The most recent issue of the Journal of Asian Studies has reviews of three books of interest to readers of this blog:
- Curie Virag reviews Michael Nylan, The Chinese Pleasure Book (Zone Books, 2018)
- Yunte Huang reviews Haun Saussy, Translation as Citation: Zhuangzi Inside Out (Oxford, 2017)
- Patrick Buck reviews Bryan Van Norden, Taking Back Philosophy: A Multicultural Manifesto (Columbia, 2017)
Bryan Van Norden has announced that 2019-2020 will be his last year at Yale-NUS. Beginning in 2020-2021 he will return to Vassar as the James Monroe Taylor Chair in Philosophy.
SUNY has brought out a major work by Jim Behuniak: John Dewey and Daoist Thought: Experiments in Intra-cultural Philosophy, Volume One and John Dewey and Confucian Thought Experiments in Intra-cultural Philosophy, Volume Two.
There is also a significant savings in buying the two volume set; see here. Congratulations, Jim! Summaries follow.
In this timely and original work, Dewey’s late-period “cultural turn” is recovered and “intra-cultural philosophy” proposed as its next logical step—a step beyond what is commonly known as comparative philosophy. The first of two volumes, John Dewey and Daoist Thought argues that early Chinese thought is poised to join forces with Dewey in meeting our most urgent cultural needs: namely, helping us to correct our outdated Greek-medieval assumptions, especially where these result in pre-Darwinian inferences about the world.
Lafayette College in Easton, PA, announces a full-time, tenure-track position in the Department of Religious Studies at the rank of assistant professor, beginning July 1, 2020, with specialization in religious traditions of East Asia. Details are available here.
Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews
Sungmoon Kim, Democracy After Virtue: Toward Pragmatic Confucian Democracy, Oxford University Press, 2018, 255pp., $74.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780190671235.
Reviewed by Kenneth Winston, Harvard University
As Asian countries reclaim their former prominence on the world stage, many Asian scholars are engaged in an ardent effort to respond to the new reality by reexamining basic political principles. The effort is not only academic or philosophical; it is deeply moral — an effort to preserve what is of value in one’s own culture or tradition while adapting to new geopolitical circumstances and engaging in new relationships. Sungmoon Kim is a member in good standing of an international group of scholars who join this intellectual conversation with the general aim of reconciling Confucianism and democracy — with an agenda and vocabulary taken primarily from contemporary English-language analytic philosophy. While written at a fairly abstract level, this book can be read as a search for identity or self-understanding in an evolving world.
For anyone residing in Australia, the 2020 CFP for Asia Study Grants may be of interest.
ISCP Executive Director JeeLoo Liu has shared the following report:
The 21st Conference of the International Society for Chinese Philosophy (ISCP) concluded on July 5th. This conference was held in Bern, Switzerland, and we have had beautiful weather in addition to the scenery city sights. The theme of this conference was Reality, Argumentation, and Persuasion : Metaphysical Explorations and Epistemological Engagements in Chinese Philosophy. The three and a half day conference included 230 papers, 145 of which were uploaded for inside viewing by the time the conference started on July 2nd. A different format for this conference was that instead of giving individual talks, the five invited keynote speakers (Paul Unschuld, Karine Chemla, Guorong Yang, Karyn Lai, and Jenny Zhao) formed two panels for short presentations and extensive discussion. The conference contained fruitful exchanges among scholars from different countries, and also provided the opportunity for many scholars from afar to explore the Swiss Alps during their free time.