Warp, Weft, and Way

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

CFP: NTNU Journal Special Issue on Overseas Study of Confucianism

The 師大學報 (Journal of National Taiwan Normal University) is seeking manuscripts on the topic of 域外漢學:以東亞與歐美的儒學/經學研究為核心 (Foreign Sinology: With a Focus on East Asian, North American, and European Confucian / Classical Studies Research) for an upcoming special issue. The deadline is April 15, for publication later this year. Details here.

March 17, 2017 Posted by | Call for Papers (CFP), Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Chinese Texts, Taiwan | no comments

Society for the Study of Early China Fifth Annual Conference

The Society for the Study of Early China Fifth Annual Conference Thursday, 16 March 2017

9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Location: Sheraton Centre Toronto, Leaside Room

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March 14, 2017 Posted by | China, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Chinese Texts, Conference | no comments

Grad Student Workshop on Texts and Commentaries

First Annual Graduate Student Workshop

“Canonical Texts and Commentaries”

International Center for the Study of Ancient Text Cultures

Renmin University of China

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March 4, 2017 Posted by | China, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Chinese Texts, Fellowships, Graduate study | no comments

Nouns, verbs, and ontological metaphors

This post (and the many substantive comments) on “Nouns, verbs, and ontological metaphors” may be of interest; it discusses literary Sinitic and Mandarin vs. English; Sinitic vs. Indo-European modes of expression; characters vs. words; Chinese philosophy; mass nouns.

January 8, 2017 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Chinese Texts, Comparative philosophy, Metaphysics | one comment

New Book: Van Auken, The Commentarial Transformation of the Spring and Autumn

SUNY Press has published Newell Ann Van Auken’s The Commentarial Transformation of the Spring and Autumn. More information here, and after the break.

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December 22, 2016 Posted by | Books of Interest, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Chinese Texts | no comments

Graduate Student Conference

Fourth Annual Stanford-Berkeley Graduate Student Conference on Premodern Chinese Humanities

A joint organizing committee of Stanford University and UC Berkeley faculty announces the Fourth Annual Stanford-Berkeley Graduate Student Conference on Premodern Chinese Humanities, to be held on Friday, April 21 and Saturday, April 22, 2017, at UC Berkeley. This national meeting of graduate students specializing in premodern Chinese studies aims to bring together young scholars from geographically distant institutions to present and discuss innovative research on China.

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November 4, 2016 Posted by | Call for Papers (CFP), China, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Chinese Texts, Graduate study | no comments

Harvard Yenching Library Chinese materials added to Ctext.org

Donald Sturgeon reports that thanks to the support of Harvard Yenching Library, over 5 million pages of scanned materials from the Yenching Library collection have been added to the Library section of the ctext.org site, including high quality images from the Chinese Rare Books Collection. See http://ctext.org/library.pl?if=en&collection=139. Approximate transcriptions created using the ctext.org OCR procedure have also been added to the Wiki, making these materials full-text searchable. In future he hopes to collaborate with other libraries to include materials from their Chinese language collections.

October 11, 2016 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Chinese Texts, Resources | no comments

Tang Center: Fellowships, etc.

The Tang Center for Early China, founded at Columbia University in 2015, is dedicated to the advancement of the understanding of the richness and importance of early Chinese civilization as a part of a broader common human heritage. It is committed to doing so through both solid scholarship and broad public outreach. It does this, in part, through programs supporting fellowships and conferences, as well as through publications. A useful overview of funding opportunities is here; and for the center’s website, see here.

August 31, 2016 Posted by | China, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Chinese Texts, Opportunities | no comments

Xing Wen argues that Beida Laozi is a Forgery

Wen XING of Dartmouth has published an essay arguing that the Peking University Laozi bamboo manuscript is a forgery. See here.

August 9, 2016 Posted by | China, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Chinese Texts | 6 comments

New Issue of FPC (11:2)

The latest issue of Frontiers of Philosophy in China has been published, with a special focus on the challenge that excavated texts pose to Chinese philosophical research today. Until the end of August, the full issue (full text) is available here to read or download. The full Table of Contents follows.

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August 9, 2016 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Chinese Texts, Comparative philosophy, Tables of Contents | no comments

CFP: Society for Early China

The Society for the Study of Early China is pleased to announce its Fifth Annual Conference, which will take place in Toronto on Thursday, 16 March 2017. Like our 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.

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August 3, 2016 Posted by | Call for Papers (CFP), China, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Chinese Texts | 2 comments

Citing ctext.org

A friendly reminder to be sure to cite ctext.org for those who utilize it.

ctext.org is an invaluable resource and asset to the field. It allows us all a free, quick, and easy way to look up texts we see cited, as well as the ability to look up concordance references. The field is tremendously better off with ctext. This is why it is very important to give the site and its creator/editor, Donald Sturgeon, formal credit in bibliographies, forewords, and footnotes, as per standard academic practice. I am moved to say this because I’ve lately become aware of works that look to be utilizing ctext.org, but fail to formally attribute it in bibliographic material. Instruction on how to cite ctext.org texts can be found here: http://ctext.org/faq/cite

July 29, 2016 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Chinese Texts | 6 comments

CFP: 2nd Conference on Middle Period Chinese Humanities

In 2014, the first “Conference on Middle Period Chinese Humanities” was convened at Harvard, gathering together scholars working on the period covering the Tang through the Ming dynasties in all fields. I had the good fortune to attend, and found it very stimulating — if somewhat short of philosophers. The second such conference has now been announced, to be held at Leiden University, September 14-17, 2017. Those interested in participating are asked to submit an abstract of 300 to 500 words (in English or Chinese) and a CV by October 1, 2016 to: middle.period17@hum.leidenuniv.nl. Those whose abstracts are accepted will be notified by December 1, 2016. For more information, see here.

July 13, 2016 Posted by | China, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Chinese Texts, Neo-Confucianism | no comments

New Book: Wang, Order in Early Chinese Excavated Texts

Palgrave MacMillan has published Wang Zhongjiang’s Order in Early Chinese Excavated Texts, translated by M. Tadd. More information here.

June 20, 2016 Posted by | Books of Interest, China, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Chinese Texts, Excavated Texts | one comment

The meaning of Analects 2.21

Someone said to Confucius, “Master, why don’t you engage in government?” The Master said, “The Book of Documents says, ‘Filial! But be filial, and a friend to your brothers, thus contributing to government.’ Why then do that other kind of ‘engaging in government’?”

或謂孔子曰:「子奚不為政?」子曰:「《》云:『孝乎惟孝、友于兄弟,施於有政。』是亦為政,奚其為為政?」

I’ll suppose for the sake of argument that the reported exchange is authentic, and argue that it is not significant evidence of Confucius’ views.  Confucius is not aiming to communicate his views here.

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May 27, 2016 Posted by | Analects, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Chinese Texts, Confucianism, Confucius, Filial piety, Politics, Roger Ames, Role Ethics | 7 comments

Is Analects 1.2 about family?

Here are some reasons to think that Youzi did not regard family as the root of humanity or of the Way.  (I used to think he did.)

Most of my argument focuses on defending a view held by Soothill, Leys, Chin, and maybe Lau and Slingerland: that by 弟 in Analects 1.2, Youzi meant elder-respect, a virtue commonly associated specifically with life outside the family.  It would follow that according to 1.2, only one of the two parts of the root of humanity is specifically a family virtue.  If 孝 and 弟 have something relevantly in common for Youzi, family isn’t it.

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May 16, 2016 Posted by | Analects, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Chinese Texts, Confucianism, Confucius, Education Models, Filial piety, Moral Psychology, Roger Ames, Role Ethics, Ruism, Self-Cultivation | 22 comments

Did Confucius think our virtues are contagious?

Did Confucius think that if one of us has general virtue, or some particular virtue such as courage or filial piety, that general or particular virtue will have a substantial tendency to spread directly to the people around her, even if she holds no government position?

Here I’ll survey Confucius’ statements in the Analects and conclude that the answer is No. Confucius probably did not hold that view.  (I gave the opposite reading in both my published papers on Chinese philosophy.)

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May 9, 2016 Posted by | Analects, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Chinese Texts, Confucianism, Confucius, Filial piety, Moral Psychology, Political Theory, Virtue | 23 comments

The Princeton Early Text Cultures Workshop

The Princeton Early Text Cultures Workshop will bring together 11 graduate students from the USA and the UK, specialists in Early China, Mesopotamia, Egypt, Ancient Rome and Greece, to discuss similarities and differences in the patterns of textual formation and textual practices in early civilizations. These patterns define the social role of texts, the composition of their audience, the repertoire of text types, and the paths towards the development of creative literature.

What: Graduate Workshop

When: April 16 and 17, 2016

Where: 202 Jones Hall, Princeton University

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February 22, 2016 Posted by | China, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Chinese Texts, Comparative philosophy, Conference | no comments

Doctoral student support for research in historiography

Attached here is a PDF with an open call for six doctoral student positions in a research project on narrative modes of classical, medieval and modern historiography in India, China, and Tibet. The project, which is funded by the European Research Council, is running at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan, Poland. The positions are in classical Indology, modern Indian studies, medieval Indo-Persian studies, medieval Tibetan Studies, classical-medieval Sinology, and modern Chinese studies. The three-year positions are tuition-free and come with a small stipend. The application deadline is March 31.

February 14, 2016 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Chinese Texts, Comparative philosophy, Graduate study, Opportunities | no comments

Teach Yourself Classical Chinese

I have recently become aware of Mark Edward Lewis’s on-line classical Chinese course. Looks valuable!

January 27, 2016 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Chinese Texts, Pedagogy | 2 comments

Update to MARKUS Chinese text analysis platform

Hilde De Weerdt writes: A belated new year present for all who work with classical Chinese texts.

The MARKUS platform has gone through a major update during the past few months. You can now create an account, upload content, add customized tags and comments and notes of different kinds, select which reference sites you want to display, convert Chinese to western dates, and, last but not least, import text directly from your ctext.org account. We have added new videos to show most of these features under “HowTo.” More will be added and Chinese translations of these will be added as well.

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January 14, 2016 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Chinese Texts, Resources | no comments

Shaughnessy on Excavated Texts at Wisconsin

Edward Shaughnessy (University of Chicago) who will be Halls-Bascom Visiting Fellow at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in early April 2016 will hold a Workshop on Recently Excavated Texts on 7 April 2016 from 2:30-4:30 p.m. (location on the UW Campus still to be arranged). Zhi Chen (Hong Kong Baptist University) will serve as discussant. It is hoped that scholars from other “neighboring universities” will consider joining the Workshop. Although we have no travel funds, there will be a light-dinner reception following the Workshop to allow the discussion to continue into the evening. For further information please contact Bill Nienhauser (whnienha@wisc.edu).

January 2, 2016 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Chinese Texts, Excavated Texts, Lecture | no comments

Translation of Gongyang Commentary

Palgrave Macmillan has published Harry Miller’s complete translation of The Gongyang Commentary on the Spring and Autumn Annals. It is available as hardcover or eBook. The publisher’s description follows; check out the website for preview access to some of the book.

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December 23, 2015 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Chinese Texts, Translation | no comments

Junior Research Fellow in Manuscript and Text Cultures

Queen’s College (Oxford) has recently announced a Junior Research Fellow in Manuscript and Text Cultures, and invites applications from graduates of any university for election to a three-year post-doctoral position as a Junior Research Fellow in Manuscript and Text Cultures, with a research specialism in knowledge-production and text-transmission in pre-modern literate societies. See here for more information.

December 20, 2015 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Chinese Texts, Fellowships | no comments

New Book: Jaeyoon Song, Traces of Grand Peace

Harvard University Press has published Jaeyoon Song’s important new book on Song dynasty political thought and the role of the classics (in particular, the Zhou Li) in shaping politics. Congratulations, Jaeyoon!

Jaeyoon Song, Traces of Grand Peace: Classics and State Activism in Imperial China (Harvard-Yenching Institute Monograph Series 98)

November 28, 2015 Posted by | Books of Interest, China, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Chinese Texts, Neo-Confucianism | no comments

New Book: Translation of Chunqiu Fanlu

A major new book is about to be released: the 704-page Luxuriant Gems of the Spring and Autumn (春秋繁露), attributed to Dong Zhongshu; edited and translated by Sarah A. Queen and John S. Major (Columbia University Press). This is a tremendous accomplishment, and should help to further open up post-classical philosophy to broader attention and analysis.

November 21, 2015 Posted by | Books of Interest, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Chinese Texts, Han Dynasty, Translation | no comments

New On-Line Collaborative Text/Translation Project

The Ten Thousand Rooms Project at Yale may well be of interest to readers. Funded by the Mellon Foundation and Yale, the project makes available sophisticated tools for on-line, collaborative projects to annotate and/or translate pre-modern Chinese texts. More information is at the project’s website.

November 10, 2015 Posted by | Chinese Texts, Opportunities, Sinology | no comments

2015 Early China ToC

Early China 38 (2015) is now in print. To subscribe to Early China and become a member of the Society go to http://journals.cambridge.org/action/memServHome?name=SSECHome.

EARLY CHINA 38 (2015)

TABLE OF CONTENTS

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November 4, 2015 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Chinese Texts, Tables of Contents | no comments

Translation of Xiong Shili

I am very pleased to announce the publication of John Makeham’s outstanding translation of Xiong Shili’s huge influential New Treatise on the Uniqueness of Consciousness 新唯識論. This is the first East Asia-related volume in Yale University Press’s World Thought in Translation series. Congratulations, John!

October 15, 2015 Posted by | Books of Interest, Buddhism, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Chinese Texts, Contemporary Confucianism, Translation | no comments

CFP: The Princeton Early Text Cultures Workshop

Call For Proposals: The Princeton Early Text Cultures Workshop

What: Graduate Workshop

When: April 16th 2016

Where: 202 Jones Hall, Princeton University

Organized by Mercedes Valmisa (mvalmisa@princeton.edu)

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October 15, 2015 Posted by | Call for Papers (CFP), Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Chinese Texts, Conference, Graduate study | no comments

Pleco and Classical Chinese

I know that many readers use the excellent Pleco dictionary on their smartphones, so you’ll be happy to know that Paul Kroll’s outstanding Student’s Dictionary of Classical and Medieval Chinese is now available as a Pleco ad-on.

October 15, 2015 Posted by | Chinese Texts | no comments

SEECR Deadline approaching

A note from Keith Knapp:

Dear Colleagues,

This is just a quick reminder that the deadline for sending in proposals for the Southeast Early China Roundtable annual meeting is fast approaching.  It is this Saturday, August 1.

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July 29, 2015 Posted by | Call for Papers (CFP), Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Chinese Texts | no comments

Major Update to Chinese Text Project

News from Donald Sturgeon, who has used optical character recognition to provide extraordinary searchable access to pre-modern Chinese texts online:

Chinese Text Project: over ten million pages of pre-modern Chinese texts now searchable online

A major update to the site has been made by applying OCR to over ten million pages of transmitted texts stored in the Library, linking scanned texts where possible to digital editions that follow them. Over 3000 existing texts have been successfully linked, allowing side-by-side display and textual searching of scanned texts.

Additionally, around ten thousand new texts and editions have also been transcribed for the first time using OCR. While these transcriptions inevitably contain many errors, they make it possible for the first time to search the scanned texts and immediately locate information within them. All newly transcribed texts have been added to the Wiki – please help by correcting errors when using these resources.

For further details, please see the OCR instructions.

March 26, 2015 Posted by | Chinese Texts, Databases, Resources | one comment