A great line-up for a conference on political meritocracy, starting tomorrow at Harvard:
I’m happy to announce that a project I have been working on for some time has now reached a level of maturity that I feel comfortable sharing it publicly. Jinburuxue.com is a mainly Chinese-language website that aims to share Chinese versions of writings about progressive approaches to Confucianism. (Jinbu ruxue or 进步儒学 means progressive Confucianism.) Some of the material originally appeared in Chinese, and some of it was originally in English and has been translated specifically for this project. (All work appears with permission.) The site also has an English-language version, although the underlying essays and other materials are still in Chinese.
The contributors to this website have many differences, but share a common understanding of Confucianism as a living tradition, a still-developing tradition. In addition, we believe that as Confucianism develops in the contemporary world, it must be inclusive, supporting the ability of all people to improve ethically. In the essays and other materials collected on the site, we argue that the values of the Confucian tradition should be expressed in new ways in the 21st century. This is what the Book of Changes calls “changing with the times 与时偕行,” the Greater Learning calls “daily renewal 日新,” and the Analects calls “reviewing the old to know the new 温故而知新.” We call this contemporary, developing form of Confucianism “Progressive Confucianism.”
The site focuses on Chinese-language versions of our material because in the first instance, our goal is to have an impact on Chinese-language discussions of what Confucianism is and can be. Any thoughts on this project or suggestions for changes or future development are welcome!
The latest Journal of Chinese Humanities issue is a special issue on “The Possibility of Political Meritocracy in China.” Read on for details.
I am happy to post this on behalf of Baldwin Wong, Elton Chan, Larry Lai, and Nikolas Kirby (whose contact info is available at the end):
1st Oxford Symposium on Comparative Political Philosophy
10th – 12th July, 2019
Blavatnik School of Government, The University of Oxford
Keynote Speaker: Prof. Stephen C. Angle (Wesleyan University)
We are a group of scholars aiming to facilitate substantive philosophical argument amongst political theorists across diverse cultural traditions. In recent years there has been an increasing interest among Anglo-American political theorists in comparing the diverse ways of how the thinkers of different cultural traditions address political issues. Several academic publishers (such as Cambridge University Press and Princeton University Press) and journals (such as American Political Science Review and European Journal of Political Theory) have published work about Confucian, Islamic, Indian and African political theories. Yet despite this growing body of literature, there is still inadequate substantive engagement across different traditions about fundamental questions in political theory and public policy. The driving interest of our project is to promote such engagement, comparing competing (or possibly similar) answers to substantive questions, testing arguments and assumptions across traditions in philosophical debate, and then ask whether this debate can shed light on questions of substantive policy.
With these issues in mind, we attempt to create a regular platform for fruitful cooperation and exchange of ideas among comparative political theorists. This three-day symposium is the first step. Scholars are invited to present their recent, original research in this subfield. The symposium each year will be organized around a particular theme in political theory and public policy.
Here is a call for papers for a workshop on “Political Pluralism in Greater China – 大中华的政治多元化,” to be held in July 2019 at the University of Lucerne, organized by Philipp Renninger (Lucerne) and Ewan Smith (Oxford).
Three significant articles, all open access, on contemporary Chinese political thinking.
“Research dialogues on the intellectual public sphere in China (Part I),” Guest edited by Timothy Cheek, David Ownby, and Joshua Fogel. China Information Volume 32, Issue 1, March 2018
First Published March 14, 2018; pp. 107–120
First Published January 2, 2018; pp. 121–138
First Published March 14, 2018; pp. 139–159
Oxford has published Sungmoon Kim, Democracy after Virtue: Toward Pragmatic Confucian Democracy. This is the inaugural volume in the Studies in Comparative Political Theory series.
Joseph Chan (University of Hong Kong) has accepted an invitation to be a Global Scholar at Princeton University for the next three spring semesters, starting February 2019. He will be affiliated with the University Center for Human Values and teach one course in Confucian political philosophy in the Department of Politics.
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!