Sam Crane has revved up his Useless Tree blog after a hiatus, with a review of Bryan Van Norden’s Taking Back Philosophy as well as posts on “Legal Exoneration: A Confucian Perspective,” “Mass Evictions in Beijing: What Would Mencius Do?” and “Thoughts on the Classic of Filial Respect 孝經 and Student Protest in Hong Kong.”
The January 2018 edition of the ISCWP Newsletter is available here, with news from various members and information about ISCWP-sponsored panels at the East APA.
The XXIV World Congress of Philosophy will take place in Beijing this year (August 13-20, 2018). This should be an occasion to highlight aspects of Chinese philosophy. The deadline for sending in an abstract is February 1st (late deadline is April 1st). Submissions should not exceed 1,800 words (or 3,000 characters for papers submitted in Chinese), and should be accompanied by a 200 words abstract (500 characters in Chinese). Submissions must be made through the World Congress website (here). Warp, Weft, and Way is simply passing on this information to you and does not handle submissions.
For more information on sections, topics, deadlines, etc., see http://wcp2018.pku.edu.cn/yw/registration/index.htm. All proposals are welcome, especially in 9.III: Modern Chinese Philosophy.
Wenqing Zhao wrote to share the following, concerning a job that was advertised in “Asian Ethics” last year. Congratulations, Wenqing!
My name is Wenqing Zhao (赵文清). I received my PhD from City University of Hong Kong in 2015. From 2015 to 2017, I have served as the Associate Director of the Center for Comparative Philosophy at Duke University. I will start working at Whitman College as an Assistant Professor of Philosophy (Tenure Track) in Spring 2018. My main areas of interests are Chinese Philosophy, Bioethics, and Moral Psychology.
According to the 《儒家网》 (Confucian Web), here are the top 10 issues of interest to Confucians in 2017:
This is just one opinion — the editorial staff of this website — but it gives a flavor for what some “mainland new Confucians” have been focused on. Lengthier descriptions of each issue follow below, and also at the original site.
Public Lecture: The Logic in Confucian Virtues
Prof. Li Maosen 李茂森 (Renmin University of China)
Place: Confucius Institute Leipzig, Otto-Schill.Str.1, 04109 Leipzig
Time: Monday, 8 January 2018, 6 pm
It is believed in the Confucian moral ideas that human needs should be properly satisfied in order to foster the growth and development of the individuals as well as the society. Continue reading “Li Maosen Lecture in Leipzig”
Mercedes Valmisa wrote to share the following information; I’d be happy to pass on similar news that anyone else has to share. Congratulations, Mercedes!
I have accepted the position of Assistant Professor of Philosophy (tenure-track) at Gettysburg College’s Philosophy Department to begin in the fall 2018. For the 2018-2019 academic year, I will be an Andrew W. Mellon Faculty Fellow, a program intended to support faculty who can introduce diversity in the curriculum.
I got a B.A. in Philosophy from the University of Sevilla (Spain), a M.A. in Chinese Philosophy from National Taiwan University, and a Ph.D. in East Asian Studies (June 2017) from Princeton University. I’m both a sinologist and a philosopher, and I work at the intersection of Chinese Studies and Chinese Philosophy: using interdisciplinary methods and approaches to explore philosophical problems across the early corpus of Chinese texts, both received and excavated. I’m particularly interested in questions of agency, efficacy, uncertainty, control, and freedom.
The latest issue of 《当代儒学》(Contemporary Confucianism) has been published, including a special section on “Liberal Confucianism.” The Table of Contents follows below.
SUNY has published Confucianism for the Contemporary World: Global Order, Political Plurality, and Social Action, edited by Kristin Stapleton and Tze-ki Hon. More details are here and below.
Bin Song has published a new essay at Huffington Post called “Today Ruism (Confucianism) Can Unconditionally Support Same-Sex Marriage.” Discussion welcome!
The edited transcript of a lecture I gave last spring at Shandong University has been published in the 《山东大学报》(Journal of Shandong University). The title is “进步儒学和夫妇之伦.” Enjoy!
The latest issue (vol. 2, no. 2) of the Journal of World Philosophies has been published, including a symposium called “Are Certain Knowledge Frameworks More Congenial to the Aims of Cross-Cultural Philosophy?” with Leigh Jenco, Steve Fuller, David H. Kim, Thaddeus Metz, Miljana Milojevic.
The annual report of the Center for East Asian and Comparative Philosophy (at the City University of Hong Kong) is now available online.
The Premodern Workshop Multi-disciplinary Spring Conference: Breaking the Eurocentric Model in the Humanities
Minneapolis, MN, April 13-14, 2018
Deadline: February 1, 2018
Bryan Van Norden is interviewed about his new book Taking Back Philosophy: A Multicultural Manifesto by Dan Kaufman. Some of the topics:
- Just how Euro-centric are American philosophy departments, anyway?
- Is racism baked into Western philosophy?
- A brief account of Western dalliances with Eastern thought
- Why new movements in philosophy must kill their ancestors
- Why do philosophy departments stay white? Subtle self-selection, Bryan says
- Is philistinism killing philosophy as a discipline?
From the Journal of World Philosophies Facebook page:
Professor Nathan Sivin (Pennsylvania) would like to engage with the journal’s readers on the topic ‘Why Some Comparisons Make More Difference than Others’. We invite readers to submit their own short takes on the topic via the OJS site by 15 January 2017. Together with Professor Sivin, the journal’s editorial team will select about 4 respondents on the basis of the submitted abstracts. Abstracts should not exceed more than 250 words. They should include a title, 5-8 keywords, and a short bio.
Steven Burik’s review of Eric Nelson, Chinese and Buddhist philosophy in early twentieth-century German thought (Bloomsbury Academic, 2017), has been published in the new journal Global Intellectual History.
I here re-post information from Keith Knapp’s email list about two recent books: Chandler’s Expressing the Heart’s Intent and Cook & Luo’s Birth in Ancient China. Congratulations to all!
From Paul D’Ambrosio:
East China Normal University’s English Language MA and PhD programs are up and running. Last year top students in English language graduate programs at ECNU were accepted to do their PhDs in the history department at McGill and in anthropology at Harvard.
We currently have six spots open for next year. Each student is strongly encouraged to apply for the Chinese Scholarship Counsel scholarship, which awards free tuition, housing, and a 3,000rmb per month stipend. 100% of our English language (and Chinese language) foreign graduate students have been offered this scholarship to date.
Mozi fans will be interested in Eric Schliesser (a scholar of European philosophy) discussing Mozi on the state of nature.
Amy Olberding’s scathing critique of David Tien’s continued role in the field of Chinese philosophy.
A couple weeks ago, Bryan Van Norden published “The Confucian roots of Xi Jinping’s policies” in The Straits Times (Singapore); a Chinese translation was also subsequently published. The essay begins:
Commentators have been quick to observe that the recent Chinese Communist Party Congress guaranteed President Xi Jinping’s firm grip on power for years to come. However, few have noted the Confucian roots of Mr Xi’s world view.
Mr Xi himself has been very candid about his admiration for traditional Chinese thought and his view that Chinese socialism is consistent with it. As I point out in my recent book, Taking Back Philosophy: A Multicultural Manifesto, Mr Xi’s appropriations of traditional Chinese thought are sometimes opportunistic. But the same can be said of the way many US politicians appeal to the Bible. In addition, there are at least four points on which Mr Xi is genuinely Confucian in spirit.
From the Bryn Mawr Classical Review (Version at BMCR home site):
Haixia W. Lan, Aristotle and Confucius on Rhetoric and Truth: The Form and the Way. London; New York: Routledge, 2017. Pp. 228. ISBN 978147287360. $149.95.
Reviewed by Matylda Amat Obryk, Heinrich-Heine-University, Düsseldorf (firstname.lastname@example.org)
In Aristotle and Confucius on Rhetoric and Truth. The Form and the Way, Haixia Lan (henceforth Lan), a specialist in the field of comparative rhetoric, follows the latest trend of comparing Aristotle’s and Confucius’ thought.1 Her objective is quite ambitious. The author wants to “to help foster better communication between East and West today”. To achieve this she challenges the view that Eastern and Western thought differ beyond comparison. She fights against stereotypical assumptions that e.g. Aristotle’s concept of essence (which Lan conflates with “truth”) is static and Confucius’ dao-the-way is decentered and therefore incompatible with inferential / discursive thinking (cf. p. 14).
I plan on making some needed revisions to the blog’s page on English-language graduate programs in Chinese philosophy (e.g., Doug Berger has left SIU; Sonya Ozbey joined UM) in the next few days; if you notice anything that should be updated or added, please let me know in the comments or via email. Thanks!
Rowman & Littlefield has published Lucian Stone and Jason Bahbak Mohaghegh, eds., Manifestos for World Thought. The publisher’s description:
This book brings together prominent scholars from varying disciplines to speculate on this obscure question and the many crossroads that face intellectuals in our contemporary era and its aftermath. The result is a collection of “manifestos” that contemplate a potential global future for thinking itself, venturing across some of the most marginalized sectors of East and West (with particular emphasis on the Middle Eastern and Islamicate) in order to dissect crucial issues of culture, society, philosophy, literature, art, religion, and politics. The book explores themes such as as universality, translation, modernity, language, history, identity, resistance, ecology, catastrophe, memory, and the body, offering a groundbreaking alignment of texts and ideas with far-reaching implications for our time and beyond.
More information (including a Table of Contents) is available here.
The latest issue of the Journal of Daoist Studies has been published. It can be ordered from http://threepinespress.com/, and the Table of Contents is below.
Yi Chen has written a report on the recent “Confucian Modernity: The Japanese Experience” conference, sponsored by the World Consortium for Research in Confucian Cultures, in Kyoto, November 3-4 2017
Northeast/Midwest Conference on Chinese Thought
April 27-29, 2018
University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT
The sixth annual Northeast Conference on Chinese Thought and the 14th annual Midwest Conference on Chinese Thought will be holding their first ever joint conference from Friday, April 27 through Sunday, April 29 2018, at the University of Connecticut, in Storrs, CT.
Sam Crane has published an essay called “Philosopher King: The classical philosophy that Xi Jinping ignores” via the Los Angeles Review of Books China Channel. It opens:
In his first five-year term as General Secretary of the Chinese Communist Party and President of the People’s Republic of China, Xi Jinping regularly cited classical Chinese philosophy in order to bolster his image as a man of learning and virtue. In May 2014, he implied his own rectitude by invoking Confucius in Analects 15.1 at a meeting of young people: “The noble man considers righteousness essential.” Although we’ve been hearing more Marxism in connection to Xi’s name of late, there is good reason to believe he will continue to reach for a neo-traditionalist brand of political legitimation over the next five years. But his apparent erudition is selective….
CALL FOR PAPERS
2018 SINGAPORE-HONG KONG-MACAU SYMPOSIUM ON CHINESE PHILOSOPHY
20-21 April 2018
Organized and Sponsored by Department of Religion and Philosophy and Jao Tsung-I Academy of Sinology, Hong Kong Baptist University
My review of Jennifer Eichman’s outstanding A Late Sixteenth-Century Chinese Buddhist Fellowship: Spiritual Ambitions, Intellectual Debates, and Epistolary Connections (Leiden and Boston: Brill, 2016) has been published in Frontiers of Literary Studies in China. See here.
Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews
J. Baird Callicott and James McRae (eds.), Japanese Environmental Philosophy, Oxford University Press, 2017, 310pp., $99.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780190456320.
Reviewed by Shigenori Nagatomo, Temple University
J. Baird Callicott and James McRae have brought together fifteen scholars’ views on the relation of Japanese thought to modern environmental concerns.
The latest issue of FPC is available, with a focus on “Contemporary Explorations of the Thought of Laozi.” Read on for the details.
A conference on “Creating a Philosophy for the Future” will be held at the University of Macau from the 16th to the 18th of November. More information is on this poster, and the full program is here. Looks very rich!
While largely devoted to Indian philosophy and thus tangential to the main concerns of the blog, the following review raises interesting questions about comparative philosophy….
Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews
Jaysankar Lal Shaw, The Collected Writings of Jaysankar Lal Shaw: Indian Analytic and Anglophone Philosophy, Bloomsbury, 2016, 502 pp., $176.00 (hbk), ISBN 9781474245050
Reviewed by Purushottama Bilimoria, University of California/Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley
Jaysankar Lal Shaw is among the stalwarts of Indian and comparative philosophy, bringing to their treatment the tools of Anglo-American analytic philosophy.
Global Scholarly Publications is organizing a seminar on “Contemporary Global Conflicts and Crises: Historical Solutions shaped by cultural perspectives” on Dec. 1, 2017, from 4-9pm, and are interested in locating a participant with expertise in the PRC. For more information, please read on — and contact the person listed below for further information or if you are interested.
Palgrave Macmillan has published P. Steven Sangren, Filial Obsessions: Chinese Patriliny and Its Discontents. A work of anthropology, but it looks to have much to say to philosophers interested in issues related to filial piety. More information here.
The Fall 2017 issues of the various APA Newsletters have been published on-line, including the APA Newsletter on Asian and Asian-American Philosophers and Philosophies, the Table of Contents of which I post below.
Here is the latest information on Wuhan University’s English-language MA program in Chinese philosophy. Yong Li, Assistant Professor and Associate Dean, notes that every admitted student will have full scholarship to cover tuition, room, and a generous stipend. See this brochure or this website.
Bin Song will be delivering a lecture called “Cultural Root of Asian Americans, if Needed” at Boston University on November 11. More information is here.
Three positions in philosophy, one specifically on Pre-Qin Confucian Philosophy, are being advertised at National Taiwan University. Note that successful applicants must be prepared to teach in Mandarin. More more information, read on or see here.
Last year (2016) there was a sudden, dramatic increase in the number of tenure-track jobs aimed at least in part at Chinese, Asian, Non-Western, or Comparative Philosophy. Was it the beginning of a trend, or a blip? A review of this year’s offerings suggests that a real change may be taking place. I list here 20 positions that have been advertised for the current job season — approximately the same number as last year. I have included positions with Chinese, Asian, Non-Western, or Comparative in any AOS disjuncts — admittedly, in some of these cases, the job is not aimed narrowly at our field — and I have also included jobs with an Open AOS that further specifies some sort of interest in our field. I also include three interdisciplinary Asian or Chinese Studies positions that explicitly include philosophy. On the other hand, I have not included jobs with specific (i.e., non-Open) AOSes that include Chinese/Asian/Non-Western/Comparative as an AOC. The list is alphabetical. If I have missed any that should be included, or if you have any comments or corrections, please share!
A workshop on “Confucian Education in a Global Context” will be held at UMass Boston this Saturday, Nov. 4, from 2-5pm. More information is here.
See here for information about a job at the Chinese university of Hong Kong in Chinese philosophy (preferably pre-Qin).
The next session of the Columbia University Seminar on Neo-Confucian Studies (University Seminar #567) will convene on Friday, November 10th, from 3:30 to 5:30pm, in the Heyman Center for the Humanities at Columbia University.
The speaker will be John Makeham, who will be presenting his paper entitled “The Buddhist Roots of Zhu Xi’s Philosophical Thought.” Please contact Zach Berge-Becker if you’d like a copy of the paper.
Les belles lettres has just published Beatrice L’Haridon’s translation of Mouzi’s 牟子 Lihuo lun 理惑論. More information is here.
A Chinese journal is endeavoring to assemble a list of all the articles related to Wang Yangming published in 2016. I would like to ask anyone who knows of articles published in Europe, North America, or South America during 2016 to please post the information here as a comment, or email me directly if you prefer. Thanks!
Oxford has published Mihwa Choi’s book, Death Rituals and Politics in Northern Song China. According to the Oxford website, it:
- Offers a new explanation of the 11th-century revival of Confucianism
- Examines the roles of debates on death rituals within court politics
- Moves beyond the consideration of Confucianism as a mainly intellectual movement
Sounds fascinating! See more here.
Thanks to Keith Knapp’s terrific mailing list (which I too frequently fail to credit for things I post here):
Brill has started publishing a new periodical called Bamboo and Silk that contains articles on unearthed bamboo and silk manuscripts from the pre-Qin and early imperial period. See here.
Duke University Press has published Bin Wang, ed., Chinese Visions of World Order: Tianxia, Culture, and World Politics, which looks like an important collection of essays. More information is here.
I will be speaking at Boston University on Friday, October 27, at 3pm, sponsored by the Boston University Confucian Association. My title is “Neo-Confucianism as Philosophy,” and there will be three respondents to the lecture — Robert Neville, Yair Lior, and Lawrence Whitney — as well as an opportunity for general discussion. I am very much looking forward to this! Details are here.
Philip Clart has taken the time to list all panels at the upcoming American Academy of Religion conference in Boston (November 18-21) with significant Chinese Religions content (at least 50%). The entries are extracted from the online program book, where you can find abstracts for individual papers (https://papers.aarweb.org/program_book).
I thought that many readers of Warp, Weft, and Way might also be interested in this information, so pass it on here.
Harvard University Asia Center has published Constance A. Cook, Ancestors, Kings, and the Dao. More information follows.
Columbia University Press has published Genuine Pretending: On the Philosophy of the Zhuangzi, by Hans-Georg Moeller and Paul J. D’Ambrosio. It looks terrific! More information here.