Philip J. Ivanhoe, a leading senior scholar of Chinese and East Asian philosophy, has been appointed Chair of the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures at Georgetown University, starting 1 July 2020. Ivanhoe is currently teaching at Sungkyunkwan University, where he is Distinguished Chair Professor and Director of the Sungkyun Institute for Confucian Studies and East Asian Philosophy.
Eirik Lang Harris has accepted a position at Colorado State University to teach Chinese philosophy. CSU has an excellent MA program in philosophy, so this opens up new opportunities for students as well as being a terrific department for Harris. Congratulations!
(I’d be happy to post any other job-related news that folks want to share with me.)
Are you a scholar of one or more Asian philosophy? Are you interested in giving lectures, participating in conferences, contributing articles/book chapters/book reviews, or having your books reviewed? Are you willing to help other philosophers integrate Asian philosophies into their teaching and research? If you answer yes to any of these questions, the APA Committee on Asian and Asian-American Philosophers and Philosophies wants to hear from you!
Please click link below to fill out a short Google forms survey. It should only take a minute or two and your information will not be shared beyond those working on APA initiatives.
APA List of Scholars of Asian Philosophies: https://forms.gle/5Rqwo868mF1WL78aA
If you have comments or questions feel free to email Brad Cokelet at bradcokelet[at]ku.edu
THE COLUMBIA SOCIETY FOR COMPARATIVE PHILOSOPHY
Leah Kalmanson (Drake University)
With a response from:
Andrew Lambert (College of Staten Island, CUNY)
Please join on us at Columbia University’s Religion Department on FRIDAY, April 26th at 6:00 PM for her lecture entitled:
So You Want to Diversify Philosophy: Some Thoughts on Structural Change
Are you interested in one or more Asian Philosophy? Would you like help integrating Asian Philosophies into your teaching, reading, or research plans? Would you like to hear more talks by specialists? Would you like to know about events and opportunities to chair/comment?
If you are a graduate student or faculty member and you answer yes to any of these questions, the APA Committee on Asian and Asian-American Philosophers and Philosophies wants to hear from you!
We want to help people like you gain access to opportunities, resources, and useful information. Please click on the appropriate link below to fill out a short Google forms survey. It should only take a few minutes.
Graduate Student Interested in Asian Philosophies (https://forms.gle/RbG51qQS1KimPoTHA)
Faculty Member Interested in Asian Philosophies (https://forms.gle/GWxRjacLNDmRCdY18)
If you have comments or questions feel free to contact Brad Cokelet: bradcokelet[at]ku.edu
Deadlines are upcoming for two APA grant opportunities possibly relevant to readers…
June 30 — Application deadline for Small Grant and Diversity & Inclusiveness funding
Each year, the APA’s small grant fund, financed by the Eastern Division, makes up to $25,000 in grants of normally no more than $5,000 each. The board of officers considers applications for these grants each year at its fall meeting in November. See past projects supported by the small grant fund.
In keeping with its mission and goals and the association’s longstanding commitment to addressing philosophy’s serious lack of demographic diversity, the APA board of officers has committed up to $20,000 in the 2018–2019 academic year to fund initiatives focused on this important issue.
The APA awards a prize for “Excellence and Innovation in Philosophy Programs.” It seems to me that a department that has gone out of its way to diversify the philosophical traditions it teaches and on which its members do research would be worthy of such a prize, though so far this has not happened (see the list below). Any suggestions of a program worthy of nomination?
The American Philosophical Association (APA) and the Philosophy Documentation Center (PDC) invite nominations for the 2018 Prize for Excellence and Innovation in Philosophy Programs. The deadline to submit nominations is June 30.
The UPDirectory—Directory of Philosophers from Underrepresented Groups in Philosophy—currently contains entries for over 1,000 philosophers in the English-speaking world who are members of underrepresented groups in philosophy, including women, racial and ethnic minorities, disabled philosophers, and LGBTQ philosophers, among others. It is the only resource that collects information about the work of philosophers from underrepresented groups. At the request of its creators, the American Philosophical Association has taken on the operations of the UPDirectory.
Conference organizers can use the UPDirectory to locate philosophers from underrepresented groups with expertise in the subject of the conference. Editors can use it to find referees or contributors to anthologies. Hiring committees can use it to broaden their applicant pools. Philosophy instructors can use it to construct more inclusive syllabi.
Participation in the UPDirectory is voluntary. In order to keep the directory current, we ask philosophers from underrepresented groups to add themselves to the directory. You can also update your information or invite other philosophers to be listed.
The 2017-18 Philosophical Gourmet Report (PGR) has been released here. It includes “specialty rankings” for various areas, including Chinese philosophy. This year, for the first time, I was invited to be among the evaluators, and after wrestling with this a bit, decided to give it a try. As explained at the top of this page, evaluators see lists of faculty and then choose one of the following categories:
- 0 – Inadequate for a PhD program
- 1 – Marginal
- 2 – Adequate
- 3 – Good
- 4 – Strong
- 5 – Distinguished
Evaluators can do this for the program overall, and then for the various specialties. I chose to only rank the Chinese philosophy specialty (I did not select overall rankings). The vast majority I assigned a score of 0. I believe that the highest score I gave was a 3. Programs that have one or even two specialists can be — other things being equal — good places to study. But in my judgment there are no English-language programs that merit “strong” or “distinguished” rankings. In my view, that would take multiple specialists, and others with cognate interests, in the context of an overall strong and supportive department. We may get there one day, but we’re not there yet.
I have mixed views about this whole rankings thing, which has been discussed before on the blog. What we have tried to do here at Warp, Weft, and Way is provide as much objective information about graduate study as possible. But since PGR exists and I was invited to take part, I decided to give it a try.
One other thing. As Bryan Van Norden (another evaluator, and also someone on the Advisory Board) explains here, PGR policy is that programs need to have a certain minimum overall score in order to be ranked. Programs with significant “specialty” strengths but without the minimum overall score end up being listed as “Additional programs not evaluated this year but recommended for consideration by the Advisory Board.” I agree with Bryan’s sentiment that the programs listed under this rubric are as strong as the ones officially ranked, and thus disapprove of this policy, which I find to be highly misleading.
Mercedes Valmisa wrote to share the following information; I’d be happy to pass on similar news that anyone else has to share. Congratulations, Mercedes!
I have accepted the position of Assistant Professor of Philosophy (tenure-track) at Gettysburg College’s Philosophy Department to begin in the fall 2018. For the 2018-2019 academic year, I will be an Andrew W. Mellon Faculty Fellow, a program intended to support faculty who can introduce diversity in the curriculum.
I got a B.A. in Philosophy from the University of Sevilla (Spain), a M.A. in Chinese Philosophy from National Taiwan University, and a Ph.D. in East Asian Studies (June 2017) from Princeton University. I’m both a sinologist and a philosopher, and I work at the intersection of Chinese Studies and Chinese Philosophy: using interdisciplinary methods and approaches to explore philosophical problems across the early corpus of Chinese texts, both received and excavated. I’m particularly interested in questions of agency, efficacy, uncertainty, control, and freedom.