Author Archives: Steve Angle

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.

Continue reading →

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.

New Book: O’Dwyer, ed., Handbook of Confucianism in Modern Japan

Handbook of Confucianism in Modern Japan, edited by Shaun O’Dwyer, has been jointly published this month by Japan Documents Imprint and Amsterdam University Press. It features 13 chapters by East Asian and European scholars covering the development of Confucianism in Japan between the mid 19th century and the 21st century.

Continue reading →

New Book: Kwon, Confucian Sentimental Representation 

Book title: Confucian Sentimental Representation
Kwon conceptualizes a unique mode of political representation in East Asian society, which derives its moral foundation from Confucian virtue politics. Contemporary East Asian societies understand democracy differently than Western societies do. Even citizens in consolidated democracies such as Taiwan and South Korea have different conceptions of an ideal relationship between a political leader and ordinary citizens, as well as a political leader’s accountability and political legitimacy. A political leader’s proper conduct, including his/her everyday languages, behaviors, and expressions when facing citizens’ sorrow, anger, and resentment, plays a crucial role in evaluating whether his/her has political legitimacy in East Asian society. Kwon analyses how this ‘affective accountability’ forms the basis for political representation in these societies and examines how this can be reconciled with liberal democracy.
Kyung Rok Kwon is a postdoctoral fellow of Research Center for Humanities and Social Sciences at Academia Sinica (Taiwan).

Lecture: Xu Jilin on Maruyama Masao

Announcing the next lecture of the University of Göttingen’s Centre for Modern East Asian Studies’s 2021/2022 lecture series New Perspectives on Modernity in China.
Xu Jilin (Professor at East China Normal University) will speak about Maruyama Masao’s Research on Intellectual History as seen by Chinese scholars (lecture and discussion in Chinese)
Time: Feb 11, 2022 12:00 PM Amsterdam, Berlin, Rome, Stockholm, Vienna
Registration (required) is at: Zoom link.
Maruyama Masao is the most influential post-war Japanese intellectual historian. He transcends the dichotomy between Eastern and Western thought, uncovering the “insistent bass” in the “ancient layers” of Japanese thought and examining how it has recreated the universality of modern Japanese thought. He views the study of the history of thought as an “art of representation” similar to the performance of music, in which re-creation is achieved within the confines of a text. He relativizes universal thought in a specific historical context, presenting the richness and diversity of thought itself.

New Journal: Journal of Social and Political Philosophy

The Journal of Social and Political Philosophy has published its first issue, featuring an article by Sor-hoon Tan (“The Crisis of Liberal Democracy and the Confucian Challenge: A Pragmatist Response”), a roundtable on Bai Tongdong’s book Against Political Equality: The Confucian Case, and lots of other interesting content. The journal’s description reads as follows (my emphasis):

Journal of Social and Political Philosophy (JSPP) provides a forum in which to address the new challenges facing social and political thought in the twenty-first century. JSPP publishes material of the highest quality regardless of philosophical, ideological or methodological orientation within social and political philosophy. Our aim is to provide a venue for original contributions to social and political philosophy from a range of disciplines, traditions and civilizational perspectives.

JSPP especially welcomes contributions dealing with contemporary encounters, debates and controversies involving Western social and political thought and East Asian approaches, including but not limited to Chinese traditions. It seeks to promote dynamic engagement between East Asian and Western approaches to social and political philosophy, including new fields of normative inquiry that cut across otherwise distinct traditions. JSPP supports informed cross-cultural conversation between these different approaches.

Contributions to the history of political thought are welcome where these bear on issues of contemporary concern. JSPP’s scope does not include material dealing with empirical, public policy or day to day political issues, but does include philosophical contributions that incorporate results of social scientific research.

JSPP publishes research articles, critical responses, book reviews, review essays, and symposia on books of particular importance.

Seems like a significant new venue!