Category Archives: Comparative philosophy

Dates for Spring events at Columbia

Dates have been announced for two series of events held this spring at Columbia University.

The Comparative Philosophy seminar:

  • January 24 – Aaron Stalnaker (Indiana University)
  • February 28 – Karsten Struhl (John Jay College, CUNY)
  • March 27 – Jin Y Park (American University)
  • May 1 – Sin yee Chan (University of Vermont)

The Neo-Confucianism seminar:

  • Feb. 7, P.J. Ivanhoe
  • March 6, Mercedes Valmisa
  • April 3, Justin Tiwald
  • May 1, Hwa Yeong Wang

New Book: Bai, Against Political Equality—The Confucian Case

Bai Tongdong writes with information about his new book — congratulations!

My new book, Against Political Equality—The Confucian Case was just published by Princeton University Press.  In this book, I offer a viable political alternative to liberal democracy that is inspired by Confucian ideas.  In domestic governance, I argue that Confucianism can embrace the liberal aspects of democracy along with the democratic ideas of equal opportunities and governmental accountability to the people.  But Confucianism would give more political decision-making power to those with the moral, practical, and intellectual capacities of caring for the people. While most democratic thinkers still focus on strengthening equality to cure the ills of democracy, the proposed hybrid regime—made up of Confucian-inspired meritocratic elements with democratic elements and a quasiliberal system of laws and rights—recognizes that egalitarian elements are sometimes in conflict with good governance and the protection of liberties, and defends liberal aspects by restricting democratic ones.  I apply these views to the international realm by supporting a hierarchical order, the “Confucian New Tian Xia Order,” based on how humane each state is toward its own and other peoples, and the principle of international interventions under this order whereby humane responsibilities override sovereignty.

PUP’s official link: https://press.princeton.edu/books/hardcover/9780691195995/against-political-equality

(Enter discount code BAI1 on the PUP website to get 30% off, through June 30, 2020. *Shipping charges and local import fees apply*)

Amazon’s page:

https://www.amazon.com/Against-Political-Equality-Confucian-Princeton-China/dp/0691195994/

Some newish journal articles

As I have mentioned before, I am happy to post information about articles relevant to Chinese and/or comparative philosophy that are published in journals other than those whose Tables of Contents we try to routinely post. Please just send the information to me! In that spirit:

In the summer 2019 issue of The Review of Politics, three relevant items:

  • Zhuoyao Li, “Political Confucianism and Multivariate Democracy in East Asia” (see here)
  • Sungmoon Kim, “Reasonable Pluralism and Pragmatic Confucian Democracy: Reply to Li” (see here)
  • Zhuoyao Li, “Between Confucianism and Democracy: A Response to Sungmoon Kim” (see here)

And in New German Critique:

  • Paul J. D’Ambrosio and Hans-Georg Moeller, “From Authenticity to Profilicity: A Critical Response to Roberto Simanowski and Others” (see here)
  • Roberto Simanowski, “On Self-Construction in Social Media: A Response to D’Ambrosio and Moeller” (see here)

Job at Huaqiao University

The School of Philosophy and Social Development at Huaqiao University, Xiamen, China, invites applications for a position in philosophy. The position is a mid-to-long term teaching and research position, which means one should work at Huaqiao University for two full semesters (each semester lasts for 20 weeks) a year. The contract will be renewed annually or open-ended. Candidates who have some Chinese language ability will be preferred. 

AOS: Asian Philosophy, esp. Chinese Philosophy, Comparative Philosophy

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CFP for chapters in a cross-cultural ethics textbook

The below message solicits papers for a cross-cultural textbook in ethics; please respond to Ms Rodriguez directly.

My name is Laura Rodriguez and I’m responsible for Marketing and Library Relations at Open Book Publishers., the leading Open Access publisher in the HSS in the UK. I’m contacting you further to the launch of a call for papers for What do we care about? A Cross-Cultural Textbook for Undergraduate Students of Philosophical Ethics because we believe it might be of interest for you and/or your peers.

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CFP: East – West: Comparative Philosophy and World Situation

From the organizers:

We would like to inform you that the Croatian Philosophical Society is organising the international interdisciplinary symposium “East – West: Comparative Philosophy and World Situation”, within the framework of the renowned international conference “Days of Frane Petric”, to be held in Cres (Croatia) between 20 and 23 September 2020. We invite the scholars from different areas to apply for the participation in the Symposium.

Herewith we are sending to you the official letter of invitation to the symposium “East – West: Comparative Philosophy and World Situation”, as well as the application form, which should be submitted until 31 March 2020 to the address: eastwest.croatia.2020@gmail.com.

We are hoping that you will be able to attend our symposium. The booklet of last year’s “Days of Frane Petric” (2019) you can download here.

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E-Book version of Allinson, Space, Time and the Ethical Foundations

An electronic edition of Robert Elliott Allinson’s book, Space, Time and the Ethical Foundations has been published with Routledge Revivals; this book was originally published in 2002. 

An excerpt from the late Professor Anthony C. Yu’s review: “Robert Allinson’s book represents tremendous thoughtfulness, originality, and erudition. Its wide-ranging and lucid discussions cover a huge terrain, from ancient metaphysics to quantum mechanics. The enlistment of certain classical Confucian concepts and themes at critical junctures to advance the book’s argument also provides luminous comparison. His interpretation of the Confucian emphasis on life as social and self-preservation is both humane and interesting, much as his analysis of the Mencian notion of compassion deserves our attention.”

New book: Mastery, Dependence, and the Ethics of Authority, by Aaron Stalnaker

Oxford University Press has just published my new book on early Confucian social thought, and what contemporary people might learn from it: Mastery, Dependence, and the Ethics of Authority.  The publisher’s page is here.  At present the cheapest way to purchase it is directly from Oxford, with a discount code for 30% off (AAFLYG6).

This comes with hearty thanks to Steve Angle and Bryan Van Norden, who were belatedly revealed as the press’s referees.

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