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

NYT on C. C. Tsai’s Comics / Bruya’s Translations available from PUP

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.

July 15, 2018 Posted by | Analects, Books of Interest, China, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学 | one comment

New Book: The Nivison Annals

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 It includes 23 of David Nivison’s last unpublished essays (669 pages in total), and is available for free.

July 15, 2018 Posted by | Books of Interest, China, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学 | no comments

New Book: Confucianism Reconsidered

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.

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July 3, 2018 Posted by | Books of Interest, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Confucianism | no comments

Paperback of Between History and Philosophy now available

The book Between History and Philosophy: Anecdotes in Early China is now available in affordable paperback ($31.95 at Amazon). The hardcover is also greatly reduced in price ($51.67 new at Amazon). More info:

July 3, 2018 Posted by | Books of Interest, China, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学 | no comments

New Book: Makeham, ed., The Buddhist Roots of Zhu Xi’s Philosophical Thought

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.

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June 28, 2018 Posted by | Books of Interest, Buddhism, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Neo-Confucianism, Zhu Xi | one comment

New Book: Kim, Democracy after Virtue

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.

Editorial summary:

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May 26, 2018 Posted by | Books of Interest, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Comparative Political Theory, Contemporary Confucianism | no comments

New Book: Huang, Intimate Memory

SUNY has published Martin W. Huang, Intimate Memory: Gender and Mourning in Late Imperial China.

Editorial summary:

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.

May 26, 2018 Posted by | Books of Interest, China, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Gender | no comments

Nominate for ICAS Book Prize

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.

May 26, 2018 Posted by | Books of Interest, China, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学 | no comments

Feature review of books on Ming thought

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).

May 26, 2018 Posted by | Book Review, Books of Interest, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Neo-Confucianism | no comments

Weekly Books of Interest (27 April 2018)

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.)

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April 27, 2018 Posted by | Books of Interest, China, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Gender | no comments

Paperback editions of Bloomsbury Research Handbooks

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.

April 27, 2018 Posted by | Books of Interest, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy | no comments

Change/Clarification to Posts About Recent Publications

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:

  • Dao
  • PEW
  • JCP
  • 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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April 20, 2018 Posted by | Articles of Interest, Blog details, Books of Interest, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy | 5 comments

New Book: Sibau, Reading for the Moral

SUNY has published Maria Franca Sibau, Reading for the Moral: Exemplarity and the Confucian Moral Imagination in Seventeenth-Century Chinese Short Fiction. A new perspective that should shed light on discussions of roles, roles ethics, virtue ethics, and exemplarity! More info is here or below.

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April 8, 2018 Posted by | Books of Interest, China, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Role Ethics, Virtue | no comments

New Book: Having a Word with Angus Graham

SUNY has published Carine Defoort and Roger T. Ames, eds., Having a Word with Angus Graham: At Twenty-Five Years into His Immortality. Read on for the details, or see here.

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April 7, 2018 Posted by | Books of Interest, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Chinese Texts, Comparative philosophy | no comments

Several New Books

I have fallen behind on announcing new books that people tell me about, so here is a run-down of several recent ones, with links to publishers’ websites with more information:

Some important new work here to go with some classic older work!

March 22, 2018 Posted by | Books of Interest, China, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学 | no comments

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