Category Archives: Chinese philosophy – 中國哲學 – 中国哲学

Zhao on Balbo and Ahn, Confucius and Cicero

Bryn Mawr Classical Review (see here)

Andrea Balbo and Jaewon Ahn, Confucius and Cicero: old ideas for a new world, new ideas for an old world. Roma Sinica, 1. Berlin; Boston: Walter de Gruyter, 2019. Pp. 222. ISBN 9783110616606. £65.50.

Reviewed by Dan Zhao, University of Cambridge.

Born from a conference in 2017, this edited volume seeks to pioneer a new series in comparative studies: Roma Sinica: Mutual Interactions between Ancient Roman and Eastern Thought. The series is nothing short of ambitious: ‘Roma Sinica sets out to open new perspectives in comparative studies, taking a multidisciplinary approach within the humanities and offering scholars (…) an opportunity to exchange ideas’. This particular volume, focusing on a comparison of Confucius and Cicero, brings together sinologists, Classicists, and comparative historians. It establishes itself firmly in the budding field of Sino-Roman comparative studies as one of the first works to examine two individuals, rather than comparing broader social, political, or economic frameworks.[1] The volume is split into five sections. Sections A and E form the introduction and conclusion of the work, respectively. Section B concentrates on philosophy. Section C investigates the translation of Confucian works in Latin. Section D takes a broader view, examining philosophy, literature, and culture in general.

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Wang Yangming Conference

On March 18-20, 2022, there will be a conference at Princeton on “Wang Yangming and Ming Thought,” organized by Harvey Lederman, PJ Ivanhoe, and Xueyin Snow Zhang. Details can be found at this website:

Note that this will be in-person at Princeton, not on Zoom. Graduate students or early career researchers concerned about the expense of attending the conference might want to reach out to Harvey Lederman ( for more information on possible available resources.

HOLIC – History of Logic in China – Virtual Workshop

HOLIC Workshop 2022 “Textual Analysis as the Basis for Understanding Chinese Logical Thought”
January 15-17, 2022, 16:30-21:00PM (Beijing Standard Time).

On-line Conference: “Textual Analysis as the Basis for Understanding Chinese Logical Thought”

The logic research centre of Tsinghua University warmly invites you to join us in attending the “Textual Analysis as the Basis for Understanding Chinese Logical Thought” international workshop.

Keynote speeches will be delivered by Jana S. Rošker, Christoph Harbsmeier, Yiu-ming Fung, Fenrong Liu, Dirk Meyer, and Joachim Gentz in order of presentation.

For the full program, please check our workshop website:

The conference will be held online on January 15-17, 2022, 16:30-21:00PM (Beijing Standard Time).
       The conference will be held on Zoom platform (Meeting ID:894 1963 2234). Registration is required from here:

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Chinese philosophy in the 2021-2022 Philosophical Gourmet Report

Once every few years, the Philosophical Gourmet Report publishes rankings of PhD programs in philosophy in the English-speaking world. It ranks programs “overall” and by areas of specialization. As one would hope for a report that aspires to be comprehensive and describe the current state of the field, one of those areas of specialization is Chinese philosophy.

You can find a general description of the methodology of the report here. As the member of the advisory board who took the lead in managing the Chinese philosophy area, and who wrote to the other assessors of Chinese philosophy to convene some joint deliberations about the process, I wanted to say a bit more about how we handled the Chinese philosophy section. Continue reading →

Info. session for Fudan’s English-based MA program in Chinese Philosophy and Tongdong Bai’s Talk

17:30, Friday (Jan. 7, Beijing Time), my colleague and I will first offer an overview of programs at our department for non-Chinese students (especially the English-Taught MA and Visiting Program in Chinese Philosophy ). Then, at 17:50 or so, I’ll give a mini-talk on Montesquieu’s claim that China was a despotic country, followed by the Q&A about the programs and my talk.

Zoom Meeting ID: 857 9375 7432

Password: 225850

CFP: Remapping the feminist global

We invite participants to this multi-location hybrid conference, ‘Remapping the feminist global’ co-convened by International Feminist Journal of Politics and Asian Center for Women’s Studies, Ewha Womans University.

Submission Date: 30 January 2022

Submission Type: Individual and co-authored papers, panels, roundtables, book launch proposals, and other creative proposals

Submission Method: Submit your 250-word abstracts by filling out the form here.

Please note: For panel or other multi-person submissions, you will need information of all your panelists/contributors including, individual contribution/paper abstracts, email addresses, location/institution information, and mode of participation

Notification Date: 19 February 2022

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English-based MA program in Chinese Philosophy at Fudan University

MA and Visiting Student Programs in Chinese Philosophy With Courses Offered in English, Fudan University, Shanghai, China

These programs are aimed to offer opportunities of learning Chinese and studying Chinese philosophy to overseas postgraduates or college juniors and seniors who have not yet been able to master the Chinese language. In addition to Chinese language classes, these programs offer courses on Chinese philosophy as well as other related courses in English at Fudan University. Fudan University is a leading institution of higher education in China, and is experienced with and renowned for educating overseas students. The School of Philosophy at Fudan is a top philosophy program in China. The university is located in Shanghai, the most dynamic city in China that belongs to a region that is rich in Chinese traditions and cultures. It has been 11 years since these programs were launched in 2011, and 112 students have been enrolled in either the M.A. program (87 students) and the visiting student program (18 students). They are from 37 countries (the U.S., Canada, Puerto Rico, Barbados, Uruguay, Brazil, Chile, Australia, the U.K., Ireland, the Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, France, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Greece, Iceland, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Montenegro, Slovenia, Russia, Israel, Turkey, Indonesia, Vietnam, Malaysia, Thailand, India, Bangladesh, and Gambia, with student from North America and Europe forming the majority of the student body), and many of them are top students in their classes, majoring in philosophy, classics, and/or East Asian or Chinese studies. The above facts make these programs simply the most successful of their kind (English-based post-graduate programs in Chinese philosophy) in mainland China.

M.A. Program: a two-year degree program, 36 credits (with 4 credits for 2 courses in Chinese Language) and a master thesis.
Visiting Student Program: a one-year program, 3-4 major courses, and 1-2 courses of Chinese, a certificate to be offered upon the completion.
Audit Program: individual-course-based program.

Tuition and Living Expenses: RMB 50,000 a year for tuition; on-campus housing: RMB 2,500 or so/month; meals at an on-campus dining facility: RMB 1,000 or so/month.

Scholarships and part-time jobs abundantly available.

Application Deadlines: March 19 (for scholarships) and May 1 (for admission).

For Further Information: and then click on “Master Program in Chinese Philosophy and Culture.pdf”
Or write to Mr. YU, Mingzhi (, Ms. PAN, Sisi (, and Prof. BAI, Tongdong