Category Archives: Books of Interest

Book Launch: The Aura of Confucius

Julia K. Murray is pleased to host an online launch for her new book, The Aura of Confucius: Relics and Representations of the Sage at the Kongzhai Shrine in Shangai. The launch is going to be carried out with a conversation accompanied by James Robson of Havard University. The event is sponsored by The University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Department of Art History and the Center for East Asian Studies and is going to be held via zoom.

Friday, April 22nd, 2022 1-2:30 pm (US Eastern Time); Register HERE.

To see the Facebook Event page click HERE.

For the poster click HERE.

 

On-line Access to Books on Li Zhi

Rivi Handler-Spitz is happy to announce that both her monograph, Symptoms of an Unruly Age: Li Zhi and Cultures of Early Modernity, and the volume she recently edited with Pauline Lee and Haun Saussy, The Objectionable Li Zhi: Fiction, Criticism, and Dissent in Late-Ming China, are now available as full-text, downloadable books. This is thanks to a grant from the Geiss-Hsu Foundation.

New Book Series: Daoism and the Human Experience

Daoism and the Human Experience is a new series that offers a platform to explore, question, and learn about the ways Daoism has or may contribute to the understanding of the philosophical, religious, literary, aesthetic, medicinal scientific, and ecological aspects of human existence. The series is launching in June 2022 with Daoist Resonances in Heidegger. Read below for more information.

Daoism and the Human Experiences seeks book proposals that will both deepen the understanding of Daoism and the world around us. The editors are still accepting proposals for monographs and edited collections that focus on Daoist thought, irrespective of the historical period, as well as information that explores Daoism within a border context.

Additional information can be found in the attached poster: Daoism and the Human Experience Call for proposals HERE.

On-Line Lecture: Angle on Growing Moral

I will be giving an on-line talk next week on my new book, Growing Moral: A Confucian Guide to Life, hosted by the Center for East Asian and Comparative Philosophy at the City University of Hong Kong. The talk will take place via Zoom at 10 am on Friday, April 8 in HKT, which will be at 10pm on Thursday, April 7 EDT. So if you’re in East Asia, or are a night owl in the US, feel free to join! Details are on the attached poster.

New Book: O’Dwyer, ed., Handbook of Confucianism in Modern Japan

Handbook of Confucianism in Modern Japan, edited by Shaun O’Dwyer, has been jointly published this month by Japan Documents Imprint and Amsterdam University Press. It features 13 chapters by East Asian and European scholars covering the development of Confucianism in Japan between the mid 19th century and the 21st century.

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New Book: Kwon, Confucian Sentimental Representation 

Book title: Confucian Sentimental Representation
Kwon conceptualizes a unique mode of political representation in East Asian society, which derives its moral foundation from Confucian virtue politics. Contemporary East Asian societies understand democracy differently than Western societies do. Even citizens in consolidated democracies such as Taiwan and South Korea have different conceptions of an ideal relationship between a political leader and ordinary citizens, as well as a political leader’s accountability and political legitimacy. A political leader’s proper conduct, including his/her everyday languages, behaviors, and expressions when facing citizens’ sorrow, anger, and resentment, plays a crucial role in evaluating whether his/her has political legitimacy in East Asian society. Kwon analyses how this ‘affective accountability’ forms the basis for political representation in these societies and examines how this can be reconciled with liberal democracy.
Kyung Rok Kwon is a postdoctoral fellow of Research Center for Humanities and Social Sciences at Academia Sinica (Taiwan).

Defoort & van Els, Confucius spreekt (Confucius Speaks)

Carine Defoort and Paul van Els have published Confucius spreekt (Confucius Speaks). Antwerp: Pelckmans, 2021. Paul writes:

While the book is written in Dutch, perhaps the Warp, Weft, and Way community might like to be kept abreast of relevant developments outside the English-speaking world? In any case, I made a quick English translation of the book-page on my website.