Warp, Weft, and Way

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

The Progressive Confucian Web

I’m happy to announce that a project I have been working on for some time has now reached a level of maturity that I feel comfortable sharing it publicly. Jinburuxue.com is a mainly Chinese-language website that aims to share Chinese versions of writings about progressive approaches to Confucianism. (Jinbu ruxue or 进步儒学 means progressive Confucianism.) Some of the material originally appeared in Chinese, and some of it was originally in English and has been translated specifically for this project. (All work appears with permission.) The site also has an English-language version, although the underlying essays and other materials are still in Chinese.

The contributors to this website have many differences, but share a common understanding of Confucianism as a living tradition, a still-developing tradition. In addition, we believe that as Confucianism develops in the contemporary world, it must be inclusive, supporting the ability of all people to improve ethically. In the essays and other materials collected on the site, we argue that the values of the Confucian tradition should be expressed in new ways in the 21st century. This is what the Book of Changes calls “changing with the times 与时偕行,” the Greater Learning calls “daily renewal 日新,” and the Analects calls “reviewing the old to know the new 温故而知新.” We call this contemporary, developing form of Confucianism “Progressive Confucianism.”

The site focuses on Chinese-language versions of our material because in the first instance, our goal is to have an impact on Chinese-language discussions of what Confucianism is and can be. Any thoughts on this project or suggestions for changes or future development are welcome!

September 20, 2018 Posted by | China, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Comparative Political Theory, Contemporary Confucianism | no comments

ToC: Asian Philosophy 28:3

The Table of Contents for the latest issue of Asian Philosophy is below, and see here.

Chen Bo, Two different approaches to philosophy a critical reflection on contemporary Chinese philosophy

Chaehyun Chong, Why is loving a thief not the same as loving all men for the Mohists?

Niklas Söderman, Critique of modernity in the philosophy of Nishitani Keiji

Ady Van den Stock, The curious incident of wisdom in the thought of Feng Qi (1915-1995): comparative philosophy, historical materialism, and metaphysics

Quan Wang, Pleasure principle and perfect happiness: morality in Jacques Lacan and Zhuangzi

Yingjin Xu, Iki and Contingency: A Reconstruction of Shuzo Kuki’s Early Aesthetic theory

September 20, 2018 Posted by | Asian Philosophy, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Tables of Contents | no comments

Piet Hut Lecture at Columbia

THE COLUMBIA SOCIETY FOR COMPARATIVE PHILOSOPHY

Welcomes:

Piet Hut (Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton)

Please join on us at Columbia University’s Faculty House [PLEASE NOTE LOCATION CHANGE] on FRIDAY, September 14th at 5:30 PM for his lecture entitled:

What Contains What? The Relationship Between Mind and World, in Science and in Contemplation

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September 6, 2018 Posted by | Comparative philosophy, Lecture | no comments

Gowans Reviews Fiordalis (ed.), Buddhist Spiritual Practices

Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews

2018.09.08 View this Review Online   View Other NDPR Reviews

David V. Fiordalis (ed.), Buddhist Spiritual Practices: Thinking with Pierre Hadot on Buddhism, Philosophy, and the Path, Mangalam, 2018, 328pp., $35.00 (pbk), ISBN 9780898001174.

Reviewed by Christopher W. Gowans, Fordham University

Pierre Hadot’s interpretation of ancient Greek and Roman philosophy in terms of “philosophy as a way of life” constituted by “spiritual exercises” has received considerable attention from scholars of the period as well as by persons who welcome his defense of a way of doing philosophy that is more practical than dominant academic approaches today. Though Hadot is not without his critics (for example, questions have been raised about the adequacy of his historical claims),[1] his approach also has been seen as a point of view for interpreting non-Western philosophies. This has been true especially of Buddhist philosophy. The present collection of essays, based on a 2015 conference, is a welcome addition to the increasing number of readings of Buddhist philosophy from the perspective of Hadot. I will briefly summarize the essays and then offer some suggestions in light of them on some ways in which Hadot may be beneficial for our understanding Buddhist philosophy.

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September 6, 2018 Posted by | Book Review, Buddhism, Comparative philosophy | no comments

CFP: 5th Rutgers Workshop in Chinese Philosophy

The Rutgers Workshop in Chinese Philosophy (RWCP) is calling for proposals for its fifth biennial meeting. It will be held at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey, US, on Friday, April 17, 2020 (please note the year). RWCP is aimed at bringing together scholars in Chinese philosophy with philosophers in the Western analytic tradition for in-depth engagements on topics of mutual interest. All topics are welcome. Ideally, submitted proposals will directly address the works of a living Western analytic philosopher whom we will invite to be paired with the paper presenter as commentator.

The proposal should be one or two pages long, describing your paper and listing 1-3 Western analytic philosophers whom you would like to have as your commentator. Please submit your proposal to proposals4rwcp@gmail.com by October 31, 2018. The committee will review the proposals and notify the proposers soon after. A completed and previously unpublished paper from those accepted will be due by Feb. 1, 2020, at which point it will be shared with the chosen commentator. For accepted presenters, all expenses, including travel and lodging, will be covered by the workshop. Due to the nature of RWCP, proposals and presentations will be in English.

The 2020 workshop will follow the same format as our 2018 meeting. For more information on the 2018 workshop, please visit http://rccs.rutgers.edu/component/jevents/icalrepeat.detail/2018/04/13/2151/54/fourth-rutgers-workshop-on-chinese-philosophy-rwcp?Itemid=415.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at proposals4rwcp@gmail.com.

RWCP co-directors:

Tao JIANG (Rutgers)

Dean Zimmerman (Rutgers)

Steve Angle (Wesleyan)

September 3, 2018 Posted by | Call for Papers (CFP), Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy | 2 comments

International Graduate Student Conference on Comparative Philosophy

Please see here for information about the international graduate student conference, “Philosophical Traditions: Comparative Philosophy and its Limits,” to be held in Shanghai this November 9 through 11.

September 3, 2018 Posted by | Call for Papers (CFP), China, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Conference | no comments

TOC: Journal of Chinese Humanities issue on Political Meritocracy in China

The latest Journal of Chinese Humanities issue is a special issue on “The Possibility of Political Meritocracy in China.” Read on for details.

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September 3, 2018 Posted by | China, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Comparative Political Theory, Tables of Contents | one comment

TOC: Comparative Philosophy 9:2 (July 2018)

Here is information on the current issue (volume 9 no 2 / July 2018 issue) of the peer-reviewed, open-access international journal Comparative Philosophy (ISSN 2151-6014), which came out in July 2018 and whose full text is available at the journal website www.comparativephilosophy.org.

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September 3, 2018 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Tables of Contents | no comments

CFP: 3d Biennial Conference of the EACP in 2019

The 3rd Biennial Conference of the European of Association for Chinese Philosophy (EACP) will take place at Ghent University (Belgium) from September 5-7 2019. The conference theme of this edition will be Paradigms of Change and Changing Paradigms in Chinese Philosophy.

We are kindly inviting scholars of Chinese philosophy to submit proposals for individual papers or panels to Bart Dessein (bart.dessein@ugent.be) and Ady Van den Stock (ady.vandenstock@ugent.be).

More information is here and below.

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August 28, 2018 Posted by | Call for Papers (CFP), Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Europe | no comments

CFP: 5E Cognition: Virtual Embodiment and Artificial Intelligence

5E Cognition: Virtual Embodiment and Artificial Intelligence

December 6-7 2018

University of Tokyo Tokyo, Japan

Email: 5eveai.utuc@gmail.com

The University of Tokyo Center for Philosophy (UTCP) in collaboration with University of Cincinnati is hosting a workshop exploring topics related to Enactive and Ecological accounts of Embodied Cognition, Comparative Chinese and Japanese Philosophy, and Artificial Intelligence. The workshop will be held at the University of Tokyo campus on December 6th and 7th 2018.

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August 28, 2018 Posted by | Call for Papers (CFP), Comparative philosophy, Japan | no comments

CFP: Global Rhetorics of Science (Sept 1 Deadline)

CFP: Global Rhetorics of Science

“We cannot solve our problems with the same level of thinking that created them.”

– A. Einstein

The rhetoric of science (ROS) has made great strides in recent years in diversity, addressing citizen expertise (Wynn 2017) and critical issues such disability (Jack 2009, Johnson 2015), gender (Keränen 2010), race (Happe 2013, Condit 2016), and non-human agency (Johnson & Johnson 2018). But a glaring blind spot remains, covering the diversity of “science” itself. In other words, while rhetoricians are eager to challenge hegemonic assumptions about gender, race, class, and humanity, we lag behind philosophers and historians in challenging the hegemony of the Western style of inquiry into natural phenomena. And in an era when Western science is imbricated in crises in climate change, genetic modification, and artificial intelligence, among other areas—it makes sense to investigate alternatives for deliberating publicly about these exigent issues.

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August 28, 2018 Posted by | Call for Papers (CFP), Comparative philosophy, Science | no comments

ISCWP August 2018 Newsletter

The August 2018 newsletter has been published and can be accessed here. This issue features updates from some of the society’s members on their various activities, notice of  two group sessions at the 2019 APA-Eastern Division Meeting in New York City, and a call for proposals for the 2019 APA-Pacific Division Meeting in Vancouver.
This and past newsletters are available on their web site at the following address: http://www.iscwp.org/news.html

 

August 21, 2018 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Organization News | no comments

ToC: Dao 17:3

Dao: A Journal of Comparative Philosophy 17:3 (2018)

Table of contents:

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August 21, 2018 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Journal Related, Tables of Contents | no comments

CFP: Oxford Symposium on Comparative Political Philosophy

I am happy to post this on behalf of Baldwin Wong, Elton Chan, Larry Lai, and Nikolas Kirby (whose contact info is available at the end):

1st Oxford Symposium on Comparative Political Philosophy

10th – 12th July, 2019

Blavatnik School of Government, The University of Oxford

Keynote Speaker: Prof. Stephen C. Angle (Wesleyan University)

We are a group of scholars aiming to facilitate substantive philosophical argument amongst political theorists across diverse cultural traditions. In recent years there has been an increasing interest among Anglo-American political theorists in comparing the diverse ways of how the thinkers of different cultural traditions address political issues. Several academic publishers (such as Cambridge University Press and Princeton University Press) and journals (such as American Political Science Review and European Journal of Political Theory) have published work about Confucian, Islamic, Indian and African political theories. Yet despite this growing body of literature, there is still inadequate substantive engagement across different traditions about fundamental questions in political theory and public policy. The driving interest of our project is to promote such engagement, comparing competing (or possibly similar) answers to substantive questions, testing arguments and assumptions across traditions in philosophical debate, and then ask whether this debate can shed light on questions of substantive policy.

With these issues in mind, we attempt to create a regular platform for fruitful cooperation and exchange of ideas among comparative political theorists. This three-day symposium is the first step. Scholars are invited to present their recent, original research in this subfield. The symposium each year will be organized around a particular theme in political theory and public policy.

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August 20, 2018 Posted by | Call for Papers (CFP), Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Comparative Political Theory | no comments

Program for BU Conference on “Rectifying the Name of Confucianism”

Rectifying the Name of Confucianism

September 28-30, 2018
Boston University

Organizer: Boston University Confucian Association: Dr. Bin Song, Chapel Associate for the Confucian Association, and Br. Lawrence A. Whitney, LC†, University Chaplain for Community Life

Host: Marsh Chapel at Boston University, The Rev. Dr. Robert Allan Hill, Dean

Reporters: Anna Sun (Kenyon College) and Robert C. Neville (Boston University Emeritus)

The most up-to-date program for the conference is available here.

August 20, 2018 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Confucianism, Contemporary Confucianism | no comments

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