Category Archives: Comparative philosophy

NEWLAMP Initiative

The Northeast Workshop to Learn About Multicultural Philosophy (NEWLAMP) is holding a summer institute to equip philosophy teachers with competency to ingrate traditionally underrepresented areas of philosophy into their courses. This project works toward remedying the issue of solely discussing “Western”, Anglo-European philosophy and attempting to teach areas such as African or Islamic philosophy. In the past year NEWLAMP focused on African and Africana social and political philosophy. By doing this NEWLAMP thinks that it will raise interesest in the philosophy major and ultimately transform it. Click HERE to read more about this workshop and its ideas.

2022 Fu Foundation Asian Philosophy Essay Award Announcement

The 22nd International Conference on Chinese Philosophy received a total of 57 papers for the Fu Foundation Asian Philosophy Essay Contest and three papers were chosen from them as award recipients. The Fu Foundation award a prize of $2000 to each winner, but there will no longer need travel fees as they will be presented at the ISCP’s online conference on June 27- June 1st  Read below to learn more about the winners and their papers.

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CFP: ACPA at the 2023 APA Eastern Division Meeting

The Association of Chinese Philosophers in North America is inviting authors to submit individual papers to be included in a single ACPA group session at the 2023 APA Eastern Division Meeting. The APCA is open to any submissions that engage with Chinese philosophy in a wide variety of ways and they are not specifying a theme. The selection of papers will be based on how well they can be worked into a good session. For more information about submissions click hereSubmission Deadline: June 13, 2022. To submit abstracts click here. Read below for guidelines for submissions.

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2021 Dao Annual Best Essay Award

Dao has established “The Annual Best Essay Award” since 2007. The editorial board has just finished its deliberation on the best essay published in 2021, and the award is given to:

Benoit Vermander, “Edit by Number: Looking at the Composition of the Huainanzi, and Beyond.” Dao: A Journal of Comparative Philosophy 20 (2021): 459-498

Via a hermeneutics focused on numerology and concentric arrangements, the essay, which demonstrates familiarity with the germane historiography, literature, and theoretical apparatuses, offers an original construal of a textual universe in early China writings. Instead of taking for granted the organization and configuration, or the absence thereof, of these texts, it argues that there is a structural rhetoric. With particular reference to the Huainanzi, it lays bare the discernible and distinguishable patterns of textual composition while relating them to corresponding patterns of thinking. In so doing, it suggests the possibility and importance of looking beyond the writings’ intertextuality and toward their inter-structure.

The two runners-up are:

Yutang Jin, “Classic Confucian Thought and Political Meritocracy: A Text-based Critique.” Dao: A Journal of Comparative Philosophy 20 (2021): 433-458, and

Ian Sullivan, “The Need for More than Role Relations: Queer Lives, Social Group Identities, and Confucian Self-cultivation.” Dao: A Journal of Comparative Philosophy 20 (2021): 269-287

Springer has set the above three essays for free access.

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CFP: ISCP at 2023 APA Eastern

The International Society for Chinese Philosophy is inviting authors to submit papers on any area of Chinese or Comparative philosophy. All accepted submissions will be presented at a Groups Session of the APA Eastern Division Meeting in Montreal, Quebec, on January 4-7 2023. Please send the submission electronically to Dr. Jeo Sophia Oh with  “ISCP APA Eastern” in the subject line. Submission Deadline: June 12, 2022. The submission should include the following

  • Title of Paper
  • Name of Presenter
  • Presenter’s Affiliation
  • Presenter’s E-mail Address
  • Approximately a 200-300 word Abstract

Article of Interest: The Idea of Liberty

Sha Li’s article “Yan Fu, John Seeley, and the Idea of Liberty” has recently been published in Modern China. “This article advances a more precise appreciation of Yan Fu’s idea of liberty based on a close and contextualized reading of his Lectures on Politics.” This interpretation “exposes [Yan’s] own persistent views and tendencies. Specifically, Yan’s text adopts Seeley’s literal, neutral concept of liberty while extending its use as security against political tyranny.”

APA on Demand: How to Infuse Asian Content into Philosophy Courses

The American Philosophical Association on Asian and Asian-American Philosophers and Philosophies held an APA Live webinar, How to Infuse Asian Content into Philosophy Courses, in celebration of Asian Pacific Islander Desi American Heritage Month. They recorded this webinar in which teachers and scholars shared strategies for effectively infusing Asian content into philosophy courses. Click here to find the recording of the sessions (you must be an APA member to access); the panelists are:

  • Minh Nguyen (Facilitator), Professor of Philosophy and Assistant Dean of the Honors College, Florida Gulf Coast University
  • Alexus McLeod, Professor of Religious Studies, Indiana University
  • May Sim, Professor of Philosophy and Director of Asian Studies Program, College of the Holy Cross
  • Anand Jayaprakash Vaidya, Professor of Philosophy, San Jose State University

Online Workshop: Reading Metaphors

An online workshop titled “Reading Metaphors: Approaches, Methodologies, Pitfalls” is being held as a part of the series of “Philology in Our Time: The Early China Project Room”This event is being hosted by The Early China Project Room and will happen via Zoom. There will be three main presentations by Zhou Boqun, Kevin Buckelew. and Roy Porat. Attendance is free but registration is required.

Friday, May 27th, 21:00 Taiping/Beijing; For more information and the registration form click HERE.

Book Of Interest: Rulers and Ruled in Ancient Greece, Rome, and China

Cambridge University Press has published Ruler and Ruled in Ancient Greece, Rome, and China, edited by Hans Beck and Greit Vankeerberghen. “The volume’s overarching theme is ‘the conceptual capacity of “the people” in history, especially the cultural and political dynamics between the rulers and the ruled in ancient China, Greece, and Rome”. “This is new, as previous comparisons of the political cultures of ancient Greece, Rome, and China have mainly centered their focus, at the macro level, on the formation and operation of the empires”. For more information about this book click here to read a review by Mengzhen Yue of Shandong University. Some of the book is accessible online here and look here to purchase a hard copy.