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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Henry Schneider: email@example.com
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.
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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.
Continue reading “ICCC Journal, including another view on “Tian””
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.
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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.
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Wiley has published JeeLoo Liu, Neo-Confucianism: Metaphysics, Mind, and Morality. Details are here, and follow below. Congratulations, JeeLoo!
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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.
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There is a very nice interview with David Wong at 3am; check it out!
Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews
2017.06.01 View this Review Online View Other NDPR 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
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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.
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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).
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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!
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Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews
2017.05.29 View this Review Online View Other NDPR 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
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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.
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Graham Priest will be speaking at CUHK on June 5 and 14; details here.
Amy Olberding’s “The Moral Gravity of Mere Trifles” at LSE’s The Forum. She begins:
“Some of the most heated critiques of etiquette emphasize a tension between progressive political values and conformity to polite norms. Insistence on polite rules of interaction may, so the worry goes, stifle righteous dissent, suppress critique of the powerful, and mire us all in hidebound tradition. Better to forcefully call out injustice when we see it than abide by polite rules that sacrifice moral progress to surface social accord. In these critiques, etiquette can seem an enemy of salutary change and a barrier to justice. This reasoning, the early Confucians would argue, misses much about how etiquette works and what it contributes to moral life….”
Call for Papers and Abstracts: ACPA at 2018 Eastern APA
Submission deadline: June 9, 2017
Association of Chinese Philosophers in America (ACPA) group session at the 2018 Eastern Division Meeting of the American Philosophical Association (APA).
January 3 – 6, 2018 at the Savannah Convention Center, Savannah, GA.
Description: We now welcome scholars to submit proposals for individual papers to be considered for inclusion on a single ACPA group session at the 2018 APA Eastern Division Meeting. (Please note: We are only considering proposals for individual paper presentations for Eastern APA 2018, not proposals for a complete panel.)
We are open to submissions that engage with Chinese philosophy in a wide variety of ways and we are not specifying a theme for the group session prior to receiving proposals. However, for the 2018 Eastern APA, the ACPA board particularly welcomes proposals for individual papers that engage in some way with the work of our late colleague Professor Jiyuan Yu (1964 – 2016), who passed away on November 3, 2016.
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The ISCWP plans to sponsor one or two panels at the 2017 APA Eastern Division meeting (which will take place in January 3-6, 2018 in Savannah, Georgia, USA).
Please send all submissions Send abstracts and proposals to: firstname.lastname@example.org by Sunday, June 4, 2017.
Our Goal: We would like to encourage submissions of proposals of individual papers and panels. We welcome any papers or panels that promote in-depth engagement between Chinese and Western philosophy. 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.
We especially encourage you to submit paper or panel proposals that explore the connections between Continental philosophy and Chinese philosophy. A possible panel on the teaching of Chinese and comparative philosophy is under consideration.
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The latest issue of Dao is now available (16:2, June 2017) . The Table of Contents follows.
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Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews
2017.05.21 View this Review Online View Other NDPR Reviews
Sor-hoon Tan (ed.), The Bloomsbury Research Handbook of Chinese Philosophy Methodologies, Bloomsbury, 2016, 375pp., $176.00 (hbk), ISBN 9781472580313.
Reviewed by Eric L. Hutton, University of Utah
This 18-chapter anthology is potentially of interest to at least three distinct audiences: philosophers and other scholars whose primary focus is not Chinese philosophy, undergraduate and graduate students who aspire to become specialists in Chinese philosophy, and scholars who are already established specialists in Chinese philosophy. My review will be organized around what the volume offers and how well it serves each of these potential audiences.
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A team based at the University of Oklahoma have just announced a splendid new website devoted to teaching “deviant philosophy.” It is made up of Primers, Units and Lessons, and Exercises and Activities, all designed to be incorporated into existing courses or to spur the creation of new ones. The editors are also very interested in new content, so please contribute! Their discussion of the meaning of “deviant philosophy” helps to make clear the scope of the project:
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The Good Life and the Art of Feeling: Emotions as Skills in Chinese and Græco-Roman Ethics
Workshop, University of Bern, June 7-9
The workshop is a part of the project “The Art of Feeling: Cultivated Emotions in Early Chinese and Græco-Roman Thought” at the Institute of Philosophy at the University of Bern (Project description here
) and will consist in talks by several prominent scholars of Ancient and Chinese philosophy and open discussions. The poster with more information is here
The workshop is open to anyone interested, but registration is required to participate in the conference dinner and for accommodation.
Faculty Seminar with Joseph Chan – “Democratic Equality and Confucian Hierarchy”
The Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard will be hosting a seminar with Joseph Chan, who will present his paper, “Democratic Equality and Confucian Hierarchy.” Archon Fung will be the discussant. This event is co-sponsored with the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation.
DATE & TIME: Tuesday, May 23 3:00-5:00pm
LOCATION: Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics
More information here.
The International Society for Chinese Philosophy (ISCP) plans to host two sessions at the 2018 Eastern Division Meeting of American Philosophical Association (APA) on January 3-6 in Savannah, GA.
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Table of Contents for the latest issue of Frontiers of Philosophy in China follows…
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Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews
2017.05.07 View this Review Online View Other NDPR Reviews
Chris Fraser, The Philosophy of the Mozi: The First Consequentialists, Columbia University Press, 2016, 293pp., $40.00 (pbk), ISBN 9780231149273.
Reviewed by Eirik Lang Harris, City University of Hong Kong
When I was a graduate student casting around for ideas for a dissertation topic, one of my mentors suggested that I find some topic X, generally denigrated in the literature, and formulate an argument of the sort, “X is not as stupid as it sounds.” In an important sense, this is what Chris Fraser has done in examining the early Chinese text the Mozi. He examines the philosophical ideas of the Mohists as they appear in this text and provides not only the most charitable account of their philosophical ideas to appear in any Western language but also the first book length treatment of this text by a philosopher in at least 50 years.
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Australasian Society for Asian and Comparative Philosophy (ASACP) Conference, 10-12 July 2017. Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia.
Proposals for papers and panels should be submitted via email to Dr Leesa Davis (email@example.com<mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>) with “ASACP 2017” in the subject line. Closing date for proposals: Thursday June 1 2017
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Robert Neville and Bin SONG are interviewed about several topics related to Confucianism (or Ruism) in series of podcasts produced by the student team of the Howard Thurman Center at Boston University. They are available here. The series’ topics include: Boston Confucianism, Confucianism’s take on the last election, the relevance of Confucianism to contemporary American society, Confucian education, civil examinations, why Ruism may be preferred over Confucianism, Ruism’s political philosophy, Ruist metaphysics, etc.
Dao has established The Annual Best Essay Award since 2007. In addition to a certificate of achievement, the award comes along with a prize of US$1,000. The award winners are noted in the website of this journal as well as the website of Springer, the publisher of this journal. The award ceremony is held each year at the American Philosophical Association Annual Meeting (Eastern Division), where a special panel on the theme of the award winning essay is held.
The selection process consists of two stages. At the beginning of each year, a nominating committee of at least three editorial members, who have not published in Dao in the given year, is established. This committee is charged with the task of nominating three best essays published in the previous year. These three essays are then sent to the whole editorial board for deliberation. The final winner is decided by a vote by all editorial board members who are not authors of the nominated essays.
The editorial board has just finished its deliberation on the best essay published in 2016, and the award is given to:
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This book is notable for drawing on multiple traditions of thought about virtue, including Confucianism and Buddhism…
Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews
2017.04.20 View this Review Online View Other NDPR Reviews
Shannon Vallor, Technology and the Virtues: A Philosophical Guide to a Future Worth Wanting, Oxford University Press, 2016, 309pp., $39.95 (hbk), ISBN 9780190498511.
Reviewed by Benjamin I. Huff, Randolph-Macon College
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The Journal of Chinese Philosophy fell behind a bit in its publication schedule, but is now working to catch up, and has recently published 42(1-2), March-June 2015; and 42(3-4), September-December 2015. Tables of Contents for both issues are below.
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This workshop celebrates the partnership between the Berggruen Institute and the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics, thereby also taking advantage of the presence of the first group of Berggruen Fellows at Harvard. The topic of the workshop, also related to a major concern of the Berggruen Institute, is “Perspectives on Chinese Thought in the World.” Some of the presenters work on China in a rather straightforward way, others don’t, but China, and thus Chinese thought, concerns us all, and increasingly so. One way or another, the talks will address how it does. Advance reading of papers is not expected, though papers are available for some of the talks (upon request).
On February 9, 2017, the workshop convened for a successful session, featuring Viren Murthy, Tongdong Bai, and Sungmoon Kim, before the organizers were compelled to postpone the afternoon panels due to the onset of a blizzard. These panels have now been rescheduled as a featured event that will kick off the Center’s 30th Anniversary Celebration, May 4-6, 2017. More details are here.
Leiden University has launched a new undergraduate program in “Philosophy: Global and Comparative Perspectives,” and on April 15, 2017, the Dutch Filosofie magazine will be hosting a Global Philosophy event called “Thinking Planet.” Details on both, plus an interview with the relevant Leiden philosophers, available here.
The next session of the Columbia University Seminar on Neo-Confucian Studies will convene Friday, April 21st, from 3:30 to 5:30pm in the Heyman Center for the Humanities at Columbia University.
The speaker will be Professor Kim Sungmoon, and his presentation is titled: “The Confucian Value Theory of Criminal Punishment.” If you would like to attend, please contact rapporteur Zach Berge-Becker for a copy of the paper.
Tetsugaku: International Journal of the Philosophical Association of Japan is an interesting-looking new journal, and its first issue contains an article called “The Birth of Philosophy as 哲學 (Tetsugaku) in Japan.” The article scrutinizes the history of the introduction of the subject from Holland to Japan, the coinage and application of the term tetsugaku (zhexue in Chinese), and its adoption in China during the late-nineteenth century. The article explains a lot about subtle changes in its coverage and nuance during the process. The journal and article are available from the following link:
This open-access journal also welcomes submissions of papers written in English, French or German. Please refer to the document at the bottom of the page.
I have done my best to compile and organize chronologically all the Chinese Philosophy-related panels, lectures, and other events at the Pacific APA, coming up in Seattle next week. If you notice anything I have left out, please let me know. I did not include papers or panels that relate solely to other East Asian traditions — happily, there are several of these, but I decided to limit myself to Chinese philosophy for the purpose of this list.
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The latest newsletter of the North American Korean Philosophy Association (NAKPA) is available here.
Call for Papers for the 2nd Biennial Conference of the European Association for Chinese Philosophy, “Global Chinese Philosophy”
The Conference is being held at the University of Basel, Switzerland, September 7-9, 2017.
- Thomas Fröhlich (University of Nuremberg-Erlangen and University of Hamburg)
- Loy Hui-chieh (National University of Singapore)
Abstracts should be no more than 200 words. Panel proposals should include the title and a brief description of the panel, as well as the names, affiliations, and email addresses of the participants. Please also provide the titles of each participant’s presentation. The deadline for submission is March 31, 2017.
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Book talk with Melissa Williams, Co-Editor of East Asian Perspectives on Political Legitimacy: Bridging the Empirical-Normative Divide
Monday, April 3, 2017, 4:15pm to 5:30pm; Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, Suite 200N, 124 Mt Auburn Street, Cambridge
Join us for a discussion with Melissa Williams, Professor of Political Science, and founding Director of the Centre for Ethics at the University of Toronto, Senior Visiting Scholar at the Harvard Kennedy School and Co-Editor of “East Asian Perspectives on Political Legitimacy: Bridging the Empirical-Normative Divide“, and Tongdong Bai, the Dongfang Chair Professor of Philosophy at Fudan University in China and Berggruen Fellow at Harvard’s Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics. Archon Fung, Academic Dean and Ford Foundation Professor of Democracy and Citizenship, HKS, will moderate.
A new essay called “In Defense of Hierarchy,” the joint responsibility of several of us but largely written by Julian Baggini, has been published at Aeon. It is the fruit of discussions at a conference sponsored by the Berggruen Philosophy and Culture Center, and is an interesting example of comparative or what some folks are now calling cosmopolitan philosophy. Enjoy!
Sonya Ozbey has accepted the position of Assistant Professor of Chinese Philosophy, jointly appointed in Department of Asian Languages and Cultures and in the Department of Philosophy, at the University of Michigan. Ozbey received her PhD from DePaul University, where she studied with Frank Perkins, and is currently Tang Junyi Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures at Michigan. Her research areas are Classical Chinese Philosophy, Early Modern European Philosophy, Comparative Philosophy, and Animality Studies. There’s a nice on-line interview with her here.
My review of Sungmoon Kim, Public Reason Confucianism: Democratic Perfectionism and Constitutionalism in East Asia (Cambridge, 2016) recently appeared in Ethics 127:3. The first paragraph of the review follows. A pre-publication version of the whole review is available here.
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Manchester Workshops for Political Theory, Monday 11 September to Wednesday 13 September, 2017
Conveners: Elton Chan (Yale-NUS College), Larry Lai (University of Hong Kong) and Baldwin Wong (Chinese University of Hong Kong)
Venue: Arthur Lewis Building, University of Manchester
Abstracts of 500-1000 words, prepared for blind review, are due by 26th May, 2017; see below for further details.
In recent years there has been an increasing interest among Anglo-American political theorists in comparing the diverse ways of how the Western and Chinese thinkers address political issues.
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Wuhan University is proud to announce its new international MA program in Philosophy taught in English.
Located in Wuhan, a major center for technology, the arts, education, and industry in China’s scenic Yangtze Valley, Wuhan University is an international research university, with one of the top five philosophy departments in China. The School of Philosophy has around 500 undergraduate students, and 500 graduate students, and our large, international faculty is engaged in all areas of philosophical research, with divisions dedicated to traditional Chinese philosophy, contemporary western philosophy, ethics, aesthetics, philosophy of religion, and Marxist philosophy.
Please check out our website at www.whu.edu.cn/phi/
ABOUT THE PROGRAM
This is a two-year MA program, intended to provide an excellent training in philosophy. Outstanding applicants will be provided a full scholarship that covers tuition and a stipend. To apply for admission and a scholarship go to http://admission.whu.edu.cn. The application deadline for Chinese Government Scholarships is March 31, 2017.
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Please remember that the deadline for submitting a proposal for the 2018 Rutgers Workshop is March 31, 2017 — details are here, and please feel free to ask questions of any of the organizers if you are not sure about the aptness of your idea.
The latest issue of Dao (16:1, 2017) has been published; the Table of Contents is available here.
Roger Ames and ZHAO Tingyang will discuss “A Confucian World Order?” next Monday night at the Bridge Cafe in Beijing, part of the on-going thinkINchina series. Details here.
A posting at the Daily Nous blog by Bharath Vallabha raises this question. He begins:
What should be the relation of a philosophy department to the country it is in? For example, is there a sense in which a philosophy department in America ought to be distinctly American, tied more closely to the history, culture and identity of America than to that of other countries? Or should the fact that the department is in America be irrelevant to the philosophical work that is done in the department?
I will call the former view, that the department ought to be distinctly American in some sense, nationalism. And I will call the latter view universalism.
Global Philosophy, www.globalphilosophyresources.com, provides easy to use resources for faculty members who are interested in diversifying their teaching but who lack training in nonwestern philosophy. We are looking for contributors.
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Bin SONG has published a new editorial at Huffington Post titled “The Status of Women is Not an Issue for the Ru (Confucian) Tradition.” Check it out!
SUNY has just published Mat Foust’s new book, Confucianism and American Philosophy. From the publisher’s website: “In his examination of a broad range of philosophers, including Confucius, Mencius, Xunzi, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, Charles Peirce, William James, and Josiah Royce, Foust traces direct lines of influence from early translations of Confucian texts and brings to light conceptual affinities that have been previously overlooked.” Congratulations, Mat!
Later this month I am giving a couple lectures at local Beijing universities that are open to the public, in case anyone is interested:
- March 15, 7pm at 民族大学, “从进步儒学的角度看社会压迫”. Details on the location are here.
- March 17, 2pm at 人民大学, “进步儒学是否自由主义的一种?” Prof. Liang Tao 梁涛 will be commenting; the poster (with location information) is here.
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]
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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