Two articles on Confucianism and Just War have been published in the latest Philosophy Compass:
The University of California Press with support from the Berggruen Institute has published Amitav Acharya, Daniel A. Bell, Rajeev Bhargava, and Yan Xuetong, eds., Bridging Two Worlds: Comparing Classical Political Thought and Statecraft in India and China. The full text is available for download here; the Table of Contents is below.
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SUNY is publishing Roy Tseng (Academia Sinica in Taiwan)’s Confucian Liberalism: Mou Zongsan and Hegelian Liberalism. For more information, see here. Congratulations, Roy!
The Center for Interdisciplinary and Intercultural Studies at Universität Tübingen is sponsoring a series of four on-line lectures titled “Tianxia (and its critique).” All lectures take place online at 2 pm CEST (8 am U.S., 8 pm China):
22 Sep — Tingyang Zhao: “The maze of Tianxia–all-under-heaven”
20 Oct — Stephen Angle: “The Limits of Tianxia”
17 Nov — Georg Stenger: tba
15 Dec — Aurélie Névot: “From tianxia to tianxia-ism”
All lectures will be available at: this zoom link.
Please contact the organizer, Dr. Niels Weidtmann, with any questions.
My article “Confucian Leadership Meets Confucian Democracy” has just been published in the Journal of Social and Political Philosophy (1:2). The abstract is below; full text is available here (through the end of October).
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Jisoo Kim will offer an on-line lecture later this week: the title is “The Emotions of Justice: People’s Voices and their Petitioning Activity in Late Chosŏn Korea,” and it will be held at 10am Hong Kong time on Friday, 18 February. For more information and to register, see here.
Book title: Confucian Sentimental Representation
Kwon conceptualizes a unique mode of political representation in East Asian society, which derives its moral foundation from Confucian virtue politics. Contemporary East Asian societies understand democracy differently than Western societies do. Even citizens in consolidated democracies such as Taiwan and South Korea have different conceptions of an ideal relationship between a political leader and ordinary citizens, as well as a political leader’s accountability and political legitimacy. A political leader’s proper conduct, including his/her everyday languages, behaviors, and expressions when facing citizens’ sorrow, anger, and resentment, plays a crucial role in evaluating whether his/her has political legitimacy in East Asian society. Kwon analyses how this ‘affective accountability’ forms the basis for political representation in these societies and examines how this can be reconciled with liberal democracy.
Kyung Rok Kwon is a postdoctoral fellow of Research Center for Humanities and Social Sciences at Academia Sinica (Taiwan).
The Journal of Social and Political Philosophy has published its first issue, featuring an article by Sor-hoon Tan (“The Crisis of Liberal Democracy and the Confucian Challenge: A Pragmatist Response”), a roundtable on Bai Tongdong’s book Against Political Equality: The Confucian Case, and lots of other interesting content. The journal’s description reads as follows (my emphasis):
Journal of Social and Political Philosophy (JSPP) provides a forum in which to address the new challenges facing social and political thought in the twenty-first century. JSPP publishes material of the highest quality regardless of philosophical, ideological or methodological orientation within social and political philosophy. Our aim is to provide a venue for original contributions to social and political philosophy from a range of disciplines, traditions and civilizational perspectives.
JSPP especially welcomes contributions dealing with contemporary encounters, debates and controversies involving Western social and political thought and East Asian approaches, including but not limited to Chinese traditions. It seeks to promote dynamic engagement between East Asian and Western approaches to social and political philosophy, including new fields of normative inquiry that cut across otherwise distinct traditions. JSPP supports informed cross-cultural conversation between these different approaches.
Contributions to the history of political thought are welcome where these bear on issues of contemporary concern. JSPP’s scope does not include material dealing with empirical, public policy or day to day political issues, but does include philosophical contributions that incorporate results of social scientific research.
JSPP publishes research articles, critical responses, book reviews, review essays, and symposia on books of particular importance.
Seems like a significant new venue!
I am happy to share with you the final program of the workshop “Chinese Political Thought: A Global Dialogue beyond Orientalism”, organized by the University of Naples L’Orientale and Tallinn University in cooperation with Eurics, which will take place on Zoom on January 20-21, 2022.
If you wish to register as audience, please fill this form: https://forms.office.com/r/6U8YpGeyyR
FINAL PROGRAM (Central European Time), PDF version here: https://cutt.ly/7YMJBxf — and see below…
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