Daniel A. Bell (贝淡宁) and Wang Pei (汪沛)’s new book Just Hierarchy: Why Social Hierarchies Matter in China and the Rest of the World will be officially published by Princeton University Press in March but advance copies have arrived in the warehouse and the book can be ordered on the PUP website. Please enter discount code C285 for 30% off. The discount expires June 30, 2020. For more information from the press, read on.
Philip J. Ivanhoe’s article, “How Confucius loses face in China’s new surveillance regime” has been published at Aeon. For the full article, click the URL below:
Paul D’Ambrosio in Los Angeles Review of Books on the Proliferation of Profilicity: https://lareviewofbooks.org/article/the-proliferation-of-profilicity/
The Chinese-language “Confucian Web” (儒家网) has announced its top 10 books of 2019, in both Academic and General categories. Read on for the lists and short descriptions!
Bai Tongdong writes with information about his new book — congratulations!
My new book, Against Political Equality—The Confucian Case was just published by Princeton University Press. In this book, I offer a viable political alternative to liberal democracy that is inspired by Confucian ideas. In domestic governance, I argue that Confucianism can embrace the liberal aspects of democracy along with the democratic ideas of equal opportunities and governmental accountability to the people. But Confucianism would give more political decision-making power to those with the moral, practical, and intellectual capacities of caring for the people. While most democratic thinkers still focus on strengthening equality to cure the ills of democracy, the proposed hybrid regime—made up of Confucian-inspired meritocratic elements with democratic elements and a quasiliberal system of laws and rights—recognizes that egalitarian elements are sometimes in conflict with good governance and the protection of liberties, and defends liberal aspects by restricting democratic ones. I apply these views to the international realm by supporting a hierarchical order, the “Confucian New Tian Xia Order,” based on how humane each state is toward its own and other peoples, and the principle of international interventions under this order whereby humane responsibilities override sovereignty.
PUP’s official link: https://press.princeton.edu/books/hardcover/9780691195995/against-political-equality
(Enter discount code BAI1 on the PUP website to get 30% off, through June 30, 2020. *Shipping charges and local import fees apply*)
NYU Shanghai’s Global China Studies program and Humanities program are hiring humanities-focused scholars specializing in the study of China for a one-year appointment to help cover curricular needs resulting from the research leaves of our standing faculty. Disciplinary specialization could include, but is not limited to, Chinese or Sinophone literature, cultural geography, cultural anthropology, urban studies, gender studies, and/or history. The person hired for this position would be responsible for teaching the NYUSH course titled “The Concept of China,” an introductory interdisciplinary class that examines China as an analytical category as it has been constructed over time in its various geopolitical, cultural, social, linguistic, and literary dimensions.
The Berggruen Institute seeks to encourage a deeper understanding of the great political, economic, social, and cultural transformations that are reshaping the human condition, in order to better inform practical responses. It organizes and supports inquiries that bring multicultural and interdisciplinary knowledge to questions of governance, of philosophy and culture, and of global restructuring including especially the role of China. To this end, USC Dornsife Center on Science, Technology and Public Life (CSTPL) and the Berggruen Institute (BI) will sponsor up to ten (10) fellowships at the University of Southern California for the academic year 2020-21.
Keith Knapp has published “Confucian Learning and Influence,” a chapter in volume 2 of the Cambridge History of China, has been published. The chapter makes the argument that Confucianism was much more important during this period than previously thought. The Amazon link is here.
The Philosophy Department of the Chinese University of Hong Kong is calling for applications for its Ph.D. programs that start from Fall 2020. The CUHK has a world-renown program in philosophy, equally strong in Chinese philosophy, analytic philosophy, and Continental philosophy. In the QS Subject Rankings in the most recent three years, it is ranked as the best philosophy program in Asia (it was ranked at the 30th, 34th, and 28th world-wide respectively in the last three years).