New Book: Lambert, trans., Li Zehou, A History of Classical Chinese Thought

Andrew Lambert’s translation of Li Zehou’s A History of Classical Chinese Thought (中国古代思想史论) has just come out with Routledge. More information is here.

The publisher’s description:

Li Zehou is widely regarded as one of China’s most influential contemporary thinkers. He has produced influential theories of the development of Chinese thought and the place of aesthetics in Chinese ethics and value theory. This book is the first English-language translation of Li Zehou’s work on classical Chinese thought. It includes chapters on the classical Chinese thinkers, including Confucius, Mozi, Laozi, Sunzi, Xunzi and Zhuangzi, and also on later eras and thinkers such as Dong Zhongshu in the Han Dynasty and the Song-Ming Neo-Confucians.

The essays in this book not only discuss these historical figures and their ideas, but also consider their historical significance, and how key themes from these early schools reappeared in and shaped later periods and thinkers. Taken together, they highlight the breadth of Li Zehou’s scholarship and his syncretic approach—his explanations of prominent thinkers and key periods in Chinese intellectual history blend ideas from both the Chinese and Western canons, while also drawing on contemporary thinkers in both traditions. The book also includes an introduction written by the translator that helpfully explains the significance of Li Zehou’s work and its prospects for fostering cross-cultural dialogue with Western philosophy.

A History of Chinese Classical Thought will be of interest to advanced students and scholars interested in Chinese philosophy, comparative philosophy, and Chinese intellectual and social history.

New Discussion Series at PEA Soup / First Topic: Kim on Mencius

The terrific ethics blog PEA Soup has initiated a series of discussions on Cross-Cultural Normative Philosophy; details on the series, including planned future installments, are here.

The first discussion, already underway, is of Richard Kim’s “Human Nature and Moral Sprouts: Mencius on the Pollyanna Problem.” Access to the paper and discussion is here.

Thanks to Brad Cokelet for spearheading this initiative!

Roberts, “Why Confucius Rubs America the Wrong Way”

Moss Roberts has published an opinion piece in the Asia Times entitled “Why Confucius Rubs America the Wrong Way.” Roberts begins:

The campaign to eliminate the Confucius Institutes from American education marks a level of ideological insecurity that has characterized this country for a long time. Willful ignorance about China has been an important part of that insecurity. The mission of the institutes is not ambitious; it is mainly devoted to offering Chinese language courses in colleges that lack them or have fledgling programs. As for Confucius himself, in America, interest in his thinking has never been strong; in China relatively greater attention is given to American thinkers and writers.

Job opening at Occidental College

Occidental College is hiring a tenure-track assistant professor to begin Fall 2020. The successful candidate will have the demonstrated expertise to teach courses and mentor students in the thought of figures from, or historical texts by, members of groups that are underrepresented in academic philosophy. A full description of the position and instructions for applying are included in our PhilJobs ad linked here. Further information about the College and our department can be found here.

Job Opening with the Journal of Chinese Humanities

Attention China Scholars,

The Journal of Chinese Humanities (JOCH) is expanding operations by adding an editor to our staff. We would especially like to encourage those with a background in Chinese philosophy to apply. The position is full time and would require the applicant to locate to Jinan, China. We are the English Language extension of 文史哲 and have recently published volumes on Daoism and Chinese meritocracy.

Responsibilities will include processing and reviewing English and Chinese language submissions, communicating with authors, editing articles and translations, organizing article and book reviews, marketing and outreach, planning journal development, and organizing academic activities.

Qualifications are as follows:
• Fluent in English, with the ability to compose written works in academic English
• Proficient in Chinese reading, writing, and speaking
• Background in major field of sinology e.g. philosophy, literature, or history
• At least a Master’s Degree in a field of sinology (PhD preferred)
• Editorial experience a plus

JOCH is an English language, SCOPUS indexed journal for traditional Chinese literature, history, and philosophy. The position is open until filled. Preference to early applicants. Interested parties should send their CV to Patrick Turk at along with a brief statement of interest.

Thank you,

Stanford Encyclopedia Chinese Philosophy Entries (call for suggestions)

We are seeking to expand the Stanford Encyclopedia list of entries in Chinese philosophy, and are seeking suggestions.  We are aware there are many gaps in the coverage and we have some topics in mind already.  However, we thought we should also ask for suggestions from members of this group, on entries that would be helpful.  Please keep your suggestions brief and please bear in mind the nature of the SEP and its readership ( We welcome suggestions on topics as well as authors.  The current list is appended below for your reference.

Best wishes,

Karyn Lai (University of New South Wales, Sydney)

Tan Sor-Hoon (Singapore Management University)


CFP: SACP Panels, APA Central Division, February 26-29, 2020,

Time: February 26-29, 2020, Palmer House Hilton, Chicago, IL

The Society for Asian and Comparative Philosophy invites submissions to be considered for inclusion in panels at the upcoming APA Central Division Meeting. Submissions focusing on any area of Asian and/or Comparative philosophy will be considered. Both individual papers and completed panel proposals are encouraged.

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Workshop on Approaches to Classical Chinese Philosophical Texts, Oct. 5

The Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations at the University of Pennsylvania will host a one-day workshop on approaches to classical Chinese philosophical texts on Oct. 5.

The event is free and open to the public, but please register using the link below.

Please see here for the program.

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