Author Archives: Steve Angle

E-Book version of Allinson, Space, Time and the Ethical Foundations

An electronic edition of Robert Elliott Allinson’s book, Space, Time and the Ethical Foundations has been published with Routledge Revivals; this book was originally published in 2002. 

An excerpt from the late Professor Anthony C. Yu’s review: “Robert Allinson’s book represents tremendous thoughtfulness, originality, and erudition. Its wide-ranging and lucid discussions cover a huge terrain, from ancient metaphysics to quantum mechanics. The enlistment of certain classical Confucian concepts and themes at critical junctures to advance the book’s argument also provides luminous comparison. His interpretation of the Confucian emphasis on life as social and self-preservation is both humane and interesting, much as his analysis of the Mencian notion of compassion deserves our attention.”

“Indian and Chinese Religions Compared” sessions at AAR

The Indian and Chinese Religions Compared unit is sponsoring three sessions at the American Academy of Religion this year: 

  • Mind and Consciousness: Indian and Chinese Approaches
  • Indigenous Theories of Ritual in India and China (co-sponsored with the Ritual Studies unit; note that the papers for this session are being pre-circulated)
  • Yogācāra and Vedānta in Modern Chinese and Indian Thought (co-sponsored with the Hinduism unit and the Yogācāra unit)  

For details, please see below. Abstracts for individual papers can be viewed online: 

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Job at St. Andrews

University of St Andrews School of Modern Languages Professor of Chinese Studies – AC2219MR

The School of Modern Languages is seeking to appoint a founding Professor of Chinese Studies in the context of the University’s decision to create a new Department of Chinese Studies at the University of St Andrews. Applicants must hold a PhD in a relevant area of Chinese Cultural Studies and should possess native or near-native language skills in Chinese (Mandarin) and English. In addition, applicants should possess an internationally recognised record of research excellence, have a successful track record in attracting both external funding and postgraduate students, and demonstrate expertise in curriculum development and teaching. We welcome applications not only from current chair holders, but also from candidates who are advanced Readers/Senior Lecturers/Associate Professors.

Applications are invited from candidates with a specialist research interest in any area of Chinese Cultural Studies (including, but not limited to, Literary Studies, Film and Media Studies, Philosophy and Religion, and Cultural History). The ability to establish links across other disciplines within the University will be an advantage. We are seeking to recruit an individual with the strategic leadership and intellectual drive to generate an innovative curriculum that will appeal to future generations of students. An ability to oversee and manage the delivery of a successful language programme in Mandarin will be essential.

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New PEA Soup Discussion: Rowlands on Back on “Animals, Moral Agency, and Moral Status”

The third in blog PEA Soup’s series of discussions of cross-cultural normative philosophy has been posted: Mark Rowlands begins it with a discussion related to Youngsun Back’s essay “Are animals moral?: Zhu Xi and Jeong Yakyong’s views on nonhuman animals.” Join in the discussion here.

New Journal / Roundtable on Kim, Confucian Public Reason

Thanks to Kyung Rok Kwon for sharing the following information and the linked PDF of the the journal’s roundtable!

The Hong Kong Journal of Law and Public Affairs (HKJLPA) is the first student-edited
law and political science journal in all of Asia, established by the Government and Laws
Committee, Politics and Public Administration Association, with full support
from the Bachelor of Social Sciences (Government and Laws) and Bachelor of Laws
Programme (BSocSc (Govt&Laws) & LLB / Government and Laws / GLaws) at The University
of Hong Kong in 2018.

The theme of the inaugural volume is “Confucian Democracy and Constitutionalism”. In this volume, not only four articles on the theme but also book symposium for Prof. Kim’s Public Reason Confucianism will be published. The full text of the issue is available for download here.

Bin and Butina, Empirical Study on Perceptions of Ruism in the U.S.

Bin Song and Ben Butina have co-authored a paper titled “An Empirical Study and Theoretical Reflection on the Knowledge and Perceptions of Ruism in the United States,” which is newly published by Confucian Academy 2019 (1). The article is bilingual, and its English version is on p.82-98. The full issue is available here. Its results are somewhat surprising!

Job at Hong Kong Baptist University

HONG KONG BAPTIST UNIVERSITY FACULTY OF ARTS

Jao Tsung-I Academy of Sinology

Named after Professor Jao Tsung-i, the world-renowned expert in Chinese classical studies, the Jao Tsung-I Academy of Sinology was established in January 2013 for the purpose of understanding and preserving Chinese cultural heritage. The Academy aims to be a leading center for interdisciplinary studies of Chinese culture and civilization, through innovative research and engaged teaching. Applications are now invited for the following position:

Research Assistant Professor (PR0137/19-20)

The appointee is expected to (i) undertake original scholarly research in his/her area of expertise; (ii) teach one course per semester at the undergraduate/postgraduate level; (iii) assist in preparing and editing high quality scholarly publications of the Academy; (iv) take up a leading role to oversee the editorial team; (v) supervise research students; (vi) help supervise events and collections of the Academy. Research duties include application for external research grants and participation in research projects, overseas seminars and conferences.

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CFP: EAA on Asian Philosophies and Religions

Education About Asia (EAA) is the peer-reviewed teaching journal of the Association for Asian Studies. Our print and online readers include undergraduate instructors as well as high school and middle school teachers. Our articles are intended to provide educators and academics in the humanities and social sciences who are often not specialists with basic understanding of Asia-related content. Professors and high school teachers also utilize many EAA articles and essays as student readings. Qualified referees evaluate all manuscripts submitted for consideration.

We are developing a special section for spring 2020 titled “Asian Philosophies and Religions.” This special section will include a wide variety of articles and essays on both philosophical and religious traditions commonly associated with Asia, as well as Western philosophies and religions such as liberal democracy, Marxism, or Christianity that substantially affect parts of Asia. A significant number of special section articles and essays will hopefully focus upon contemporary practices and beliefs, as well as the impact of Asian governments on the human and civil rights of religious practitioners. At least two articles on religious festivals and holidays specifically designed for middle school teachers will appear in this special section.

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New APA Newsletter

APA Newsletter on Asian and Asian-American Philosophers and Philosophies

From the Guest Editor

“Buddhist Philosophy Today: Theories and Forms,” Rafal Stepien

Submission Guidelines and Information

Articles

“Philosophy, Quo Vadis? Buddhism and the Academic Study of Philosophy,” Brook Ziporyn

“What/Who Determines the Value of Buddhist Philosophy in Modern Academia?,” Hans-Rudolf Kantor

“Buddhist Philosophy? Arguments from Somewhere,” Rafal Stepien

“Doing Buddhist Philosophy,” C. W. Huntington, Jr.

“Decolonizing the Buddhist Mind,” Mattia Salvini

“Reflecting on Buddhist Philosophy with Pierre Hadot,” Matthew T. Kapstein

“Some Suggestions for Future Directions of the Study of Buddhist Philosophy,” Jan Westerhoff

“Practicing Buddhist Philosophy as Philosophy,” Pierre-Julien Harter

“Emptiness, Multiverses, and the Conception of a Multi-Entry Philosophy,” Gereon Kopf

“Buddhist Philosophy and the Neuroscientific Study of Meditation: Critical Reflections,” Birgit Kellner