With a heavy heart I pass on the news that the great historian and thinker Yu Ying-shih passed away on August 1 at the age of 91. Professor Yu was my teacher and senior thesis adviser as an undergraduate at Yale; he was a brilliant lecturer and a kind, erudite mentor. More information on his life and his many achievements is available here.
From the Editors
- “Editors’ Introduction: What Is It Like to Be a Philosopher of Asian Descent?,” A. Minh Nguyen and Yarran Hominh
Sixth Biannual Ph.D. Student and Young Scholar Workshop
“Text and Image in the Ancient World”
Venue: International Center for the Study of Ancient Text Cultures Renmin University of China Beijing,
Time: June 8–12, 2020
The International Center for the Study of Ancient Text Cultures (ICSATC), hosted at Renmin University of China, holds its sixth Ph.D. Student and Young Scholar Workshop on June 8-12, 2020. Four renowned scholars from the fields of Ancient Chinese, Japanese, Egyptian, and Mesopotamian Civilization will present lectures and seminars on specific topics. There also will be student research activities to complement the lectures and seminars. The principal language of instruction and interaction will be English.
I will be giving a talk on the future of Confucianism in America at the San Francisco City Library on Sunday, September 29. It will be on the third floor at 1:30pm. All are welcome.
The Department of Chinese Literature, National Cheng-Chi University, announces the following vacancy:
National Chengchi University
Department of Chinese Literature 2019 Academic Year First Semester
Recruitment of Full-time Teacher Announcement
Academic Expertise: (1) Chinese Philology (priority), (2) Chinese Thought, (3) Chinese Literature
this is to inform you about the international conference “Selfhood, Otherness, and Cultivation. Phenomenology and Chinese Philosophy” (March 18-20, at National Chengchi University in Taipei). You can still register on our website which also contains many helpful information (list of speakers, abstracts, etc.). The conference is co-hosted by the philosophy department and the interdisciplinary “Research Center on Chinese Cultural Subjectivity in Taiwan” at National Chengchi University. Our guest of honor is Dan Zahavi (Kopenhagen/Oxford) who, besides participating in our conference, will also give a series of lectures next week (see here).
The Issue is Not the Issue: A Podcast with Hans-Georg Moeller and Dan Sarafinas
Hans-Georg Moeller and Dan Sarafinas discuss contemporary debates on “political correctness” and related moral and social issues. They point to concepts such as virtue speech (“virtue signalling”), civil religion, “profilicity,” and the role of critique to better understand their nature.
Episode 3—Critique: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3W1m0Bez8vU
Philosophy today runs the risk of once more becoming the “handmaiden of theology” by being put in the service of civil religion. The Kantian concept of critique is revived to reflect on contemporary dogmatism and associated power structures that lead to phenomena such as “competitive wokeness” in entertainment (Taylor Swift) or the need to write “diversity statements” in academia. The idea of a therapeutic rather than a normative philosophy is suggested and it is explained how society, along with critique, evolves rather than progresses.
Episode 4—Profilicity: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Yz1C0-mtWI
Why do we need to produce “virtue speech”? We need it to be competitive in society and to bolster our public profiles. A new profile-based identity paradigm, called “profilicity,” is on the rise. It is replacing other identity paradigms such as sincerity and authenticity and provides not only individuals but also institutions (political parties, companies, universities, etc.) with identity value.
Professor Philip J. Ivanhoe is giving a keynote speech at the 25th East-West Center’s Asian Studies Development Program (ASDP) National Conference, which will be held in Nashville, Tennessee, March 8, 2019.
The Department of Philosophy at California State University, San Bernardino, has received permission to hire a tenure-track Assistant Professor, to begin September 2019. ABD candidates will be considered. The Areas of Specialization and Competence are open but the department has a strong interest in diversifying its curricular offerings.
The priority date for application is April 1, 2019.
Please click here for more information and application instructions.
Anyone who has questions may contact Professor Bill Vanderburgh at email@example.com.