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

New Book: Material Objects in Confucian and Aristotelian Metaphysics

Bloomsbury is happy to announce that they will be publishing a new book titled Material Objects in Confucian and Aristotelian Metaphysics: The Inevitability of Hylomorphism by James Dominic Rooney on October 19th, 2023. Rooney shows how Thomas Aquinas’ account of form gives a more coherent version of hylomorphism, eliminating the need for substance parts. He also studies the Song dynasty Confucian thinker Zhu Xi’s hylomorphic intuition that whatever accounts for the composition of some parts into a material whole is a metaphysical part of that object. By appealing to the same non-Aristotelian considerations as Zhu Xi, Rooney explains why all those who believe in the unity of material objects will appeal to a form, enabling hylomorphism to remain a plausible framework. Please click here for more information on the book or to pre-order.

New Book: Comparing Husserl’s Phenomenology and Chinese Yogacara

Bloomsbury is happy to announce that they will be publishing a new book titled Comparing Husserl’s Phenomenology and Chinese Yogacara in a Multicultural World: A Journey Beyond Orientalism by Jingjing Li on November 30th, 2023. In this book Jingjing Li argues that what Edmund Husserl means by essence differs from what Chinese Yogacarins mean by svabhava, partly because Husserl problematises the substantialist understanding of essence in European philosophy. Furthermore, she reveals that Chinese Yogacara has developed an account of self-transformation, ethics and social ontology that renders it much more than simply a Buddhist version of Husserlian phenomenology.  Please click here to either pre-order the book or check it out.

New Book: Daoist Resonances in Heidegger

Bloomsbury is happy to announce that they be will publishing a book titled Daoist Resonances in Heidegger: Exploring a Forgotten Debt edited by David Chai on December 28th 2023. This book discusses how Daoist thought provided Martin Heidegger with a new perspective, equipping him with images, concepts, and meanings that enabled him to continue his questioning of the nature of being. Please click here to preorder or check out the book.

Oct 27–Columbia Society for Comparative Philosophy: David Wong  (Duke University) “Zhuangzi on Not Following the Leader”


Welcomes you to an IN-PERSON meeting:

David Wong  (Duke University): «Zhuangzi on Not Following the Leader»

With responses from Christopher Gowans (Fordham University)

ABSTRACT: I begin with identifying Confucian metaphors of leadership for the way the mind (or the heart-mind) should lead the whole person. I then discuss how the Daoist text Zhuangzi criticizes this conception of the mind’s leadership as too fixed and rigid–unresponsive to the fluidity and unpredictability of the world. The text suggests as an alternative a way that the whole embodied person can fluidly respond to the world. This alternative ties into some contemporary work, scientific and philosophical, of how the whole person and not just the deliberating mind processes information from the world. I end by discussing how the critique of the fixed and rigid mind can suggest alternative models of political governance that distribute and integrate guidance throughout the body politic.

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New Book: Xiang, Chinese Cosmopolitanism

Princeton University Press is happy to announce a new book titled Chinese Cosmopolitanism: The History and Philosophy of an Idea by Shuchen Xiang. In this new book, the author argues that the Chinese cultural tradition was, from its formative beginnings and throughout its imperial history, a cosmopolitan melting pot that synthesized the different cultures that came into its orbit.  Xiang explains that “Chinese” identity is not what the West understands as a racial identity; it is not a group of people related by common descent or heredity but rather a hybrid of coalescing cultures. Please click here to read more about the book and or to purchase it!

CFP: ISCWP at 2024 APA Pacific Division Meeting

The International Society for Comparative Studies of Chinese and Western Philosophy is happy to announce that they are inviting scholars to submit proposals for individual papers to be included in a potential ISCWP group session at the 2024 APA Pacific Division meeting. This meeting is going to be held at Hilton Portland, Portland, Oregon from March 20th to 23rd 2024, and is anticipated to be an in-person event.  They welcome submissions that engage with topics aligning with the comparative study of Chinese and Western philosophy. Please read below for information.

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Lecture Announcement: The Unfinished Project of Miki Kiyoshi

The Department of Philosophy at the National Chengchi University is happy to announce that they will be hosting a lecture both in person and virtually titled “The Unfished Project of Miki Kiyoshi”. The speaker for this lecture will be Professor Noe Keiichi alongside discussant Professor Lin Chen-kuo. The lecture will take place at Room 106, BaiNian Building, National Chengchi University on October, 5th, 2023 (1500-1700 Taiwan time) or you can join online by clicking the link here. Read on for more.

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