Category Archives: Chinese philosophy – 中國哲學 – 中国哲学

New Book: Bai, Against Political Equality—The Confucian Case

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*)

Amazon’s page:

https://www.amazon.com/Against-Political-Equality-Confucian-Princeton-China/dp/0691195994/

Some newish journal articles

As I have mentioned before, I am happy to post information about articles relevant to Chinese and/or comparative philosophy that are published in journals other than those whose Tables of Contents we try to routinely post. Please just send the information to me! In that spirit:

In the summer 2019 issue of The Review of Politics, three relevant items:

  • Zhuoyao Li, “Political Confucianism and Multivariate Democracy in East Asia” (see here)
  • Sungmoon Kim, “Reasonable Pluralism and Pragmatic Confucian Democracy: Reply to Li” (see here)
  • Zhuoyao Li, “Between Confucianism and Democracy: A Response to Sungmoon Kim” (see here)

And in New German Critique:

  • Paul J. D’Ambrosio and Hans-Georg Moeller, “From Authenticity to Profilicity: A Critical Response to Roberto Simanowski and Others” (see here)
  • Roberto Simanowski, “On Self-Construction in Social Media: A Response to D’Ambrosio and Moeller” (see here)

Job at Huaqiao University

The School of Philosophy and Social Development at Huaqiao University, Xiamen, China, invites applications for a position in philosophy. The position is a mid-to-long term teaching and research position, which means one should work at Huaqiao University for two full semesters (each semester lasts for 20 weeks) a year. The contract will be renewed annually or open-ended. Candidates who have some Chinese language ability will be preferred. 

AOS: Asian Philosophy, esp. Chinese Philosophy, Comparative Philosophy

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One-Year Job at NYU-Shanghai

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.

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ACPA Election Results

After the conclusion of the ACPA election, Professor Bongrae Seok has announced that the new board of officers of the Association of Chinese Philosophers in America (ACPA) for 2020 and 2021 will be:

ACPA President (2020, 2012):
Dr. Suk Gabriel Choi
Professor of Philosophy
Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies
Towson University
Baltimore, Maryland, USA

ACPA Vice-President (2020, 2021):
Dr. Jing Hu
Assistant Professor of Philosophy
Department of Philosophy
Concordia University
Montreal, Canada

ACPA Secretary/Treasurer (2020, 2021):
Dr. Mercedes Valmisa
Assistant Professor of Philosophy
Gettysburg College
Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, USA

Congratulations to all!

ISCP Election Results

The chair of the ISCP election committee, Professor Karyn Lai, has made the following announcement:

On behalf of the ad hoc election committee of the ISCP, together with Professors Robert Neville and Li Chenyang, I am delighted to announce the outcome of the ISCP voting process for positions from January 2020 to December 2021.

For the position of President: Professor Yang Guorong, East China Normal University
For the position of Vice President: Professor Jeeloo Liu, California State University, Fullerton.

Congratulations to both!

CFP for chapters in a cross-cultural ethics textbook

The below message solicits papers for a cross-cultural textbook in ethics; please respond to Ms Rodriguez directly.

My name is Laura Rodriguez and I’m responsible for Marketing and Library Relations at Open Book Publishers., the leading Open Access publisher in the HSS in the UK. I’m contacting you further to the launch of a call for papers for What do we care about? A Cross-Cultural Textbook for Undergraduate Students of Philosophical Ethics because we believe it might be of interest for you and/or your peers.

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BAI Tongdong’s new book on Confucian alternatives to liberal democratic orders

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*)

 

Amazon’s page:

https://www.amazon.com/Against-Political-Equality-Confucian-Princeton-China/dp/0691195994/