The Berggruen Institute and Peking University have announced a new hub for research and dialogue on global transformations affecting humanity; see here.
The Visiting Programs organized by the Research Centre for Chinese Philosophy and Culture, Department of Philosophy, The Chinese University of Hong Kong are open for application.
In order to promote exchanges with scholars from around the world, the Research Centre for Chinese Philosophy and Culture has established several exchange programs to provide financial assistance for visiting scholars to conduct research and participate in academic activities organized by the Centre.
The ISCWP plans to sponsor one or two panels at the 2019 APA Central Meeting, which will take place in Denver, February 20-February 23, 2019. Continue reading “CFP: ISCWP at 2019 APA Central”
Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews
Hans-Georg Moeller and Paul J. D’Ambrosio, Genuine Pretending: On the Philosophy of the Zhuangzi, Columbia University Press, 2017, 221 pp., $35.00, ISBN 9780231183994.
Reviewed by Susan Blake, Bard College
“A romp through ‘the vast wilds of open nowhere'” — Roger Ebert
“Better than any existing work on humor” — Aristotle
“Nothing more than a success” — Guy Smiley
“A demonstration of nothing . . . in a technical sense” — Ford Prefect
“A tour de force through the ‘homeland of non-even-anything'” — Steven Colbert
This book presents a novel reading of the Zhuangzi that illuminates its humor and presents it as responding to philosophical concerns of its day. To the extent that these philosophical concerns are also those of the present day — the search for a sane and healthy response to the impossible demands of sincerity — we can, through the discussion here, gain an understanding of an alternative to the unsatisfying ethical approaches of both sincerity and authenticity. The book is impressive in bringing together diverse passages in this difficult text under one interpretation.
The summer issue of the Journal of World Philosophies (3:1) has several articles on Chinese Philosophy (see here and below).
2 PhD Positions on New Confucianism
The Institute for European Global Studies at the University of Basel invites applications for two PhD positions starting on February 1, 2019. They are part of the research project “The Exterior of Philosophy: On the Practice of New Confucianism” funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNF). The candidates will complement the research team of Prof. Dr. Ralph Weber and Philippe Major, Ph.D. The research project studies New Confucian philosophy by deploying a sociological perspective for philosophical aims. Existing scholarship has often chosen an approach that is either historical, as in the genre of intellectual history, or philosophical, tuned towards showing the contemporary philosophical relevance of New Confucianism. The current project builds on recent studies that add to these established approaches by offering sociological perspectives on New Confucianism. The project hence breaks new ground in terms of its disciplinary approach beyond the specific context of New Confucianism. Drawing on work done in sociology, the research project explores the possibilities of a sociology of philosophy approached as a philosophical sub-discipline. For more information, see here.
Asian Philosophy vol. 28 no. 2 (2018)
Deadlines are upcoming for two APA grant opportunities possibly relevant to readers…
June 30 — Application deadline for Small Grant and Diversity & Inclusiveness funding
Each year, the APA’s small grant fund, financed by the Eastern Division, makes up to $25,000 in grants of normally no more than $5,000 each. The board of officers considers applications for these grants each year at its fall meeting in November. See past projects supported by the small grant fund.
In keeping with its mission and goals and the association’s longstanding commitment to addressing philosophy’s serious lack of demographic diversity, the APA board of officers has committed up to $20,000 in the 2018–2019 academic year to fund initiatives focused on this important issue.
PhD scholarship in Chinese-Western Comparative Philosophy: Comparative Epistemology. AUD$50,000 per year over 4 years plus fee waiver
PhD scholarship in Chinese-Western Comparative Philosophy
University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia
We invite applications from prospective PhD students to work on the research topic below. The scholarship will run over 4 years, and the following will be provided:
– Tuition fee waiver
– AUD$40,000 p.a. stipend (tax-free)
– Up to AUD$10,000 p.a. career development funds
PhD Research Project Title
Epistemology enlarged: knowledge as practice in Chinese and Western philosophy
Three significant articles, all open access, on contemporary Chinese political thinking.
“Research dialogues on the intellectual public sphere in China (Part I),” Guest edited by Timothy Cheek, David Ownby, and Joshua Fogel. China Information Volume 32, Issue 1, March 2018
First Published March 14, 2018; pp. 107–120
First Published January 2, 2018; pp. 121–138
First Published March 14, 2018; pp. 139–159
The APA awards a prize for “Excellence and Innovation in Philosophy Programs.” It seems to me that a department that has gone out of its way to diversify the philosophical traditions it teaches and on which its members do research would be worthy of such a prize, though so far this has not happened (see the list below). Any suggestions of a program worthy of nomination?
The American Philosophical Association (APA) and the Philosophy Documentation Center (PDC) invite nominations for the 2018 Prize for Excellence and Innovation in Philosophy Programs. The deadline to submit nominations is June 30.
Oxford has published Sungmoon Kim, Democracy after Virtue: Toward Pragmatic Confucian Democracy. This is the inaugural volume in the Studies in Comparative Political Theory series.
SUNY has published Martin W. Huang, Intimate Memory: Gender and Mourning in Late Imperial China.
In the first study of its kind about the role played by intimate memory in the mourning literature of late imperial China, Martin W. Huang focuses on the question of how men mourned and wrote about women to whom they were closely related. Drawing upon memoirs, epitaphs, biographies, litanies, and elegiac poems, Huang explores issues such as how intimacy shaped the ways in which bereaved male authors conceived of womanhood and how such conceptualizations were inevitably also acts of self-reflection about themselves as men. Their memorial writings reveal complicated self-images as husbands, brothers, sons, and educated Confucian males, while their representations of women are much more complex and diverse than the representations we find in more public genres such as Confucian female exemplar biographies.
A call has been issued for books to be submitted for consideration for an ICAS (International Convention of Asia Scholars) book prize.
Books in Chinese, English, French, German, and Korean will be considered. For details see https://icas.asia/en/icas-book-prize-rules-and-regulations.
Call for Papers and Abstracts: ACPA at 2019 Eastern APA (New York, Jan 7 – 10, 2019)
Submission deadline: June 10, 2018
Association of Chinese Philosophers in America (ACPA) group session at the 2019 Eastern Division Meeting of the American Philosophical Association (APA).
January 7 – 10 (Monday to Thursday) (2019) Sheraton New York Times Square New York, NY.
Description: We welcome scholars to submit proposals for individual papers to be considered for inclusion on a single ACPA group session at the 2019 APA Eastern Division Meeting. (Please note: because of the limited availability of ACPA session in Eastern APAs, we are only considering proposals for individual paper presentations for Eastern APA 2019, not proposals for a complete panel.)