Telos-Paul Piccone Institute’s China Initiative

The Telos-Paul Piccone Institute, which is affiliated with the journal Telos, has underway a multi-pronged China Initiative that is well worth blog readers’ attention. Through this initiative, the Institute seeks “to become a key bridge for a mutually regarding, critical discussion of social and political theory between China and the West, well beyond the circles of East Asia specialists. The Telos China Initiative will include a wide variety of programs to be developed over a five-year period beginning in 2024.”

Among other things, the initiative includes an upcoming conference on “China Keywords” that is currently calling for submissions, with a deadline of September 1; see here for more details.

The initative has also been sponsoring a series of podcast conversations about key terms like tianxiawangdao, and others. See here for more.

CFP: The 28th annual meeting of the Southeast Early China Roundtable

The twenty-eighth annual meeting of the Southeast Early China Roundtable will be held and sponsored by the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill from Friday October 25 to Sunday, October 27. The room and board of participants will be entirely covered by the sponsoring institution. If interested to participate, please contact Uffe Bergeton ( an abstract of your paper by September 15.

CFP: International Society of East Asian Philosophy (ISEAP)

The International Society of East Asian Philosophy (ISEAP) will have its fourth international conference on December 14-15, which will be held at the Fukuoka University, Japan.

Abstracts for individual papers and organized panels in English(preferably), Chinese and Korean are welcomed. Presented papers will be invited to submit to a special issue of The Journal of East Asian Philosophy (published by Springer, peer-reviewed, all in English).

The submission deadline is September 1, 2024 (Japan Time). Please check the ISEAP website for more details regarding the conference and submission details.

New Article: Angle, Methodologies and Communities in Comparative Philosophy

I am happy to report that my article “Methodologies and Communities in Comparative Philosophy” has just been published on-line in Metaphilosophy. A read-only version can be accessed here. The abstract:

There is considerable disagreement and even confusion over what forms of border-crossing philosophizing are most appropriate to our times. Are comparative, cross-cultural, intercultural, blended, and fusion philosophy all the same thing? Some critics find what they call “comparative philosophy” to be moribund or problematically colonialist; others assert that projects like “fusion philosophy” are intellectually irresponsible and colonialist in their own way. Can we nonetheless identify a distinctive project of comparative philosophy and say why it is important? Based on a broad survey of approaches, this essay offers schematic answers to these questions, clarifies some persistent confusions, and stresses the constitutive gamble that lies at the heart of all comparative philosophy. There are several different ways to do comparative philosophy well; which method to employ depends on the values that motivate and the pragmatic situation that frames one’s inquiry, and on the ways in which one or more communities receive and respond to one’s contribution.




Call for Festschrift: Celebrating Chung-ying Cheng’s Contributions and Life (1935-2024)

Chung-ying Cheng, Ph.D. in Philosophy (Harvard University), Professor (since 1963) and Professor Emeritus (since June 1, 2024) of Department of Philosophy, University of Hawaii at Manoa, USA,  Founding Editor and Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Chinese Philosophy (in English language) (since 1973), Founding President of the International Society of Chinese Philosophy (since 1975), Founding President of the International Society of the Yijing《易經》(since 1979), Founding President of the International Society of Hermeneutics (since 1980), honoris causa of the International Institute for Hermeneutics Agora Hermeneutica (since 2021), had departed from his contributive journey on this world (and headed to another magnificent march as he always was a tireless soldier), at Kaiser Moanalua Hospital, Honolulu, on July 2, 2024, US Time.

To celebrate Professor Chung-ying Cheng’s life-time service and prolific achievements, the Journal of Chinese Philosophy calls for full articles to be peer-reviewed, under a tentative theme: Festschrift: Celebrating Chung-ying Cheng’s Contributions and Life (1935-2024).  All topics of leading scholarship in high quality American English are welcome and submissions are immediately available. For Guidelines, please contact Dr. Andrew Fuyarchuk.

Chung-Ying Cheng, 1935-2024

Dear friends and members of the International Society for Chinese Philosophy (ISCP),

It is with a heavy heart and grave sadness that I write to formally inform you that Professor Cheng, the founding director of ISCP and the founding editor and editor-in-chief of the Journal of Chinese Philosophy, has passed away on July 2 (US time) at the Kaiser Moanalua Hospital, Honolulu, Hawaii, at the age of 89.

As many of you know, Professor Cheng has been a tireless mover in promoting Chinese philosophy on the world stage for over 50 years. Moreover, he has been a true inspiration as a senior prominent scholar who never missed a session in the conferences that he attended, always listening intently, asking questions, and engaging in conversation with the presenters. He has made major contributions to the study of the Philosophy of Yijing and pioneered onto-hermeneutics with numerous publications.

In the upcoming World Congress of Philosophy in Rome in early August, we will hold an invited session in honor and in memory of him, a round table on the contributions of Chinese philosophy to the world philosophy organized initially by him, as well as three ISCP society sessions. If you are attending the WCP, please come to these sessions to honor him and in memory of him.

In consultation with Dr. Linyu Gu (the surviving spouse Dr. Chung-Ying Cheng), the best and the most meaningful way that we can remember him is to carry on the work of the ISCP and JCP that Professor Cheng had been so passionate about and devoted lifelong energy to. A call-for-paper for a festschrift in memory of him will be distributed under a separate cover with the subject title, “Call for Festschrift: Celebrating Chung-ying Cheng’s Contributions and Life (1935-2024).”

In addition, the Philosophy Department at the University of Hawaii at Mānoa, where Dr. Cheng has taught since 1963, has posted an article written by Professor Tamara Albertini, chair of the department and created a webpage in memory of him. The article includes a link to a poster featuring the last lecture delivered by Professor Chung-Ying Cheng on April 19 and a second link to photos from the time when he was a young scholar to his recent retirement celebration. Readers can leave comments in the comment field as a tribute to him. The Cheng family will be able to read these messages. Here is the article and webpage:

Ann A. Pang-White
Executive Director of ISCP

Book of Interest: Those Who Act Ruin It, A Daoist Account of Moral Attunement by Jacob Bender

Drawing on both western and Chinese philosophy, Those Who Act Ruin It shows how Daoism presents a viable alternative to established moral theories. The Daoist, critical of the Confucian and Mohist discourses of their time, provides an account of morality that can best be understood as achieving an attunement to situations through the cultivation of habits. Furthermore, Daoism’s meta-ethical insights outline how moral philosophy, when theorized in a way that ignores our fundamental interdependence, devolves into moralistic narcissism. Another way of putting this, as the Daodejing states perfectly, is that “those who act ruin it” (為者敗之). Sensitive to this problem, the Daoist account of moral attunement can ameliorate social woes and not “ruin things.” In their moral attunement, Daoists can spontaneously respond to situations in ways that are sensitive to the underlying interdependence of all things.

The author Jacob Bender is Hua-Shan Associate Professor of Philosophy at Xidian University, Xi’an.

To read the table of contents or an excerpt, or purchase the book, please click this link.

CFP: Panel for the Association of Chinese Philosophers in America at 2025 Eastern APA

The Association of Chinese Philosophers in America welcomes scholars to submit proposals for individual papers to be considered for inclusion on a single ACPA group session at the 2025 APA Eastern Division Meeting. The meeting will be in person.

Submissions that engage with Chinese philosophy in a wide variety of ways are encouraged. There is no specific theme for the group session prior to receiving proposals. In addition to the quality of submission, the selection of papers for presentation will be based on how well they can be worked into a good session. The deadline for submission is July 25th, 2024. Submissions are accepted through this form. Guidelines for submission can be found in the form.

To know more about the Association of Chinese Philosophers in America (ACPA), please click here.

Episode 6 of “This Is the Way”: Partiality and Justice

Episode 6 of This Is the Way is on Tao Jiang’s book. We don’t cover every one of the fascinating issues raised in the 516 pages of Professor Jiang’s volume, but we do cover some of the core topics, including (1) tensions between impartialist justice and partialist humaneness, and (2) Zhuangzi and freedom. A short description follows, with the usual supporting materials. Continue reading →