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.
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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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.
Continue reading “Publishing on the History of Chinese 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?
Continue reading “Another Round on Chinese Thought as Philosophy”
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.
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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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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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!
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!
Bryan Van Norden talks about Chinese philosophy in an interview on the APA Blog. Check it out!
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.”
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
A 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.)
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.”
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!
Numbers and discussion here.
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:
Continue reading “New issue of Dao out / New article discussion upcoming”
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!
Continue reading “NEH and SEP”
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.
Commentary and relevant links here.
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.]
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Continue reading “Reflections on Middle Period China Conference”
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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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.
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.
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.
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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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”
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!
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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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.
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!)”
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.
Secretary and Treasurer
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).
Continue reading “Philosophy Now Questionnaire”
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.
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.
Continue reading “Peer Review and Rationalization”
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!
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!
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?
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”
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.
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.
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.
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”
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.
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)”
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.
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.
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.
DEPARTMENT OF PHILOSOPHY, SUNY College at Oneonta
ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF ASIAN PHILOSOPHY
Continue reading “Job in Asian Philosophy”
JeeLoo Liu, in her capacity as president of the ACPA, recently had an email exchange with Richard Bett of the APA’s Eastern Division, commenting on the fact that although there were many panels on Chinese and comparative philosophy at the recently-concluded conference, none were on the main program (all were sponsored by affiliated groups). Bett replied:
…the Eastern Division Executive Committee (at its annual meeting on December 27) actually discussed the fact that some areas of philosophy tended to be confined to the group program. They would like this to be different. And they suggested that I recommend to anyone in charge of affiliated groups that they encourage people to submit papers in areas such as Chinese philosophy not only to groups in those areas, but also to the main program. Right now we get very few submissions on non-Western topics; but if we started getting significant numbers of such submissions, some of those papers would start appearing on the main program, not just on the group program. For the next meeting the deadline for submitted papers is February 15.
This sounds to me like good advice, even if it’s not the whole answer (since not all main program panels are generated from submitted papets). The 2010 Eastern APA will be in Boston. For what it’s worth, the 2011 Central division’s deadline is June 1, 2010; the 2011 Pacific APA will be held in San Diego, and the deadline for submissions to its main program is Sept. 1, 2010.
I’ve been thinking recently about a difficulty in our field in general. Especially after reading some comments on an earlier post on publishing in Chinese philosophy, it seems a good time to discuss this issue. There are, all of us would admit, a number of different and sometimes opposing methodologies concerning how we read, interpret, and use ancient Chinese philosophical material in our work. We have different agendas, and have different methods of reading and using texts and ancient material based on these agendas. However, we often fail to lay our cards on the table concerning these agendas when we write, and also fail to understand authors’ approaches when we read them, and this makes for confusion and tension as the field of Chinese and comparative philosophy attempts to grow to a more prominent position within philosophy in general. I am thinking here of Chinese philosophy as done by philosophers primarily, because I recognize there are different, and sometimes incompatible, agendas for others in different fields as well, which complicates the issue even further. Continue reading “Approaches to Chinese and Comparative Philosophy–What Are We Doing?”
A blog reader who wishes to remain anonymous writes:
This comment is intended to further discussion of the long thread on Leiter about the status of research and teaching (at the Ph.D. level) of Chinese philosophy in the U.S and the West.
Over the decade during which I’ve been doing research in philosophy (dating from the time I finished coursework in grad school), I have spelled my research projects in the Scottish Enlightenment with periodic research projects in other areas. Last year I finally published a book on my main research topic. Not wanting to get burned out in that area of specialization, I decided to return to some earlier interests in ancient Chinese philosophy and write a few papers.
Two are finished and prepared for submission to journals that publish in East Asian philosophy in English. My hunch was that Philosophy East & West (PEW) was heads and shoulders above the other journals in that family, including Dao, Journal of Chinese Philosophy (JCP) and Asian Philosophy (AP). But a colleague mentioned to me that she thinks Journal of Chinese Philosophy is best. I looked online and found no discussion of the quality and rankings of these journals. This surprised me Continue reading “Chinese and Comparative Philosophy Journals”
Some news of interest to students considering pursuing a Ph.D. in Chinese or comparative philosophy:
The Research Grants Council (RGC) of the Hong Kong government has recently established a Ph.D. fellowship scheme aimed at attracting outstanding students from all parts of the world to pursue full-time Ph.D. studies in Hong Kong’s universities. The fellowship provides a monthly stipend of HK$20,000 (the equivalent of more than US $30,000/year) and an annual conference or research-related travel allowance of HK$10,000 for either three or four years, depending on the degree program in which a student is enrolled. Over the next year, 135 of these fellowships will be awarded to students at institutions in Hong Kong.
Details about the scheme as it pertains to the University of Hong Kong are available here. (For other universities, see their respective websites.) The application deadline is December 1.