Warp, Weft, and Way

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

New Book and Website: Angle & Tiwald, Neo-Confucianism

Justin Tiwald and I are very happy to announce the publication of our jointly-authored book, Neo-Confucianism: A Philosophical Introduction (Polity, 2017). Advance copies of the book have begun to appear, it will be generally available in the UK soon, and available in the US in another six weeks or so.

Justin and I have also prepared a website, Neo-Confucianism.Com, to support the book and to promote the study of Neo-Confucianism more generally. That site has its own blog (plus lots of other stuff, including sample syllabi and the Chinese texts corresponding to all the translated material in the book), though I expect that when we post things there, we will also announce it here. If anyone has ideas about what other material we can include at Neo-Confucianism.Com, please just let one of us know!

February 23, 2017 Posted by | Books of Interest, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Neo-Confucianism, Pedagogy | 2 comments

New Book: Ni translation of the Analects

Peimin Ni’s new translation-and-commentary on the Analects, Understanding the Analects of Confucius: A New Translation of Lunyu with Annotations, is due out soon:  (SUNY, 2017). I have read the book in manuscript, and wrote the following blurb:

Peimin Ni’s translation of the Analects has many virtues that make it stand out as an exemplary version of this most important Chinese text. Ni has chosen to present the text as a living document, embedded in two thousand years of commentarial conversation over its meaning, with today’s readers very much part of that ongoing conversation.

Among other things, Peimin skillfully translates the text so that its potential ambiguity comes through, making sense of commentarial debates in ways that previous translations have not captured. Congratulations!

February 23, 2017 Posted by | Analects, Books of Interest, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Confucianism | no comments

New Book: Kohn, Pristine Affluence

Pristine Affluence: Daoist Roots in the Stone Ageby Livia Kohn, is now available for pre-order. For more information, please see below.

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February 18, 2017 Posted by | Books of Interest, China, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Daoism | no comments

New Book: Hunter, Confucius Beyond the Analects

Michael (“Mick”) Hunter’s new book, Confucius Beyond the Analects (Brill 2017) has now been published. Congratulations, Mick! More information is here and below.

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February 18, 2017 Posted by | Analects, Books of Interest, China, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Confucius | no comments

New Book: Pines, trans., Book of Lord Shang

Columbia University Press has published The Book of Lord Shang: Apologetics of State Power in Early China, edited and translated by Yuri Pines, which looks terrific. Information here. I understand that anyone who uses the coupon code “SHABOO” to purchase the book from the Columbia site will receive a 30% discount.

February 12, 2017 Posted by | Books of Interest, China, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Legalism, Translation | no comments

New Book: Virag, The Emotions in Early China

Oxford University Press has just published Curie Virag’s The Emotions in Early Chinese Philosophy; see here, and the Table of Contents is after the break.

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February 6, 2017 Posted by | Books of Interest, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Emotions | no comments

New Book: Cullen, The Foundations of Celestial Reckoning

Christopher Cullen, The Foundations of Celestial Reckoning: Three Ancient Chinese
Astronomical Systems
(London: Routledge, 2017)

The Foundations of Celestial Reckoning gives the reader direct access to the foundational documents of the tradition of calculation created by astronomers of the early Chinese empire between the late second century BCE and the third century CE. The paradigm they established was to shape East Asian thought and practice in the field of mathematical astronomy for centuries to come. It was in many ways radically different from better known traditions of astronomy in other parts of the ancient world.

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January 18, 2017 Posted by | Books of Interest, China, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学 | one comment

New Book: Van Auken, The Commentarial Transformation of the Spring and Autumn

SUNY Press has published Newell Ann Van Auken’s The Commentarial Transformation of the Spring and Autumn. More information here, and after the break.

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December 22, 2016 Posted by | Books of Interest, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Chinese Texts | no comments

New Book: Neville, The Good Is One, Its Manifestations Many

SUNY Press has just published a new book by Robert Cummings Neville: The Good Is One, Its Manifestations Many: Confucian Essays on Metaphysics, Morals, Rituals, Institutions, and Genders. More information is here. I will also post the book’s description and Table of Contents below.

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December 14, 2016 Posted by | Books of Interest, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Contemporary Confucianism | no comments

New Book on Political Legitimacy

Cambridge University Press has published East Asian Perspectives on Political Legitimacy: Bridging the Empirical-Normative Divide, edited by Joseph Chan, Doh Chuli Shin, and Melissa S. Williams. More details and table of contents here.

December 7, 2016 Posted by | Books of Interest, China, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative Political Theory, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Politics | no comments

New Book: Huang, The Chinese Theory of Justice

Huang Yushun 黄玉顺 is one of the most prolific and creative Confucian thinkers in China today, and one of his books has been published in English translation: Voice From the East: The Chinese Theory of Justice (Paths International, 2016). More details are here.

December 7, 2016 Posted by | Books of Interest, China, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Comparative Political Theory, Contemporary Confucianism | 3 comments

New Book on Korean Philosophy

Traditional Korean Philosophy: Problems and Debates, Edited by Youngsun Back and Philip J. Ivanhoe, has been published by Rowman & Littlefield International, in their CEACOP East Asian Comparative Ethics, Politics and Philosophy of Law series. It looks great — congratulations to the editors and contributors!

November 21, 2016 Posted by | Books of Interest, Buddhism, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Confucianism, Korea, Korean Philosophy | no comments

New Book: Chong on Zhuangzi

Kim-chong Chong has published Zhuangzi’s Critique of the Confucians: Blinded by the Human (SUNY, 2016), which looks fascinating. Details here.

November 16, 2016 Posted by | Books of Interest, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Confucianism, Daoism, Zhuangzi | 5 comments

New Book: Feminist Encounters with Confucius

Mathew A. Foust and Sor-hoon Tan, eds., Feminist Encounters with Confucius (Brill, 2016) has been published. Congratulations! The table of contents follows, and see also here.

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November 3, 2016 Posted by | Books of Interest, Comparative philosophy, Confucianism, Feminism | no comments

New Book: P.J. Ivanhoe, Three Streams

I am happy to announce that Philip J. Ivanhoe’s Three Streams: Confucian Reflections on Learning and the Moral Heart-Mind in China, Korea, and Japan (Oxford University Press, 2016) has been published. See here and here, and a summary follows.

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October 31, 2016 Posted by | Books of Interest, China, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Japan, Korea, Neo-Confucianism | no comments

Revised Edition: Allan, Heir and Sage

Sarah Allan, The Heir and the Sage: Dynastic Legend in Early China (revised and expanded edition) is now in print with SUNY Press (2016). 

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October 5, 2016 Posted by | Books of Interest, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学 | no comments

New Book: Yu, Chinese History and Culture, vols. 1 and 2

Columbia University Press has published a two-volume set titled Chinese History and Culture, providing a collection of eminent intellectual historian Ying-shih Yu’s essays, many dealing with philosophical topics, some appearing for the first time in English. Details for volume one (Sixth Century B.C.E. to Seventeenth Century) and volume two (Seventeenth Century Through Twentieth Century); I’ll copy the Tables of Contents below.

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September 28, 2016 Posted by | Books of Interest, China, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Confucianism, Contemporary Confucianism | no comments

New Book: Harris, Shenzi Fragments

Columbia University Press has also published Eirik Harris’s outstanding study of the Shenzi fragments — congratulations, Eirik!

Eirik Lang Harris, The Shenzi Fragments: A Philosophical Analysis and Translation (Columbia University Press, 2016)

Read on for details on the book, as well as a code that can be used for a 30% discount on the book.

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September 25, 2016 Posted by | Books of Interest, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Legalism, Political Theory, Politics | no comments

New Book: Fraser, The Philosophy of the Mozi

I am very happy to share the news that Columbia University Press has published Chris Fraser’s (ahem, long-awaited :-)) book:

The Philosophy of the Mòzi: The First Consequentialists

Congratulations, Chris! Information here.

September 25, 2016 Posted by | Books of Interest, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Ethical Theory, Mohism | one comment

New Book: Vallor, Technology and the Virtues

Shannon Vallor, Technology and the Virtues: A Philosophical Guide to a Future Worth Wanting (Oxford, 2016) has just been published; information here. The book draws on Aristotelian, Confucian, and Buddhist virtue ethics as it explores a path toward a “future worth living.”

 

September 19, 2016 Posted by | Books of Interest, Buddhism, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Confucianism, Virtue | no comments

Today only: 90% off Dao Companion to Daoist Philosophy

Springer is having a one-day sale on the e-Book version of the Dao Companion to Daoist Philosophy: regularly $269.00, today it can be purchased for $19.99. Click here for the deal (as well as more information on the book).

Update: The sale’s over 🙁

September 6, 2016 Posted by | Books of Interest, Daoism | one comment

New Handbook on Chinese Philosophy Methodologies

The Bloomsbury Research Handbook of Chinese Philosophy Methodologies, edited by Sor-hoon Tan, is due to be published later this week. Details are here, and I’ll paste the very rich Table of Contents below. This is another in the Bloomsbury Research Handbooks in Asian Philosophy series, on which more is available here. So far, the only other title concerned with Chinese philosophy is The Bloomsbury Research Handbook of Chinese Philosophy and Gender, edited by Ann-Pang White, which appeared earlier this year; see further below for its Table of Contents, and more details here. The series also contains several books focusing on the philosophies of India.

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August 21, 2016 Posted by | Books of Interest, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Feminism, Gender, Methodology | 3 comments

New Book: Chung, Trans., Yi Hwang (Toegye), A Korean Confucian Way of Life and Thought

Yi Hwang (Toegye), A Korean Confucian Way of Life and Thought: The Chasongnok (Record of Self-Reflection).
Translated by Edward Y. J. Chung. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 2016.

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July 9, 2016 Posted by | Books of Interest, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Korea, Korean Philosophy, Neo-Confucianism | no comments

New Book: Van den Stock, The Horizon of Modernity

Ady Van den Stock, The Horizon of Modernity: Subjectivity and Social Structure in New Confucian Philosophy. Leiden: Brill, 2016.

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July 9, 2016 Posted by | Books of Interest, China, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Contemporary Confucianism, Hong Kong, Modern Chinese Philosophy, Modernity, New Confucianism | no comments

New Book: Yang, On Human Action and Practical Wisdom

Yang Guorong (East China Normal University), On Human Action and Practical Wisdom. Translated by Paul D’Ambrosio (East China Normal University) and Sarah Flavel (Bath Spa University). Leiden: Brill, 2016.

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July 9, 2016 Posted by | Books of Interest, China, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Metaphysics | no comments

New French Translation of Xunzi

A new, complete translation of Xunzi has been published: Écrits de Maître Xun, Traduction, introduction et notes par Ivan P. Kamenarovic. For more information, see here.

July 5, 2016 Posted by | Books of Interest, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Confucianism, Xunzi | no comments

New Book: Wang, Order in Early Chinese Excavated Texts

Palgrave MacMillan has published Wang Zhongjiang’s Order in Early Chinese Excavated Texts, translated by M. Tadd. More information here.

June 20, 2016 Posted by | Books of Interest, China, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Chinese Texts, Excavated Texts | one comment

Video Overview of Jenco, Changing Referents

See here for a video in which Leigh Jenco gives an overview of her book Changing Referents: Learning Across Space and Time in China and The West (OUP, 2015).

June 20, 2016 Posted by | Books of Interest, China, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Comparative Political Theory | no comments

Volume of Reviews Published On-Line

I am very happy to announce that a collection of fifteen review essays — all written by my students — has now been published on-line. The volume is titled Comparative Philosophy: Reviewing the State of the Art, and is available here. I have also written an Introduction that reflects on the changing nature of comparative philosophy today. The Table of Contents for the book appears below.

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June 15, 2016 Posted by | Book Review, Books of Interest, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy | 2 comments

Chinese-language books for review at Dao

Bai Tongdong, Chinese-language book review editor at Dao, hereby shares a list of books that Dao is interested in reviewing. If you would like to review one (or more) of these books, please contact Professor Bai.

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June 9, 2016 Posted by | Book Review, Books of Interest, China, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Journal Related | no comments

New Book: Ziporyn on Tiantai

Brook Ziporyn has recently published Emptiness and Omnipresence: An Essential Introduction to Tiantai Buddhism with Indiana University Press. The Amazon link is here, with a brief description below. Congratulations, Brook!

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June 1, 2016 Posted by | Books of Interest, Buddhism, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy | no comments

Li Zhi Translation Published

9780231166133Rivi Handler-Spitz, Pauline Lee, and Haun Saussy have translated and edited a book of translations by the great late-Ming dynasty iconoclast Li Zhi, and the book has now been published by Columbia University Press. It is beautifully produced and a great contribution to anyone seeking to teach about the culture and philosophy of Li’s crucial era. Congratulations! (Pauline Lee’s own book on Li Zhi was previously announced here on the blog.)

May 26, 2016 Posted by | Books of Interest, China, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Neo-Confucianism, Translation | no comments

New Book: Xueji in the Twenty-first Century

SUNY Press has just published Xu Di and Hunter McEwan’s (eds.) Chinese Philosophy on Teaching and Learning: Xueji in the Twenty-first Century. This is a translation of the “Xueji 學記” and several essays on its contemporary significance. More information is available at Amazon here.

May 4, 2016 Posted by | Books of Interest, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Education Models | no comments

New Book: Traces of the Sage

James A. Flath, Traces of the Sage: Monument, Materiality, and the First Temple of Confucius, Honolulu, University of Hawai’i Press, 2016. 

Traces of the Sage is a comprehensive account of the history and material culture of the Temple of Confucius (Kong Temple) in Qufu, Shandong.

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May 2, 2016 Posted by | Books of Interest, China, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Confucianism, Confucius, Religion | no comments

Sungmoon Kim, Public Reason Confucianism now available

Kim, PRC coverSungmoon Kim’s new book, Public Reason Confucianism: Democratic Perfectionism and Constitutionalism in East Asia (Cambridge, 2016) has just been published. Congratulations, Sungmoon! Here are links to the CUP website and Amazon. Cambridge has also made available a form that anyone can use to get a 25% discount; click here. Here is the book’s description:

Recent proposals concerning Confucian meritocratic perfectionism have justified Confucian perfectionism in terms of political meritocracy. In contrast, ‘Confucian democratic perfectionism’ is a form of comprehensive Confucian perfectionism that can accommodate a plurality of values in civil society. It is also fully compatible with core values of democracy such as popular sovereignty, political equality, and the right to political participation. Sungmoon Kim presents ‘public reason Confucianism’ as the most attractive option for contemporary East Asian societies that are historically and culturally Confucian. Public reason Confucianism is a particular style of Confucian democratic perfectionism in which comprehensive Confucianism is connected with perfectionism via a distinctive form of public reason. It calls for an active role for the democratic state in promoting a Confucian conception of the good life, at the heart of which are such core Confucian values as filial piety and ritual propriety.

April 25, 2016 Posted by | Books of Interest, China, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Comparative Political Theory, Contemporary Confucianism, Hong Kong, Korea, Political Theory, Politics | no comments

New book on “Ecofamilism”

Wan-Li Ho, Ecofamilism: Women, Religion, and Environmental Protection in Taiwan (Three Pines Press, May 2016)

Ecofamilism proposes a new analytical framework, moving beyond ecofeminism, based on Western feminism and Christian theology, to illuminate Taiwanese women’s motivations and how they understand their role in the environmental movement. Based on extensive interviews with women founders, leaders, and members of six non-governmental, often religious-based, organizations from 1990-2015, the work presents contemporary issues in Taiwan from the perspectives of social anthropology, geography, inter-religious cooperation, and global ethics. Ecofamilism offers a new way of approaching life in contemporary Asia, engaging more precisely with while authentically portraying the experiences of Taiwanese women—whose gender roles are ancillary to motivations of family, religion, and society. Its key concept of ecofamilism pairs the notions of ecology and family while drawing on Chinese religio-cultural traditions of responsibility to the family to illuminate ecologically responsible positions toward society, environment, and all living beings. More information here.

April 18, 2016 Posted by | Books of Interest, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Taiwan | no comments

New Book: Harris, The Shenzi Fragments

Details are now available on the web about Eirik Lang Harris’s soon-to-be-published The Shenzi Fragments: A Philosophical Analysis and Translation (Columbia University Press). Congratulations, Eirik!

April 9, 2016 Posted by | Books of Interest, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Legalism, Translation | no comments

New Book: Puett and Gross-Loh, The Path

Michael Puett and Christine Gross-Loh have just published The Path: What Chinese Philosophers Can Teach Us About the Good Life (Simon & Schuster), a general-readership book based on Puett’s very successful class at Harvard. Congratulations to the authors! More information from Amazon is here.

April 3, 2016 Posted by | Books of Interest, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy | 3 comments

Allan on Confucius and Abdication at Harvard (and in NYRB)

Monday, April 11, 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
The Rise of Confucius and Legends of Abdication in Light of Warring States Period Bamboo Manuscripts
Speaker: Sarah Allan, Burlington Northern Foundation Professor of Asian Studies in honor of Richard M. Dressler at Dartmouth College, chair of the Society for the Study of Early China, and editor of Early China
Sponsored by the Harvard University Fairbanks Center for Chinese Studies
S250, 2nd Floor, CGIS South, 1730, Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA

More information here.

Subscribers to the New York Review of Books can also read Ian Johnson’s “A Revolutionary Discovery in China” in the April 21 issue, which is a review essay based on Sarah Allan’s book Buried Ideas: Legends of Abdication and Ideal Government in Early Chinese Bamboo-Slip Manuscripts.

April 3, 2016 Posted by | Books of Interest, China, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Confucianism, Excavated Texts, Lecture | no comments

Hutton’s Xunzi now out in paperback

Good news:  Princeton University Press is pleased to present the publication of the paperback edition of Xunzi: The Complete Text by Xunzi, translated and with an introduction by Eric L. Hutton, for course use.

March 31, 2016 Posted by | Books of Interest, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Confucianism, Translation, Xunzi | no comments

El Amine and Symposium on Bell in Perspectives on Politics

The new issue of Perspectives on Politics (14:1, March 2016), available here, contains several articles of interest:

  • Loubna El Amine, “Beyond East and West: Reorienting Political Theory through the Prism of Modernity”
  • An extended discussion of Daniel Bell’s The China Model, with articles by Baogang He, Victoria Tin-bor Hui, Leigh Jenco, Andrew Nathan, Lynette Ong, Thomas Pangle, and Joseph Wang.

March 27, 2016 Posted by | Books of Interest, China, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Comparative Political Theory, Political Theory, Politics | no comments

New Book: Traces of the Sage

A new book that may be of interest: James Flath, Traces of the Sage: Monument, Materiality, and the First Temple of Confucius (Hawaii, 2016). More information is here.

March 27, 2016 Posted by | Books of Interest, China, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Confucianism, Ritual | no comments

Two New Books on Modern Chinese Philosophy

Two books in Brill’s “Modern Chinese Philosophy” series have recently been published:

Xiaoqing Diana Lin, Feng Youlan and Twentieth Century China: An Intellectual Biography

http://www.brill.com/products/book/feng-youlan-and-twentieth-century-china

King Pong Chiu,  Thomé H. Fang, Tang Junyi and Huayan Thought: A Confucian Appropriation of Buddhist Ideas in Response to Scientism in Twentieth-Century China

http://www.brill.com/products/book/thome-h-fang-tang-junyi-and-huayan-thought

March 5, 2016 Posted by | Books of Interest, Buddhism, China, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Modern Chinese Philosophy | no comments

New Book: Bellah and East Asia

Confucianism, a Habit of the Heart: Bellah, Civil Religion, and East Asia, edited by P.J. Ivanhoe and Sungmoon Kim, has been published by SUNY Press. See here for the Amazon listing, which includes the Table of Contents. Congratulations!

February 21, 2016 Posted by | Books of Interest, China, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy | no comments

Buddhism Bibliography

Charles Muller writes…

Dear Colleagues,

Richard Smith’s kind offering of his bibliography made me think that it
might be worthwhile mentioning the H-Buddhism Zotero Bibliography (which
has a fair number of entries on Confucianism, not to mention China).

https://www.zotero.org/groups/h-buddhism_bibliography_project

Zotero provides useful tools on the web site, but of course, it is an
even much more powerful tool if you figure out how to run Zotero locally
in Firefox. If anyone was ever motivated to start a similar project for
Confucianism, he or she could go a long way in seeding it by simply
exporting the Confucianism entries from our project. Smith’s
bibliography could also be converted and imported fairly easily.

We presently have it set up so that anyone can view it, but only members
can edit, because we want to keep the content scholarly. If you’d like
me to send you an invite to join, just write me.

Regards,

Charles

February 21, 2016 Posted by | Books of Interest, Buddhism, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Resource | no comments

Am I Missing Your Favorite Book?

This semester I am teaching a seminar on Comparative Philosophy. As part of the class, each of the 15 students will choose a monograph the engages in comparative philosophy (related at least in part to Chinese philosophy), and write an extended review essay on their book. They will then present their findings, revise the essays, and I will then edit the final versions into an on-line book, tentatively titled “Comparative Philosophy: Reviewing the State of the Art.” I have never done this before, but the students and I are excited.

I have compiled a list from which the students will choose their books, but I am afraid I may have left of some excellent choices. It is important that the books be explicitly engaged in comparative philosophy, rather than works of scholarship solidly focused on a single thinker or tradition. Exactly what “explicitly engaged in comparative philosophy” means is, admittedly, not always so clear, and there are a few books on my list that may be marginal cases. That’s not the end of the world. More importantly, what are the good choices that I have left off? Apologies in advance to authors whom I have inadvertently neglected! Please let me know, either in the Comments below, or via email. Thanks! The list follows.

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February 18, 2016 Posted by | Books of Interest, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy | 28 comments

New Book on Wang Yangming

I have just started reading Larry Israel’s book Doing Good and Ridding Evil in Ming China: The Political Career of Wang Yangming (Brill, 2014), and it looks excellent. Larry posted something about it on the Readers’ Discussion section of the site, but it deserves a main post!

February 5, 2016 Posted by | Books of Interest, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Neo-Confucianism, Politics, Wang Yangming | one comment

New Book: Eichman on Late Ming

Jennifer Eichman’s important study of late-Ming thought and practice is about to be published:

A Late Sixteenth-Century Chinese Buddhist Fellowship: Spiritual Ambitions, Intellectual Debates, and Epistolary Connections (Brill, 2016)

For more details, see here. Congratulations, Jennifer!

January 27, 2016 Posted by | Books of Interest, Buddhism, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Neo-Confucianism | no comments

Two New Books

Two recent books of interest:

Sun, Zhenbin, Language, Discourse, and Praxis in Ancient China (Springer, 2015)

King, R.A.H., ed., The Good Life and Conceptions of Life in Early China and Graeco-Roman Antiquity (De Gruyter, 2015)

 

January 27, 2016 Posted by | Books of Interest, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy | no comments

Interviews about East Asian Studies Books

The website New Books in East Asian Studies posts lovely interviews with the authors of, you guessed it, new books in East Asian Studies, some of which fall into our collective areas of interest. Check it out!

January 27, 2016 Posted by | Books of Interest, China, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学 | no comments

New Book: Meditation and Culture

The book Meditation and Culture: The Interplay of Practice and Context has been published by Bloomsbury Academic.

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January 2, 2016 Posted by | Books of Interest, Buddhism, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Confucianism, Daoism, Neo-Confucianism | no comments

New Book – Theories of Truth in Chinese Philosophy

TheoriesOfTruthAlexus McLeod’s new book Theories of Truth in Chinese Philosophy: A Comparative Approach has been released by Rowman and Littlefield International (part of the new “Critical Inquiries in Comparative Philosophy” series).  The book deals with contemporary debates surrounding truth in early Chinese thought, as well as investigates conceptions of truth in the early Chinese texts themselves, from the Warring States through Eastern Han period.  More information here: [http://www.rowmaninternational.com/books/theories-of-truth-in-chinese-philosophy].

Alexus is currently at Colorado State University but will be moving to the University of Connecticut starting in the Fall term of 2016.

December 16, 2015 Posted by | Books of Interest, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy | no comments

Muller Translates Korean Buddhist-Confucian Debate

The University of Hawaii Press has published Charles Muller’s translation: Korea’s Great Buddhist-Confucian Debate: The Treatises of Chong Tojon (Sambong) and Hamho Tuktong (Kihwa). More information is available below, and here.

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November 28, 2015 Posted by | Books of Interest, Buddhism, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Korea, Korean Philosophy, Neo-Confucianism | no comments

New Book: Jenco, Changing Referents

I am happy to announce the publication of Leigh Jenco’s new book; congratulations!

L9780190263812eigh Jenco, Changing Referents: Learning Across Space and Time in China and the West (Oxford University Press, 2015): 304 Pages; ISBN: 9780190263812

Globalization has brought together otherwise disparate communities with distinctive and often conflicting ways of viewing the world.  Yet even as these phenomena have exposed the culturally specific character of the academic theories used to understand them, most responses to this ethnocentricity fall back on the same parochial vocabulary they critique. Against those who insist our thinking must return always to the dominant terms of Euro-American modernity, I argue and demonstrate that methods for understanding cultural others can take theoretical guidance from those very bodies of thought typically excluded by political and social theory.

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November 28, 2015 Posted by | Books of Interest, China, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Comparative Political Theory, Political Theory, Politics | no comments

New Book: Jaeyoon Song, Traces of Grand Peace

Harvard University Press has published Jaeyoon Song’s important new book on Song dynasty political thought and the role of the classics (in particular, the Zhou Li) in shaping politics. Congratulations, Jaeyoon!

Jaeyoon Song, Traces of Grand Peace: Classics and State Activism in Imperial China (Harvard-Yenching Institute Monograph Series 98)

November 28, 2015 Posted by | Books of Interest, China, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Chinese Texts, Neo-Confucianism | no comments

Wong Reviews Cline, Families of Virtue

Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews

2015.11.28 View this Review Online   View Other NDPR Reviews

Erin M. Cline, Families of Virtue: Confucian and Western Views on Childhood Development, Columbia University Press, 2015, 342pp., $30.00 (pbk), ISBN 9780231171557 .

Reviewed by David B. Wong, Duke University

This book attributes to early Confucianism the view that the parent-child relationship has a “unique and irreplaceable” role in early moral development (xi) and goes on to argue that this view is right. In the course of making this argument Erin M. Cline provides careful and perceptive comparative readings of early Confucian texts and a very wide range of texts in the Western tradition, from Plato, Aristotle, Locke, and Rousseau to contemporary feminists, to show how unusual and in-depth the insights of Confucian thinkers were. She draws from a wide range of empirical studies to support the Confucian view. There is much in this book that will be of value to anyone with interests in the fields of the philosophy and psychology of moral development, feminist care ethics, and comparative ethics. Cline’s comparison of Confucian and feminist views, which have the most to say about parent-child relationships, is informative and balanced. It is not clear that she has fully established the unique and irreplaceable role of the parent-child relationship, but Cline surely has given enough argument to establish that the relationship is one of the most important factors, perhaps the most important single factor, in moral development, and she raises good questions as to why U.S. society largely neglects its importance in its public policies.

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November 28, 2015 Posted by | Book Review, Books of Interest, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Confucianism | no comments

Recent Book on Daodejing, Han Feizi, and Machiavelli

A new book of interest: Jason P. Blahuta, Fortune and the Dao: A Comparative Study of Machiavelli, the Daodejing, and the Han Feizi (Lexington, 2015). The publisher’s description:

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November 28, 2015 Posted by | Books of Interest, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Daodejing, Legalism | no comments

Chinese Translation of Contemporary Confucian Political Philosophy

I am very haCCPP_Trans_Coverppy to pass on the news that the Chinese translation of my book Contemporary Confucian Political Philosophy: Toward Progressive Confucianism (Polity, 2013) has been published by Jiangxi People’s Press, as 《当代儒家政治哲学:进步儒学发凡》. More information, including the Preface to the Chinese Edition, can be found here. In case anyone is interested in an English-language version of this new Preface, I will post it below.

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November 22, 2015 Posted by | Books of Interest, China, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Comparative Political Theory, Contemporary Confucianism, Mou Zongsan | 3 comments

Two Books on Korean Confucianism

Over the past year, Edward Chung has published two significant books on Korean Confucianism, one a translation and one an overview. Please read on for details.

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November 21, 2015 Posted by | Books of Interest, Comparative philosophy, Confucianism, Contemporary Confucianism, Korea, Korean Philosophy, Neo-Confucianism, Translation | no comments

Nathan and Bell on The China Model

More debate around Daniel Bell’s book The China Model (Princeton, 2015): Andrew Nathan’s “Beijing Bull: The Bogus China Model” and Bell’s reply, “Facts and Values: On China’s Political System.”

November 21, 2015 Posted by | Books of Interest, China, Comparative philosophy, Comparative Political Theory, Contemporary Confucianism, Politics | no comments