Category Archives: Comparative philosophy

Article of Interest: Extending Kindness: A Confucian Account

Waldemar Brys’ article “Extending Kindness: A Confucian Account” has recently been published in the Pacific Philosophical Quarterly. In this article, Brys argues that kindness cannot do all the theoretical work that Mengzi wants it to do if one interprets it as an emotion. Brys concludes in this article that the notion of extending kindness is best understood as the exercise of a capacity for intelligently performing kind actions. Please click here to read the article.

Workshop on Jiwei Ci’s Political Philosophy

On February 6 (10:00-18:00 PT), there will be a hybrid workshop dedicated to Professor Jiwei Ci’s political philosophy at UC Berkeley. Scan the QR Code in the poster or use this link to register for Zoom participation:

Prof. Ci recently retired from the Department of Philosophy at HKU, where he had taught for decades. Throughout his career, he dedicates himself to the study of important theoretical questions about agency, morality, and democracy by reflecting upon key issues in contemporary China. His scholarship revolutionizes the way of theorizing Chinese politics through the lens of political theory and intellectual history.

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New Book: Acharya, et al, eds., Bridging Two Worlds

The University of California Press with support from the Berggruen Institute has published Amitav Acharya, Daniel A. Bell, Rajeev Bhargava, and Yan Xuetong, eds., Bridging Two Worlds: Comparing Classical Political Thought and Statecraft in India and China. The full text is available for download here; the Table of Contents is below.

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Online Lecture: Art and Morality from Mao Zedong to Xi Jinping

The USF Center for Asia Pacific Studies is happy to announce that they will be hosting a hybrid lecture on art and morality from Mao Zedong’s 1942 Yenan Talks to Xi Jinping’s 2014 speech on artistic practice. For this lecture the university is welcoming Professor Eva Man. Please click here to register and here for the event link.

Event Date: November 30th, 5:30-6:45pm (PST)

33rd Comparative Philosophy Workshop

Sun Yet-sen University is happy to announce that they will be hosting the 33rd Comparative Philosophy Workshop:

Topic: “It all lies in showing the proper countenance: Confucian relationality as ethical challenge.”
Speaker: Sor-hoon TAN (Professor of Philosophy, Singapore Management University)
Moderator: Jun-Hyeok KWAK (Professor of Philosophy (Zhuhai), Sun Yat-sen University)
Time: November 24th, 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm (Beijing Time)
Virtual Meeting through VooV

Please click here to sign up and here for more information about the workshop.

Sor-hoon TAN 
is Professor of Philosophy and Academic Director of Politics, Law and Economics at Singapore Management University.  Professor TAN received her Ph.D. from the University of Hawaii at Manoa in 2000 and before joining the faculty of Singapore Management University, she taught at National University of Singapore. Her main teaching and research interests are in Confucianism, Chinese Political Thought, John Dewey’s Pragmatist Philosophy, and Democratic Theory. She has published numerous books and articles including Confucian Democracy — A Deweyan Reconstruction of Confucianism (State University of New York, 2004) and Bloomsbury Research Handbook of Chinese Philosophy Methodologies (Bloomsbury 2016).