Warp, Weft, and Way

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

Job at NCCU

The Philosophy Department of National Cheng-chih University in Taiwan is currently inviting applications for three open-rank, tenured/tenure-track positions; the preferred specializations are Eastern Philosophy and/or Contemporary analytic philosophy. The appointment will commence on August 1, 2019.

Please see here for more information.

September 21, 2018 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Job Opening, Taiwan | no comments

The Progressive Confucian Web

I’m happy to announce that a project I have been working on for some time has now reached a level of maturity that I feel comfortable sharing it publicly. Jinburuxue.com is a mainly Chinese-language website that aims to share Chinese versions of writings about progressive approaches to Confucianism. (Jinbu ruxue or 进步儒学 means progressive Confucianism.) Some of the material originally appeared in Chinese, and some of it was originally in English and has been translated specifically for this project. (All work appears with permission.) The site also has an English-language version, although the underlying essays and other materials are still in Chinese.

The contributors to this website have many differences, but share a common understanding of Confucianism as a living tradition, a still-developing tradition. In addition, we believe that as Confucianism develops in the contemporary world, it must be inclusive, supporting the ability of all people to improve ethically. In the essays and other materials collected on the site, we argue that the values of the Confucian tradition should be expressed in new ways in the 21st century. This is what the Book of Changes calls “changing with the times 与时偕行,” the Greater Learning calls “daily renewal 日新,” and the Analects calls “reviewing the old to know the new 温故而知新.” We call this contemporary, developing form of Confucianism “Progressive Confucianism.”

The site focuses on Chinese-language versions of our material because in the first instance, our goal is to have an impact on Chinese-language discussions of what Confucianism is and can be. Any thoughts on this project or suggestions for changes or future development are welcome!

September 20, 2018 Posted by | China, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Comparative Political Theory, Contemporary Confucianism | no comments

ToC: Asian Philosophy 28:3

The Table of Contents for the latest issue of Asian Philosophy is below, and see here.

Chen Bo, Two different approaches to philosophy a critical reflection on contemporary Chinese philosophy

Chaehyun Chong, Why is loving a thief not the same as loving all men for the Mohists?

Niklas Söderman, Critique of modernity in the philosophy of Nishitani Keiji

Ady Van den Stock, The curious incident of wisdom in the thought of Feng Qi (1915-1995): comparative philosophy, historical materialism, and metaphysics

Quan Wang, Pleasure principle and perfect happiness: morality in Jacques Lacan and Zhuangzi

Yingjin Xu, Iki and Contingency: A Reconstruction of Shuzo Kuki’s Early Aesthetic theory

September 20, 2018 Posted by | Asian Philosophy, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Tables of Contents | no comments

Job at UBC

The Department of Philosophy at The University of British Columbia (UBC), Vancouver Campusinvites applications for an Assistant Professor (tenure-track position). AOS: Asian Philosophy. AOC: Open. We welcome applications from philosophers who specialize in the philosophical traditions of East Asia and/or South Asia. A Ph.D. in Philosophy or other relevant field (e.g., Asian Studies, Religion) prior to taking up the position is required. Start date: July 1, 2019.

For more information, see: https://www.philjobs.org/job/show/10990

September 20, 2018 Posted by | Asian Philosophy, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Job Opening | no comments

Job at Illinois College

Illinois College invites applications for a tenure-track position with a specialization in Asian Studies at the rank of Assistant Professor to begin in Fall, 2019. The position is in an interdisciplinary department (history, philosophy, political science, and religion). The candidate’s disciplinary focus is open and they should be committed to interdisciplinary approaches to Asian studies. Applicants should have language competency appropriate for their discipline. Roughly two-thirds of course load will be related to Asian history and culture and one-third focused on Asian religious traditions.  The successful candidate will be able to teach introductory-level and general-education courses. Illinois College has a long-standing connection to Japan and candidates should be able to contribute to our Japanese Studies program. We have recently started an interfaith studies minor and this position will also support it. Candidates should have an enthusiasm for teaching and working closely with students as well as having an active research agenda. Ph.D. required (advanced ABD considered).

For details, see https://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=57230

September 20, 2018 Posted by | Asian Philosophy, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Job Opening | no comments

Piet Hut Lecture at Columbia



Piet Hut (Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton)

Please join on us at Columbia University’s Faculty House [PLEASE NOTE LOCATION CHANGE] on FRIDAY, September 14th at 5:30 PM for his lecture entitled:

What Contains What? The Relationship Between Mind and World, in Science and in Contemplation

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September 6, 2018 Posted by | Comparative philosophy, Lecture | no comments

BU Ruism Conference Poster

For the latest information about the “Rectifying the Name of Confucianism” conference coming up at BU, see this poster. (Hope to see you there!)

September 6, 2018 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Conference, Confucianism, Contemporary Confucianism | no comments

Gowans Reviews Fiordalis (ed.), Buddhist Spiritual Practices

Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews

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David V. Fiordalis (ed.), Buddhist Spiritual Practices: Thinking with Pierre Hadot on Buddhism, Philosophy, and the Path, Mangalam, 2018, 328pp., $35.00 (pbk), ISBN 9780898001174.

Reviewed by Christopher W. Gowans, Fordham University

Pierre Hadot’s interpretation of ancient Greek and Roman philosophy in terms of “philosophy as a way of life” constituted by “spiritual exercises” has received considerable attention from scholars of the period as well as by persons who welcome his defense of a way of doing philosophy that is more practical than dominant academic approaches today. Though Hadot is not without his critics (for example, questions have been raised about the adequacy of his historical claims),[1] his approach also has been seen as a point of view for interpreting non-Western philosophies. This has been true especially of Buddhist philosophy. The present collection of essays, based on a 2015 conference, is a welcome addition to the increasing number of readings of Buddhist philosophy from the perspective of Hadot. I will briefly summarize the essays and then offer some suggestions in light of them on some ways in which Hadot may be beneficial for our understanding Buddhist philosophy.

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September 6, 2018 Posted by | Book Review, Buddhism, Comparative philosophy | no comments

Zhuangzi Workshop at UChicago

Zhuangzi: Beyond the Inner Chapters; the Second International Workshop

October 4-6, 2018

For more information, see here.

September 6, 2018 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Chinese Texts, Daoism, Zhuangzi | no comments

Harvard lecture on Suicide and Confucian Eldercare

Wednesday, September 19, 2018, 4:00 p.m.
Professor Jing-Bao Nie, University of Otago, New Zealand
Chair: Professor Arthur Kleinman, Esther and Sidney Rabb Professor of Anthropology, Harvard University; Professor of Medical Anthropology and Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
S153, 1st Floor, CGIS South, 1730 Cambridge St., Cambridge
Asia Center Seminar Series; co-sponsored by the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies

September 6, 2018 Posted by | China, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Lecture | no comments

CFP: 5th Rutgers Workshop in Chinese Philosophy

The Rutgers Workshop in Chinese Philosophy (RWCP) is calling for proposals for its fifth biennial meeting. It will be held at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey, US, on Friday, April 17, 2020 (please note the year). RWCP is aimed at bringing together scholars in Chinese philosophy with philosophers in the Western analytic tradition for in-depth engagements on topics of mutual interest. All topics are welcome. Ideally, submitted proposals will directly address the works of a living Western analytic philosopher whom we will invite to be paired with the paper presenter as commentator.

The proposal should be one or two pages long, describing your paper and listing 1-3 Western analytic philosophers whom you would like to have as your commentator. Please submit your proposal to proposals4rwcp@gmail.com by October 31, 2018. The committee will review the proposals and notify the proposers soon after. A completed and previously unpublished paper from those accepted will be due by Feb. 1, 2020, at which point it will be shared with the chosen commentator. For accepted presenters, all expenses, including travel and lodging, will be covered by the workshop. Due to the nature of RWCP, proposals and presentations will be in English.

The 2020 workshop will follow the same format as our 2018 meeting. For more information on the 2018 workshop, please visit http://rccs.rutgers.edu/component/jevents/icalrepeat.detail/2018/04/13/2151/54/fourth-rutgers-workshop-on-chinese-philosophy-rwcp?Itemid=415.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at proposals4rwcp@gmail.com.

RWCP co-directors:

Tao JIANG (Rutgers)

Dean Zimmerman (Rutgers)

Steve Angle (Wesleyan)

September 3, 2018 Posted by | Call for Papers (CFP), Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy | 2 comments

International Graduate Student Conference on Comparative Philosophy

Please see here for information about the international graduate student conference, “Philosophical Traditions: Comparative Philosophy and its Limits,” to be held in Shanghai this November 9 through 11.

September 3, 2018 Posted by | Call for Papers (CFP), China, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Conference | no comments

Workshop on Manuscript Cultures

Fourth Biannual Ph.D. Student and Early-Career Scholar Workshop

Manuscript Culture in Ancient Egypt and China

International Center for the Study of Ancient Text Cultures

Renmin University of China

Beijing, January 14–18, 2019

The International Center for the Study of Ancient Text Cultures (ICSATC), hosted at Renmin University of China, will hold its Fourth Ph.D. Student and Early-Career Scholar Workshop on January 14 -18, 2019. Four days of seminars will be concluded with student presentations and plenary discussion on the fifth day. The principal language of instruction and interaction will be English.

Ph.D. students, see application details below.

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September 3, 2018 Posted by | China, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Chinese Texts, Graduate study, Opportunities | no comments

TOC: Journal of Chinese Humanities issue on Political Meritocracy in China

The latest Journal of Chinese Humanities issue is a special issue on “The Possibility of Political Meritocracy in China.” Read on for details.

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September 3, 2018 Posted by | China, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Comparative Political Theory, Tables of Contents | one comment

TOC: Comparative Philosophy 9:2 (July 2018)

Here is information on the current issue (volume 9 no 2 / July 2018 issue) of the peer-reviewed, open-access international journal Comparative Philosophy (ISSN 2151-6014), which came out in July 2018 and whose full text is available at the journal website www.comparativephilosophy.org.

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September 3, 2018 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Tables of Contents | no comments