Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews
2018.06.13 View this Review Online View Other NDPR Reviews
Michiko Yusa, (ed.), The Bloomsbury Research Handbook of Contemporary Japanese Philosophy, Bloomsbury, 2017, 391pp., $158.40, ISBN 9781474232692.
Reviewed by John A. Tucker, East Carolina University
This book is a valuable contribution to the rapidly growing field of Japanese philosophy. A nicely produced anthology, it includes a thoughtful introduction by the editor, Michiko Yusa, fourteen erudite essays subdivided into five sections, plus a convenient summary of the essays, notes on the contributors, an account of abbreviations and conventions, an appendix including two essays by Nishida Kitarō, a timeline with dates for the thinkers discussed, an index of Japanese texts cited, and a more traditional index, including kanji, of names and terms mentioned in the anthology. Overall, the scholarly apparatuses included make this volume an extraordinarily well-organized and helpful resource for those conducting scholarly explorations of Japanese philosophy.
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The 4th European Network of Japanese Philosophy (ENOJP) Conference at University of Hildesheim , Germany (Sept 5–8 2018)
Übergänge – Transitions – 移り渉り: Crossing the Boundaries in Japanese Philosophy
We encourage applicants to send in proposals for individual presentations or group proposals of 3 presenters to collaborate on a panel together. Papers dealing with the conference theme “Übergänge – Transitions – 移り渉り” are particularly welcome, but papers on other aspects related to Comparative & Japanese Philosophy will also be considered.
It is not necessary to adjust your presentation to the general theme in a very strict manner – we want to use the topic in a thought provoking rather than restrictive way! Please feel free to interpret the theme creatively. It is more important that you can give your presentation on a topic you are interested in than adjusting it to the general theme.
Deadline: April 30, 2018 (Abstract 250-500 words with 5–10 keywords & CV)
Conference Languages: English, German and Japanese
For more info: https://enojp4.wordpress.com/
The Centre for East Asian Studies (EASt) , Université Libre de Bruxelles, in Belgium is organizing a conference in October focusing on the task of translating Asian philosophical texts into western languages. They are hoping to make this conference into a long series and continue to provide a place in which comparative and asian philosophy scholars can help each other in our life-long commitment to the process of making Asian philosophical texts available in western languages. For more information, see this flyer
or this website
I recently became aware of the European Journal of Japanese Philosophy, an annual journal that has published in 2016 and 2017, and is now working on the 2018 issue. Check it out!
Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews
2017.11.12 View this Review Online View Other NDPR Reviews
J. Baird Callicott and James McRae (eds.), Japanese Environmental Philosophy, Oxford University Press, 2017, 310pp., $99.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780190456320.
Reviewed by Shigenori Nagatomo, Temple University
J. Baird Callicott and James McRae have brought together fifteen scholars’ views on the relation of Japanese thought to modern environmental concerns.
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A team based at the University of Oklahoma have just announced a splendid new website devoted to teaching “deviant philosophy.” It is made up of Primers, Units and Lessons, and Exercises and Activities, all designed to be incorporated into existing courses or to spur the creation of new ones. The editors are also very interested in new content, so please contribute! Their discussion of the meaning of “deviant philosophy” helps to make clear the scope of the project:
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Tetsugaku: International Journal of the Philosophical Association of Japan is an interesting-looking new journal, and its first issue contains an article called “The Birth of Philosophy as 哲學 (Tetsugaku) in Japan.” The article scrutinizes the history of the introduction of the subject from Holland to Japan, the coinage and application of the term tetsugaku (zhexue in Chinese), and its adoption in China during the late-nineteenth century. The article explains a lot about subtle changes in its coverage and nuance during the process. The journal and article are available from the following link:
This open-access journal also welcomes submissions of papers written in English, French or German. Please refer to the document at the bottom of the page.
International Association of Japanese Philosophy
2017 International Conference
Date: 28-29 July 2017 (Friday to Saturday)
Venue: National Taiwan Normal University, Taipei, Taiwan
Organizer: International Association of Japanese Philosophy (IAJP)
Co-organizer: Research Center for East Asian Culture and Sinology, National Taiwan Normal University
Globalizing Japanese Philosophy: From East Asia to the World
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Today seems to be Daoism Day here at Warp, Weft, and Way. A new book:
Daoism in Japan: Chinese traditions and their influence on Japanese religious culture
Edited by Jeffrey L. Richey
Routledge – 2015 – 268 pages
This last Saturday evening, I was carping to a colleague about the fact that three panels on Chinese philosophy were scheduled simultaneously during the very last time slot of the Group Program of the Pacific APA. Now that the APA has distributed a link to the evaluation survey, I decided to take a look at the actual numbers to see if there is a genuine issue of equity at the conference.
Below are the stats that I got from a first-time run-through of the main and group programs (I’m concerned with Asian philosophy broadly, which I categorized, following the panel titles or society names, as Chinese, Buddhist, Japanese, Comparative, and Martial Arts (didn’t see Indian, alas!)).
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Nothingness in Asian Philosophy – Routledge 2014
by Douglas Berger (editor) & Jeeloo Liu (editor)
From the Description at Amazon:
“A variety of crucial and still most relevant ideas about nothingness or emptiness have gained profound philosophical prominence in the history and development of a number of South and East Asian traditions—including in Buddhism, Daoism, Neo-Confucianism, Hinduism, Korean philosophy, and the Japanese Kyoto School. These traditions share the insight that in order to explain both the great mysteries and mundane facts about our experience, ideas of “nothingness” must play a primary role.”
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Friend of the blog, Carl Johnson, has his own blog about Japanese philosophy, here: http://japanphilosophy.com/. From his About page:
The Japanese Philosophy Blog is a blog that is aimed helping publicize English language resources for thinking about Japanese philosophy, ancient and modern. Currently, the blog is maintained by Carl M. Johnson of the University of Hawaiʻi Mānoa, but anyone interested in collaborating is invited to contribute. Please contact me if you have something you would like publicized on the site, or you would like to become a contributor.
(We will add this to our links list.)