Author Archives: Steve Angle

Rapporteur reports from RWCP on Sosa and Zagzebski

On April 22, the fifth Rutgers Workshop on Chinese Philosophy took place, with six scholars of Chinese philosophy presenting papers that engaged with the work of Ernest Sosa and Linda Zagzebski. The workshop’s website is here. At the workshop, two Rutgers graduate students, Esther Goh and Frederick Choo, served as rapporteurs, taking notes on each presentation and on the discussion. Their reports follow here, to give those who were not present a sense of the day’s richness. Thanks very much to Ester and Fredrick for these detailed reports!

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Two new essays by Bin Song

Bin Song has recently published two essays that readers may find interesting:

“Donald Trump, Mao Zedong and Religious Anti-Intellectualism,” in Donald Trump in Historical Perspective: Dead Precedents, Edited by Michael Harvey (Routledge, 2022)


“The Utopian Seed of Modern Chinese Politics in Ruism (Confucianism) and its Tillichian Remedy,” in Why Tillich? Why Now?, Edited by Thomas G. Bandy (Mercer University Press, 2021)

Rutgers Workshop in Chinese Philosophy: Virtue Epistemology

The 5th RWCP will be held in-person and on-line on Friday, April 22, 2022. In this one-day workshop, six scholars of Chinese philosophy will engage two leading virtue epistemologists, Ernest Sosa and Linda Zagzebski. The workshop program and other details are available here. This year’s workshop is co-sponsored by Rutgers Global-China Office, the Confucius Institute, Religion Department, and Philosophy Department. RSVP is required for attendance, either in-person (limited to the room capacity) or online. Q&A is limited to the in-person audience. Click here to RSVP.


Online Panel — Cosmopolitanism: An Invitation for Confucian-Catholic Dialogue

Cosmopolitanism: An Invitation for Confucian-Catholic Dialogue

An event of the China Forum for Civilizational Dialogue, a partnership between Georgetown University and La Civiltà Cattolica

Wednesday, April 13, 2022, 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. EDT, online; REGISTER HERE.

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On-Line Lecture: Angle on Growing Moral

I will be giving an on-line talk next week on my new book, Growing Moral: A Confucian Guide to Life, hosted by the Center for East Asian and Comparative Philosophy at the City University of Hong Kong. The talk will take place via Zoom at 10 am on Friday, April 8 in HKT, which will be at 10pm on Thursday, April 7 EDT. So if you’re in East Asia, or are a night owl in the US, feel free to join! Details are on the attached poster.

Upcoming Neo-Confucianism Seminar on Kang Youwei

The next session of the Columbia University Seminar on Neo-Confucian Studies will convene on Friday April 1st from 10-11:30 am EDT, over Zoom.

The speaker will be Federico Brusadelli of the Università di Napoli L’Orientale, now also a Visiting Fellow at the Polish Institute of Advanced Study. Professor Brusadelli will present his draft “Race, Reproduction, Resources: Kang Youwei’s Datongshu as a 20th-century Global Prophecy.”

If you’d like to receive the paper and join the meeting, please contact Nolan Bensen, Rapporteur for the Seminar on Neo-Confucian Studies.

CFP: Truth and Asian Philosophy

The Asian Journal of Philosophy is pleased to announce a call for papers for a Topical Collection on “Truth and Asian Philosophy.”

The Asian Journal of Philosophy is a brand new journal that aims to publish high-quality articles in any area of analytic philosophy, including what might be called “Asian analytic philosophy,” which is the journal’s way of referring to engagement with Asian philosophical traditions utilizing analytic philosophical methodologies and vocabularies. The journal aspires to be a leading platform for analytic philosophy in Asia. You can find more information about the journal here:

For this Topical Collection on “Truth and Asian Philosophy,” we are interested in papers that engage with questions relating to truth and Asian philosophy. Some sample research topics might include but are certainly not limited to:

  • How is truth as a concept manifested in Asian philosophical traditions?
  • What can cross-cultural inquiries tell us about truth as a philosophical concept?
  • What can we learn about truth from studying Asian traditions?

Papers for the Topical Collection will be published in regular issues of the journal rather than in a dedicated special issue, so we have some flexibility in when we are able to process submissions.

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Gettysburg Workshop on Chinese and Comparative Philosophy: Openness, Contingency, and Change

The Gettysburg College Philosophy Department & the Norman E. Richardson Memorial Fund present:

Gettysburg Workshop on Chinese and Comparative Philosophy: Openness, Contingency, and Change

Friday, April 8, 2022, 9AM-5:30 PM, Lyceum, Penn Hall

Breakfast starts at 8:30AM, refreshments and lunch will be served

Event is in person and open to the community; contact Prof. Mercedes Valmisa with questions


  • 9-10:30 Rohan Sikri (University of Georgia), “Wandering Sages, Wandering Sophists: Philosophies of Travel in Early China and Greece.” Discussant: Giacomo Coppola
  • 11-12:30 Julianne Chung (University of York), “The Zhuangzi, Creativity, and Epistemic Virtue.” Discussant: Benjamin Murphy
  • 2-3:30 Tim Connolly (East Stroudsburg University), “The Zhuangzi and Transformative Experience.” Discussant: Chelsea Mojica
  • 4-5:30 Vanessa Wills (George Washington University), “Freedom and Determinism in Marx’s Thought.” Discussant: Monique Mendez


Survey for Confucian Robotic Ethics project

JeeLoo Liu writes:

In continuation of my “Confucian Robotic Ethics” project, I have now embarked on a research on incorporating Confucian virtues in designing Ethical AI for Social Robots. But to do so, I need to first understand what people regard as the more important virtues when two sets of virtues (such as loyalty and humaneness; honesty and loyalty; or obedience and righteousness) conflict with each other in various cases of moral dilemmas.

I would like to know what you think about what future autonomous robots should do in situations involving (1) robot assisted suicide (2) whether a robot should lie or not (3) what principle should rescue robots use to decide whom to rescue first (4) should robots obey human order when such orders violate moral principles. These four sets of scenarios have 15 short questions each, and they are philosophically challenging. It takes about 10 minutes for each set, and you have the choice to continue to the next set or exit.

I hope you will find it interesting to answer them. Also, please help spread the word: post it on social media, encourage your students, friends, and family members to do the same.

The survey is completely anonymous and is conducted in three languages: English, Spanish and Chinese (both traditional and simplified).  The main site is


JeeLoo Liu
Distinguished Faculty of H&SS
Office: H-311G
Department of Philosophy
Cal State University, Fullerton
Fullerton, CA 92834

Lecture: The Emotions of Justice: People’s Voices and their Petitioning Activity in Late Chosŏn Korea

Jisoo Kim will offer an on-line lecture later this week: the title is “The Emotions of Justice: People’s Voices and their Petitioning Activity in Late Chosŏn Korea,” and it will be held at 10am Hong Kong time on Friday, 18 February. For more information and to register, see here.