ToC:Asian Philosophy, Volume 31, Issue 3 (2021)

CFP: 25th annual meeting of the Southeast Early China Roundtable, University of Florida, October 22 to 24 (in-person)

The Southeast Early China Roundtable (SEECR) is now accepting submissions of paper abstracts for the 25th Annual Conference, to be held at the University of Florida (Gainesville) from Friday evening on October 22 to Sunday noon on Oct. 24, 2021. The keynote speakers will be Stephen Bokenkamp (Arizona State University) and Robert Campany (Vanderbilt University).

We welcome papers on pre-Song China from a variety of disciplinary perspectives, including anthropology, archaeology, art history, history, literature, philosophy, and religion. Please send short abstracts of individual papers (250 words) to Stephan N. Kory ( by August 1, 2021. For all abstract submissions, please mark the subject line as “SEECR Submission 2021.”For more information about SEECR, please visit the SEECR website:

CFP: Chinese Political Thought. A Global Dialogue beyond “Orientalism”

January 20-21, 2022 (online)

Chinese philosophy is often considered as a pragmatic, intrinsically “political” discourse, more oriented towards the stabilization of a community (be it social, cultural or institutional) and the establishment of an organic, well-functioning state apparatus than to the understanding of the metaphysical realm of thought.

This is a largely biased and simplistic reduction of its thematic richness and its high level of theoretical sophistication, yet the formative centuries of Chinese thought – amidst the turmoil of the Warring States – undeniably urged the main intellectual actors of the time to a reflection on how to rebuild the lost “political order”.
And yet, even as China is becoming a global power, Chinese political thought is rarely allowed to participate in discussions beyond the disciplinary “wall” of Sinology and Asian Studies and their categories of thought. In other words, if Plato, Machiavelli or Rousseau are unanimously considered to speak the universal language of “political philosophy”, the reflections on power, authority and legitimacy offered by Laozi, Han Fei or Mencius tend to remained confined to a specialized (sometimes still considered and treated as “exotic”) Chinese context.

This workshop, jointly organized by the University of Naples “L’Orientale”- Centre for East Asian Studies, Tallinn University and EURICS-European Institute for Chinese Studies, intends to fill this gap and foster an interdisciplinary dialogue among disciplines by inviting sinologists, political philosophers, and intellectual historians to discuss Chinese political thought (of any period), favoring a focus on its comparative and/or global potential. Contributions focusing on more than one country, area, or period are also encouraged.

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New Book: Interpreting Chinese Philosophy

Jana S. Rošker’s Interpreting Chinese Philosophy: A New Methodology has been published by Bloomsbury.

Understanding Chinese philosophy requires knowledge of the referential framework prevailing in Chinese intellectual traditions. But Chinese philosophical texts are frequently approached through the lens of Western paradigms. Analysing the most common misconceptions surrounding Western Sinology, Jana Rošker alerts us to unseen dangers and introduces us to a new more effective way of reading Chinese philosophy.

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New Journal: International Studies on Confucianism

A new journal, publishing both Chinese-language and English-language articles on Confucianism, has been established jointly by the International Confucian Association and Tsinghua University: 《国际儒学(中英文)》 or  International Studies on Confucianism. More information, including the Table of Contents of the first issue, is here.

2020 Dao Annual Best Essay Award

Winner: Shu-shan Lee, “ ‘What Did the Emperor Ever Say’—The Public Transcript of Confucian Political Obligation,” Dao 19. 2: 231-250

What is the Confucian conception of political obligation? While there is a widespread view
that it demands people’s absolute obedience to their rulers, there are also scholars arguing
that it includes people’s duty to correct rulers. In this award-winning essay, Shu-shan Lee
shows that the former lacks textual support, while the latter confuses Confucian scholar-
officials’ political duty with commoners’ political obligations. Instead, Lee argues,
convincingly, that imperial Confucian political obligation is a conditional theory of
paternalistic gratitude: common people’s obedience to their rulers is an expression of, and
thus is conditional upon, their rulers’ benevolent care for them. This ground-breaking
conception of Confucian political obligation results from Lee’s careful study, integrating
multi-faceted perspectives, philosophical and historical, theoretical and empirical, and
ancient and contemporary. It is the type of research that Dao aims to promote.

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New Book: The Making of the Global Yijing in the Modern World

Wai-ming Ng, ed., The Making of the Global Yijing in the Modern World (Springer, 2021)

This book represents an ambitious effort to bring leading Yijing scholars together to examine the globalisation and localisation of the ‘Book of Changes’ from cross-cultural and comparative perspectives. It focuses on how the Yijing has been used to support ideologies, converted into knowledge, and assimilated into global cultures in the modern period, transported from the Sinosphere to British, American and French cultural traditions, travelling from East Asia to Europe and the United States. The book provides conceptualised narratives and cross-cultural analyses of the global popularisation and local assimilation of the Yijing, highlighting the transformation and application of the Yijing in different cultural traditions, and demonstrating how it acquired different meanings and took on different roles in the context of a global setting. In presenting a novel contribution to understandings of the multifaceted nature of the Yijing, this book is essential reading for scholars and students interested in the ‘Classic of Changes’. It is also a useful reference for those studying Chinese culture, Asian philosophy, East Asian studies, and translation studies.

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TOC: Journal of Chinese Humanities Volume 6.2; Special Issue – Limitations of the Tang-Song Transition Theory

Dear Colleagues,

The latest issue of the Journal of Chinese Humanities (JOCH) is now available, open acces, on Brill. Please find the table of contents below as well as a link to the full text: HERE.

Volume 6.2; Special Issue: Limitations of the Tang-Song Transition Theory
Editor’s Introduction: Limitations of the Tang-Song Transition Theory
Author: Qi Sun (孫齊)
Pages: 127–128

Dispelling the Myth of the “Tang-Song Transition Theory”
Author: Jiping Yang (楊際平)
Pages: 129–152

Time to Turn the Page in Tang and Song History Studies: Exploring the Tang-Song Transformation Theory from Multiple Perspectives
Author: Huarui Li (李華瑞)
Pages: 153–179

A Historical Study of Political System Reform in the Tang and Song Dynasties
Author: Huayu Wang (王化雨)
Pages: 180–191

A Discussion of Several Issues Concerning the “Tang-Song Transition”
Author: Fasong Mou (牟發松)
Pages: 192–212

Confucianism and Democracy: Four Models of Compatibility
Authors: Sophia Gao and Aaron J. Walayat
Pages: 213–234

Tao Yuanming’s Perspectives on Life as Reflected in His Poems on History
Author: Yue Zhang (張月)
Pages: 235–258

Review Essays
Buddhism and Modern Chinese Society
Author: Jian Chen (陳堅)
Pages: 259–269

Can Confucianism Save Liberalism? Should It?
Author: Mateusz Janik
Pages: 270–277

Book Reviews
Against Political Equality: The Confucian Case, written by Bai Tongdong
Author: Sor-hoon Tan
Pages: 279–285

Bird Talk and Other Stories by Xu Xu: Modern Tales of a Chinese Romantic, written by Xu Xu
Author: Ronald Suleski
Pages: 286–290

Just Hierarchy: Why Social Hierarchies Matter in China and the Rest of the World, written by Daniel Bell and Wang Pei
Author: Paul Manfredi
Pages: 291–295

US-China Cosmopolitan Research Group

We are pleased to announce the U.S.-China Research Group on Cosmopolitanism, convened by
Philip J. Ivanhoe of Georgetown University in collaboration with Peng Guoxiang of Zhejiang
University, sponsored by the U.S.-China Dialogue on Global Issues at Georgetown University.
The Research Group on Cosmopolitanism brings together nine scholars from the United States
and the Chinese cultural sphere. Over the coming three years, it aims to develop and pursue a
structured dialogue around theoretical and practical problems related to cosmopolitanism with
the goal of identifying issues of shared concern.

For more details about the group, please see the preliminary web page: