The 2019 workshop of the “Comparative Philosophy Forum – Beijing” (北京比較哲 學論壇) will be held on 9th July 2019, Beijing, China. It is a small-size, intensive-discussion-oriented workshop focusing on the theme “Textual Analysis and Philosophical Interpretation in Cross- tradition Philosophical Engagement.” The keynote speaker is Dr. MOU, Bo (San Jose State University, USA), presenting “Diachronic Multiple-stage Approach and Synchronic Multiple-dimension Approach” as one target for the group’s critical discussion.
More details about participating with a paper or as a discussant are available here.
Heiner Roetz has asked me to make available his response, entitled “Too much honor,” to a white supremacist critique of his book Confucian Ethics of the Axial Age posted earlier this year on the website of the “Council of European Canadians” by Ricardo Duchesne. As Roetz says, he is attacked as one of the Western academics who lay the “intellectual groundwork” for the “silent invasion“ of the West – above all Canada, Australia and New Zealand – by the Chinese.
Leigh Jenco is the series editor for a new series at Cambridge Univeristy Press that adopts their novel “elements” approach. Leigh explains that an “element” is a “work of up to 30,000 words, is peer-reviewed, efficiently published, fully searchable and downloadable online with print-on-demand, and can be enhanced with images, videos, sound files, etc.” She adds that “the format is, in other words, combining the best features of books and journal articles at the same time. I think it is very well-suited to comparative philosophy and political theory, because it gives space to say more about background and context while also allowing the development of a substantive argument.” For more information, see here.
Here are three items related to a censorship issue at Frontiers of Literary Studies in China:
JeeLoo Liu, Chair and Professor of Philosophy, California State University, Fullerton, has been selected as one of the 2019 Carnegie Fellows. Her topic is “Confucian robotic ethics.” More information on this prestigious award is here. Congratulations, JeeLoo!
THE COLUMBIA SOCIETY FOR COMPARATIVE PHILOSOPHY
Leah Kalmanson (Drake University)
With a response from:
Andrew Lambert (College of Staten Island, CUNY)
Please join on us at Columbia University’s Religion Department on FRIDAY, April 26th at 6:00 PM for her lecture entitled:
So You Want to Diversify Philosophy: Some Thoughts on Structural Change
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Paul van Els of Leiden University writes…
This new translation of the Lunyu, which recently came out, may have escaped the attention of Warp, Weft, and Way blog readers, as it was published by what appears to be an obscure press:
Li, Chris Wen-Chao. 2018. What Confucius Really Said: The Complete Analects in a Skopos-Centric Translation. San Francisco: Maison 174. (https://www.amazon.com/dp/1727464494/)
Purists might frown upon this translation, if only because the real Confucius could not and would not have quoted Katy Perry as saying “You’re hot then you’re cold, You’re yes then you’re no, You’re in then you’re out, You’re up then you’re down” (p. 164). Still, Li’s work is a creative take on the ancient text, and translations such as “Confucius @MasterSays: Guys who talk sweet and smile all the time are scum.” (p. 3) might strike a chord with the Twitter generation.
Yale University press is about to release Michael Harrington’s excellent translation of Cheng Yi’s very important The Yi River Commentary on the Book of Changes, with an introduction by Michael and Robin Wang. More details are here.
A website with the schedule and more information about the “1st Oxford Symposium on Comparative Political Philosophy” is now live: see here!
I am excited to announce that the Philosophy as a Way of Life website is now live at https://philife.nd.edu/. There is information there about the Mellon-funded PWOL project hosted at Notre Dame, and also a blog and library of resources, both of which are sure to grow over time. Check it out!