The deliberation of Dao Annual Best Essay Award 2010 has comes to a conclusion. The process was divided into two stages. At the first stage, we formed a selection/nomination committee consisting of three editorial board members, who went through all main articles published in the four issues of Dao in 2010 and selected the following three articles as the finalists:
KIM Myeong-seok, “What Ceyin zhi xin (Compassion/Familial Affection) Really Is”
Tan Sor-hoon, “Authoritative Master Kong (Confucius) in an Authoritarian Age”
James Behuniak, “John Dewey and the Virtue of Cook Ding’s Dao.”
Congratulations to Drs. Kim, Tan, and Behuniak!
At the second stage, these three articles were presented to the whole editorial board, and each editorial board member was asked to provide a ranking of these three articles. As a result, Dr. Kim Myeong-seok’s paper receives the highest ranking. So the award goes to Dr. Kim, who is currently an assistant professor of philosophy at Sungkyunkwan University in Seoul.
Congratulations, Dr. Kim!
As in the past, we will organize a panel discussion at Eastern APA Annual Meeting at the end of the year, where a certificate of the award, together with a check of $1000, will be presented to the award winner. The award information will be posted both at the site of our journal (http://www.kutztown.edu/academics/liberal_arts/philosophy/dao.htm) and that of our publisher (http://www.springer.com/philosophy/journal/11712), and the award winning essay will be set for free access at the website of our publisher, Springer (http://www.springerlink.com/content/1540-3009).
The following is the official citation of the award winning essay, adapted from the description provided by the nomination/selection committee:
KIM Myeong-seok, “What Ceyin zhi xin (Compassion/Familial Affection) Really Is?” Dao: A Journal of Comparative Philosophy 9 (2010): 407-425
Cogently connecting the idea of ceyin zhi xin to pertinent current western philosophical conceptions of emotions, Kim sheds on it a new and comparative light by arguing that it should be understood as a concern-based, cognitive construal. Marshaling rich evidentiary resources from the Mengzi itself and other texts, Kim advances his new interpretation while judiciously accommodating and critiquing previous commentators on Mencian thinking. His essay shows a firm command of the original texts and secondary readings and demonstrates sensitive and reasonable use of western analytic constructs. It is a significant contribution to the study of Mengzi in particular and Confucian moral psychology in general.