Category Archives: Confucianism

Episode 2 of “This Is the Way”: Confucians on Shame

The second episode of This Is the Way is on shame as a moral emotion, as understood by classical Confucian philosophers (especially Confucius and Mencius, but also Xunzi). Our special guest is Jing Iris Hu (HU Jing 胡婧), author of “Shame, Vulnerability, and Change.” Key questions include the following: What are the Confucian arguments for having a sense of shame? To what extent can shame be autonomous or independent of social attitudes, and what mechanisms do the Confucian recommend for making it so independent? Do fully virtuous people need a sense of shame?
Below you will find a more detailed accounting of topics, some specific passages and books or articles mentioned in the episode, and an opportunity to “weigh in” and share your views about the topic (or about the hosts’ wild claims about the text). Continue reading →

Call for Contributors to A Cultural History of Confucianism in Antiquity

A message from Thomas Radice:

Thomas Radice is editing A Cultural History of Confucianism in Antiquity, the first of a six-volume series to be published by Bloomsbury, and is looking for contributors. Each volume in the series covers the same eight themes: Texts, Arts, Politics, Metaphysics, Ethics, Rituals & Traditions, Comparisons, and Gender. Chapters run about 10,000 words.  Currently, he needs contributors for Metaphysics, Ethics, Rituals & Traditions, Arts, and Gender in early China until Qin. If you are interested, please feel free to contact him for other details at RadiceT1@SouthernCT.edu.

New Book: Major, Confucian Iconoclasm

SUNY has just published Philippe Major’s book Confucian Iconoclasm: Textual Authority, Modern Confucianism, and the Politics of Antitradition in Republican China. It provides a new interpretation of the rise of modern Confucian philosophy in Republican China, which the author argues in its most successful form is nearly as iconoclastic as May Fourth discourse. A description of the book is available here, and the book is available in open access format (thanks to Swiss tax payers!) here.

ToC: Journal of Confucian Philosophy and Culture 40

The Journal of Confucian Philosophy and Culture is delighted to announce the publication of Issue 40. This volume is dedicated to the special theme, “Towards a More Comprehensive Moral Psychology: Integrating East Asian Perspectives,” and has been curated by guest editor Doil Kim. It features five articles that delve deeply into this subject.

In addition to the special theme articles, it includes an individual article and a book review. This includes the Scholar’s Corner section by Halla Kim, titled “Korean Philosophy Today: Retrospect and Prospect,” and a book review by Alex Haskins on the Handbook of Confucianism in Modern Japan, edited by Shaun O’Dwyer. JCPC welcomes contributions from qualified authors worldwide, both in the form of articles and book reviews. The full volume is available online at http://jcpc.skku.edu/

New Book: The Confucian Tradition

Bridge 21 Publications is happy to announce that they have recently published a new book titled The Confucian Tradition: Between Religion and Humanism by Guoxiang Peng. In this book, the author reviews the Confucian tradition through two concepts: religion and humanities. The book covers the major phases of the development of Confucianism and includes relevant ideas of modern Western disciplines even going so far as the compare Eastern and Western thinkers. Please click here to check out the book and for more information.

ToC: JCPC 39

The Journal of Confucian Philosophy and Culture is pleased to announce the publication of Issue 39. This issue features a Scholar’s Corner section by Ellen Y. Zhang titled “The Ethics of Hospitality: Tracing the Confucian Other,” five articles covering a range of topics in Confucian philosophy and political theory, with contributions that span historical analysis to contemporary applications, and a Feature Book Review of Kyung Rok Kwon’s Confucian Sentimental Representation: A New Approach to Confucian Democracy by Sor-hoon Tan.
The full volume is available online at http://jcpc.skku.edu/

CFP: Essay on Confucianism and Interfaith Dialogue

Daniel Ross Goodman, Elaine Jean Lai, and Anthony Lee are editing a volume on “Beyond Dialogue: New Paradigms in Interfaith Discourse”. They are happy to announce that they are now calling for a Confucian chapter for the volume. This volume looks to be the first to address the topic of interfaith dialogue and interfaith theology through the individual perspectives of every major global religion. Please click here for more information as well as how to reach the editors if interested.

Online Workshop: Tiwald on “The Confucian Debate on Virtue Politics” 

The Sun Yat-sen University is pleased to announce the 34th Comparative Philosophy Workshop which will be held virtually at 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm (Bejing time), on March 16th, 2023. The workshop will be held using Tencent Voov Meeting, and any video recording of the meeting is prohibited. Please click here to sign up for the workshop.

Topic: “The Confucian Debate on Virtue Politics” 

Speaker: Justin TIWALD (Professor of Philosophy, University of Hong Kong) 

Moderator: Jun-Hyeok KWAK (Professor of Philosophy (Zhuhai), Sun Yat-sen University)    

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New Podcast on Growing Moral: A Confucian Guide to Life

David Sherrin is a high school social studies teacher who hosts a terrific series of conversations called
“Conversations on World History” aimed at a broad listenership. He and I recently chatted about themes from my book Growing Moral: A Confucian Guide to Life; if you’re interested, check it out at any of these sites:

  1. Apple
  2. Spotify
  3. Podbean
  4. iHeart