Warp, Weft, and Way

Chinese and Comparative Philosophy 中國哲學與比較哲學

The Issue is Not the Issue: A Podcast with Hans-Georg Moeller and Dan Sarafinas

Hans-Georg Moeller and Dan Sarafinas discuss contemporary debates on “political correctness” and related moral and social issues. They point to concepts such as virtue speech (“virtue signalling”), civil religion, and the role of critique to better understand their nature.

Episode 1–Virtue Speech: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3pg8H-b87Cs;

The phenomenon of virtue speech (“virtue signalling”) has become a central feature in recent outrage movements pervasive throughout the West. Virtue speech, which is implicitly tied to accusations of hate speech, is a form of moralistic discourse setting speech examples that make it difficult to openly discuss elements of our culture without falling into the trap of moralizing.

Episode 2–Civil Religion: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5EDEuXCPHOQ

Civil religion plays a central role in the virtue speech, or political correctness, discourse. The history of the concept is discussed as well as the structure of the American form of civil religion and how tenets of civil religion are constantly being performed and re-enacted, particularly in current social media outrage movements.


December 28, 2018 Posted by | Academia, Comparative Political Theory, Daoism, Ethical Theory, European Continental Philosophy, Feminism, History of Philosophy, Human Rights, Humor, Macau, Marxism, Modernity, Political Theory, Politics, Popular Culture, Religion, Virtue | 3 comments

New Book: Van den Stock, The Horizon of Modernity

Ady Van den Stock, The Horizon of Modernity: Subjectivity and Social Structure in New Confucian Philosophy. Leiden: Brill, 2016.

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July 9, 2016 Posted by | Books of Interest, China, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Contemporary Confucianism, Hong Kong, Modern Chinese Philosophy, Modernity, New Confucianism | no comments

Korean Modernity and Philosophy Workshop



University of San Francisco, August 13-14, 2013

 Korean Philosophy Flier

Many elements formed Korean modernity/coloniality from the 19th century onward: a receding Sinocentric world, an encroaching Western world, Japanese colonialism, the “New Woman,” racialization, Marxism, a cataclysmic war at home, a divided country, U.S. imperialism, struggles between authoritarian regimes and peoples’ movements, a diasporic nation… This workshop explores philosophical figures and themes in this nexus of forces and concepts. Talks and speakers include:

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June 25, 2013 Posted by | Modernity, Philosophy in Korea | no comments