I think it’s a great idea for authors to share “free access” — often limited to a certain number of downloads — with blog readers. As a glance at the map in the righthand sidebar reveals, people access this blog from all over the world, and many of them do not have institutional access to the journals in which we publish.
To keep things manageable, though, I suggest the following process. If the article for which you would like to provide free access is published in one of the journals whose Table of Contents I regularly post (see here), then please add a comment to the relevant ToC post, giving the information about downloading a free copy. If I have missed posting the ToC in question, then please remind me!
If your article is not in one of those journals, then when you tell me about the article (for the weekly digest), please also tell me about the free access information; or else, add it in a comment to the relevant weekly digest.
As explained here, the objective in these weekly digests of articles is to capture articles published outside of the journals whose full Tables of Contents we regularly post. Please forward to me information about any articles that should be included in a future digest.
Seth Robertson. “Power, Situation, and Character: A Confucian-Inspired Response to Indirect Situationist Critiques.” Ethical Theory and Moral Practice. Here. (Abstract below)
Jianlan Lyu, Xiaoli Tan & Yong Lang. “On the translation, promotion and acceptance of Chinese philosophy in the United States.” Asia Pacific Translation and Intercultural Studies. Here.
Andrej Fech, “Reflections on artisan metaphors in the Laozi 老子: Who cuts the “uncarved wood” (pu 樸)?” (Parts 1 and 2). Philosophy Compass 13:4 (2018). Here. (Abstract below)
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One of our goals for Warp, Weft, and Way is that it be a source of information about what is published related to Chinese and/or comparative philosophy. To that end, I regularly post the Tables of Contents of the journals in this area:
- Asian Philosophy
- Comparative Philosophy
- Journal of World Philosophy
- Contemporary Chinese Thought
- Frontiers of Philosophy in China
- Journal of Confucian Philosophy and Culture
- Comparative and Continental Philosophy
- Journal of East-West Thought
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Pacific Philosophical Quarterly periodically publishes essays in Chinese or comparative philosophy; in the latest issue, Richard Kim has an essay called “Human Nature and Moral Sprouts: Mencius on the Pollyanna Problem.” Check it out!
If you or a colleague are wondering about how to teach Chinese philosophy within the framework of a “traditional” Western philosophy class — or if you’re interested in debates about the aptness of this approach — this article should be very interesting: Paul D’Ambrosio and Timothy Connolly, “Using Familiar Themes to Introduce Chinese Philosophy in Traditional Courses (for the Non-Specialist),” Teaching Philosophy 40:3 (Sept 2017).
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!
The journal International Communication of Chinese Culture is worth looking at; its latest issues contain many articles related to Chinese philosophy. Of particular interest to me (in light of my essay on Tian) is Ben Huff’s essay, “Servants of Heaven: the place of virtue in the Confucian cosmos.” I’ll paste the abstract of Ben’s essay after the break.
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For anyone who might be interested, I have added some new works-in-progress to my on-line archive site, including the pre-copyedit version of “Tian as Cosmos in Zhu Xi’s Neo-Confucianism.” Comments are always welcome. Below, I include the abstract to the Tian essay, as well as two paragraphs discussing standards for translation.
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An interesting use of a Chinese concept that has been much-discussed in Chinese philosophy and IR circles, tianxia, whatever one makes of the argument itself: Salvatore Babones, “American Tianxia” in Foreign Affairs.
Some of you may remember that Hagop Sarkissian and I announced a while back a plan to acknowledge top papers on Chinese philosophy (journal articles and anthology chapters) via something we called the WWWOPY (Warp, Weft, and Way Outstanding Papers of the Year). Following the announced procedure, we wrote to a wide range of research-active colleagues (both junior and senior, and of various methodological and theoretical backgrounds) to solicit nominations. However, we received zero replies with nominations. So we are re-thinking our idea.
We subsequently wrote again to the same set of twenty-four colleagues, telling them what happened and asking (1) whether they thought this was a good idea, and (2) whether they had suggestions to make it work better. This time almost everyone replied, but there was little consensus. In reflecting on all the feedback, we did conclude that especially in a growing field with an increasing number of new voices, finding a way to call attention to particularly valuable, recent, article-length work still seems like a good idea. Many people told us that they did not keep regular tabs on this kind of new work, only digging in when they began a new project. But this means that too many people may be missing ideas that should prompt new or different kinds of research projects in the first place, among other consequences.
However we are a bit stymied about how to proceed, and so decided to open this topic up for general discussion. It is hard to find an approach that seems likely to be both useful and practical. Please share your thoughts!