Steven Burik’s review of Eric Nelson, Chinese and Buddhist philosophy in early twentieth-century German thought (Bloomsbury Academic, 2017), has been published in the new journal Global Intellectual History.
Mozi fans will be interested in Eric Schliesser (a scholar of European philosophy) discussing Mozi on the state of nature.
From the Bryn Mawr Classical Review (Version at BMCR home site):
Haixia W. Lan, Aristotle and Confucius on Rhetoric and Truth: The Form and the Way. London; New York: Routledge, 2017. Pp. 228. ISBN 978147287360. $149.95.
Reviewed by Matylda Amat Obryk, Heinrich-Heine-University, Düsseldorf (email@example.com)
In Aristotle and Confucius on Rhetoric and Truth. The Form and the Way, Haixia Lan (henceforth Lan), a specialist in the field of comparative rhetoric, follows the latest trend of comparing Aristotle’s and Confucius’ thought.1 Her objective is quite ambitious. The author wants to “to help foster better communication between East and West today”. To achieve this she challenges the view that Eastern and Western thought differ beyond comparison. She fights against stereotypical assumptions that e.g. Aristotle’s concept of essence (which Lan conflates with “truth”) is static and Confucius’ dao-the-way is decentered and therefore incompatible with inferential / discursive thinking (cf. p. 14).
Rowman & Littlefield has published Lucian Stone and Jason Bahbak Mohaghegh, eds., Manifestos for World Thought. The publisher’s description:
This book brings together prominent scholars from varying disciplines to speculate on this obscure question and the many crossroads that face intellectuals in our contemporary era and its aftermath. The result is a collection of “manifestos” that contemplate a potential global future for thinking itself, venturing across some of the most marginalized sectors of East and West (with particular emphasis on the Middle Eastern and Islamicate) in order to dissect crucial issues of culture, society, philosophy, literature, art, religion, and politics. The book explores themes such as as universality, translation, modernity, language, history, identity, resistance, ecology, catastrophe, memory, and the body, offering a groundbreaking alignment of texts and ideas with far-reaching implications for our time and beyond.
More information (including a Table of Contents) is available here.
Northeast/Midwest Conference on Chinese Thought
April 27-29, 2018
University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT
The sixth annual Northeast Conference on Chinese Thought and the 14th annual Midwest Conference on Chinese Thought will be holding their first ever joint conference from Friday, April 27 through Sunday, April 29 2018, at the University of Connecticut, in Storrs, CT.
CALL FOR PAPERS
2018 SINGAPORE-HONG KONG-MACAU SYMPOSIUM ON CHINESE PHILOSOPHY
20-21 April 2018
Organized and Sponsored by Department of Religion and Philosophy and Jao Tsung-I Academy of Sinology, Hong Kong Baptist University
Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews
J. Baird Callicott and James McRae (eds.), Japanese Environmental Philosophy, Oxford University Press, 2017, 310pp., $99.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780190456320.
Reviewed by Shigenori Nagatomo, Temple University
J. Baird Callicott and James McRae have brought together fifteen scholars’ views on the relation of Japanese thought to modern environmental concerns.
The latest issue of FPC is available, with a focus on “Contemporary Explorations of the Thought of Laozi.” Read on for the details.
A conference on “Creating a Philosophy for the Future” will be held at the University of Macau from the 16th to the 18th of November. More information is on this poster, and the full program is here. Looks very rich!
While largely devoted to Indian philosophy and thus tangential to the main concerns of the blog, the following review raises interesting questions about comparative philosophy….
Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews
Jaysankar Lal Shaw, The Collected Writings of Jaysankar Lal Shaw: Indian Analytic and Anglophone Philosophy, Bloomsbury, 2016, 502 pp., $176.00 (hbk), ISBN 9781474245050
Reviewed by Purushottama Bilimoria, University of California/Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley
Jaysankar Lal Shaw is among the stalwarts of Indian and comparative philosophy, bringing to their treatment the tools of Anglo-American analytic philosophy.
Palgrave Macmillan has published P. Steven Sangren, Filial Obsessions: Chinese Patriliny and Its Discontents. A work of anthropology, but it looks to have much to say to philosophers interested in issues related to filial piety. More information here.
The Fall 2017 issues of the various APA Newsletters have been published on-line, including the APA Newsletter on Asian and Asian-American Philosophers and Philosophies, the Table of Contents of which I post below.
Last year (2016) there was a sudden, dramatic increase in the number of tenure-track jobs aimed at least in part at Chinese, Asian, Non-Western, or Comparative Philosophy. Was it the beginning of a trend, or a blip? A review of this year’s offerings suggests that a real change may be taking place. I list here 20 positions that have been advertised for the current job season — approximately the same number as last year. I have included positions with Chinese, Asian, Non-Western, or Comparative in any AOS disjuncts — admittedly, in some of these cases, the job is not aimed narrowly at our field — and I have also included jobs with an Open AOS that further specifies some sort of interest in our field. I also include three interdisciplinary Asian or Chinese Studies positions that explicitly include philosophy. On the other hand, I have not included jobs with specific (i.e., non-Open) AOSes that include Chinese/Asian/Non-Western/Comparative as an AOC. The list is alphabetical. If I have missed any that should be included, or if you have any comments or corrections, please share!
A workshop on “Confucian Education in a Global Context” will be held at UMass Boston this Saturday, Nov. 4, from 2-5pm. More information is here.
Duke University Press has published Bin Wang, ed., Chinese Visions of World Order: Tianxia, Culture, and World Politics, which looks like an important collection of essays. More information is here.
Mathew Foust and Tim Connolly will both be speaking at Central Connecticut State University on Monday, October 23, from 4:30 to 5:45 in Social Sciences Hall 106; the topic is “Confucianism and American Philosophy: A Forum on Doing Philosophy Comparatively.” It is free and open to the public.
Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews
Mathew A. Foust, Confucianism and American Philosophy, SUNY Press, 2017, 194pp., $80.00 (hbk), ISBN: 9781438464756.
Reviewed by Andrew Lambert, City University of New York, College of Staten Island
This book seeks to further develop dialogue between the American pragmatist and transcendentalist traditions, and classical Confucian thought. Scholars have previously noted certain parallels and commonalities, but the aim here is to “expand the scope of this area of comparative philosophy beyond the typically engaged duo of Confucius and Dewey” (p. 129). As a work in comparative philosophy, the book also seeks to contribute to the ongoing debate about the status of non-Western intellectual traditions within the discipline of philosophy. Much has been written recently on this topic, and this work makes its contribution by familiarizing those working in American philosophy with classical Confucian thought, and vice versa.
Call For Papers for a topical issue of Open Theology
Global Philosophies as a New Horizon for Christian Theology and Philosophy of Religion
“Open Theology” (http://www.degruyter.com/view/j/opth) invites submissions for the topical issue “Global Philosophies as a New Horizon for Christian Theology and Philosophy of Religion”, edited by Russell Re Manning and Sarah Flavel (Bath Spa University, UK), prepared in collaboration with Bath Spa Colloquium for Global Philosophy and Religion. Continue reading “CFP: Global Philosophies and Christian Theology”
THE COLUMBIA SOCIETY FOR COMPARATIVE PHILOSOPHY
Jake Davis (New York University)
With a response from:
Katja Vogt (Columbia University)
Please join on us at Columbia University’s Religion Department on FRIDAY, OCTOBER 6th at 5:30 PM for his lecture entitled:
“Is There a Global Norm in Favor of Global Attentiveness?”
Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews
Kwok-Ying Lau, Phenomenology and Intercultural Understanding: Toward a New Cultural Flesh, Springer, 2016, 256pp., $109.00 (hbk), ISBN 9783319447629.
Reviewed by Eric S. Nelson, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
This book, the fruition of twenty years of research and writing about phenomenology, carefully and insightfully traces the complex historical relations between phenomenology and non-Western thought over the last century. It also offers a critical diagnosis of the contemporary impediments to, and possibilities for, intercultural philosophy.
Here is a useful collection of essays by Roger Ames and the late Henry Rosemont: Confucian Role Ethics: A Moral Vision for the 21st Century? (V&R Academic, 2016) that had previously escaped my attention. The Table of contents follows.
International Society for Chinese Philosophy (ISCP) invites abstracts of papers for the ISCP panels at APA Central Division meeting in Chicago, IL, February 21- 24, 2018. 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 or PDF to Qiong Wang by September 17, 2017.
Call for Proposals: Society for Asian and Comparative Philosophy 50th Annual Conference, June 8-11th, 2018
Hosted by Pedagogical University of Cracow, Krakow, Poland; supporting co-organizers are National Museum in Krakow and Institute of the Middle and Far East of Jagiellonian University
CONFERENCE THEME: Power and Creativity
Keynote Speaker: Graham Parkes (University of Vienna), “Will to Power and the Field of Dao/De: Nietzsche and Zhuangzi on Creative Experience”
Deadline for Abstracts and Panel Proposals: January 31, 2018
Call for Papers and Abstracts: ACPA at 2018 Pacific APA in San Diego
Submission deadline: Wednesday, September 27, 2017.
Association of Chinese Philosophers in America (ACPA) group session at the 2018 Pacific Division Meeting of the American Philosophical Association (APA). March 28 – 30, 2018 at the Westin San Diego Gaslamp Quarter in San Diego, California.
Description: We now welcome scholars to submit proposals for individual papers to be considered for inclusion on an ACPA group session at the 2018 APA Pacific Division Meeting. (Please note: We are only considering proposals for individual paper presentations for Pacific APA 2018, not proposals for a complete panel.)
Continue reading “CFP: ACPA at 2018 Pacific APA”
The Department of East Asian Languages & Civilizations at the University of Pennsylvania is delighted to announce an interdisciplinary symposium in honor of Nathan Sivin at Perry World House, 3803 Locust Walk, Philadelphia, PA 19104, on Oct. 14-15, 2017.
The symposium is free and open to the public, but pre-registration is required. Just click here if you’d like to attend:
2nd Biennial Conference of the European Association for Chinese Philosophy, Basel, 7-9 September 2017
Almost 100 scholars will present their work at the 2nd Biennial Conference of the European Association for Chinese Philosophy (EACP: http://www.ea-cp.eu/), which takes place in Basel on September 7-9, 2017. The theme of the conference is “Global Chinese Philosophy.” Two keynote addresses by Prof. Thomas Fröhlich (Hamburg) and Prof. Loy Hui-chieh (Singapore) are open to the public. Thomas Fröhlich will talk about “Beyond Confucian Delusions and Illusions. Critical Issues in Chinese Philosophy Today” at the Kollegienhaus (Hörsaal 001) on Thursday, 7 September, 6–7pm. Loy Hui-chieh will give an address on “Getting Through to a War-loving Ruler: The Mohists and their Elite Audiences” at the Kollegienhaus (Hörsaal 001) on Friday, 8 September, 6–7pm.
For questions or further information, please write to Ralph Weber. The full conference program follows.
The ISCWP plans to sponsor one or two panels at the 2018 APA Pacific Meeting, which will take place in San Diego, March 28- April 1, 2018.
We would like to encourage submissions of proposals of individual papers and panels. We encourage papers or panels that promote in-depth engagement between Chinese and Western philosophy (broadly construed). The submissions will be reviewed by all the three members of the board. When we select papers, we normally try to find papers that have common theme to form a panel. You may have a better chance to be accepted if you submit a panel proposal which already has a common theme. Continue reading “CFP: ISCWP at 2018 Pacific APA”
Since I have heard from some APA folks that they are keen to increase the diversity of traditions represented on the APA main programs, it makes sense to pass on the below reminder here.
Paper submissions for the 2018 APA Pacific Division meeting in San Diego, California, are currently open. Submissions close at 11:59 p.m. Pacific time on September 1. If you have a paper you would like to present, please you submit it as soon as possible at the paper submissions website. We urge you submit your paper before 2 p.m. Pacific time on Friday, September 1, after which there will be nobody available at the national office to provide technical assistance.
Indiana University Press has a new-ish series called “World Philosophies” that I have not previously noted here on the blog. See here and below.
Call for Papers: SACP PANELS for APA Pacific Division, 2018
Westin San Diego Gaslamp Quarter, Seattle WA, March 28-30, 2018
The Society for Asian and Comparative Philosophy invites submissions to be considered for inclusion in panels at the upcoming APA Pacific Division Meeting. Submissions focusing on any area of Asian and/or Comparative philosophy will be considered. Both individual papers and completed panel proposals are encouraged.
The International Society for Chinese Philosophy (ISCP) invites submissions to be considered for ISCP panels at the upcoming APA Pacific Division Meeting at Westin San Diego Gaslamp Quarter, San Diego, CA, March 28- April 1, 2018. Submissions focusing on any area of Chinese or Comparative philosophy.
REQUIRED (for proposal):
- Title of Paper
- Name of Presenter
- Presenter’s Affiliation
- Presenter’s e-mail address
- Approximately 200-word Paper Abstract
Please send each your proposal as an e-mail attachment to Robin Wang at firstname.lastname@example.org by October 1, 2017.
The latest issue of 齐鲁学刊 [Qilu Academic Journal] features an extended, two-part dialogue between Huang Yushun and me, and another dialogue between Guo Ping and me. The topics covered include both substantive and methodological issues related to Huang’s “Life Confucianism (生活儒学),” to the “Liberal Confucianism” defended by both Huang and Guo, and to the idea of “Progressive Confucianism.” See:
- 生活儒学与进步儒学的对话 [Dialogue Between Life Confucianism and Progressive Confucianism] (Part 1)
- 生活儒学与进步儒学的对话 [Dialogue Between Life Confucianism and Progressive Confucianism] (Part 2)
- 德性、自由与“有根的全球哲学”——关于“进步儒学”与“自由儒学”的对话 [Virtue, Liberty, and ‘Rooted Global Philosophy’—A Dialogue Concerning Progressive Confucianism and Liberal Confucianism]
Issue 16:3 of Dao has been published; details are here and below.
Michael Sandel and Paul D’Ambrosio have edited a book on Chinese philosophy titled “Encountering China: Michael Sandel and Chinese Philosophy” that will come out on Harvard University Press in early January 2018. A flyer with more information is available here, and the Table of Contents follows.
Volume 3 of the Journal of Chinese Humanities has been published. Among other things, it contains an interesting discussion of the trend toward “indigenization” in Chinese humanities, and the connection of this to Confucianism, by Wang Xuedian; and a review by Joshua Mason of Huang Yushun’s English-language book, Voice from the East: The Chinese Theory of Justice (translated by Hou Pingping and Wang Keyou; Reading, UK: Paths International, 2016). The Table of Contents is here.
I am happy to announce that Stephen Grimm (Fordham), Meghan Sullivan (Notre Dame), and I have received a grant from the NEH to run a 2-week Summer Institute in July 2018 called “Reviving Philosophy as a Way of Life.” We will be drawing on Confucian and Buddhist traditions, among others. Some more details are here; I will announce here at Warp, Weft, and Way when applications open, later in the fall, in case anyone is interested.
Interestingly, if Justin at Daily Nous is correct, then the only two NEH Summer Seminars or Institutes awarded to philosophers both have significant non-Western components (the other one is “Self-Knowledge in Eastern and Western Philosophies Project” directed by Christian Coseru and colleagues).
Russell Arben Fox has posted an engaging set of comments provoked by Leigh Jenco’s book Changing Referents: Learning Across Space and Time in China and the West (Oxford, 2015), based on comments Fox delivered at a conference in Singapore. Highly recommended!
The latest issue of the free, open-access journal Comparative Philosophy is available here and below. It features a special section on “Comparative Chinese-Western Epistemology.”
Volume 12, Issue 2 of Frontiers of Philosophy in China, as special issue on environmental ethics, has been published. The Table of Contents is here and below; note that the content is currently freely available for download. Continue reading “Latest issue of Frontiers of Philosophy in China”
Douglas Berger, a specialist in Indian and Chinese comparative philosophy at Southern Illinois University, is moving to the Leiden Institute for Philosophy where he will be Professor of Comparative Philosophy. More information is here. Congratulations, Doug!
Call for Papers: Creating a Philosophy for the Future
Philosophy and Religious Studies Programme, University of Macau
16th-18th November 2017
Eirik Harris (CityU Hong Kong) and Henry Schneider (CityU Seattle) launched a project called “Adventures in Chinese Realism”. It has a twofold aim. First, it is about re-discovering the Classics of Chinese Realism, for example Han Fei, Shen Dao, Guanzi, etc. Second, it is about applying Chinese Realim to actual issues in political philosophy (at large), for example, assessing Confucian revivalism, dealing with so-called corporate ethics, recasting checks and balances, etc.
So far, two panels were organized and held. The first during the APA Pacific session in 2017 and the second at the ISCP conference in 2017. So far, Gordon Mower, PC Lo, Jeremy Huang, Wilson Lee, and Eirik Harris presented their work. These activities shall continue in the future. Once there is enough material of high quality, an edited book becomes an option.
Call for papers / interest: Graduate students and faculty are cordially invited to submit any abstracts / papers for inclusion under this project. Near-term goal is to put together a panel for the APA Pacific conference in 2018.
Eirik Harris: email@example.com
Henry Schneider: firstname.lastname@example.org
A new issue of the Journal of Chinese Philosophy has been published: a special issue devoted to “Time, Space, and Mind: Roots of Humanity.” See here; and the Table of Contents follows.
The journal International Communication of Chinese Culture is worth looking at; its latest issues contain many articles related to Chinese philosophy. Of particular interest to me (in light of my essay on Tian) is Ben Huff’s essay, “Servants of Heaven: the place of virtue in the Confucian cosmos.” I’ll paste the abstract of Ben’s essay after the break.
For anyone who might be interested, I have added some new works-in-progress to my on-line archive site, including the pre-copyedit version of “Tian as Cosmos in Zhu Xi’s Neo-Confucianism.” Comments are always welcome. Below, I include the abstract to the Tian essay, as well as two paragraphs discussing standards for translation.
The nomination deadline for the Berggruen Prize has been extended to July 28th. For more information and to make a nomination, please see www.berggruen.org/prize. It would be great to broaden the pool of candidates being considered!
The New Book Network has an interview with Bongrae Seok concerning his new book, Moral Psychology of Confucian Shame: Shame of Shamelessness (Rowman & Littlefield, 2017). Enjoy!
There are many images and metaphors that might serve as cores of conceptions of something for which one could use the English word “role.” One way to look for some is to look at words from other languages. I’ll look here at two, one from Greek and one from old Chinese.
Wiley has published JeeLoo Liu, Neo-Confucianism: Metaphysics, Mind, and Morality. Details are here, and follow below. Congratulations, JeeLoo!
CALL FOR PAPERS – Tetsugaku Vol. 2, 2018
*Special theme: Philosophy and translation*
*Submission Deadline*: 30 September 2017
Tetsugaku, the International e-Journal of the Philosophical Association of Japan, calls for papers for the special issue, “Philosophy and translation” (Vol. 2, 2018), edited by Naoko Saito.
There is a very nice interview with David Wong at 3am; check it out!
Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews
Sungmoon Kim, Public Reason Confucianism: Democratic Perfectionism and Constitutionalism in East Asia, Cambridge University Press, 2016, 276pp., $99.99 (hbk), ISBN 9781107106222.
Reviewed by Sam Crane, Williams College
Oxford has published a revised and expanded edition of Antony Black, A World History of Political Thought: Its Significance and Consequences. (It actually came out at the very end of 2016.) The volume is notable for taking various traditions that are often called “non-Western” completely seriously, and for its balanced, comparative observations. See more here or below.
CALL FOR PAPER AND PANEL PROPOSALS
2018 Eastern Division Meeting of the American Philosophical Association
January 3-6th, 2018. Savannah Convention Center, Savannah, GA.
Submission deadline: June 16th, 2017
Society for Asian and Comparative Philosophy (SACP) group sessions at the 2018 Eastern Division Meeting of the American Philosophical Association (APA).
SUNY has just published Nicholas S. Brasovan’s Neo-Confucian Ecological Humanism: An Interpretive Engagement with Wang Fuzhi. Details are here, and pasted below. Congratulations!
Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews
Owen Flanagan, The Geography of Morals: Varieties of Moral Possibility, Oxford University Press, 2017, 362pp., $40.00 (hbk), ISBN9780190212155.
Reviewed by Regina Rini, New York University
Yong HUANG asked me to post the following here; please post comments/replies here, addressed to him.
Inspired by a similar project that Steve Angle did a few years ago (on which see here, for the original plan, and here, for the outcome), I plan to offer a graduate level course on recent studies of Chinese philosophy in the English speaking world this fall. To have a better focus, I tentatively plan to limit it to Confucian political philosophy. At the end of the semester, each student will be required to write a substantive critical essay on the book he or she chooses to write. I’ll invite those students of high quality papers to do revision until I deem them publishable. Then I’ll invite authors of the books discussed to make responses to these papers. I’ll then seek a publisher to publish these papers, together with authors’ responses, tentatively with the title: Confucian Political Philosophy: The State of the Field.
After a quick search at Amazon, I’ve got the following list of books more or less explicitly devoted to Confucian political philosophy (I don’t include the edited volumes). Here I solicit your help to see whether I’ve missed some other books on Confucian political philosophy published in English since, say, the year of 2000. I’ll be also grateful, of course, if you guys have any other suggestions regarding what I plan to do in this course.