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

RWCP Program / Registration is Live

The final program for the 2018 Rutgers Workshop in Chinese Philosophy is now on-line here, and also pasted below. Please note that (free) advance registration is required, and that spaces are filling up quickly (really — this isn’t just a sales pitch).

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February 23, 2018 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Comparative Political Theory, Conference | no comments

“Future of Confucian Political Philosophy” Published

I’d like to call out one item in the recently-published issue of Comparative Philosophy for special mention. “The Future of Confucian Political Philosophy” is a 22,000 word edited transcript of a roundtable discussion that was held in Hong Kong in February 2017. (Direct link to the transcript is here.) The main speakers are:

  • Stephen C. ANGLE, Wesleyan University
  • Elton CHAN, Yale-NUS College
  • Joseph CHAN, University of Hong Kong
  • Jiwei CI, University of Hong Kong
  • Ruiping FAN, City University of Hong Kong
  • Yong HUANG, Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • Yi-Huah JIANG, City University of Hong Kong
  • Sungmoon KIM, City University of Hong Kong

We each make presentations, and then there is ample time for discussion, both among the invited speakers and with other attendees. On behalf of all participants, I hope that readers will find this to be an engaging snapshot of the some of the state of the art — and some glimpses of the future — of Confucian political philosophy. Discussion here of its themes is of course encouraged!

February 15, 2018 Posted by | China, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Comparative Political Theory, Contemporary Confucianism, Hong Kong, Politics | no comments

Zhao Tingyang in WaPo on Tianxia

Chinese philosopher Zhao Tingyang has a short piece in the Washington Post on the idea of “tianxia“: “Can this ancient Chinese philosophy save us from global chaos?

February 12, 2018 Posted by | China, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Comparative Political Theory | one comment

New Book and Roundtable: Michael Sandel and Chinese Philosophy

Harvard University Press has published by Michael J. Sandel and Paul J. D’Ambrosio, eds., Encountering China: Michael Sandel and Chinese Philosophy. Amazon is here; HUP is here.

Also note that there will be a Roundtable Discussion of the book on Feb. 2, 3:00 to 5:00 pm at Harvard, with a distinguished list of discussants; see more here. The book’s Table of Contents is below.

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January 19, 2018 Posted by | Books of Interest, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Comparative Political Theory, Lecture | no comments

New Book: Stapleton and Hon, eds., Confucianism for the Contemporary World

SUNY has published Confucianism for the Contemporary World: Global Order, Political Plurality, and Social Action, edited by Kristin Stapleton and Tze-ki Hon. More details are here and below.

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January 3, 2018 Posted by | Books of Interest, China, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Comparative Political Theory, Contemporary Confucianism, Politics | no comments

New issue of JWP

The latest issue (vol. 2, no. 2) of the Journal of World Philosophies has been published, including a symposium called “Are Certain Knowledge Frameworks More Congenial to the Aims of Cross-Cultural Philosophy?” with Leigh Jenco, Steve Fuller, David H. Kim, Thaddeus Metz, Miljana Milojevic.

December 23, 2017 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Comparative Political Theory, Tables of Contents | no comments

Eric Schliesser discusses Mozi on the State of Nature

Mozi fans will be interested in Eric Schliesser (a scholar of European philosophy) discussing Mozi on the state of nature.

December 9, 2017 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Comparative Political Theory, Mohism | one comment

New Book: Manifestos for World Thought

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.

November 28, 2017 Posted by | Books of Interest, Comparative philosophy, Comparative Political Theory | no comments

New Book: Chinese Visions of World Order

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.

October 20, 2017 Posted by | Books of Interest, China, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Comparative Political Theory, Politics | no comments

Lecture on Loyalty at Harvard, October 19

Thursday, October 19, 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Embodied Virtue: How was Loyalty Edited and Performed in Late Imperial China?

Chiung-yun Evelyn Liu, Associate Research Fellow, Institute of Chinese Literature and Philosophy, Academia Sinica; HYI Visiting Scholar

Chair/discussant: Wai-yee Li, Professor of Chinese Literature, Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations, Harvard University

Sponsored by the Harvard Yenching Institute

Common Room, 2 Divinity Avenue, Cambridge

October 9, 2017 Posted by | China, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative Political Theory, Lecture | no comments

ISCWP Summer 2017 Newsletter

The ISCWP Summer 2017 newsletter is available online hereIt contains information on the following:

  • Letter from the President
  • Member News and Updates
  • ISCWP Sponsored Panels, APA Eastern Division Meeting (Jan 4-7, 2017)
  • ISCWP Sponsored Panels, APA Pacific Division Meeting (Apr 12-15, 2017)
  • Dues and Donations

August 29, 2017 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative Political Theory, Organization News | no comments

Dialogues Between Angle and Huang, Guo published

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:

August 21, 2017 Posted by | China, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Comparative Political Theory, Contemporary Confucianism | no comments

Fox on Jenco

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!

August 3, 2017 Posted by | China, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Comparative Political Theory | no comments

Article on “American Tianxia”

An interesting use of a Chinese concept that has been much-discussed in Chinese philosophy and IR circles, tianxia, whatever one makes of the argument itself: Salvatore Babones, “American Tianxia” in Foreign Affairs.

June 28, 2017 Posted by | Articles of Interest, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative Political Theory | 3 comments

Crane Reviews Kim, Public Reason Confucianism

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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June 2, 2017 Posted by | Book Review, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Comparative Political Theory, Korea | no comments

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