Warp, Weft, and Way

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

Valmisa Hired by Gettysburgh

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.

January 4, 2018 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Profession | no comments

Olberding on Tien

Amy Olberding’s scathing critique of David Tien’s continued role in the field of Chinese philosophy.

December 9, 2017 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Gender, Profession | 35 comments

Overview of Jobs, 2017

Last year (2016) there was a sudden, dramatic increase in the number of tenure-track jobs aimed at least in part at Chinese, Asian, Non-Western, or Comparative Philosophy. Was it the beginning of a trend, or a blip? A review of this year’s offerings suggests that a real change may be taking place. I list here 20 positions that have been advertised for the current job season — approximately the same number as last year. I have included positions with Chinese, Asian, Non-Western, or Comparative in any AOS disjuncts — admittedly, in some of these cases, the job is not aimed narrowly at our field — and I have also included jobs with an Open AOS that further specifies some sort of interest in our field. I also include three interdisciplinary Asian or Chinese Studies positions that explicitly include philosophy. On the other hand, I have not included jobs with specific (i.e., non-Open) AOSes that include Chinese/Asian/Non-Western/Comparative as an AOC. The list is alphabetical. If I have missed any that should be included, or if you have any comments or corrections, please share!

(Note that this post is primarily for the purpose of reflection on the state of the field; the application deadlines for some of these jobs have already passed.)
Revision, 5 November 2017: This list is limited to English-language teaching positions, and as a result I have removed Wuhan University (which requires Mandarin, a fact Paul D’Ambrosio brought to my attention), and revised the number of total jobs to 18. See comments below for a reference to the Wuhan job and at least one other Mandarin-language job.
Revision, 14 November 2017: Added Washington College and revised total to 19.
Revision, 28 November 2017: Added Seton Hill University and revised total to 20.

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November 2, 2017 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Job Opening, Profession | 9 comments

Univ. of Newcastle (Australia) to abolish Philosophy Major

Disturbing news from a colleague in Australia:

This is Yin Gao from the University of Newcastle, Australia. I have been teaching Chinese philosophy in this institution for over 15 years. I am afraid I have a rather bad news. My school decided to abolish philosophy major:
I wonder if you would announce the news here. My colleagues and I are dismayed by this decision. Currently, this proposed change is still under consultation. Any support from anyone would be much appreciated. They can send their comment to the following link:
Ruth.Hartmann@newcastle.edu.au or email me at my email as listed here.
UoN receive submission until Friday the 22nd of Sept [updated]. However, any comment after this date would still means a lot to us.

September 17, 2017 Posted by | Australia, Profession | one comment

WWWOPY Follow-Up: Please share your ideas

Some of you may remember that Hagop Sarkissian and I announced a while back a plan to acknowledge top papers on Chinese philosophy (journal articles and anthology chapters) via something we called the WWWOPY (Warp, Weft, and Way Outstanding Papers of the Year). Following the announced procedure, we wrote to a wide range of research-active colleagues (both junior and senior, and of various methodological and theoretical backgrounds) to solicit nominations. However, we received zero replies with nominations. So we are re-thinking our idea.

We subsequently wrote again to the same set of twenty-four colleagues, telling them what happened and asking (1) whether they thought this was a good idea, and (2) whether they had suggestions to make it work better. This time almost everyone replied, but there was little consensus. In reflecting on all the feedback, we did conclude that especially in a growing field with an increasing number of new voices, finding a way to call attention to particularly valuable, recent, article-length work still seems like a good idea. Many people told us that they did not keep regular tabs on this kind of new work, only digging in when they began a new project. But this means that too many people may be missing ideas that should prompt new or different kinds of research projects in the first place, among other consequences.

However we are a bit stymied about how to proceed, and so decided to open this topic up for general discussion. It is hard to find an approach that seems likely to be both useful and practical. Please share your thoughts!

June 10, 2017 Posted by | Articles of Interest, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Journal Related, Profession | 2 comments

Olberding: “Degenerate Skepticism and the Thieves of Philosophy”

Amy Olberding has published an essay called “Degenerate Skepticism and the Thieves of Philosophy” on the “Department of Deviance” website. She explains the essay’s origin:

An essay presented at a special APA session on what Chinese philosophy can contribute to contemporary philosophy. There are increasingly many sessions at APA meetings pitched to offer the non-specialist an entry into “non-western” philosophy. Rarely are these attended by anyone who is not already a specialist in “non-western” philosophy. The essay here is not about how Chinese philosophy can contribute to contemporary debate. It is instead a polemic about the folly of this question in the current atmosphere within the discipline.

March 23, 2017 Posted by | American Philosophical Association, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, philosophy canon, Profession | 6 comments

Chinese Philosophy to Return to Michigan

I am thrilled to be able to share the news that, thanks in part to a gift from Don and Ann Munro, the University of Michigan will be re-establishing a tenure-track line in Chinese philosophy, to be housed jointly in the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures and the Department of Philosophy. The support that the Munros have shown for the study of Chinese philosophy—in addition to Don’s distinguished career, the Munros have established the Tang Junyi Lecture Series at UM, the Munro Fund at the ACLS, and now this—is truly exemplary. Full text of the announcement follows.

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October 4, 2016 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Profession | 13 comments

Publishing on the History of Chinese Philosophy

The recent discussion of the scope of “philosophy” reminded me of Amy Olberding’s excellent idea that those of us with tenure, at least, should make a point of endeavoring to publish in “general” philosophy journals, at least some of the time. (Just to be clear: this is no criticsm of existing journals focused on Chinese or comparative philosophy!) I am finishing up an essay on how to understand (and translate) tian in the context of Neo-Confucianism, and thought that it might make sense to try submitting it to a general history of philosophy journal. Which to choose? I decided to do a little research. I was pretty sure that Brian Leiter’s blog would have some sort of ranking of such journals, and sure enough, it does (from 2010). What surprised me was what I found when I started looking at the journals’ websites.

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September 21, 2016 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Journal Related, Profession, Publishing | 13 comments

Another Round on Chinese Thought as Philosophy

In case you missed it, Nicholas Tampio recently published a short piece in Aeon explaining why he thinks Confucius (among other non-Western thinkers) should not be regarded as a philosopher, with implications for the philosophy curriculum and the makeup of philosophy faculties. This is a response to the recent New York Times piece by Jay Garfield and Bryan Van Norden.  Tampio and Van Norden subsequently exchanged tweets on the topic. Amy Olberding replies thoroughly and with humor here, and Ethan Mills responds on behalf of Indian philosophy here.

Where to begin?

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September 20, 2016 Posted by | Academia, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, philosophy canon, Profession, Related Blog Discussions | 23 comments

Journal Rankings

I am not sure what exactly to make of this data, which is based on a ranking system that may make ore sense for the sciences than for the humanities, but here is the latest ranking of philosophy journals, based on rates of citation over the last three years. This certainly is not the only measure of journal quality, but perhaps something worth taking into account.

July 5, 2016 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Journal News, Journal Related, Profession | no comments

Wm. Theodore de Bary awarded the 2016 Tang Prize in Sinology

The University Committee on Asia & the Middle East (UCAME) is pleased to share the great news that the Tang Prize Committee, in a press conference from Taiwan earlier today, announced William Theodore de Bary, Professor Emeritus of Columbia University, the sole recipient of the 2016 Tang Prize in Sinology for his “pioneering contributions in Confucian studies.”  Founded in 2012 by Samuel Yin who was inspired by the Nobel Prize, the award includes a cash prize of US$1.24 million, as well as a separate grant of approx. US$311,000 for awardees in each of its four categories: Sinology, Sustainable Development, Biopharmaceutical Science, and Rule of Law.  The inaugural winner of the Tang Prize in 2014 was Prof. Yu Ying-shih.  This year’s award ceremony will take place in Taipei on September 25.

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June 20, 2016 Posted by | Neo-Confucianism, Profession | no comments

Behuniak on Van Norden on Chinese Philosophy

The following is a guest post by Jim Behuniak of Colby College. Please address any comments to Jim!

Van Norden on Chinese Philosophy in the U.S.

The recently concluded 11th East-West Philosopher’s Conference in Honolulu featured a number of sessions on the “place” of non-Western philosophy in the academy. Excellent presentations by Carine Defoort, Tao Jiang, Amy Olberding, Brian Bruya, and others, along with questions and discussion by Steve Angle, Roger Ames, Cheng Chung-ying and many others, brought the issue empirically and conceptually into focus over the ten days. This has me reflecting on Bryan Van Norden’s recent promotions of Chinese philosophy in the United States.

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June 1, 2016 Posted by | American Philosophical Association, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Profession | 33 comments

Department of Deviance Blog

Frustrated by many of the comments generated by recent calls for more openness in philosophy, Amy Olberding whipped up the “Department of Deviance” blog site. Enjoy!

June 1, 2016 Posted by | American Philosophical Association, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comedy, Comparative philosophy, Profession | no comments

Perkins to Hawaii

The search to replace Roger Ames, who is retiring from the University of Hawaii, has been completed with the hiring of Frank Perkins, currently Associate Professor of Philosophy at Nanyang Technological University. Frank will begin at Hawaii in January of 2017. Congratulations, Frank!

May 26, 2016 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Profession | no comments

Van Norden Interviewed on APA Blog

Bryan Van Norden talks about Chinese philosophy in an interview on the APA Blog. Check it out!

May 18, 2016 Posted by | American Philosophical Association, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Profession | 2 comments

Garfield and Van Norden in NYT

The latest “Stone” column in the New York Times features a provocative piece by Jay Garfield and Bryan Van Norden titled “If Philosophy Won’t Diversify, Let’s Call It What It Really Is.”

May 11, 2016 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Profession | 11 comments

New APA Newsletter on Asian and Asian-American Philosophers and Philosophies

The latest APA Newsletter on Asian and Asian-American Philosophers and Philosophies (15:2) is now available on-line here. (To save a click, you can also directly download it here.) Its table of contents is as follows:

From the Guest Editor, Amy Olberding

Submission Guidelines and Information


  • “Chinese Philosophy and Wider Philosophical Discourse: Including Chinese Philosophy in General Audience Philosophy Journals,” Amy Olberding
  • “Some Reflections on the Status of Chinese Philosophy in U.S. Graduate Programs,” David B. Wong
  • “What’s Missing in Philosophy Departments? Specialists in Chinese Philosophy,” Erin M. Cline
  • “May You Live in Interesting Times: The State of the Field in of Chinese Philosophy,” Alexus McLeod
  • “The ‘Double Bind’ on Specialists in Chinese Philosophy,” Yong Huang
  • “Problems and Prospects for the Study of Chinese Philosophy in the English-Speaking World,” Bryan W. Van Norden

May 10, 2016 Posted by | American Philosophical Association, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Profession | 5 comments

NYT on Nicholas Berggruen

New York Times piece on Nicholas Berggruen; the Berggruen Institute’s Philosophy and Culture Center has emerged as an important new source of funding and programming in our area. (Disclosure: I am on the Academic Board.)

April 19, 2016 Posted by | Academia, China, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Profession | 3 comments

More on archiving publications

In response to my posting about archiving my papers, Brian Bruya and I had a bit of correspondence about the differences among home-grown archive sites (like the “WesScholar” site I am using) and others, such as Academia.edu, ResearchGate, PhilPapers, and perhaps others. Brian also pointed me toward this very interesting discussion of the pros- and cons- of various options. Just a couple days ago, a colleague in anthropology told me that in her field, it was very common to post everything — including PDFs of published articles, which I think violates the policies of most journals — on Academia.edu. The advantages in terms of ease of access are pretty obvious, although see the discussion referenced above for some downsides of just using Academia (or, perhaps, any single approach).

Brian himself uses a homegrown arching mechanism, as does Hagop Sarkissian:

I’d be interested in: (1) links to any other on-line sources of work in Chinese and/or comparative philosophy, and (2) any further thoughts about these topics.

April 19, 2016 Posted by | Academia, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Profession, Publishing | no comments

Huang Invites Comments on the “Double Bind” and Chinese Philosophy

Prof. Yong HUANG of the Chinese University of Hong Kong has posted an advance version of a short article entitled “The ‘Double Bind’ on Specialists in Chinese Philosophy” on his Academia.edu site, and invites readers to take part in the discussion that has begun there. Access is freely available (though you may need to create an Academia.edu account, fi you don’t already have one) here. Please also feel free to comment here as well.

January 25, 2016 Posted by | American Philosophical Association, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Profession | no comments

El Amine to Northwestern

Loubna El Amine, who earned her PhD from the Department of Politics at Princeton and has been teaching (comparative) political theory at Georgretown, has recently accepted an offer to move to Northwestern University, starting in Fall 2016. Congratulations, Loubna!

January 22, 2016 Posted by | Comparative Political Theory, Profession | no comments

Vaidya on the Inclusion Problem in Philosophy; and Call for More Discussion

The APA has launched a blog about the profession and practice of philosophy, and Anand Vaidya, Director of the Center for Comparative Philosophy at San Jose State University, has posted two discussions concerning the inclusion (or lack thereof) of non-Western philosophy in philosophy curricula and courses.

In addition, the APA blog is interested in more posts on inclusivity in philosophy. If you would like to submit a contribution, they’d love to hear from you.  Please contact them via the submission form here.

January 14, 2016 Posted by | American Philosophical Association, Comparative philosophy, Pedagogy, Profession | no comments

Op-Ed in LA Times

Eric Schwitzgebel has published an Op-Ed in the LA Times entitled “What’s Missing in College Philosophy Classes? Chinese Philosophers.” If you are interested in more details about this subject, be sure to look at Brian Bruya’s article in the latest issue of Dao, “The Tacit Rejection of Multiculturalism in American Philosophy Ph.D. Programs: The Case of Chinese Philosophy.”

September 13, 2015 Posted by | Academia, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Profession | no comments

Frank Perkins Moves to NTU, Singapore

Frank Perkins has recently been appointed to the faculty of Nanyang Technological University, as an Associate Professor in the Department of Philosophy. Frank’s work will be well-known to readers of this blog; more information is here. This is a real coup for NTU, which now can make a case for the strongest faculty in Chinese philosophy at any Anglophone university, with Chenyang Li, Alan Chan, Winnie Sung, and now Frank. Congratulations to all!

August 10, 2015 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Profession, Singapore | one comment

Articles on Asian Philosophy in General and Specialist Philosophy Journals, 1940-2014

Numbers and discussion here.

May 20, 2015 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Profession | one comment

New issue of Dao out / New article discussion upcoming

The latest issue of Dao: A Journal of Comparative Philosophy has been published. We will continue our series of sponsoring discussion of an article from each issue; this time, we have chosen Michael Slote’s “The Philosophical Reset Button: A Manifesto.” It will be set to open-access, and within a week or so we will have a post announcing that the discussion is open. To whet your appetite, here is the abstract:

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March 18, 2015 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Confucianism, Dao Article Discussion, Emotions, Profession | no comments


I recently received a letter from the editors of the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (SEP), suggesting that those who have benefitted from the NEH’s support for SEP might tell the nEH this, as part of the 50th anniversary of the NEH. Given SEP’s openness to non-Western philosophy, I thought this idea was a good one, and wanted to share the letter here, and encourage others to write to NEH as well!

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March 14, 2015 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Profession | one comment

New Blog on Being an Asian in Philosophy

Readers may be interested in this new blog:

This blog contains narratives of personal experiences, submitted by readers, of life in philosophy as a person of color. Some of these stories will undoubtedly be accounts of racial bias, whether explicit, unconscious, or institutional. However, other posts will be accounts of progress being undertaken or achieved.

This is a project of several philosophers of all colors, moderated by a group of philosophy faculty from a variety of institutions. It is partly inspired by the thoughtful conversations that grew up around the blog What is it Like to be a Woman in Philosophy.

We invite everyone to contribute. Many posts will be written by people of color in philosophy. But we hope that not all will be.

We plan to post a new story every day or as they are submitted. Please click on the ‘Send a Story’ link to submit a story anonymously.

December 2, 2014 Posted by | Academia, Profession | no comments

U of C closing its Confucius Institute

Commentary and relevant links here.

September 29, 2014 Posted by | China, Politics, Profession | one comment

Schwitzgebel’s Post about non-Western Philosophy and Mainstream Neglect

Over on his blog, The Splintered Mind, Eric Schwitzgebel wonders:

Why Don’t We* Know Our Chinese Philosophy?

(* “we” U.S.-based philosophy professors)

In 2001, I published a piece in the American Philosophical Association’s Newsletter on the Status of Asian & Asian-American Philosophers & Philosophies. In light of my recent reflections about the visibility of non-Western philosophy and philosophers, and especially this remarkable piece from an Asian-American who left philosophy, I thought I’d reproduce a revised version of the essay here. I’ve appended two new substantive notes at the end.

[Read his full post over on Splintered Mind. Discussion comments are welcome there or here.]

August 18, 2014 Posted by | Academia, American Philosophical Association, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Profession | 2 comments

Postdoc in Chinese or Asian Phil at NTU

The Philosophy Program at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore is searching for a postdoctoral fellow in a broadly defined field of “Culture and Society: The Value of Traditional Culture in Contemporary Society.” We are looking for a young scholar in Chinese or Asian philosophy who reflects on the contemporary relevance of classic thoughts. Applications are due by July 15, 2014 (11:59pm Singapore Time). Start time negotiable. More information can be found at http://www.hss.ntu.edu.sg/AboutHSS/Pages/Research.aspx or by contacting Li Chenyang at cyli@ntu.edu.sg.

June 30, 2014 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Opportunities, Profession | no comments

Reflections on Middle Period China Conference

A major, three-day conference on China’s “Middle Period” (800-1400) just concluded at Harvard. It featured an unusual format, designed to spur more cross-disciplinary conversation than is usual, as well as to handle the large number of papers and participants who were present. I believe there were something approaching 200 folks there, from graduate students to senior scholars. The titles, abstracts, and a range of on-line comments are all available here: http://www.middleperiodchina2014.org.

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June 7, 2014 Posted by | Academia, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Conference, Profession | 2 comments

Add Syllabi to AAS Repository

The APA Committee on Inclusiveness in the Profession is collecting syllabi related to underrepresented areas of our profession. One such area is “Asian and Asian American Philosophy.” Read on to see how you can contribute to making the philosophy profession–or at least our teaching–more diverse.

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May 8, 2014 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Pedagogy, Profession | no comments

Listing of Women Studying Asian Philosophy

Amy Olberding suggested that I call attention to this site: http://www.womenofphilosophy.com/specialization/traditions/asian-philosophy/

It’s an effort to create a listing of women in philosophy but the section listing Asian seems very underdeveloped, so I’m guessing lots of folks may be unaware of the list.  Scholars can list themselves by hitting the “submit” tab.

May 5, 2014 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Profession | no comments

Kwong-loi Shun returns to Berkeley

Prof. Kwong-loi Shun, who taught at U.C. Berkeley from 1986-2003, has returned there after most recently serving as the Head of New Asia College at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He will be teaching one course per term, starting this spring. If anyone knows what his plans may be about accepting graduate students, please let us know.

March 5, 2014 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Graduate study, Profession | no comments

New Articles Coming at SEP

Karyn Lai and Sor-hoon Tan have recently joined the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy as new editors in the Chinese philosophy area, and are undertaking an ambitious program to increase the number of articles on Chinese philosophy from the current dozen up to nearly 40. The SEP’s lack of content in Chinese philosophy has been a topic of discussion here in the past, so this is exciting news. Articles anticipated to come out over the next year include: Chinese Philosophy: Social and Political Thought, Chinese Epistemology, Chinese Metaphysics, Chinese Logic, Chinese Philosophy of War and Peace, Legalism in Ancient China, Tiantai Buddhism, Chan Buddhism, Han Dynasty Syncretism, Song-Ming Confucianism, Qing dynasty philosophy, Contemporary Chinese Philosophy.

December 12, 2013 Posted by | Buddhism, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Confucianism, Profession | 3 comments

New Book Series

Rowman and Littlefield has a new book series that will be of interest of many readers here, and they are now taking proposals. Note that they intend to publish works on Japan and Korea as well as China.

We are pleased to announce the establishment of the CEACOP Series in East Asian Comparative Ethics, Politics, and Philosophy of Law, a new monograph series organized and overseen as a cooperative venture by Rowman and Littlefield International and the Center for East Asian and Comparative Philosophy (CEACOP) at City University of Hong Kong.

We publish path-breaking and field-defining works in East Asian comparative ethics with a special interest in works of normative and applied ethics, political theory, and philosophy of law. We seek works that are more historically grounded as well as those that are more focused on contemporary affairs and problems that meet the standards of clarity and argumentative rigor characteristic of the best philosophy in the Anglo-American tradition. We expect more historically grounded works will demonstrate a sophisticated sensitivity and approach to issues of historical context and interpretation while wholly contemporary works will begin from and respond to issues of relevance to modern East Asian and Western societies.

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September 30, 2013 Posted by | Books of Interest, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Profession | no comments

Graduate Programs at Indiana University

With graduate school applications due in the next few months, I’d like to put a plug in for our MA and PhD programs here at Indiana University. In particular we are looking for students interested in early Confucian thought (roughly the 6th century BCE through the 3rd century CE). Continue reading “Graduate Programs at Indiana University”

September 27, 2013 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Graduate study, Profession, Programs of Study, Religion | no comments

Garfield, Cook join Yale-NUS Faculty

When Yale-NUS College in Singapore opens its doors this fall, it will have one of the strongest comparative philosophy faculties and curriculums in the world, despite its tiny size (initial class of 150, growing to a four-class total of 1000 students). Its common curriculum features a year-long course in Philosophy and Political Theory that has been designed from the ground up to introduce students to multiple philosophical traditions, and it has recently been announced that in addition to the outstanding young philosophers they have already hired (some of whom have substantial comparative interests), Jay Garfield and Scott Cook have signed on as well. Exciting times!

July 10, 2013 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Education Models, Profession | 2 comments

Fulbright Taiwan

Some information for professors (U.S. citizenship) who might be interested.

I met today with the executive director of Fulbright Taiwan and the chair of the Department of Philosophy at National Taiwan University, where I am currently doing a teaching Fulbright. Both of them expressed the sentiment that this is a good association and that the U.S.-Taiwan relationship would be well-served by continuing it. Fulbright depends on the initiative of applicants, however, rather than putting out calls for participation. So they can only accommodate a philosopher if a philosopher applies. A special interest was expressed for political philosophy, especially related to the potential democratization of China. (I’m teaching American Pragmatism and Comparative Moral Psychology–at the graduate level.)  They both thought it would be a good idea to get the word out on this blog.

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March 29, 2013 Posted by | Academia, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Opportunities, Philosophy in Taiwan, Profession | 2 comments

New Press with Interest in Comparative Philosophy

Rowman & Littlefield International is a new press, based in London, with specific interest in publishing projects related to comparative philosophy. Their new website has further information.

March 7, 2013 Posted by | Profession | no comments

Chinese Philosophy – Map of the Profession (Put yourself on the map–literally!)

Dear friends and colleagues,

Some time ago I began making a map of scholars working in Chinese philosophy in New England (i.e. Northeast US).  I then started fanning out to other sections of the U.S., and quickly realized that it would be much better to make this a collaborative effort.  So I would like to crowdsource this project, and have you all contribute to it!  Note: You will need a Google ID / Gmail account to edit the map.  Here is the link:

Chinese Philosophy – Map of the Profession

You can see the current list of scholars in the left hand pane.

We’d like to expand the map to include all academics (faculty and graduate students) as well as independent scholars, working anywhere on the planet.  Here are some instructions on how to add yourself–or someone you know in the field–to the map.  The process should take only a few minutes. Continue reading “Chinese Philosophy – Map of the Profession (Put yourself on the map–literally!)”

February 21, 2013 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Profession | 7 comments

ISCWP Newsletter, Volume 11, Issue 1

Greetings!  Many of you will have received the latest ISCWP Newsletter.  For those who are not on the ISCWP membership list, you can find out about the the society’s activities and events by following the link above and looking through recent newsletters, which are all available there.

If any readers are not members of the ISCWP and would like to join, please click here to be taken to the membership form online, where you can apply for membership.

Hagop Sarkissian
Secretary and Treasurer

January 29, 2013 Posted by | ISCWP, Profession | no comments

Philosophy Now Questionnaire

Karyn Lai brought to my attention that the magazine Philosophy Now is conducting a questionnaire about philosophical interests. If some of us are willing to fill it out, it might contribute to a more balanced perception of the field. Please respond directly to Rick Lewis (his email is below).

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October 19, 2012 Posted by | Opportunities, Profession | no comments

New website for the ISCWP

Hi everyone,

On behalf of the Board of Directors, I wanted to announce a new website for the International Society for Comparative Studies of Chinese and Western Philosophy:


Check it out.  If you’re not yet a member, click her to find out more on how to join the society, or click here to read more about our recent conferences and activities.

Oh–and if you already have a link to the our old website on another site or blog, we’d appreciate it if you could update your links.


October 4, 2012 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, ISCWP, Profession | no comments

Peer Review and Rationalization

I tend to do a lot of peer reviewing, but I’m certain that I don’t do it well. Of all of the consequential stuff that I have to write as a professional academic, I get the least feedback on my reviewer reports, and there isn’t much incentive to reflect on my deficiencies as a reviewer. I know that I have many such deficiencies, but I don’t know exactly what they are. If you were to point to any bit of advice and say that it’s poor, I would deny it and have a justification for it ready at hand. But I also recognize that I’m no better than (and probably worse than) the average reviewer, and I know that the average reviewer has significant vices. So while I can’t point to any direct evidence of my vices, I know by other routes that I have them, and that they are significant.

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August 25, 2012 Posted by | Profession | 9 comments

Eirik Harris to HK City University

Eirik Harris, a specialist in early Chinese philosophy (especially Xunzi and Han Feizi) and comparative philosophy (especially the nexus of virtue and politics) has accepted a position as Assistant Professor in the Department of Public and Social Administration, City University of Hong Kong. Harris received his Ph. D. in 2009 from the University of Utah, and has been teaching at Underwood International College at Yonsei University. At City University, he will be joining a number of specialists in Chinese thought, including P.J. Ivanhoe, Ruiping Fan, and Sungmoon Kim. Congratulations, Eirik!

July 19, 2012 Posted by | Profession | one comment

We are not last…

Last week, Brian Leiter hosted a poll of readers of his blog, asking “What areas are most important for a strong PhD program in philosophy?” The results are discussed here, but one has to go to the full listing to see anything related to Chinese or comparative philosophy. “History of Non-Western Philosophy” came in 26th out of 27. I suppose that we can hope for different results one day in the future!

July 16, 2012 Posted by | Graduate study, Profession | 14 comments

On Research: How Chinese Should Chinese Philosophy Be?

I’d like to do a little informal poll on two questions relating to research and publication on Chinese philosophy. I welcome your responses.

First, what do you think of scholars who can’t read primary sources publishing on Chinese philosophy? Is being able to read original sources important? I should perhaps clarify that what I mean are not the “translations” one sometimes finds (e.g., of the Laozi) by people who don’t read classical Chinese, but scholarly articles or books.

The second question concerns use of secondary literature. My own observation is that Western scholars, even those who read Chinese, often don’t refer to Chinese secondary literature. By “secondary literature” I mean specifically 20th and 21st century academic work, not traditional commentaries. I’m curious why this is and what other people in the field think about it. Is it a problem? Or is it instead a sign of the development of the field, that we have our own English-language debates just as specialists in ethics might have debates about Kant that don’t refer to the German literature at all?

July 10, 2012 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Profession | 11 comments

Philosophy Encyclopedias and Chinese Philosophy

One of the things I subscribe to in Google Reader, but almost never look at, is a feed from the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy listing new or updated articles. Why am I subscribed to this? I have no idea. But yesterday I clicked on it, and started to scroll back through the new stuff posted there over the last months. Increasingly, I found myself wondering: how come none of these concern Chinese philosophy? A fair number dealt with figures or concepts from Indian or Tibetan philosophy, but not until I got all the way back to Dec 6, 2010 did I find a mention of China. That’s when Kwong-loi Shun updated his article on Mencius. You want the most recent new article on Chinese philosophy? That would be October 1, 2009, when Alan Chan posted one on Neo-Taoism. Continue reading “Philosophy Encyclopedias and Chinese Philosophy”

July 6, 2012 Posted by | Buddhism, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Profession | 11 comments

Results of Survey on teaching Chinese Philosophy

Back in 2009 and 2010, Minh Nguyen surveyed a wide range of instructors of course on Chinese philosophy to learn about the challenges they faced and about resources they found particularly useful. He has now published the survery data in the Fall 2011 Newsletter of the APA Committee on Asian and Asian-American Philosophers and Philosophies. He and Manyul Im are working on an essay extracting lessons from the survey, but in the meantime, discussion of its results are welcome here.

January 21, 2012 Posted by | Pedagogy, Profession | 3 comments

New doctoral program in Chinese Thought at Indiana

With applications for graduate programs due in the next couple of months I thought I’d briefly announce the development of a new program in Chinese thought at Indiana University. I’ve posted a brief description below, but more information can be found at this website (http://www.indiana.edu/~relstud/grad/tracks.shtml#chinesethought). With two faculty in the department working on Confucian thought, and good support from strong departments of Philosophy and East Asian Languages and Cultures, we hope to provide a solid option for those looking to do graduate work in Chinese philosophy within the context of a religious studies department.

This field trains students to produce original research on Chinese philosophical and religious thought. It also provides students with the skills and knowledge necessary to teach effectively about the religious traditions of East Asia. Students in this field learn to interpret the texts of early China in light of the various disciplines involved in the comparative study of religion, including philosophy, history, philology, and anthropology. While students will gain a broad knowledge of Chinese texts, the current focus of this field is the early period of Confucianism (roughly the 6th century BCE through the 3rd century CE). However, concentrating on another time period is possible, depending on previous student training.

November 16, 2011 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Confucianism, Graduate study, Profession, Programs of Study | no comments

New source of philosophy event information

The new website philevents looks like a promising way to keep abreast of conferences and talks around the philosophy world. “Asian philosophy” is one of its categories, so one can set it up to alert one to this particular category of events, should one so desire. Of course, the sponsors of such events will need to register them with philevents for this to have any effect, and so far it appears that no one has.

November 15, 2011 Posted by | Conference, Profession | no comments

Current job openings related to Chinese philosophy

I recently took a look through the current issue of Jobs for Philosophers (which is available to APA members at the APA’s new-and-harder-to-navigate website). Listed here are the ads for positions listing Asian, Non-Western, or Chinese philosophy, as well as one position that was not listed in this JFP. If there are other jobs you know of, please let us all know. Other comments also welcome. (Update, 11/11: note the additional jobs listed in the comments, which are currely listed as “web-only.”) Continue reading “Current job openings related to Chinese philosophy”

November 6, 2011 Posted by | Job Opening, Profession | 11 comments

ACPA Nominations Open

JeeLoo Liu, current president of the Association of Chinese Philoosphers in America, writes: Continue reading “ACPA Nominations Open”

November 2, 2011 Posted by | Opportunities, Organization News, Profession | no comments

Robins to HKU

Dan Robins, a frequent contributor to this blog, has accepted a job offer from the Department of Philosophy at the University of Hong Kong. Congratulations, Dan! Dan joins several other colleagues at HKU working in Chinese philosophy: Chad Hansen, who has returned to teach common core curriculum courses on behalf of the Department of Philosophy; Tang Siufu, in the School of Chinese; Joseph Chan, in the Department of Politics and Public Administration; and myself, in the Department of Philosophy.

November 1, 2011 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Organization News, Profession | 2 comments

Chinese Philosophy in PhilPapers (Volunteers Needed)

I want to pass on a message from JeeLoo Liu about her work integrating Chinese philosophy into the valuable PhilPapers on-line resource. We owe JeeLoo many thanks! Please read on to see where things stand on this project, and to see how you can contribute to its continued development. Continue reading “Chinese Philosophy in PhilPapers (Volunteers Needed)”

August 30, 2011 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Profession, Resource | one comment

Temporary Job in Chinese Philosophy at Smith

SMITH COLLEGE, NORTHAMPTON, MA.   Non-renewable half-time replacement position 2011-2012.  Rank:  Lecturer. AOS:  Chinese Philosophy.  Two courses in Philosophy Department: Introduction to Chinese Philosophy and an upper level course in Chinese Philosophy. If appropriate, an additional course in Chinese Intellectual History for History Department.  Teaching experience necessary.  EO/AAE.   Send cv, evidence of teaching interest and experience, sample of recent written work, and 3 letters of recommendation to Search Committee, Dept. of Philosophy, Dewey Hall, Smith College, Northampton, MA 01063.  Applications will be reviewed beginning February 1, 2011.

January 5, 2011 Posted by | Job Opening, Profession | no comments

Journals and Series friendly to Non-Western philosophy

I just happened to notice that the announcement of a new book series explicitly states, “Research book proposals exploring non-Western traditions are also welcome.” A moment’s investigation reveals that the journal affiliated with the series, the Journal of Moral Philosophy, makes a similar claim in its mission statement. Terrific! So far, though, the publishing evidence is a bit scanty. I looked through the JMP‘s eight years of publishing history, and found one essay that is obviously related to non-Western philosophy: Eric Hutton’s “Han Feizi’s Criticism of Confucianism and its Implications for Virtue Ethics,” from vol. 5 (2008). This leads me to wonder:

  • Does anyone have experience that speaks to the degree that this journal is in fact open to non-Western topics?
  • Any thoughts about experiences with other journals, book series, or philosophy lists at publishers?
  • Do any other journals (etc.) make similar statements to that of the JMP? (I can say right away that Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews and the journal Philosophy Compass both consistently devote attention to non-Western topics. Others?)

I certainly applaud the openness announced by the JMP and the new series, and wonder what more we might learn on this general subject.

December 20, 2010 Posted by | Comparative philosophy, Profession | 8 comments

Job in Asian Philosophy

I have been informed of the following position. Readers of the October JFP will also know of one or two others, including the History of Eastern Philosophy being listed as one possible AOS for a position at UConn. If you hear of others, or have comments you’d like to share, please post them here.

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October 23, 2010 Posted by | Job Opening, Opportunities, Profession | no comments