Author Archives: Hans-Georg Moeller

Public On-line Lecture Series with Robin Wang, Michael Puett, etc.

The Philosophy and Religious Studies Department at the University of Macau invites everyone to a Lecture Series for the Fall term 2021.
All the meetings will be held in a hybrid in-person/online format.
15 September, 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Prof. ROBIN WANG (Loyola Marymount University)
The Variety of Minds: Why the Dao Mind Is/Becomes Huanghu (Ambiguous and Elusive)?
29 September, 5:30-7:00 p.m.
Prof. GIOVANNI BONIOLO (University of Ferrara)
Identity and dementia: a different approach.
13 October, 5:30-7:00 p.m.
Prof. HOLGER BRIEL (Beijing Normal University-Hong Kong Baptist University United International College in Zhuhai)
VisonBytes – Seeing in the age of intercultural digitality.
27 October, 7:30-9:00 p.m. (TBC)
Prof. MICHAEL PUETT (Harvard University)
10 November, 8:00-9:30 p.m.
Prof. STEVEN CROWELL (Rice University)
Methodological Atheism: An Essay in the Second-Person Phenomenology of Commitment.
24 November, 5:30-7:00  p.m.
Prof. PHILIP TONNER (University of Glasgow)
Wayfarers and Dwellers: implications from phenomenological anthropology for ‘roots’ music heritage research.

Zhuangzi Stories Animated

We’ve launched a YouTube channel animating Zhuangzi stories (subtitles in various languages):

It’s also available in Spanish:

And on Bilibili in Chinese:


Critical Theory From and Beyond the Margins: Public Online Workshop


24 OCTOBER 2020, SATURDAY | 10:00 AM TO 6:00 PM (UTC +8)
ZOOM MEETING- ID: 976 4344 1616 | PASSCODE: 241

Critical theory is a Western, and distinctly European, intellectual tradition that drew its normative resources from the social and political events that transpired in Europe over the course of the 20th century. It is relevant to ask the question whether, as a critical-practical
tradition, critical theory has anything to contribute outside the Western-European context, given the emergence of globalization and the issues that arose with it. For some, the Eurocentrism of critical theory is symptomatic of its very own crisis, one which challenges the universality of its normative claims, e.g., the abolition of social injustice. Is it possible for critical theory to overcome its Eurocentrism and, therefore, its own crisis? The irony is that critical theory is only able to defend the universality of its normative claims when it is able to
renew itself. If it is at all possible to renew critical theory, what does this renewal entail? The workshop will pursue these questions by expanding the scope of traditional critical theory, especially, but not exclusively, by drawing on critical perspectives on modern societies and
emancipation movements that have originated in Asia.

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CfP: ODIP Online Dictionary of Intercultural Philosophy

CALL FOR PAPERS: ODIP: Online Dictionary of Intercultural Philosophy

ODIP in cooperation with ALAFI invites entries on topics related to intercultural philosophy.

ODIP offers brief and understandable definitions of non-Western philosophical terms. It aims to promote a shift from Comparative Philosophy to World Philosophy enabling a genuine plurality of knowing, doing, and being human. It collects key-concepts from several regions and presents those concepts in a succinct fashion. It is meant to be an inspiring and stimulating resource for philosophers who aim to expand their horizons and think interculturally.

ALAFI (Latin-American Association for Intercultural Philosophy) aims to promote open, plural, cosmpolitan and intercultural practices in philosophy, in Latin America in particular and in the hispanic-lusophone circuit in general.

Submissions are normally between 200 and 1000 words long (up to 3500 words for historical entries on philosophical schools and movements such as “Comparative Philosophy”). Submissions should be sent either in English or have an English translation attached. Submissions in Portuguese and Spanish are in particular accepted and promoted, provided they come with an English translation (Submissions will be edited and do not need to come in perfect English).

All submissions are peer reviewed. Preferably, entries explain concepts and terms, but in certain cases, entries on philosophers or books will also be accepted. All entries will be published with the author’s name. Entries must present bibliographical references for further reading at the end of the text.

On the ‘Call for Entries’ ( page you will find a list of terms. These are just suggestions. Entries on other relevant terms are welcome.

Send to:

The copyright stays with the authors.

Deadline for submissions: June 5th 2020

CFP Singapore-Hong Kong-Macau Symposium on Chinese Philosophy

22-23 May 2020

Organised by Faculty of Religious Studies, University of Saint Joseph, Macau

The Singapore-Hong Kong-Macau Symposium on Chinese Philosophy aims to foster dialogue and interaction between scholars primarily based in Singapore, Hong Kong, and Macau. Submissions are invited for papers on any aspect of Chinese philosophy, as well as papers dealing with comparative issues that engage Chinese perspectives.

Speakers will be selected through a review of abstracts, which should be 1-2 pages. While preference will be given to those from the three regions, participants from any geographic areas are welcome to apply.

Speakers coming from abroad will be provided with accommodation during the symposium, and meals will be served for all speakers. The language of the symposium is English.

Submission deadline: 11 January 2020
Notification of acceptance: 22 February 2020
Please send abstracts and any enquiries to Dr. Edmond Eh via

Programme Committee:
EH, Edmond (University of Saint Joseph, committee chair)
HUANG, Yong (The Chinese University of Hong Kong)
LI, Chenyang (Nanyang Technological University)
LOY, Hui-Chieh (National University of Singapore)
MOELLER, Hans-Georg (University of Macau)
ZHANG, Ellen (Hong Kong Baptist University)

New episodes of The Issue is Not The Issue

The Issue is Not the Issue: A Podcast with Hans-Georg Moeller and Dan Sarafinas


Hans-Georg Moeller and Dan Sarafinas discuss contemporary debates on “political correctness” and related moral and social issues. They point to concepts such as virtue speech (“virtue signalling”), civil religion, “profilicity,” and the role of critique to better understand their nature.


Episode 3—Critique:

Philosophy today runs the risk of once more becoming the “handmaiden of theology” by being put in the service of civil religion. The Kantian concept of critique is revived to reflect on contemporary dogmatism and associated power structures that lead to phenomena such as “competitive wokeness” in entertainment (Taylor Swift) or the need to write “diversity statements” in academia. The idea of a therapeutic rather than a normative philosophy is suggested and it is explained how society, along with critique, evolves rather than progresses.


Episode 4—Profilicity:

Why do we need to produce “virtue speech”? We need it to be competitive in society and to bolster our public profiles. A new profile-based identity paradigm, called “profilicity,” is on the rise. It is replacing other identity paradigms such as sincerity and authenticity and provides not only individuals but also institutions (political parties, companies, universities, etc.) with identity value.

Funded PhD positions in Philosophy at University of Macau

The University of Macau’s Philosophy and Religious Studies Programme invites applications from qualified candidates wishing to pursue postgraduate research in philosophy from August 2019. There are two different funding schemes for our PhD programme. The deadline for applications to both schemes is 28th February 2019. Applications from international students are welcome.

UM Macao PhD Scholarship

The MPDS provides each awardee with a monthly stipend of MOP20,000 (ca. US$ 2,477) and a conference or research-related travel allowance up to MOP10,000 (ca. US$ 1,238) per academic year for a period up to 4 years. Tuition and/or any other kinds of fees that may incur during the course of studies will not be covered by the Scholarship.

UM Macao PhD Assistantship

The PhD assistantship provides each recipient with a starting monthly stipend of MOP12,500 (ca. US$ 1,548) (up to MOP14,000/ca. US$ 1,734). Tuition and/or any other kinds of fees that may incur during the course of studies will not be covered by the Assistantship.

Low cost post-graduate housing is available on campus.

Applicants should as soon as possible approach a potential supervisor to discuss their proposed research project and gain advice about the application procedure. For potential supervisors and their research interests, please see the Philosophy Programme’s webpage:

Faculty specialize in: Chinese and Comparative Philosophy; Philosophy of Mind; Philosophy of Language; Philosophy of Religion; and Political Philosophy.

For information about the PhD programme in Philosophy and Religious Studies at the University of Macau, please see:

For information about our funding opportunities, please see:


The Issue is Not the Issue: A Podcast with Hans-Georg Moeller and Dan Sarafinas

Hans-Georg Moeller and Dan Sarafinas discuss contemporary debates on “political correctness” and related moral and social issues. They point to concepts such as virtue speech (“virtue signalling”), civil religion, and the role of critique to better understand their nature.

Episode 1–Virtue Speech:;

The phenomenon of virtue speech (“virtue signalling”) has become a central feature in recent outrage movements pervasive throughout the West. Virtue speech, which is implicitly tied to accusations of hate speech, is a form of moralistic discourse setting speech examples that make it difficult to openly discuss elements of our culture without falling into the trap of moralizing.

Episode 2–Civil Religion:

Civil religion plays a central role in the virtue speech, or political correctness, discourse. The history of the concept is discussed as well as the structure of the American form of civil religion and how tenets of civil religion are constantly being performed and re-enacted, particularly in current social media outrage movements.


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