CFA: Varieties of Ineffability in Ancient Philosophy

Varieties of Ineffability in Ancient Philosophy

Online conference, 18th-21st September 2023

Call for Abstracts –Deadline: 1 February 2023


We invite proposals for papers to be given at an online conference on varieties of ineffability in ancient philosophy (spanning ancient Chinese, Graeco-Roman and Indian thought), on 18th-21st September 2023. The conference is expected to take place in the afternoon (British Summer Time) over the course of the four days.

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“Learning Together”: A Zoom-Based Lecture and Seminar Series on Chinese Philosophy

Presenting the 四海为学 “Learning Together” project. A philosophy lecture and seminar series promoting collaborative learning across cultures. Hosted by the Center for Intercultural Learning and the School of Philosophy at East China Normal University this project brings together prominent scholars and teachers with students from around the world. We take xue  or “study” as foundational. Xue is a particular type of learning that includes modeling and reflective imitation. To engage in xue is to learn through close readings of classics, commentaries, and contemporary thinkers, and includes modeling their thinking and applying it in strategic ways. We hope to aid in cultivating a generation of comparative scholars who can understand one another better, have meaningful engagements, and cooperate despite differences. Our working motto is “Learning from Chinese philosophy.”

On August 30th at 8pm Beijing time Professor Yang Guorong of East China Normal University will present “How to do Philosophy” as the inaugural address for the 四海为学 “Learning Together” philosophy lecture series. The talk will be moderated by Professor Yu Zhenhua, East China Normal University.  The link for Professor Yang’s talk is:

All lectures will take place on Zoom. Links will be provided one week before each lecture.

Next week, on August 26th, our first seminar begins. This is “The Female Confucius” taught by Dimitra Amarantidou, Assistant Professor of Chinese Philosophy at Shanghai Normal University. (For details see our site or email us.)

The lectures for the rest of 2022 are as follows:

Roger Ames Peking University 

“The Confucian Concept of the Political and ‘Family Feeling’ (xiao ) as its Minimalist Morality”

Friday, Sept. 16th  9am Beijing time. 

Michael Nylan University of California, Berkeley 

Xue : ‘Learning and Emulation”  

Friday, Oct. 7th, time TBD

Robin Wang Loyola Marymount University  

“Metaphysics Against Aggression: What Rou (Suppleness) Can Teach Us?”

Thursday, Nov. 3rd,  22:00 Beijing time. 

Stephen Angle Wesleyan University 

“Chapter 4 of Growing Moral: A Confucian Guide to Life”  

Friday, Dec. 9th,  21:00 Beijing time. 


For a full list of all the seminars running this fall, and the 18 lectures already planned for 2022-2024 please visit:

Our website is mostly functional, but still being worked on. Apologies for any inconveniences.

To participate, contribute, or be part of this project in any capacity please email:

The lectures, seminars, and all 四海为学 “Learning Together” events are free and open to everyone. From professors to students, anyone interested is welcome to participate.

We also welcome suggestions and constructive criticisms.

New Book: Emotions in Korean Philosophy and Religion

Palgrave Macmillan has recently published a new book titled Emotions in Korean Philosophy and Religion edited by Edward Y. J. Chung and Jea Sophia Oh. The book is open to be freely download all together or in chapters as well! The book present thirteen articles on the fascinating topic of emotion in Korean Philosophy and religion. It not only gives background to emotions from both West and East disciplines but also offers insights into the diversity of Korean emotions. It discusses key Korean Confucian thinkers, debates and ideas to show the dynamics of these emotions.

Job Opening: The Chinese University of Hong Kong

The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) is inviting scholars and scientists to join the university as an Assistant Professor or Associate Professor under the University’s flagship Vice-Chancellor Early Career Professorship Scheme. This portion is open to any Scholars and scientists in any discipline that have a PhD or equivalent degree obtained not more than 10 years earlier than the date of application. Read below for more information or click here for details on the CUHK’s website.

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Articles published in Philosophy Compass, 2022

Announcing a series of peer-reviewed articles published to date in 2022, in Philosophy Compass

The Confucian Ren and Care Debate: Reassessment, Development, and Future Directions
Chenyang Li
04 August 2022 (early view)

The irony of Confucius
Dimitra Amarantidou
Volume 17, Issue 6
09 May 2022

Sincerity (cheng) as a civic and political virtue in classical Confucian philosophy
Dawid Rogacz
Volume 17, Issue 6
24 April 2022

Mencius and Xunzi on the legitimate use of offensive force: A pacifistic critique of recent just war interpretations
Kurtis Hagen
Volume 17, Issue 6
15 April 2022

Death in the Zhuangzi: Themes, arguments, and interpretations
Pengbo Liu
Volume 17, Issue 4
17 March 2022

New Book: Kim, Im Yunjidang

Cambridge University Press has recently published a new book titled Im Yunjidang by Sungmoon Kim. This short book in the Cambridge Elements series, looks at Im Yunjidang, an 18th-century Korean female Neo-Confucian philosopher, and is freely available to access online for the next two weeks. The book attempts to bring a new perspective on the relation between Confucianism and feminism. It critically examines the philosophical thought of Im Yunjidang and presents her as a feminist thinker in the time period. It shows how Im Yunjidang was able to reformulate Neo-Confucian metaphysics and ethics of moral self-cultivation.

New Book: Li, Moral Partiality

Routledge has recently published a new research monograph titled Moral Partiality written by Yong Li of Wuhan University. Yong Li is a Professor of Philosophy and the Associate Dean of School of Philosophy at Wuhan University. China. Yong’s new book explores the issue of familial partiality and specifically discusses whether it is morally praiseworthy to love one’s family partially. The author discusses the efficacy of three major arguments to justify moral partiality in Confucianism. This title will appeal to scholars and students interested in Confucianism and other sorts of East Asian philosophies.

Curtis’s Overview of 21-22 East Asian Studies jobs

Paula Curtis writes:

I am happy to announce the release of my data report and visualizations for the 2021-2022 academic job market cycle in East Asian Studies. Tracking categories such as desired discipline, desired region of specialization, track, location, and more, I provide a variety of information on the market in EAS for the most recent hiring season.

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Hayes Reviews Garfield, Buddhist Ethics

Jay L. Garfield, Buddhist Ethics: A Philosophical Exploration, Oxford University Press, 2022, 231pp., $24.95 (pbk), ISBN 9780190907648.

Reviewed by Richard P. Hayes, The University of New Mexico

This book is a contribution to the series “Buddhist Philosophy for Philosophers,” which so far also has a monograph on Buddhist epistemology and one on Buddhist metaphysics. As with the other books in the series, Jay Garfield’s book is written primarily for philosophers who are open to exploring Buddhist approaches to ethics rather than for philologists or historians of Buddhist thought, although scholars in Buddhist studies also stand to benefit from reflecting on Garfield’s presentation. As the author makes clear from the outset, Buddhists have not until recently written much that could be considered metaethical in nature. Ethicists accustomed to…

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