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NAKPA News and Conference

The North American Korean Philosophy Association will hold its fourth annual conference at SKK (Sungkyunkwan) University in Seoul, Korea, Oct. 25-27, 2017 on the theme “Why Korean Philosophy Today?: Its Relevance to the Twenty-first century.” Please read on for more information about submissions and other details. Also, the latest NAKPA newsletter is available here.

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February 4, 2017 Posted by | Call for Papers (CFP), Comparative philosophy, Korea, Korean Philosophy | no comments

New Book on Political Legitimacy

Cambridge University Press has published East Asian Perspectives on Political Legitimacy: Bridging the Empirical-Normative Divide, edited by Joseph Chan, Doh Chuli Shin, and Melissa S. Williams. More details and table of contents here.

December 7, 2016 Posted by | Books of Interest, China, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative Political Theory, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Politics | no comments

Latest NAKPA E-newsletter

The NAKPA (Korean Philosophy Association) E-newsletter No. 3, 2016 is now available.

November 28, 2016 Posted by | Comparative philosophy, Korea, Korean Philosophy | no comments

New Book on Korean Philosophy

Traditional Korean Philosophy: Problems and Debates, Edited by Youngsun Back and Philip J. Ivanhoe, has been published by Rowman & Littlefield International, in their CEACOP East Asian Comparative Ethics, Politics and Philosophy of Law series. It looks great — congratulations to the editors and contributors!

November 21, 2016 Posted by | Books of Interest, Buddhism, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Confucianism, Korea, Korean Philosophy | no comments

New Book: P.J. Ivanhoe, Three Streams

I am happy to announce that Philip J. Ivanhoe’s Three Streams: Confucian Reflections on Learning and the Moral Heart-Mind in China, Korea, and Japan (Oxford University Press, 2016) has been published. See here and here, and a summary follows.

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October 31, 2016 Posted by | Books of Interest, China, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Japan, Korea, Neo-Confucianism | no comments

Lecture in Berlin: Nelson on Neo-Confucianism and Buddhism

Prof. Dr. Eric NELSON (Division of Humanities, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology):

The Debate between Neo-Confucianism and Buddhism in Jeong Dojeon and Gihwa

Nov. 30, 2016; 18:00-20:00. More information here.

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October 14, 2016 Posted by | Buddhism, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Korea, Lecture, Neo-Confucianism | no comments

New Book: Chung, Trans., Yi Hwang (Toegye), A Korean Confucian Way of Life and Thought

Yi Hwang (Toegye), A Korean Confucian Way of Life and Thought: The Chasongnok (Record of Self-Reflection).
Translated by Edward Y. J. Chung. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 2016.

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July 9, 2016 Posted by | Books of Interest, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Korea, Korean Philosophy, Neo-Confucianism | no comments

New Korean Philosophy Newsletter

The latest North American Korean Philosophy Association Courier (2016, issue 2) is available here.

June 9, 2016 Posted by | Comparative philosophy, Korea, Korean Philosophy | no comments

Sungmoon Kim, Public Reason Confucianism now available

Kim, PRC coverSungmoon Kim’s new book, Public Reason Confucianism: Democratic Perfectionism and Constitutionalism in East Asia (Cambridge, 2016) has just been published. Congratulations, Sungmoon! Here are links to the CUP website and Amazon. Cambridge has also made available a form that anyone can use to get a 25% discount; click here. Here is the book’s description:

Recent proposals concerning Confucian meritocratic perfectionism have justified Confucian perfectionism in terms of political meritocracy. In contrast, ‘Confucian democratic perfectionism’ is a form of comprehensive Confucian perfectionism that can accommodate a plurality of values in civil society. It is also fully compatible with core values of democracy such as popular sovereignty, political equality, and the right to political participation. Sungmoon Kim presents ‘public reason Confucianism’ as the most attractive option for contemporary East Asian societies that are historically and culturally Confucian. Public reason Confucianism is a particular style of Confucian democratic perfectionism in which comprehensive Confucianism is connected with perfectionism via a distinctive form of public reason. It calls for an active role for the democratic state in promoting a Confucian conception of the good life, at the heart of which are such core Confucian values as filial piety and ritual propriety.

April 25, 2016 Posted by | Books of Interest, China, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Comparative Political Theory, Contemporary Confucianism, Hong Kong, Korea, Political Theory, Politics | no comments

CFP: NAKPA Annual Conference

From Halla Kim:

The North American Korean Philosophy Association (NAKPA) holds its annual conference at Univ of San Francisco, NOV 28-30, 2016 on the theme “From Interactions to Creations: Currents and Counter-currents in Korean Philosophy.” We are pleased to accept proposals for presentations and panels related to the conference theme. For example, the concept of emotion in (a phases of) Korean neo-Confucian movement or the “desire” in the Korean Zen tradition or the body and mind in a comparative framework. Papers on other topics will also be considered, esp. philosophical works related to Korean and comparative philosophy, for example, work that brings non-Korean philosophy into a comparative framework with Korean philosophy. Paper abstracts should be 150-200 words in length. Complete panel proposals should include: panel title, a 150-word introduction to the theme of the panel, and a 150-word abstract for each of the papers. Include each presenter’s name, e-mail address, and institutional affiliation. Graduate students and post-docs are welcome to apply. The winner of the graduate student/post-doc award will be given $500.00 to defray the expenses for travel. The review will begin on June 15, 2016 and primarily close on August 1. The language of the conference is English. Thank you. Please send your submission and inquires to: hallakim@unomaha.edu

April 9, 2016 Posted by | Call for Papers (CFP), Comparative philosophy, Korea, Korean Philosophy | no comments

New issue of NAKPA Courier

The latest issue of the North American Korean Philosophy Association’s newsletter is now available on the NAKPA website, here.

March 5, 2016 Posted by | Comparative philosophy, Korea, Korean Philosophy, Organization News | no comments

Muller Translates Korean Buddhist-Confucian Debate

The University of Hawaii Press has published Charles Muller’s translation: Korea’s Great Buddhist-Confucian Debate: The Treatises of Chong Tojon (Sambong) and Hamho Tuktong (Kihwa). More information is available below, and here.

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November 28, 2015 Posted by | Books of Interest, Buddhism, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Korea, Korean Philosophy, Neo-Confucianism | no comments

Two Books on Korean Confucianism

Over the past year, Edward Chung has published two significant books on Korean Confucianism, one a translation and one an overview. Please read on for details.

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November 21, 2015 Posted by | Books of Interest, Comparative philosophy, Confucianism, Contemporary Confucianism, Korea, Korean Philosophy, Neo-Confucianism, Translation | no comments

Journal of Confucian Philosophy and Culture

The Journal of Confucian Philosophy and Culture has been published by the by the Institute of Confucian Philosophy and Culture (ICPC) at Sungkyunkwan Univesity (SKKU) in Korea since 2001. The Journal publishes articles in English and in Chinese; PDFs of all issues are available on-line here. There is a lot of high-quality content here, with a particular focus on Chinese and Korean Neo-Confucianism.

In addition, the journal welcomes English-language submissions (which will be double-blind reviewed). For more details, see here.

November 10, 2015 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Confucianism, Journal News, Korea, Neo-Confucianism | no comments

Nth Am. Korean Philosophy Assn Newsletter

The NAKPA COURIER: A Quarterly E-Newsletter of the North American Korean Philosophy Association

No. 7, Oct, 2015

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October 22, 2015 Posted by | Call for Papers (CFP), Comparative philosophy, Korea, Korean Philosophy | no comments

New Book: Korea’s Great Buddhist-Confucian Debate

Korea’s Great Buddhist-Confucian Debate: The Treatises of Chŏng Tojŏn (Sambong) and Hamhŏ Tŭkt’ong (Kihwa), Translated and with an introduction by A. Charles Muller

University of Hawai`i Press
192pp. May 2015
Cloth – Price: $20.00
ISBN: 978-0-8248-5380-8

http://www.acmuller.net/kor-bud/greatdebate.pdf

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May 23, 2015 Posted by | Books of Interest, Buddhism, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Korea, Korean Philosophy, Neo-Confucianism | no comments

New Book: Kim, ed., Confucianism, Law and Democracy in Contemporary Korea

Sungmoon Kim, ed., Confucianism, Law and Democracy in Contemporary Korea (Rowman and Littlefield International; CEACOP Series in East Asian Comparative Ethics, Politics and Philosophy of Law) has been published. Congratulations to all involved: it looks terrific!

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May 1, 2015 Posted by | Books of Interest, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Comparative Political Theory, Confucianism, Contemporary Confucianism, Korea, Law | no comments

El Amine Reviews Kim, Confucian Democracy in East Asia

Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews

2015.02.31 View this Review Online   View Other NDPR Reviews

Sungmoon Kim, Confucian Democracy in East Asia: Theory and Practice, Cambridge University Press, 2014, 321pp., $29.99 (pbk), ISBN 9781107641211.

Reviewed by Loubna El Amine, Georgetown University

Sungmoon Kim’s book offers an important and passionate defense of democracy, especially as it applies to East Asian countries. It moves the current debate on the topic from the question of whether democracy is relevant to, and compatible with, the East Asian context, to the question of “the particular mode of Confucian democracy” that is suitable for East Asia (247). In other words, the starting premise of Kim’s inquiry is the simple fact that democracy does already exist in that part of the world, including in South Korea, Taiwan, and (“arguably,” according to Kim), in Hong Kong (247). The question then is, what form of democracy does, will, and should work in East Asia?

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February 23, 2015 Posted by | Book Review, Books of Interest, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Comparative Political Theory, Korea, Political Theory, Politics | no comments

Korean Philosophy Conference

You may have noticed this information in my recent post about the NAKPA, but in case you didn’t, here is the official poster for the Korean and Comparative Philosophy and History of Philosophy conference that will be held at City University of Hong Kong, Dec. 12-13, 2014.

December 10, 2014 Posted by | Comparative philosophy, Conference, Confucianism, Korea, Korean Philosophy, Neo-Confucianism | no comments

NAKPA Newsletter

Many readers will be interested in the doings of the North American Korean Philosophy Association (NAKPA), the newsletter of which follows. 


The NAKPA COURIER

A Quarterly E-Newsletter of the North American Korean Philosophy Association
No. 4, December, 2014

 

Season’s Greetings from the Desktop Editor

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

Greetings once again from Omaha, Nebraska, US! I hope this letter finds you and all your loved ones well. First of all, we have just launched our Facebook page “North American Korean Philosophical Association” so please visit and “like” us. (I am indebted to Joe Bolling for this project).

In this issue of the NAKPA Courier, you are able to find the full program of the conference Korean and Comparative Philosophy and History of Philosophy that will be held at City University of Hong Kong, Dec. 12-13, 2014. In addition, the full program of the two sessions on Korean philosophy at the upcoming Eastern APA (American Philosophical Associations) in Philadelphia in December 2014, the session at the Central APA (St. Louis) in February 2015 and also one at the Pacific APA (Seattle) in April 2015 can be found. The first will be focused on the Korean traditional philosophy in general, the second one on the Korean Studies on the Book of Changes, and the last one on the Korean political philosophy. (For details, see the section below.)  I am also pleased to let you know that “The Spirit of Korean Philosophy: Six Debates and Their Significance,” an international conference recently held in Omaha under the auspice of University of Nebraska at Omaha as well as the Academy of Korean Studies and NAKPA, went very well.

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December 8, 2014 Posted by | American Philosophical Association, Comparative philosophy, Korea, Korean Philosophy, Organization News | no comments

Upcoming Conference on Korean Philosophy

An upcoming conference at the University of Nebraska “The Spirit of Korean Philosophy: Six Debates and their Significance for Asian and Western Philosophy” (OCTOBER 22-24, 2014)

October 19, 2014 Posted by | Buddhism, Comparative philosophy, Conference, Confucianism, Korea | no comments

Neuroimaging Study of Korean vs U.S. Moral Thinking

Stanford scholar shows Koreans and Americans tackle moral dilemmas using different brain regions … offers first look at neural differences between cultural groups solving tricky moral problems.

Someone pointed me to the story, published here (thank you, Annette Bryson!). The study, which is hyperlinked in the story, is available here for free download (last I checked). I have no real comment on it yet, but thought some blog readers who are interested in empirical studies about moral thinking in Confucian societies might find it interesting, assuming, as I do, that Korea has a society that still remains heavily influenced by its history of Confucianism.

March 13, 2014 Posted by | Empirical Studies, Korea, Psychology, Science | 9 comments

Columbia Neo-Confucianism Seminar

The next session of the Columbia University Seminar on Neo-Confucian Studies (Seminar #567) will convene Friday, February 7, 2014 from 3:30 to 5:30pm in the Komoda Room of the Heyman Center for the Humanities at Columbia University.  We will have two presenters (copies of the papers are available from the organizers):

  • Elizabeth Woo Li.  Her paper is titled “‘Rites as Principles’ (li ji li 礼即理): A Fundamental Concept in Confucian Theories of Ethics and Politics.”
  • P. J. Ivanhoe.  His paper is titled “New Old Foundations for Confucian Ethical Philosophy: Itō Jinsai 伊藤仁斎 (1627-1705), Dai Zhen 戴震 (1722-1776), and Jeong Yakyong 丁若鏞 (1762-1836).”

All are welcome to attend.  Please join us immediately after the seminar for dinner at Columbia Cottage restaurant, which is located on the corner of Amsterdam and 111th Streets.

January 26, 2014 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Japan, Korea, Neo-Confucianism, Ritual | no comments

Conference 5-6 December in HK on Confucianism, Law, and Politics in Korea

Eirik Harris reports: We’re hosting a conference on “Confucianism, Law, and Politics in Korea: Past and Present” here at CityU that might interest some of the Warp, Weft and Way readers.  The Conference poster with list of speakers and topics is here: http://www6.cityu.edu.hk/ceacop/kpcp/conference_poster.jpg

December 4, 2013 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Conference, Confucianism, Korea, Law, Politics | no comments

Job in Confucian Religious Studies

Assistant Professor/Faculty Position in Sogang University, South Korea

The Department of Religious Studies at Sogang University, the Jesuit University in Seoul, South Korea,, invites applications for a full-time, tenure track faculty position in Chinese/Korean religions (centered on Confucianism) at the assistant/associate professor rank, to begin in fall 2013. The Ph.D. must bein hand by time of appointment.

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February 5, 2013 Posted by | Confucianism, Job Opening, Korea, Religion | no comments

CFP–Constructing and Interpreting the Daotong

Call for papers
Constructing and Interpreting the Daotong (Transmission of the Way) in the Perspective of Chinese and Korean Neo-Confucianism

International conference organised by:
–         The Centre of Chinese Studies (CEC, ASIEs, Inalco),
–         The Centre of Korean Studies (CECO, ASIEs, Inalco)
–         The Institute of Confucian Philosophy and Culture (Sungkyunkwan University, Seoul)
The organising committee is pleased to invite colleagues and Ph.D students interested in Neo-Confucianism to submit abstracts for this international conference regarding the construction and (re-)interpretations of the Daotong. Its objective is to re-examine the process through which Neo-Confucian discourse was legitimated by promoting the notion of Transmission of the Way, both in Chinese and Korean contexts.

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February 5, 2013 Posted by | Call for Papers (CFP), Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Conference, Korea, Neo-Confucianism | no comments

Translation of Korean Buddhist Works Online

A team of scholars has published — and made freely available on-line — an extensive set of translations from Korean Buddhism. The homepage is here. The translation are excellent, are accompanied by substantial introductions, and include the classical Chinese original text. Robert Buswell’s Preface to the series follows.

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August 19, 2012 Posted by | Buddhism, Korea, Recently Published | 2 comments

New Books on Women and Confucianism, and on Emotions

Two more recent books, one on women and Confucianism in Choson Korea, the other on emotions in East Asia.

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July 31, 2012 Posted by | Books of Interest, Confucianism, Emotions, Feminism, Korea | no comments

More Information on Korean Philosophy Project

We have already posted an announcement of the substantial grant that PJ Ivanhoe of the City University of Hong Kong, together with several collaborators, received to support work on Korean philosophy in comparative perspective. The team has now prepared a website detailing some of the project’s schedule, collaborators, and planned outcomes (including several terrific-sounding books).

February 8, 2012 Posted by | Comparative philosophy, Conference, Korea | no comments

Korean Comparative Philosophy Grant Awarded

A group of scholars including P. J. Ivanhoe has been awarded a major grant from the Korean Studies Promotion Service of the
Academy of Korean Studies to conduct a major research project on Korean Philosophy from Comparative Perspectives. The period of the grant is five years. The aim is to bring the study of Korean philosophy more into the mainstream of world philosophy. There will be workshops, international conferences, post-doc opportunities and sponsoring of senior western philosophers in connection with the project. For more information, see this link. Congratulations to P.J.!

August 30, 2011 Posted by | Comparative philosophy, Korea | no comments