Bin Song’s article “A Study of Cheng Yi’s Quiet-Sitting Meditation and Other Contemplative Practices in the Confucian Context” has been published by the Journal of Contemplative Studies. The journal has a very nice website, where readers can view and download the article in multiple formats: https://contemplativejournal.org/#/texts/67516.
Meiner, a renowned philosophy publisher from Hamburg, has established a new series of bilingual editions of source texts in Chinese philosophy in both Chinese and German. For the series see: https://meiner.de/monographien-reihen/sino-philosophica.html
The first volume of the series is a translation by Iso Kern of a selection of the correspondence between Wang Yangming, Ouyang De and Luo Qinshun on the basis of ethical action. For this new publication see:
George Israel published a lovely on-line essay titled “The Trouble with Wang Yangming” a little over a year ago, but it remains highly relevant. If you are interested in all the enthusiasm about Wang in the contemporary PRC, or about Wang more generally, this is essential reading.
Announcement of 2022 Dao Annual Best Essay Award
Dao established “The Annual Best Essay Award” in 2007. In addition to a certificate of achievement, the award comes along with a prize of US$1,000. The award winners will be noted in the website of the journal as well as the website of Springer, the publisher of the journal. The award ceremony is held each year at the American Philosophical Association Annual Meeting (Eastern Division) in early January, where a special panel on the theme of the award-winning essay is held. The critical comments and the author’s responses to them presented at the panel, after review and revision, will be published in the last issue of Dao each year.
When Justin Tiwald and I published Neo-Confucianism: A Philosophical Introduction a few years ago, we also launched a companion website, neo-confucianism.com. Years and years ago, I also set up an extext site (take a look at some of the supporting material — reminds one what it was like to work in Chinese on an emerging internet back in the 1990s! 😉
Well, the server on which the etext site lives is being retired, which is an impetus to make some changes. The Song-Ming texts, and some of the more modern ones, are going to move to neo-confucianism.com. I will also try to fill out the texts available there, with section/page numbering that corresponds to English translations, where that is possible.
My question to you all is: what else should we seek to do with neo-confucianism.com? What would be useful? What resources do you know of (or would like to see created — no promises!)? Please share with me, either in comments here or via email. Thanks!
In the most recent issue of the Journal of Confucian Philosophy and Culture, P. J. Ivanhoe published an essay engaging with Harvey Lederman’s account of Wang Yangming titled “The Introspective, Perceptual, and Spontaneous Response Models of Wang Yangming’s Philosophy.” Lederman has published a reply, currently uploaded to PhilPapers here. Enjoy!
PS–the Journal of Confucian Philosophy and Culture website was down for a week or more, apparently because Sungkyunkwan University (the host of JCPC) decided to block overseas access to protect itself from a spate of attacks from Chinese hackers … but the site is back up now and hopefully will remain so!
Speaker: Dr. Lianbin Dai, Department of Pacific and Asian Studies, University of Victoria
Moderator: Prof. Nathan Vedal, Department of East Asian Studies, University of Toronto
Time: 2:00-3:30 P.M. EST, Wednesday, February 1, 2023
Join Massimo and Rob for another episode of the “Philosophy as a Way of Life” podcast as they chat with Steve Angle about his book, “Growing Moral: A Confucian Guide to Life“. In “Growing Moral” Angle engages readers to reflect on and to practice the teachings of Confucianism in the contemporary world. Angle draws on the whole history of Confucianism, focusing on three thinkers from the classical era (Kongzi, Mengzi, and Xunzi) and two from the Neo-Confucian era (Zhu Xi and Wang Yangming). Join the podcast to learn more about the Angle’s book and his background.
Thursday, May 5th, 2022 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM EDT; click HERE to sign up.
Posting on behalf of Larry Israel:
Dear Warp Weft and Way readers – I am just writing to let you know that I have self-published a book titled “Studying Wang Yangming: History of a Sinological Field.” This is a survey of the Western-language literature (17th c.-2019 or so) on Wang Yangming and his first-general followers written in historical and to some extent biographical context. I know that many will disapprove of self-publication and look down on it, but I did so because this book is about to be published in Chinese by a press in Beijing, and also because it will need to be updated every few years (hard to do if I give it to a publisher). Also, given how limited the audience will be, I felt that signing it over would result in this reference book becoming even less accessible globally. In sum, I had a contract with an okay press but didn’t feel right about giving it away. Much content is based on peer-reviewed articles and the rest went through several hands. Thanks for your forbearance! If you would like a free e-version just email me, I’m happy to send it. firstname.lastname@example.org
Extending New Narratives in the History of Philosophy/Pour de nouveaux récits en histoire de la philosophie (ENN) Partnership is sponsoring an international online conference, Opening Discussions, that “aims to open discussions exploring the philosophies of…historically neglected figures and jumpstart efforts to retell the history of philosophy.” For a more complete description, please see:
One of the planned sessions focuses on the works of two Korean Women philosophers. This session is scheduled for March 4, from 12:30-2:30 pm PT (3:30-5:30 pm ET). For details please read on!