Category Archives: Korea

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.

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:

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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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.