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

Gowans Reviews Fiordalis (ed.), Buddhist Spiritual Practices

Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews

2018.09.08 View this Review Online   View Other NDPR Reviews

David V. Fiordalis (ed.), Buddhist Spiritual Practices: Thinking with Pierre Hadot on Buddhism, Philosophy, and the Path, Mangalam, 2018, 328pp., $35.00 (pbk), ISBN 9780898001174.

Reviewed by Christopher W. Gowans, Fordham University

Pierre Hadot’s interpretation of ancient Greek and Roman philosophy in terms of “philosophy as a way of life” constituted by “spiritual exercises” has received considerable attention from scholars of the period as well as by persons who welcome his defense of a way of doing philosophy that is more practical than dominant academic approaches today. Though Hadot is not without his critics (for example, questions have been raised about the adequacy of his historical claims),[1] his approach also has been seen as a point of view for interpreting non-Western philosophies. This has been true especially of Buddhist philosophy. The present collection of essays, based on a 2015 conference, is a welcome addition to the increasing number of readings of Buddhist philosophy from the perspective of Hadot. I will briefly summarize the essays and then offer some suggestions in light of them on some ways in which Hadot may be beneficial for our understanding Buddhist philosophy.

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September 6, 2018 Posted by | Book Review, Buddhism, Comparative philosophy | no comments

Cokelet Reviews Bommarito, Inner Virtue

Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews

2018.07.10 View this Review Online   View Other NDPR Reviews

Nicolas Bommarito, Inner Virtue, Oxford University Press, 2017, 208pp., $55.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780190673383.

Reviewed by Bradford Cokelet, University of Kansas

This clear, engaging book proposes a manifest care account of inner virtue and vice — an account explaining when and why inner states such as pleasure, pain, envy, and gratitude make us better or worse people. As far as I know, this is the only contemporary book devoted to the topic of inner virtue, and Bommarito admirably establishes it as an important and interesting one. In addition, it is worth noting that this book will appeal to non-philosophic and even non-academic audiences; the engaging style and numerous entertaining examples will make it easy and fun for readers to think about various inner virtues and join the search for a general account.

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July 11, 2018 Posted by | Book Review, Buddhism, Comparative philosophy, Confucianism | one comment

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

Sheng Yen Postdoctoral Fellowship for Research on Chinese Buddhism

Please find here the call for applications for Sheng Yen Postdoctoral Fellowship for Research on Chinese Buddhism (2018) at the Centre for the Interdisciplinary Study of Buddhism (CEIB) in Paris. The deadline is June 30th.

June 19, 2018 Posted by | Buddhism, Opportunities | no comments

Lecture on Buddhist Perfectionism and Kantian Liberalism

THE COLUMBIA SOCIETY FOR COMPARATIVE PHILOSOPHY

Welcomes: David Cummiskey (Bates College)

With a Response From: Carol Rovane (Columbia University)

Please join on us at Columbia University’s Religion Department on FRIDAY, May 11th at 5:30 PM for his lecture entitled:

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May 1, 2018 Posted by | Buddhism, Comparative philosophy, Lecture | no comments

Lau Reviews Nelson, Chinese and Buddhist Philosophy in Early Twentieth-Century German Thought

Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews

2018.04.10 View this Review Online   View Other NDPR Reviews

Eric Nelson, Chinese and Buddhist Philosophy in Early Twentieth-Century German Thought, Bloomsbury, 2017, 344 pp., $114.00, ISBN 9781350002555.

Reviewed by Kwok-ying Lau, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

In our present age of globalization, more and more people identify themselves as global citizens. To them, intercultural experience seems evident. Yet intercultural encounter in philosophy is still not yet a widely shared experience. This is particularly true in the West, where teaching and research in philosophy are organized basically in the same institutional setting as a century ago in which non-Western philosophies can hardly find their place. Seen in this context, Eric Nelson’s book has the great merit of drawing our attention to the experiences of some great forerunners in intercultural philosophy in Weimar Germany from the end of World War I to the rise of National Socialism in 1933. Nelson’s book is not merely a work on some historical episodes of intercultural philosophy but also a work showing the how of intercultural philosophy in itself.

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April 12, 2018 Posted by | Book Review, Buddhism, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy | no comments

Call for Applications: Intensive Program in Buddhism

Call for Applications: An International and Intensive Program on Buddhism at Cambridge

August 20-September 10, 2018; Cambridge, United Kingdom

The Glorisun Global Network of Buddhist Studies at UBC, with the assistance from its partner at Cambridge and the Research Center for Buddhist Texts and Arts at Peking University, cordially invites applications for an intensive program on Buddhist Studies. Lasting for three weeks from August 20 to September 10, 2018, this program is composed of two segments: Segment 1 from August 20 to August 29 and Segment 2 from September 1 to September 10, which are connected by an intersegmental conference (detailed below).

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March 29, 2018 Posted by | Buddhism, Graduate study | no comments

European Journal of Japanese Philosophy

I recently became aware of the European Journal of Japanese Philosophy, an annual journal that has published in 2016 and 2017, and is now working on the 2018 issue. Check it out!

March 1, 2018 Posted by | Asian Philosophy, Buddhism, Comparative philosophy, Japanese philosophy, Journal News | no comments

NCCU Sheng Yen Postdoctoral Fellowship in Chinese Buddhist Philosophy

National Chengchi University, Philosophy
NCCU Sheng Yen Postdoctoral Fellowship in Chinese Buddhist Philosophy, 2018-2019

With the generous support of the Sheng Yen Educational Foundation, the Research Group in Buddhist Philosophy at the National Chengchi University (NCCU) is pleased to invite applications for a postdoctoral research fellowship. The term of the appointment is August 1, 2018, to July 31, 2019.

Website: http://thinker.nccu.edu.tw/app/news.php?Sn=1651

February 16, 2018 Posted by | Buddhism, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Opportunities, Taiwan | no comments

Woodenfish Humanistic Buddhist Monastic Life Program 2018

Woodenfish Humanistic Buddhist Monastic Life Program 2018

Dates: July 1st to July 28th, 2018

Applications for the 2018 Program are now open! Please help us by sharing with your students.

For more information: http://www.woodenfish.org/hbmlp2018

The objective of the program is to promote the understanding of Chinese Buddhism by exposing participants to the daily life, practice and theory of Buddhism within a traditional Buddhist monastic setting.

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January 31, 2018 Posted by | Buddhism, China, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Opportunities | no comments

Burik Reviews Nelson, Chinese and Buddhist philosophy in early twentieth-century German thought

Steven Burik’s review of Eric Nelson, Chinese and Buddhist philosophy in early twentieth-century German thought (Bloomsbury Academic, 2017), has been published in the new journal Global Intellectual History.

December 10, 2017 Posted by | Book Review, Buddhism, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy | no comments

Angle Reviews Eichman, Late Sixteenth-Century Chinese Buddhist Fellowship

My review of Jennifer Eichman’s outstanding A Late Sixteenth-Century Chinese Buddhist Fellowship: Spiritual Ambitions, Intellectual Debates, and Epistolary Connections (Leiden and Boston: Brill, 2016) has been published in Frontiers of Literary Studies in China. See here.

November 19, 2017 Posted by | Book Review, Buddhism, China, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学 | no comments

Makeham at Columbia Neo-Confucianism Seminar, 11/10

The next session of the Columbia University Seminar on Neo-Confucian Studies (University Seminar #567) will convene on Friday, November 10th, from 3:30 to 5:30pm, in the Heyman Center for the Humanities at Columbia University.

The speaker will be John Makeham, who will be presenting his paper entitled “The Buddhist Roots of Zhu Xi’s Philosophical Thought.” Please contact Zach Berge-Becker if you’d like a copy of the paper.

October 31, 2017 Posted by | Buddhism, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Lecture | no comments

CSCP Lecture: Davis on Attention, 10/6/17

THE COLUMBIA SOCIETY FOR COMPARATIVE PHILOSOPHY

Welcomes:

Jake Davis (New York University)

With a response from:

Katja Vogt (Columbia University)

Please join on us at Columbia University’s Religion Department on FRIDAY, OCTOBER 6th at 5:30 PM for his lecture entitled:

“Is There a Global Norm in Favor of Global Attentiveness?”

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September 25, 2017 Posted by | Buddhism, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Epistemology, Lecture | no comments

Priest on DDJ and MMK at CUHK

Graham Priest will be speaking at CUHK on June 5 and 14; details here.

May 29, 2017 Posted by | Buddhism, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Daodejing, Hong Kong | no comments

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