The latest issue of the Journal of Confucian Philosophy and Culture (vol. 35) has been published; full text access to the articles is available here. The Table of Contents is below.
NG Kai-chiu has published a new article in the Soochow Journal of Philosophical Studies 東吳哲學學報 (in Chinese) titled “Rethinking Zhu Xi’s Li: ‘Principle of Existence’ or ‘Pattern’?” that considers the interpretation of li 理 as “Pattern” offered my Justin Tiwald and me in Neo-Confucianism: A Philosophical Interpretation. The abstract follows, and the whole paper (and others from the same issue) can be accessed here.
The Institute for the Cultural and Intellectual History of Asia (IKGA) at the Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna, is hosting a series of lectures titled “Method and Region.”
The aim of this initiative is to reflect on the relationship between method and region. Here, methodcomprises the entire apparatus that enables us to conduct scholarly studies, including non-European theories and concepts. Region stands for what is contextually specific, such as language, history or thought. The full program is available here.
The first lecture in the series will be on Tuesday, 30 March, 18:00–19:30 CET:
Tom J.F. Tillemans (Emeritus – University of Lausanne) — Methodology: Meditations of a philosophical Buddhologist
Topic: There was a famous incident in the 1980s that sent shivers down spines, and probably still does. A prominent Princeton philosopher put a notice on his office door that philosophy students should just say “No” to the history of philosophy – Western and Eastern alike, I suppose. It may well be that the Princeton philosopher was a bit misinterpreted, but the echo of Nancy Reagan’s right-wing method to combat drug addiction – just say “No” – was unmistakable. I am going to turn the tables and look at some arguments by historians for nay-saying to philosophy, in particular those of historians of Asian thought and specialists in Buddhist Studies. Such arguments, too, don’t fare well. I will close with an instructive example from another field, linguistics, and will add a few morals to the story.
The lecture will be held online and is open to the public. To register, please write to office.ikga(at)oeaw.ac.at.
Upcoming lectures in the series Method and Region are:
I’m happy to share news about a Global Philosophy sourcebook project that is underway, edited by Mohammed Rustom; see the information here.
Due to the global impact of the COVID-19, the 22nd International Conference of the International Society for Chinese Philosophy (ISCP) has been postponed from July 2021 to June 27–30, 2022. Updated information about the conference and about the Charles Fu Prize can he found here.
Guo Qiyong, Dean of School of Chinese Classics at Wuhan University and eminent authority on Chinese philosophy, recently published a scathing critique of the Chinese education system titled “The Humanistic Spirit of Universities is Being Lost with Each Passing Day.” Guo identifies three trends that harm humanities education:
Paul van Els of Leiden University passes on this sad news:
Kristofer Schipper 施舟人 (1934-2021), emeritus professor at Leiden University, Master of Daoist Studies and translator of early Chinese texts (most notably the Zhuangzi), has now joined the ranks of the immortals.