Alexus McLeod has a wonderful short essay on what comparative philosophy means to him (he describes it as “the art of traveling without traveling”) as this week’s featured philosopher at politicalphilosophy.net.
The APA committee on International Cooperation is sponsoring a panel on “Ancient Chinese and Contemporary Philosophy” at the upcoming Central APA. I imagine there are other Chinese/Comparative panels as well; if anyone could list those in the Comments, that would be great!
This session happens Friday, March 3 from 1:15 to 4:15pm and the speakers and titles of their presentations are:
- Julianne Chung (University of Louisville) “Why Chinese Philosophy Is Indispensable”
- Amy Olberding (University of Oklahoma) “Early Chinese Ethics and What Matters Morally”
- Hagop Sarkissian (Baruch College, CUNY) “Metaethical Relativism and Natural Daos”
Department of Comparative Literature and India Studies, English and Foreign Languages University Hyderabad is pleased to organize a Three-day National Conference on:
COMPARATIVE HUMANITIES: RE-CONFIGURING HUMANITIES ACROSS CULTURES
April 5-7, 2017
[Last date for sending in the abstract: 3rd March, 2017]
Dag Herbjørnsrud has written a fascinating entry at the Journal of the History of Idea blog, which begins as follows…
A remarkable example of how ideas migrate across so-called cultural borders and change minds in unknown ways happened in the German city of Bremen on October 8, 1930. There, Martin Heidegger gave a speech based upon his masterwork Being and Time (1927). Afterwards, he and several of Bremen’s citizens gathered at the home of a wholesaler. During the evening, Heidegger suddenly turned to his host and asked, “Mister Kellner, would you please bring me the Parables of Zhuangzi? I would like to read some passages from it.”
Peimin Ni’s new translation-and-commentary on the Analects, Understanding the Analects of Confucius: A New Translation of Lunyu with Annotations, is due out soon: (SUNY, 2017). I have read the book in manuscript, and wrote the following blurb:
Peimin Ni’s translation of the Analects has many virtues that make it stand out as an exemplary version of this most important Chinese text. Ni has chosen to present the text as a living document, embedded in two thousand years of commentarial conversation over its meaning, with today’s readers very much part of that ongoing conversation.
Among other things, Peimin skillfully translates the text so that its potential ambiguity comes through, making sense of commentarial debates in ways that previous translations have not captured. Congratulations!
Thursday, February 23, 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Liberalism, Globalization, Populism and Nationalism in the World Today
Wang Hui, Professor of literature and history at Tsinghua University
David Armitage, Lloyd C. Blankfein Professor of History, Harvard University
Malika Zeghal, Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Professor in Contemporary Islamic Thought and Life, Harvard University
Mahdav Khosla, B. R. Ambedkar Academic Fellow, Columbia Law School and Ph.D. candidate in political theory, Harvard University.
James Kloppenberg, Charles Warren Professor of American History, Harvard University
Moderator: Peter Bol, Vice Provost for Advances in Learning and the Charles H. Carswell Professor of East Asian Languages and Civilizations, Harvard University
Sponsored by the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies, Harvard University
S010, Tsai Auditorium, 1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge
Wednesday, March 1, 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Free Thinkers: Islamic Reform and Ahmadi thought in China during the Republican period
Inner Asian and Altaic Studies Lecture Series
Dr. Z. Hale Eroglu Sager, IAAS ’16 – Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies
Sponsored by the Inner Asian and Altaic Studies, Harvard University
S153, CGIS South, 1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge
The Fourth Rutgers Workshop in Chinese Philosophy (RWCP) is now calling for proposals for papers in Chinese philosophy that directly engage with the work of living Western philosophers. All topics are welcome. Our aim at this workshop is to bring together scholars in Chinese philosophy with philosophers in the Western analytic tradition on a philosophical topic of mutual interest. Ideally, submitted proposals will directly discuss the work of a living philosopher whom we will invite to be paired with the paper presenter as commentator.
I know, all this self-promotion is getting a little embarrassing, but it’s great seeing old friends and meeting new ones. And if you are giving a lecture on a Warp, Weft, and Way topic, anywhere in the world, let me know and I’ll share the news! In any event: I’m lecturing on “Human Rights and Chinese Tradition” at 3:30pm on Wednesday, Feb 5 at Hong Kong Baptist University. It is free and open to the public, though they request registration; details are here.
I will give a lecture titled “Confucian Leadership Meets Confucian Democracy” at the Chinese University of Hong Kong on Monday, February 13, at 4:30pm. All are welcome, and details are here.
Call for Papers: Australasian Society for Asian and Comparative Philosophy (ASACP) Conference 10-12 July 2017
The ASACP 2017 Conference will be held from 10-12 July 2017 at Deakin University, Deakin Downtown 727 Collins St, Melbourne, Australia.
The latest issue (47:4) of Contemporary Chinese Thought is available here; it is titled “Five Voices in Chinese Christian Thought.” Other recent issues are available through that same link, including:
- 47:3: Max Ko-wu Huang on the Translation of Democracy during the Transitional Period of Modern China (1895-1925)
- 47:2: Chinese Academic Views on Shang Yang Since the Open-Up-and-Reform Era
- 47:1: Recent Additions to the New Qing History Debate
The North American Korean Philosophy Association will hold its fourth annual conference at SKK (Sungkyunkwan) University in Seoul, Korea, Oct. 25-27, 2017 on the theme “Why Korean Philosophy Today?: Its Relevance to the Twenty-first century.” Please read on for more information about submissions and other details. Also, the latest NAKPA newsletter is available here.
Comparative Philosophy 8:1 (2017) has been published; see here. I will also paste the Table of Contents below.
Frontiers of Philosophy in China 11:4 (2016), including a Special Theme on Philosophical Aspects of Management, Governance, and Organization in China
I post here Matthew Haug’s NDPR review of the new Oxford Handbook of Philosophical Methodology in order to highlight two things: (1) the decision by the editors of the Handbook not to include any non-Western philosophy or methodology; and (2) Haug’s extensive discussion of this fact, including the editors’ discussion of their decision (see the two paragraphs near the beginning, starting with “I’d also like to comment on the politically fraught issue…”). Interestingly, Haug himself says “Full disclosure: I edited a (less comprehensive) volume on philosophical methodology that also neglects non-Western traditions, for no good reason.” Clearly, he has come to regret that decision on his part.
POSTDOC OPPORTUNITY at the LSE: for someone working in transcultural Asian humanities. Comparative political theorists of East Asia VERY welcome!
The latest issue of the Journal of Daoist Studies (vol 10, 2017) has been published. Details are available here.
International Association of Japanese Philosophy
2017 International Conference
Date: 28-29 July 2017 (Friday to Saturday)
Venue: National Taiwan Normal University, Taipei, Taiwan
Organizer: International Association of Japanese Philosophy (IAJP)
Co-organizer: Research Center for East Asian Culture and Sinology, National Taiwan Normal University
There will be two events held at Hong Kong University on February 14: a Symposium on Sungmoon Kim’s Public Reason Confucianism and a Roundtable on the Future of Confucian Political Philosophy. These events are open to all, though we request that you register. The poster announcing these events is here, and details (and link for registration) is here. Speakers at the Symposium are Stephen ANGLE, Joseph CHAN, Sungmoon KIM, and Franz MANG; speakers at the Roundtable are:
Stephen ANGLE, Wesleyan University; Berggruen Fellow 2016-17
Elton CHAN, Yale-NUS College
Joseph CHAN, The University of Hong Kong
CI Jiwei, The University of Hong Kong
FAN Ruiping, City University of Hong Kong
HUANG Yong, Chinese University of Hong Kong
JIANG Yi-Huah, City University of Hong Kong
Sungmoon KIM, City University of Hong Kong; Berggruen Fellow 2016-17
If you are in Hong Kong, please join us!
The latest issue of Frontiers of Philosophy in China is now available. Below, please find the table of contents and see the link for more information:
Duke Kunshan University (DKU) invites applications for faculty positions (rank open) in the arts and humanities (philosophy, history, literature, language, and audio visual and performing arts). Pending accreditation approval, DKU will launch an innovative, integrated and interdisciplinary liberal arts undergraduate program leading to both Duke and DKU degrees. Students interested in arts and humanities will be immersed in integrated core courses including the arts of interpretation in written texts, images and sounds, as well as a common set of university-wide courses on China, global challenges, and ethics. Areas of study in the arts and humanities include, but are not limited to, Global Cultural Studies, Media and Arts, Performance Studies, China and US Studies, and Ethics and Leadership. Faculty will have the unique opportunity to pioneer, lead and implement an interdisciplinary and integrated arts and humanities curriculum and to conduct research in the related fields. These positions may start as early as Fall 2017 to begin preparation for the launch.
More information here.
The Student Union at SOAS (the School of Oriental and African Studies, part of the University of London) has issued their annual statement of their desired “Educational Priorities,” and one of them, “Decolonising SOAS: Confronting the White Institution,” has created a stir because of its demands concerning philosophy:
- “To make sure that the majority of the philosophers on our courses are from the Global South or it’s diaspora. SOAS’s focus is on Asia and Africa and therefore the foundations of its theories should be presented by Asian or African philosophers (or the diaspora).”
- “If white philosophers are required, then to teach their work from a critical standpoint. For example, acknowledging the colonial context in which so called “Enlightenment” philosophers wrote within.”
Media reports on this document have been full of hysterical criticism of “political correctness,” including a quote from Sir Roger Scruton announcing that “If they think there is a colonial context from which Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason arose, I would like to hear it.” Apparently Sir Roger is not familiar with Peter Park’s excellent book, Africa, Asia, and the History of Philosophy: Racism in the Formation of the Philosophical Canon, 1780–1830.
This column takes a more balanced view — noting in particular that the only degree in philosophy at SOAS is in “World Philosophy,” through the Department of Religions and Philosophies. Indeed, if one looks at the course of study for the BA in World Philosophy, it’s somewhat difficult to believe that the majority of philosophers studied aren’t already from “the Global South or its diaspora.”
Nishan Confucian Studies Summer Institute (July 1-30, 2017)
Nishan & Qufu, Shandong Province, China
The 2017 Nishan Confucian Studies Summer Institute International Program offers teachers of Chinese history and culture an opportunity to spend a month at an established Confucian academy reading the Confucian classics with world-renowned experts Roger T. Ames and Chenshan Tian and other distinguished comparative philosophy and Confucian scholars. We invite all of those students and teachers who are intrigued by Chinese culture who seek a more profound appreciation of Chinese philosophy, history, and cosmology to join us on this unique educational and research journey. Read on for more information, or click here for a two-page English flier, or here for more extensive background in Chinese (with lots of pictures).
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.
There will be a number of panels related to Chinese philosophy (and one explicitly on comparative philosophy) at the upcoming New England Region Association for Asian Studies Annual Conference, to be held at Boston College on January 28-29, 2017. Details and registration information here; and read on for the panel information.
Philosophy East & West 67:1 (January 2017) has been published, including a special feature of Joseph Chan’s book Confucian Perfectionism and a discussion of the Confucian idea of harmony with Chenyang Li and others. More information here.
For several years Fudan University has run a successful English-language MA program in Chinese philosophy. Updated information is now available on our Graduate Programs page, under “MA Programs.” The priority application deadline (for scholarships) is Feb. 20, 2017. You can also find past discussions of this program here.
The tenth issue of 当代儒学 [Contemporary Confucianism] has been published; the full text is available here.
Call for Papers: Singapore-Hong Kong-Macau Symposium on Chinese Philosophy
Philosophy and Religious Studies Program, University of Macau
21.–22.4.2017; CFP Deadline: 30.12.2016
The Organisers of the 2nd World Congress on Logic and Religion, to be held at the University of Warsaw (Poland), 18-22 June, 2017, have the pleasure of inviting you to the Congress: http://logicandreligion.uw.edu.pl/
The Congress will have a separate section on Logic in the religions of East Asia. As with the other sections of the Congress (such as Logic in the religions of South Asia, Logic in Arabic philosophy and the Islamicate world, etc.), we are seeking papers that concern the relation between logic and East Asian philosophies/religions in all possible aspects. We would welcome both established and early-career researchers working in the field to participate. In keeping with our practice in the other sections of the Congress, we welcome papers that concern the relation between the logic and religions of East Asia and South East Asia, taken in the broadest sense of those terms.
The registration form can be found at: http://logicandreligion.uw.edu.pl/registration/
I am happy to share this announcement from Frank Saunders, PhD Candidate at the University of Hong Kong:
I would like to invite all of our postgraduate student community members to a new comparative and Chinese philosophy discussion forum. The space is designed for informal (but I hope high quality!) idea-sharing and connection-creating among the newest members of the field eager for peer feedback, advice, and general discussion.
The site itself is very new and utilitarian (rather Mohist, actually) and I would be very happy for others to come forward with the technical skills (which I lack) to improve the space as time goes on and the community grows. Here is the link: http://s15.zetaboards.com/CandCPhil4Postgrads/index/
SUNY Press has just published a new book by Robert Cummings Neville: The Good Is One, Its Manifestations Many: Confucian Essays on Metaphysics, Morals, Rituals, Institutions, and Genders. More information is here. I will also post the book’s description and Table of Contents below.
The Association of Chinese Philosophers in America has a new website: http://chinesephilosophersacpa.weebly.com/.
The 13th Annual Midwest Conference on Chinese Thought will take place this year at Indiana University on April 21-22. Those interested in presenting should submit a 1-page abstract to Michael Ing at email@example.com by January 31, 2017 for blind review; see here for more details.
Huang Yushun 黄玉顺 is one of the most prolific and creative Confucian thinkers in China today, and one of his books has been published in English translation: Voice From the East: The Chinese Theory of Justice (Paths International, 2016). More details are here.
Hong Kong Baptist University will host “Intuition East and West: The Second Kant in Asia International Conference” from 17-20 December, 2016. More information can be found here.
I pass on this message from Paul D’Ambrosio of East China Normal University, concerning ECNU’s English-language MA and PhD programs; job openings at ECNU, and their new Intercultural Center.
Firstly, I would like to remind everyone about our English-language MA and PhD programs at ECNU. One of the unique features of our program is that students in our classes are split, about 50-50, Chinese and foreign. This makes for an exceptional teaching environment.
The NAKPA (Korean Philosophy Association) E-newsletter No. 3, 2016 is now available.
Education East and West: The Third Annual BSU Colloquium for Global Philosophy and Religion
17-18 March, 2017, Bath Spa University, Bath, UK.
The latest issue of Dao: A Journal of Comparative Philosophy (15:4, December 2016) has been published; it includes articles on the methodology of comparative philosophy, on Peimin Ni’s arguments concerning Confucianism and human dignity (and a reply from Prof. Ni), and much more.
The John Templeton Foundation invites applications for its Academic Cross-Training (ACT) Fellowship program beginning November 14, 2016, with fellowships to begin Fall 2018. The ACT Fellowship program is intended to equip recently tenured philosophers and theologians with the skills and knowledge needed to study Big Questions that require substantive and high-level engagement with empirical science. More details are here.
An announcement from Monika Kirloskar-Steinbach (Universität Konstanz, Department of Philosophy):
The journal Confluence: Online Journal of World Philosophies has now moved to Indiana University Press. It will be published as an Open Access journal under the title Journal of World Philosophies. Our first issue is scheduled to appear in December 2016. (Confluence’s first four volumes are now found under: https://scholarworks.iu.edu/iupjournals/index.php/confluence/index.)
The journal’s Facebook page is to be found under: https://www.facebook.com/Journal-of-World-Philosophies-323570801356967/?ref=bookmarks. I hope to meet you there (I’m going to initiate a discussion on world philosophies after this mailing).
[Congratulations to Prof. Kirloskar-Steinbach and co-editor Jim Maffie on this new phase of their project. The Facebook page includes the table of contents for the new issue; looks very interesting! –TC]
CALL FOR PAPERS
2017 SINGAPORE-HONG KONG-MACAU SYMPOSIUM
21-22 April 2017
Organized and Sponsored by the Philosophy and Religious Studies Program, University of Macau, Macau
The Singapore-Hong Kong-Macau Symposium on Chinese Philosophy aims to foster dialogue and interaction between scholars primarily based in Singapore, Hong Kong, and Macau. Submissions are invited for papers on any aspect of Chinese Philosophy, as well as papers dealing with comparative issues that engage Chinese perspectives. Speakers will be selected through a review of abstracts. While preference will be given to those from the region, participants from any geographic areas are welcome. The language of the Conference is English. Speakers coming from abroad will be provided with accommodations during the Conference, and lunches and dinners will be served for all speakers.
Please submit 1-2 pages abstracts for review to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Submission deadline: 30 Dec 2016
Notification of acceptance: 31 Jan 2017
Should you have any enquiries, please contact Hans-Georg Moeller at: email@example.com
Kim-chong Chong has published Zhuangzi’s Critique of the Confucians: Blinded by the Human (SUNY, 2016), which looks fascinating. Details here.
I will be speaking at LaTrobe University in Melbourne tomorrow; the topic is “Why Comparative Philosophy Matters.” Details:
Date: Wednesday 16th November 2016
Time: 4:00 – 6:00pm
Venue: Martin Building, Level 3, Room 369, La Trobe University
In addition, I will be in Melbourne through Saturday, and if anyone wants to get together and talk Chinese philosophy, please send me an email!
Society for Asian and Comparative Philosophy 49th Annual Conference, June 9-12, 2017
Peking University, Beijing, China
CONFERENCE THEME: The Paradigm and Values of Chinese Philosophy within a Global Context
Keynote Speaker: Carine Defoort, University of Leuven, KU Leuven.
Title of Keynote Presentation: “To Name or not to Name: The Power of Words in Early Chinese Philosophy”
Deadline for Abstracts and Proposals: Feb 10, 2017
The next session of the Columbia University Seminar on Neo-Confucian Studies (University Seminar #567) will convene Friday, November 11, 2016 from 3:30 to 5:30pm in the Heyman Center for the Humanities at Columbia University.
Peng Guoxiang of Zhejiang University will present the paper “Reading as a Spiritual and Bodily Exercise: The Religious Dimension of Zhu Xi.” A copy of the paper is available from the organizers (see below).
The Council for Research in Values and Philosophy (RVP) has announced a number of conferences in spring and summer 2017 under the general heading of “Re-Learning to Be Human for Global Times: Challenges and Opportunities.” Details are here. I have never attended a RVP conference; if any readers have, maybe you could share your impressions?
For anyone who’ll be in Beijing on the 20th, you are welcome to my lecture that evening, the title of which is “从进步儒学的角度看社会压迫 [Social Oppression as Viewed by Progressive Confucianism”].” Details follow. Please feel free to contact me with any questions.
Ryerson University (Toronto) has a newly announced tenure-track position: AOS (i) Non-Western Philosophy or (ii) Metaphysics and/or Epistemology; see here for more details.
The deadline for submitting paper abstracts and panel proposals for 20th International conference on Chinese philosophy is 30 November 2016. The conference will take place at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore on July 4-7, 2017.
The conference website for information and submission is at http://www.hss.ntu.edu.sg/programmes/philosophy/iscp/Pages/Home.aspx .
Mathew A. Foust and Sor-hoon Tan, eds., Feminist Encounters with Confucius (Brill, 2016) has been published. Congratulations! The table of contents follows, and see also here.
Princeton University is pleased to announce the call for applications to the Fung Global Fellows Program at the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies (PIIRS). … Fellowships are awarded to scholars employed outside the United States who are expected to return to their positions, who have demonstrated outstanding scholarly achievement and exhibit unusual intellectual promise, but who are still early in their careers.
During the academic year 2017-18, the program theme will be “The Culture and Politics of Resentment.”
NEW DEADLINE: Applications are due on November 21, 2016 (11:59 p.m. EST).
[Just a reminder that the deadline for proposals is Monday, 10/31. Thank you. -M. I.]
The APA’s Committee on Asian and Asian-American Philosophers and Philosophies invites proposals/abstracts for a sponsored panel on teaching Asian and/or Asian-American philosophy. The Committee is especially interested in documented, project or experience based narratives of effective teaching techniques, comparative philosophy focus in lesson plans, theoretical or practical complexities, or strategies for curricular integration in degree programs. Other topics will also be considered. The Pacific Division meetings will be held in Seattle, WA on April 12 – 15, 2o17. Please send proposals or abstracts to Manyul Im via email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include a CV with your proposal/abstract.
Deadline for full consideration of proposals is October 31, 2016.
I seem to have posted the Tables of Contents of FPC 11:1 and 11:3, but never 11:2. The Table of Contents for issue 11:2, with a special section on excavated manuscripts, is available here.
Prof. Dr. Eric NELSON (Division of Humanities, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology):
The Debate between Neo-Confucianism and Buddhism in Jeong Dojeon and Gihwa
Nov. 30, 2016; 18:00-20:00. More information here.
International Society for Chinese Philosophy (ISCP) invites abstracts of papers for the ISCP panels at APA Central Division Meeting in Kansas City, MO from March 1 to March 4, 2017. The themes and topics are open as long as they are connected with Chinese philosophy.
Your submission should include the following information:
1. Title of Paper
2. Name of Presenter
3. Presenter’s Affiliation and Contact Information
4. Paper Abstract (200-300 words)
Please send your submission in Word Format to Qiong Wang at email@example.com by October 28, 2016.
Canadian philosopher Charles Taylor has been named the first winner of the Berggruen Prize. The $1 million award from the Berggruen Institute is given annually to a thinker whose ideas are of broad significance for shaping human self-understanding and the advancement of humanity. It will be presented to Professor Taylor in New York on December 1, 2016. To learn more about the prize please visit the Berggruen Prize page.
Creativity and Diversity: 11th International Conference on Daoist Studies
Nanterre, Paris, France, May 17-20, 2017