Author Archives: Aris Dashiell

Article of Interest: The Idea of Liberty

Sha Li’s article “Yan Fu, John Seeley, and the Idea of Liberty” has recently been published in Modern China. “This article advances a more precise appreciation of Yan Fu’s idea of liberty based on a close and contextualized reading of his Lectures on Politics.” This interpretation “exposes [Yan’s] own persistent views and tendencies. Specifically, Yan’s text adopts Seeley’s literal, neutral concept of liberty while extending its use as security against political tyranny.”

APA on Demand: How to Infuse Asian Content into Philosophy Courses

The American Philosophical Association on Asian and Asian-American Philosophers and Philosophies held an APA Live webinar, How to Infuse Asian Content into Philosophy Courses, in celebration of Asian Pacific Islander Desi American Heritage Month. They recorded this webinar in which teachers and scholars shared strategies for effectively infusing Asian content into philosophy courses. Click here to find the recording of the sessions (you must be an APA member to access); the panelists are:

  • Minh Nguyen (Facilitator), Professor of Philosophy and Assistant Dean of the Honors College, Florida Gulf Coast University
  • Alexus McLeod, Professor of Religious Studies, Indiana University
  • May Sim, Professor of Philosophy and Director of Asian Studies Program, College of the Holy Cross
  • Anand Jayaprakash Vaidya, Professor of Philosophy, San Jose State University

Online Workshop: Reading Metaphors

An online workshop titled “Reading Metaphors: Approaches, Methodologies, Pitfalls” is being held as a part of the series of “Philology in Our Time: The Early China Project Room”This event is being hosted by The Early China Project Room and will happen via Zoom. There will be three main presentations by Zhou Boqun, Kevin Buckelew. and Roy Porat. Attendance is free but registration is required.

Friday, May 27th, 21:00 Taiping/Beijing; For more information and the registration form click HERE.

Book Of Interest: Rulers and Ruled in Ancient Greece, Rome, and China

Cambridge University Press has published Ruler and Ruled in Ancient Greece, Rome, and China, edited by Hans Beck and Greit Vankeerberghen. “The volume’s overarching theme is ‘the conceptual capacity of “the people” in history, especially the cultural and political dynamics between the rulers and the ruled in ancient China, Greece, and Rome”. “This is new, as previous comparisons of the political cultures of ancient Greece, Rome, and China have mainly centered their focus, at the macro level, on the formation and operation of the empires”. For more information about this book click here to read a review by Mengzhen Yue of Shandong University. Some of the book is accessible online here and look here to purchase a hard copy.

Online Lecture: Luo, Understanding the Alienated Self

An online lecture titled Understanding the Alienated Self: The Interest in and Problemtization of the Village in the Post-May-Forth Period is being hosted by the Centre for Modern East Asian Studies & Department of East Asian Studies, University of Göttingen. The lecture will be given by Luo Zhitian, a distinguished professor at Sichuan University, and is co-organized by Dr. Axel Schneider and Dr. Thomas Fröhlich. Participants are required to register for the event, and it will be held in Chinese.

May 27, 2022, 10:00 AM Amsterdam time; Registration form HERE.

For more information about the conference click HERE.

Book Of Interest: Lu, Confucianism and Phenomenology

Brill has published Confucianism and Phenomenology: An Exploration of Feeling, Value and Virtue by Yinghua Lu. In this book, Yinghua “opens a new horizon for the study of emotions and the philosophy of heart-mind and [human] nature by focusing on the communication between phenomenology and Chinese philosophy…. He demonstrates how ethics based on factual experience is possible, revealing the original spirit and fresh meaning of Confucian learning of the heart-mind.” For more information on the book click here and to find the book for sale on Amazon click here.

New Book: Routledge Handbook of Chinese Medicine

Routledge has recently published the Routledge Handbook of Chinese Medicine, edited by Vivienne Lo and Michael Stanley-Baker. This is “an extensive, interdisciplinary guide to the nature of traditional medicine and healing in the Chinese cultural region, and its plural epistemologies. The book introduces the broad range of ideas and techniques that comprise pre-modern medicine in China, and the historiographical and ethnographic approaches that have illuminated them.” For the full table of contexts or to order a copy of the book click here.

Book Of Interest: Perkins, Doing What you Really Want

Oxford University Press has published Doing What You Really Want: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Mengzi by Franklin Perkins. In this book, “Franklin Perkins presents a coherent, systematic, and accessible explanation of Mengzi’s philosophy. He covers everything from the place of human beings in nature to human psychology and philosophy of emotions to the various way in which we can deliberately change and cultivate ourselves.” To find this book in both paper and online versions click here.

CFP: Digital Identities in China

“Digital Identities in China,” a planned special issue of Chinese Literature and Thought Today guest-edited by Dr. Paul J. D’ Ambrosio, is inviting authors to explore digital identities in China from the perspective of Chinese literature, philosophy, or other related avenues. Interested individuals should send a 250-word abstract and a short bio to Dr. Paul J. D’Ambrosio by July 30, 2022. Notification of acceptance of abstracts will be sent out by August 15, 2022. Click HERE for more information about the topic and submissions.