East China Normal University (ECNU) in Shanghai is looking for a two-year post-doc in ancient Chinese art theory and classic Chinese aesthetics. Applicants must have PhD in related areas. Stipend is 75,000 RMB for one year and 150,000 RMB for two years. Please send application materials to Professor Zhu Zhirong (firstname.lastname@example.org) at the Department of Chinese Language and Literature of ECNU.
5th INTERNATIONAL STCS CONFERENCE:
FROM HEGEL TO MAO AND BEYOND — The Long March of Sinicizing Marxism
organized by the Department of Asian Studies at the Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana
Date: April 20-22, 2018
Venue: Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana, Ljubljana
Call For Papers and further information are available here (abstracts due by November 25, 2017).
Authority versus Authenticity: 12th International Conference on Daoist Studies
Beijing Normal University, Beijing, 1-4 June, 2018
[PENDING APPROVAL BY THE MINISTRY OF EDUCATION (expected by December)]
This year’s theme is the relationship of inner truth in contrast (and conflict) with outer circumstances, an issue that pervades Daoist history and culture, since Daoists highly value naturalness and integrity that often crosses or even runs in opposition to mainstream values, notions, and practices—both without and within the religion itself.
Volume 3 of the Journal of Chinese Humanities has been published. Among other things, it contains an interesting discussion of the trend toward “indigenization” in Chinese humanities, and the connection of this to Confucianism, by Wang Xuedian; and a review by Joshua Mason of Huang Yushun’s English-language book, Voice from the East: The Chinese Theory of Justice (translated by Hou Pingping and Wang Keyou; Reading, UK: Paths International, 2016). The Table of Contents is here.
I am happy to announce that Stephen Grimm (Fordham), Meghan Sullivan (Notre Dame), and I have received a grant from the NEH to run a 2-week Summer Institute in July 2018 called “Reviving Philosophy as a Way of Life.” We will be drawing on Confucian and Buddhist traditions, among others. Some more details are here; I will announce here at Warp, Weft, and Way when applications open, later in the fall, in case anyone is interested.
Interestingly, if Justin at Daily Nous is correct, then the only two NEH Summer Seminars or Institutes awarded to philosophers both have significant non-Western components (the other one is “Self-Knowledge in Eastern and Western Philosophies Project” directed by Christian Coseru and colleagues).
Russell Arben Fox has posted an engaging set of comments provoked by Leigh Jenco’s book Changing Referents: Learning Across Space and Time in China and the West (Oxford, 2015), based on comments Fox delivered at a conference in Singapore. Highly recommended!
The latest issue of the free, open-access journal Comparative Philosophy is available here and below. It features a special section on “Comparative Chinese-Western Epistemology.”
The XXIV World Congress of Philosophy will take place in Beijing next year (August 13-20, 2018). This should be an occasion to highlight all aspects of Chinese philosophy. For more information on sections, topics, deadlines, etc., see here. All proposals are welcome!
[NOTE: Please contact the organizers on the linked website with any questions or requests. Posting a question about the World Congress in the comments section here on our website may not be very useful.]
Volume 12, Issue 2 of Frontiers of Philosophy in China, as special issue on environmental ethics, has been published. The Table of Contents is here and below; note that the content is currently freely available for download. Continue reading “Latest issue of Frontiers of Philosophy in China”
University of Hawaii Press will soon publish the fascinating-looking Behaving Badly in Early and Medieval China, edited by Harry Rothschild and Leslie V. Wallace. More info here and below.
Call for Papers: Creating a Philosophy for the Future
Philosophy and Religious Studies Programme, University of Macau
16th-18th November 2017
Blomsbury Academic has published Geoffrey Redmond’s The I Ching (Book of Changes): A Critical Translation of the Ancient Text; see here.
The INSTITUT RICCI, CENTRE D’ETUDES CHINOISES, provides access to a significant number of French-language translations of recent Chinese-language essays on Chinese philosophy, Chinese thought, and related subjects. It’s a great resource! See here.
Eirik Harris (CityU Hong Kong) and Henry Schneider (CityU Seattle) launched a project called “Adventures in Chinese Realism”. It has a twofold aim. First, it is about re-discovering the Classics of Chinese Realism, for example Han Fei, Shen Dao, Guanzi, etc. Second, it is about applying Chinese Realim to actual issues in political philosophy (at large), for example, assessing Confucian revivalism, dealing with so-called corporate ethics, recasting checks and balances, etc.
So far, two panels were organized and held. The first during the APA Pacific session in 2017 and the second at the ISCP conference in 2017. So far, Gordon Mower, PC Lo, Jeremy Huang, Wilson Lee, and Eirik Harris presented their work. These activities shall continue in the future. Once there is enough material of high quality, an edited book becomes an option.
Call for papers / interest: Graduate students and faculty are cordially invited to submit any abstracts / papers for inclusion under this project. Near-term goal is to put together a panel for the APA Pacific conference in 2018.
Eirik Harris: email@example.com
Henry Schneider: firstname.lastname@example.org
A new issue of the Journal of Chinese Philosophy has been published: a special issue devoted to “Time, Space, and Mind: Roots of Humanity.” See here; and the Table of Contents follows.
I am saddened to share the news of Professor de Bary’s passing. He was an inspiration to generations of students of Chinese thought. I knew him as a gracious and persistent interlocutor at the Columbia Neo-Confucianism Seminar that he continued to attend, as he continued to teach. His influence on our understanding of Neo-Confucianism throughout East Asia was enormous, and his early fascination with Huang Zongxi seems as relevant today as ever.
There is an obituary here; it begins: Wm. Theodore de Bary, acclaimed scholar of East Asian thought and a leader in the development of Asian Studies in the United States, died peacefully in his home, Hotokudo, in Tappan, New York, on July 14, 2017. John Mitchell Mason Professor Emeritus and Provost Emeritus of Columbia University at the time of his death, de Bary continued to teach after his formal retirement in 1989. Although weakened by a heart condition, he completed grading the papers for his last course in May, 2017….
See below for information on submitting papers to the ISCP panels planned for the Central APA and the 2018 World Congress of Philosophy.
The Society for the Study of Early China’s 6th Annual Conference
Thursday, 22 March 2018
Washington Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, Washington, D.C.
The Society for the Study of Early China is pleased to announce its Sixth annual conference, which will take place at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, D.C. on Thursday, 22 March 2018. Like previous meetings, this one will take place in conjunction with the Association for Asian Studies’ Annual Conference. Registration for the AAS event is not required to attend the SSEC meeting.
The journal International Communication of Chinese Culture is worth looking at; its latest issues contain many articles related to Chinese philosophy. Of particular interest to me (in light of my essay on Tian) is Ben Huff’s essay, “Servants of Heaven: the place of virtue in the Confucian cosmos.” I’ll paste the abstract of Ben’s essay after the break.
Here is a report on the opening of the 20th ISCP conference in Singapore: http://www.iscp-online.org/ Wish I was there!
For anyone who might be interested, I have added some new works-in-progress to my on-line archive site, including the pre-copyedit version of “Tian as Cosmos in Zhu Xi’s Neo-Confucianism.” Comments are always welcome. Below, I include the abstract to the Tian essay, as well as two paragraphs discussing standards for translation.
This report discusses an unearthed text thought to be the lost Qi Analects (《齐论语》).
Oxford University Press has published Constance A. Cook and Zhao Lu, Stalk Divination: A Newly Discovered Alternative to the I Ching. More information is here and below. Continue reading “New Book: Stalk Divination”
Several friends have written me to share the sad news of Henry Rosemont’s passing. There is a brief remembrance here; please share any other thoughts or links. Henry was a wonderful, passionate soul who will be greatly missed.
The University of Macau has posted an advertisement for a specialist in Chinese philosophy and religious traditions (open rank). Review of applications will begin on 21 August 2017. More information is here.
. . . is starting tomorrow at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore! Program may be found here.
An interesting use of a Chinese concept that has been much-discussed in Chinese philosophy and IR circles, tianxia, whatever one makes of the argument itself: Salvatore Babones, “American Tianxia” in Foreign Affairs.
The New Book Network has an interview with Bongrae Seok concerning his new book, Moral Psychology of Confucian Shame: Shame of Shamelessness (Rowman & Littlefield, 2017). Enjoy!
There are many images and metaphors that might serve as cores of conceptions of something for which one could use the English word “role.” One way to look for some is to look at words from other languages. I’ll look here at two, one from Greek and one from old Chinese.
Wiley has published JeeLoo Liu, Neo-Confucianism: Metaphysics, Mind, and Morality. Details are here, and follow below. Congratulations, JeeLoo!
Please contact Daniel Fried if you are interested in joining the panel he is proposing. Details follow.
Brill has published Martin Kern and Dirk Meyer, eds., Origins of Chinese Political Philosophy: Studies in the Composition and Thought of the Shangshu (Classic of Documents). Details are here.
CALL FOR PAPERS – Tetsugaku Vol. 2, 2018
*Special theme: Philosophy and translation*
*Submission Deadline*: 30 September 2017
Tetsugaku, the International e-Journal of the Philosophical Association of Japan, calls for papers for the special issue, “Philosophy and translation” (Vol. 2, 2018), edited by Naoko Saito.
Some of you may remember that Hagop Sarkissian and I announced a while back a plan to acknowledge top papers on Chinese philosophy (journal articles and anthology chapters) via something we called the WWWOPY (Warp, Weft, and Way Outstanding Papers of the Year). Following the announced procedure, we wrote to a wide range of research-active colleagues (both junior and senior, and of various methodological and theoretical backgrounds) to solicit nominations. However, we received zero replies with nominations. So we are re-thinking our idea.
We subsequently wrote again to the same set of twenty-four colleagues, telling them what happened and asking (1) whether they thought this was a good idea, and (2) whether they had suggestions to make it work better. This time almost everyone replied, but there was little consensus. In reflecting on all the feedback, we did conclude that especially in a growing field with an increasing number of new voices, finding a way to call attention to particularly valuable, recent, article-length work still seems like a good idea. Many people told us that they did not keep regular tabs on this kind of new work, only digging in when they began a new project. But this means that too many people may be missing ideas that should prompt new or different kinds of research projects in the first place, among other consequences.
However we are a bit stymied about how to proceed, and so decided to open this topic up for general discussion. It is hard to find an approach that seems likely to be both useful and practical. Please share your thoughts!
The widely-read ethics blog PEA Soup hosts regular discussions of recently published books (or more precisely, books recently reviewed for Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews, which are themselves recently published). The featured book this time around is Owen Flanagan’s The Geography of Morals, a philosophical call to arms against parochialism in ethics that engages at length with Chinese philosophy. Check it out!
There is a very nice interview with David Wong at 3am; check it out!
Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews
Philip J. Ivanhoe, Three Streams: Confucian Reflections on Learning and the Moral Heart-Mind in China, Korea, and Japan, Oxford University Press, 2016, 250pp., $74.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780190492014.
Reviewed by Hui Chieh Loy, National University of Singapore
Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews
Sungmoon Kim, Public Reason Confucianism: Democratic Perfectionism and Constitutionalism in East Asia, Cambridge University Press, 2016, 276pp., $99.99 (hbk), ISBN 9781107106222.
Reviewed by Sam Crane, Williams College
Oxford has published a revised and expanded edition of Antony Black, A World History of Political Thought: Its Significance and Consequences. (It actually came out at the very end of 2016.) The volume is notable for taking various traditions that are often called “non-Western” completely seriously, and for its balanced, comparative observations. See more here or below.
SUNY has published Eva Kit Wah Man, Bodies in China: Philosophy, Aesthetics, Gender, and Politics. More information is here or below.
SUNY has published Christopher C. Rand, Military Thought in Early China. See here or below for more.
Mercedes Valmisa asked me to post the below information about her recently defended dissertation; congratulations, Mercedes! Her dissertation is available for download through ProQuest and Academia.edu, and anyone who is interested can also contact her to get a copy (email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org).
Changing Along with the World: Adaptive Agency in Early China
Dissertation Adviser: Willard Peterson
Committee: Martin Kern, Melissa Lane, Franklin Perkins
One of the major philosophical problems in Early China was the relationship between the person and the world, and in particular, how to act in relation to the world. This dissertation addresses the problem of agency in Early China, and pursues three main guiding questions: how to act efficaciously in different situations, how to cope with uncertainty and unpredictability in ordinary life, and how to achieve control and freedom.
CALL FOR PAPER AND PANEL PROPOSALS
2018 Eastern Division Meeting of the American Philosophical Association
January 3-6th, 2018. Savannah Convention Center, Savannah, GA.
Submission deadline: June 16th, 2017
Society for Asian and Comparative Philosophy (SACP) group sessions at the 2018 Eastern Division Meeting of the American Philosophical Association (APA).
SUNY has just published Nicholas S. Brasovan’s Neo-Confucian Ecological Humanism: An Interpretive Engagement with Wang Fuzhi. Details are here, and pasted below. Congratulations!
Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews
Owen Flanagan, The Geography of Morals: Varieties of Moral Possibility, Oxford University Press, 2017, 362pp., $40.00 (hbk), ISBN9780190212155.
Reviewed by Regina Rini, New York University
In this comment to a recent post, Bill Haines expressed frustration concerning how best to cite passages from texts like Mozi or Li Ji, and wondered if the readers of Warp, Weft, and Way might be able to uncover and then publicize some best practices. We have had some brief discussion of citing Ctext.org here, but a more general discussion would be great. Please share your thoughts!
Yong HUANG asked me to post the following here; please post comments/replies here, addressed to him.
Inspired by a similar project that Steve Angle did a few years ago (on which see here, for the original plan, and here, for the outcome), I plan to offer a graduate level course on recent studies of Chinese philosophy in the English speaking world this fall. To have a better focus, I tentatively plan to limit it to Confucian political philosophy. At the end of the semester, each student will be required to write a substantive critical essay on the book he or she chooses to write. I’ll invite those students of high quality papers to do revision until I deem them publishable. Then I’ll invite authors of the books discussed to make responses to these papers. I’ll then seek a publisher to publish these papers, together with authors’ responses, tentatively with the title: Confucian Political Philosophy: The State of the Field.
After a quick search at Amazon, I’ve got the following list of books more or less explicitly devoted to Confucian political philosophy (I don’t include the edited volumes). Here I solicit your help to see whether I’ve missed some other books on Confucian political philosophy published in English since, say, the year of 2000. I’ll be also grateful, of course, if you guys have any other suggestions regarding what I plan to do in this course.
Graham Priest will be speaking at CUHK on June 5 and 14; details here.
Amy Olberding’s “The Moral Gravity of Mere Trifles” at LSE’s The Forum. She begins:
“Some of the most heated critiques of etiquette emphasize a tension between progressive political values and conformity to polite norms. Insistence on polite rules of interaction may, so the worry goes, stifle righteous dissent, suppress critique of the powerful, and mire us all in hidebound tradition. Better to forcefully call out injustice when we see it than abide by polite rules that sacrifice moral progress to surface social accord. In these critiques, etiquette can seem an enemy of salutary change and a barrier to justice. This reasoning, the early Confucians would argue, misses much about how etiquette works and what it contributes to moral life….”
Florida International University, Miami and the Elling Eide Center, Sarasota (FL) will jointly host the 21st annual Southeast Early China Roundtable (SEECR), October 27-29, 2017.
Call for Papers and Abstracts: ACPA at 2018 Eastern APA
Submission deadline: June 9, 2017
Association of Chinese Philosophers in America (ACPA) group session at the 2018 Eastern Division Meeting of the American Philosophical Association (APA).
January 3 – 6, 2018 at the Savannah Convention Center, Savannah, GA.
Description: We now welcome scholars to submit proposals for individual papers to be considered for inclusion on a single ACPA group session at the 2018 APA Eastern Division Meeting. (Please note: We are only considering proposals for individual paper presentations for Eastern APA 2018, not proposals for a complete panel.)
We are open to submissions that engage with Chinese philosophy in a wide variety of ways and we are not specifying a theme for the group session prior to receiving proposals. However, for the 2018 Eastern APA, the ACPA board particularly welcomes proposals for individual papers that engage in some way with the work of our late colleague Professor Jiyuan Yu (1964 – 2016), who passed away on November 3, 2016.
The ISCWP plans to sponsor one or two panels at the 2017 APA Eastern Division meeting (which will take place in January 3-6, 2018 in Savannah, Georgia, USA).
Please send all submissions Send abstracts and proposals to: email@example.com by Sunday, June 4, 2017.
Our Goal: We would like to encourage submissions of proposals of individual papers and panels. We welcome any papers or panels that promote in-depth engagement between Chinese and Western philosophy. The submissions will be reviewed by all the three members of the board. When we select papers, we normally try to find papers that have common theme to form a panel. You may have a better chance to be accepted if you submit a panel proposal which already has a common theme.
We especially encourage you to submit paper or panel proposals that explore the connections between Continental philosophy and Chinese philosophy. A possible panel on the teaching of Chinese and comparative philosophy is under consideration.
The latest issue of Dao is now available (16:2, June 2017) . The Table of Contents follows.
Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews
Sor-hoon Tan (ed.), The Bloomsbury Research Handbook of Chinese Philosophy Methodologies, Bloomsbury, 2016, 375pp., $176.00 (hbk), ISBN 9781472580313.
Reviewed by Eric L. Hutton, University of Utah
This 18-chapter anthology is potentially of interest to at least three distinct audiences: philosophers and other scholars whose primary focus is not Chinese philosophy, undergraduate and graduate students who aspire to become specialists in Chinese philosophy, and scholars who are already established specialists in Chinese philosophy. My review will be organized around what the volume offers and how well it serves each of these potential audiences.
A team based at the University of Oklahoma have just announced a splendid new website devoted to teaching “deviant philosophy.” It is made up of Primers, Units and Lessons, and Exercises and Activities, all designed to be incorporated into existing courses or to spur the creation of new ones. The editors are also very interested in new content, so please contribute! Their discussion of the meaning of “deviant philosophy” helps to make clear the scope of the project:
The latest issue of the Journal of Confucian Philosophy and Culture, published by Sungkyunkwan University in Seoul (Vol. 27 / February 2017), is — like all issues of the journal — is available on line here. The list of articles is also below. Enjoy!
Thor Harris and I have received several good abstracts for next year’s meeting of the Bay Area Conference on Chinese Thought (BACCT), but we could use a few more to round out the group. Please note that BACCT is meant for presenting works in progress as well as finished papers. Scholars working on Chinese thought from any disciplinary approach are welcome. And student presentations are also welcome, so please notify your grad students.
The conference will be held at the University of California Davis on October 14-15, 2017. Those interested in participating should submit an abstract of no more than one single-spaced page, along with a CV, in Word or PDF format. Please email these to Justin Tiwald <firstname.lastname@example.org> and Thor Harris <email@example.com> with the subject line “BACCT Submission.” The deadline for submissions has been extended to May 30, 2017.
Julie Lee Wei’s “Translator’s Preface to the English Translation of Mou Zongsan’s Nineteen Lectures on Chinese Philosophy” has been published as Sino-Platonic Papers 268; see here.
Faculty Seminar with Joseph Chan – “Democratic Equality and Confucian Hierarchy”
The Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard will be hosting a seminar with Joseph Chan, who will present his paper, “Democratic Equality and Confucian Hierarchy.” Archon Fung will be the discussant. This event is co-sponsored with the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation.
DATE & TIME: Tuesday, May 23 3:00-5:00pm
LOCATION: Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics
More information here.