The latest issue of Early China contains a review by Edward Slingerland of Michael Hunter, Confucius Beyond the Analects (Leiden: Brill, 2017). Slingerland’s concluding paragraph:
A number of interesting new books have been published recently and I have fallen behind in posting about them. Take a look!
SUNY has published Jim Behuniak, ed., Appreciating the Chinese Difference: Engaging Roger T. Ames on Methods, Issues, and Roles, which includes a range of essays as well as Roger Ames’s response. Congratulations, Jim! More information follows below.
Palgrave Macmillan has just published Alexus McLeod’s book The Philosophical Thought of Wang Chong. Congratulations, Alexus! The cover description follows:
This book is a study of the methodological, metaphysical, and epistemological work of the Eastern Han Dynasty period scholar Wang Chong. It presents Wang’s philosophical thought as a unique and syncretic culmination of a number of ideas developed in earlier Han and Warring States philosophy. Wang’s philosophical methodology and his theories of truth, knowledge, and will and determinism offer solutions to a number of problems in the early Chinese tradition. His views also have much to offer contemporary philosophy, suggesting new ways of thinking about familiar problems. While Wang is best known as a critic and skeptic, Alexus McLeod argues that these aspects of his thought form only a part of a larger positive project, aimed at discerning truth in a variety of senses.
The New York Times recently published an interview with C. C. Tsai, who has written and illustrated wonderful cartoon versions of the Art of War and the Analects (among others). Brian Bruya’s translated versions of both of these texts are now available from Princeton University Press.
David S. Nivison, The Nivison Annals: Selected Works of David S. Nivison on Early Chinese Chronology, Astronomy, and Historiography was just published by DeGruyter. It includes 23 of David Nivison’s last unpublished essays (669 pages in total), and is available for free.
SUNY has published Xiufeng Liu and We Ma, eds., Confucianism Reconsidered: Insights for American and Chinese Education in the Twenty-First Century. For more information, see below.
I’m very happy to announce the publication of John Makeham, ed., The Buddhist Roots of Zhu Xi’s Philosophical Thought (Oxford). This is the culmination of a multi-year collaborative project that it was my good fortune to be a part of; I am very grateful to John and to the group for the opportunity. Details from Oxford are here and from Amazon are here, and I’ll add some brief information below.
Oxford has published Sungmoon Kim, Democracy after Virtue: Toward Pragmatic Confucian Democracy. This is the inaugural volume in the Studies in Comparative Political Theory series.
SUNY has published Martin W. Huang, Intimate Memory: Gender and Mourning in Late Imperial China.
In the first study of its kind about the role played by intimate memory in the mourning literature of late imperial China, Martin W. Huang focuses on the question of how men mourned and wrote about women to whom they were closely related. Drawing upon memoirs, epitaphs, biographies, litanies, and elegiac poems, Huang explores issues such as how intimacy shaped the ways in which bereaved male authors conceived of womanhood and how such conceptualizations were inevitably also acts of self-reflection about themselves as men. Their memorial writings reveal complicated self-images as husbands, brothers, sons, and educated Confucian males, while their representations of women are much more complex and diverse than the representations we find in more public genres such as Confucian female exemplar biographies.
A call has been issued for books to be submitted for consideration for an ICAS (International Convention of Asia Scholars) book prize.
Books in Chinese, English, French, German, and Korean will be considered. For details see https://icas.asia/en/icas-book-prize-rules-and-regulations.
The latest Journal of Asian Studies (Volume 77 / Issue 2, May 2018, pp 500 – 506) contains a feature review titled “The Lively World of Ming Dynasty Thought” by Katherine Carlitz, covering three recent books on Ming thought:
- Symptoms of an Unruly Age: Li Zhi and Cultures of Early Modernity. By Rivi Handler-Spitz. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2017. xiii, 239 pp. ISBN: 9780295741505 (cloth, also available as e-book).
- Li Mengyang, the North-South Divide, and Literati Learning in Ming China. By Chang Woei Ong. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Asia Center, 2016. xi, 354 pp. ISBN: 9780674970595 (cloth).
- Confucian Image Politics: Masculine Morality in Seventeenth-Century China. By Ying Zhang. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2017. xvi, 306 pp. ISBN: 9780295998534 (cloth, also available as e-book).
Ann Pang-White. The Confucian Four Books for Women: A New Translation of the Nü Sishu and the Commentary of Wang Xiang. Oxford, 2018. (Amazon link here.)
Bret Hinsch. Women in Ancient China. Rowman & Littlefield, 2018. (Amazon link here.)
Kevin DeLapp. Partial Values: A Comparative Study in the Limits of Objectivity. Rowman & Littlefield, 2018. (Amazon link here.)
The Bloomsbury Research Handbook of Asian Philosophy Series has begun to issue paperback editions of books that originally were published only in hardback and e-book formats in 2016. Two paperbacks in Chinese philosophy were released in December 2017 (Bloomsbury Research Handbook of Chinese Philosophy Methodologies, ed. by Tan, and Bloombury Research Handbook of Chinese Philosophy and Gender, ed. by Pang-White), and one paperback in Indian philosophy (Bloomsbury Research Handbook of Indian Aesthetics and the Philosophy of Art, ed. by Charkrabarti) has just been released in February 2018. More paperbacks are forthcoming. For more information, see here.