daos”
Department of Comparative Literature and India Studies, English and Foreign Languages University Hyderabad is pleased to organize a Three-day National Conference on:
COMPARATIVE HUMANITIES: RE-CONFIGURING HUMANITIES ACROSS CULTURES
April 5-7, 2017
[Last date for sending in the abstract: 3rd March, 2017]
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Dag Herbjørnsrud has written a fascinating entry at the Journal of the History of Idea blog, which begins as follows…
A remarkable example of how ideas migrate across so-called cultural borders and change minds in unknown ways happened in the German city of Bremen on October 8, 1930. There, Martin Heidegger gave a speech based upon his masterwork Being and Time (1927). Afterwards, he and several of Bremen’s citizens gathered at the home of a wholesaler. During the evening, Heidegger suddenly turned to his host and asked, “Mister Kellner, would you please bring me the Parables of Zhuangzi? I would like to read some passages from it.”
Justin Tiwald and I are very happy to announce the publication of our jointly-authored book, Neo-Confucianism: A Philosophical Introduction (Polity, 2017). Advance copies of the book have begun to appear, it will be generally available in the UK soon, and available in the US in another six weeks or so.
Justin and I have also prepared a website, Neo-Confucianism.Com, to support the book and to promote the study of Neo-Confucianism more generally. That site has its own blog (plus lots of other stuff, including sample syllabi and the Chinese texts corresponding to all the translated material in the book), though I expect that when we post things there, we will also announce it here. If anyone has ideas about what other material we can include at Neo-Confucianism.Com, please just let one of us know!
Peimin Ni’s new translation-and-commentary on the Analects, Understanding the Analects of Confucius: A New Translation of Lunyu with Annotations, is due out soon: (SUNY, 2017). I have read the book in manuscript, and wrote the following blurb:
Peimin Ni’s translation of the Analects has many virtues that make it stand out as an exemplary version of this most important Chinese text. Ni has chosen to present the text as a living document, embedded in two thousand years of commentarial conversation over its meaning, with today’s readers very much part of that ongoing conversation.
Among other things, Peimin skillfully translates the text so that its potential ambiguity comes through, making sense of commentarial debates in ways that previous translations have not captured. Congratulations!
If any of you Warp, Weft, and Way readers are based in Beijing, or are passing through, please feel free to get in touch with me: I am based at Tsinghua University all spring, from now up through the end of May.
Thursday, February 23, 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Liberalism, Globalization, Populism and Nationalism in the World Today
Wang Hui, Professor of literature and history at Tsinghua University
David Armitage, Lloyd C. Blankfein Professor of History, Harvard University
Malika Zeghal, Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Professor in Contemporary Islamic Thought and Life, Harvard University
Mahdav Khosla, B. R. Ambedkar Academic Fellow, Columbia Law School and Ph.D. candidate in political theory, Harvard University.
James Kloppenberg, Charles Warren Professor of American History, Harvard University
Moderator: Peter Bol, Vice Provost for Advances in Learning and the Charles H. Carswell Professor of East Asian Languages and Civilizations, Harvard University
Sponsored by the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies, Harvard University
S010, Tsai Auditorium, 1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge
Wednesday, March 1, 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Free Thinkers: Islamic Reform and Ahmadi thought in China during the Republican period
Inner Asian and Altaic Studies Lecture Series
Dr. Z. Hale Eroglu Sager, IAAS ’16 – Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies
Sponsored by the Inner Asian and Altaic Studies, Harvard University
S153, CGIS South, 1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge
Ben Hammer of Shandong University writes:
The Journal of Chinese Humanities has just released Volume 3.1 on the subject MYTH AND LEGEND IN ANCIENT CHINA.
This issue includes articles from top Chinese scholars and a piece by Early China editor Sarah Allan that responds to new findings out of China with implications for the historicity of the Xia Dynasty.
Our next issue is on the theme Wei and Jin Dynasty Xuan Xue, and we are now accepting submissions. See our website for submission details.
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The Fourth Rutgers Workshop in Chinese Philosophy (RWCP) is now calling for proposals for papers in Chinese philosophy that directly engage with the work of living Western philosophers. All topics are welcome. Our aim at this workshop is to bring together scholars in Chinese philosophy with philosophers in the Western analytic tradition on a philosophical topic of mutual interest. Ideally, submitted proposals will directly discuss the work of a living philosopher whom we will invite to be paired with the paper presenter as commentator.
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Pristine Affluence: Daoist Roots in the Stone Age, by Livia Kohn, is now available for pre-order. For more information, please see below.
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From Michael Allen…
The “Indian and Chinese Religions Compared” group of the American Academy of Religion will be hosting a session at this year’s annual meeting in Boston, Nov. 18-21. The theme of the session will be “The Art of Commentary,” and we welcome individual paper proposals (deadline March 1). For more information, please see below.
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Michael (“Mick”) Hunter’s new book, Confucius Beyond the Analects (Brill 2017) has now been published. Congratulations, Mick! More information is here and below.
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I know, all this self-promotion is getting a little embarrassing, but it’s great seeing old friends and meeting new ones. And if you are giving a lecture on a Warp, Weft, and Way topic, anywhere in the world, let me know and I’ll share the news! In any event: I’m lecturing on “Human Rights and Chinese Tradition” at 3:30pm on Wednesday, Feb 5 at Hong Kong Baptist University. It is free and open to the public, though they request registration; details are here.
Columbia University Press has published The Book of Lord Shang: Apologetics of State Power in Early China, edited and translated by Yuri Pines, which looks terrific. Information here. I understand that anyone who uses the coupon code “SHABOO” to purchase the book from the Columbia site will receive a 30% discount.
I have recently completed a draft chapter, titled “Human Rights and Chinese Tradition,” for the Handbook on human rights in China being edited by Sarah Biddulph and Joshua Rosenzweig. Anyone interested can take a look; I have uploaded it to my personal archive here. Comments are very welcome!
I will give a lecture titled “Confucian Leadership Meets Confucian Democracy” at the Chinese University of Hong Kong on Monday, February 13, at 4:30pm. All are welcome, and details are here.
The General Office of the CPC Central Committee and the General Office of the State Council recently issued a document titled 《关于实施中华优秀传统文化传承发展工程的意见》(“Opinions on Carrying Out the Work of Inheriting and Developing China’s Outstanding Traditional Culture”) and issued a circular calling on all localities and departments to conscientiously implement it. The text of this document, along with summaries and further information from the Ministry of Education, is contained in this posting by Han Bao, a journal associated with the Guoxue (National Studies) movement. The document calls for a major commitment to “全面提升人民群众文化素养、维护国家文化安全、增强国家文化软实力、推进国家治理体系和治理能力现代化” (“comprehensively enhancing the cultural quality of the masses of the people, safeguarding the national cultural security, enhancing the national cultural soft power, and promoting the modernization of the national governance system and governance capacity”).
Call for Papers: Australasian Society for Asian and Comparative Philosophy (ASACP) Conference 10-12 July 2017
The ASACP 2017 Conference will be held from 10-12 July 2017 at Deakin University, Deakin Downtown 727 Collins St, Melbourne, Australia.
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The latest issue (47:4) of Contemporary Chinese Thought is available here; it is titled “Five Voices in Chinese Christian Thought.” Other recent issues are available through that same link, including:
- 47:3: Max Ko-wu Huang on the Translation of Democracy during the Transitional Period of Modern China (1895-1925)
- 47:2: Chinese Academic Views on Shang Yang Since the Open-Up-and-Reform Era
- 47:1: Recent Additions to the New Qing History Debate
The 2nd Greater China Chinese Studies Program, organized by the Hong Kong-based Sinological Development Charitable Foundation, has been announced for this summer. Information is available on this pamphlet. The 4-week program takes place in Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, and Beijing and covers a wide range of topics related to Chinese philosophy and culture. A limited number of participants are eligible for sponsorship, meaning that all costs save travel to/from Hong Kong will be covered.
Oxford University Press has just published Curie Virag’s The Emotions in Early Chinese Philosophy; see here, and the Table of Contents is after the break.
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