Author Archives: Steve Angle

Article of Interest: ‘Confucianism’, an Alternative Source of Belief in Contemporary Chinese Society

Lan Jiang-fu’s article “‘Confucianism’, an Alternative Source of Belief in Contemporary Chinese Society: An Empirical Study of the Founding of Xin 信 in a ‘Confucian’ Company” has just been published in the journal Religions.

Abstract:

Open claims to Confucian values, often associated with cultural traditionalism and a larger revival of Confucianism among the Chinese population from the 2000s onwards, have gained momentum in the world of entrepreneurs. The intensity of this phenomenon can be explained by a wide variety of motivations, among which a desire to establish a belief, a sort of xin 信 towards traditional values, has emerged from within the “Confucian” company. Based on fieldwork carried out between 2017 and 2018 at TW, a private company located in Dongguan (Guangdong), this paper aims to analyze the efforts undertaken by “Confucian” managers to use the spiritual guidance role of Confucianism. Our work is organized into three sections. First, we analyze the main modalities of proselytizing within TW. Then, based on the personal experiences of three employees of this company, we try to understand how they live the jiaohua and to what extent this “educational” experience inspired by Confucianism has allowed them to reorient themselves towards a new way of perceiving the world. Finally, by placing it in a broader context, that of contemporary Chinese society’s crisis of values, we question the role Confucianism can play in the foundation of a population’s beliefs.

The full text is available here.

CFP: PWOL Special Issue of AAPT Journal

Volume 6: Teaching Philosophy as a Way of Life (tentative title)

Edited by: Jane Drexler (Salt Lake Community College) and Ryan Johnson (Elon University)

American Association of Philosophy Teachers Studies in Pedagogy is a peer-reviewed annual journal dedicated to publishing thematically focused volumes of original works on teaching and learning in philosophy. The thematic volumes include a range of contributions, from practical advice to theoretical discussions. Contributions are welcomed from anyone teaching philosophy, including high school teachers, graduate students, new faculty, and tenured professors. The AAPT Studies in Pedagogy is soliciting original papers for consideration in our upcoming volume on Teaching Philosophy as a Way of Life broadly construed.

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TOC: Journal of Chinese Studies  no. 73 July 2021

中國文化研究所  Institute of Chinese Studies

中國文化研究所學報73 20217

Journal of Chinese Studies  no. 73 July 2021

【論 文 Articles】

  1. 許起山 論宋高宗朝後期的科舉及政局
  2. Ya Zuo Male Tears in Song China (960–1279)
  3. 張錦少 北京大學所藏高郵王氏手稿的流布與現狀考實
  4. 陸駿元 章太炎《左傳》研究之轉變——基於魏三體石經之啟發

【書 評 Book Reviews】

  1. T. H. Barrett, Women in Tang China. By Bret Hinsch.
  2. Wing-cheuk Chan, Xiong Shili’s Understanding of Reality and Function, 1920–1937. By Yu Sang.
  3. Karl-Heinz Pohl, Becoming Human: Li Zehou’s Ethics. By Jana S. Rošker.
  4. Morris Rossabi, Tea War: A History of Capitalism in China and India. By Andrew B. Liu.
  5. Wilt L. Idema, The Lady of Linshui Pacifies Demons: A Seventeenth-Century Novel. Translated by Kristin Ingrid Fryklund. Introduction by Mark Edward Lewis and Brigittez Baptandier. Annotations by Brigitte Baptandier.
  6. Peter Lorge, The Making of Song Dynasty History: Sources and Narratives, 960–1279. By Charles Hartman.
  7. Ellen Widmer, Further Adventures on the Journey to the West. By Master of Silent Whistle Studio.Translated by Qiancheng Li and Robert E. Hegel.
  8. François Gipouloux, Whampoa and the Canton Trade: Life and Death in a Chinese Port, 1700–1842. By Paul A. Van Dyke.
  9. Ann Waltner, Transmutations of Desire: Literature and Rebellion in Late Imperial China. By Li Qiancheng.
  10. Evelyn S. Rawski, Where Dragon Veins Meet: The Kangxi Emperor and  His Estate at Rehe. By Stephen H. Whiteman.
  11. Scott Pearce, China’s Northern Wei Dynasty, 386–535: The Struggle for Legitimacy. By Puning Liu.
  12. Lothar von Falkenhausen, Zhou History Unearthed: The Bamboo Manuscript Xinian and Early Chinese Historiography. By Yuri Pines.
  13. Joseph P. McDermott, Circulating the Code: Print Media and Legal Knowledge in Qing China. By Ting Zhang.
  14. Michael Hunter, Honor and Shame in Early China. By Mark Edward Lewis.

在線閱讀 Read online: https://www.cuhk.edu.hk/ics/journal/chi/toc/no73.html

Columbia Neo-Confucianism Seminar: Lederman on Wang Yangming

The next session of the Columbia University Seminar on Neo-Confucian Studies will convene on Thursday 9/23 from 7-8:30 pm EST, over Zoom.

Our speaker will be Professor Harvey Lederman of Princeton, who will be presenting his forthcoming paper The Introspective Model of Genuine Knowledge in Wang Yangming. Professor Lederman’s draft looks very well-formatted to me, but he says that he will have one more round of copyediting on it, and welcomes typographical comments.

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On-line Talk: Jenco, “Neo-Confucianism Beyond Moral Philosophy”

From Prof. Jun-Hyeok KWAK (郭峻赫) of Sun Yat-sen University:
We are pleased to announce the 19th Comparative Philosophy Workshop which will be held virtually at 16:00 PM to 18:00 PM (Beijing Time), 30th September (Thursday), 2021.
Due to the pandemic across the world, we will have a virtual (on-line) meeting. Should you wish to join the meeting, please email to the workshop coordinator to get the meeting password. We are going to use Tencent Voov Meeting, and any video recording of this meeting is prohibited.
At the 19th Political Philosophy Workshop, Leigh JENCO (LSE) will give a talk, “Neo-Confucianism Beyond Moral Philosophy: Chen Di’s Historical Phonology”

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CFP: EACP online conference on Chinese Philosophy

The European Association for Chinese Philosophy (EACP) is hosting its first online conference on December 3rd 2021, in the theme of “Chinese Philosophy: Paths Between Convergence and Divergence” (more info here; deadline for submission October 31st).

We are particularly excited for the opportunity afforded by the online medium to get to know scholars of Chinese philosophy who cannot normally travel to Europe for our conferences. We strongly encourage the participation of junior scholars, women, scholars of color, and other groups who aren’t well represented in the fields of Chinese philosophy and Sinology.

I hope we’ll get to see many new faces and that many will get advantage of this opportunity to get to know our association.

You can write Mercedes Valmisa (mvalmisa@gettysburg.edu) and Selusi Ambrogio (selusi.ambrogio@unimc.it) with any questions or suggestions!

Mercedes Valmisa
Assistant Professor of Philosophy
Gettysburg College
Secretary/Treasurer ACPA
Board EACP
mvalmisa@gettysburg.edu

 

 

 

Thinking the Republic of China: An International Symposium

Invitation to Thinking the Republic of China: An International Symposium 《思考中華民國》國際論壇

Time: August 21, 2021 to September 6, 2021 (All Times Local Taiwan Time)

Location: Online

Registration is Open and Preferred

Organiser: The Global Sinology Forum at National Sun Yat-sen University, Taiwan (國際漢學平台在中山)

To register and for program details, please click here and here

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Job Opening: Ethics with interest in comparative perspectives at Sophia University

The Faculty of Liberal Arts, Sophia University, invites applications for an open-rank position in philosophy with a specialization in Ethics (Assistant Professor is a five-year tenure-track appointment, while appointments of Associate Professor and Professor are tenured).

We seek candidates who are qualified to teach courses in western philosophical and intellectual traditions, and welcome applicants working from a comparative or multi-cultural perspective. Our faculty is committed to promoting gender balance and we have a strong preference to hire a female candidate.

For more information, please visit: https://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=61655