Category Archives: Comparative philosophy

New Book Series: East Asian Philosophy and Political Thought

A message from Sungmoon Kim:

I’m pleased to announce the launch of a new book series with Amsterdam University Press called “East Asian Philosophy and Political Thought.” As a series editor, I am joined by Ellie Wang, Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Philosophy at National Chengchi University, as the series’ associate editor. Please check out this link for the series web page:

As a series editor, my primary role will be identifying talented (young) scholars in East Asia and beyond and helping them find an intellectual platform in which their original ideas can be taken seriously and critically engaged by other scholars. I hope this will turn out to be a helpful academic venue for all of you who engage in East Asian philosophy and political thought, broadly understood. Please note that this series publishes both authored books and edited volumes that engage in East Asian philosophy and political thought, broadly defined. You can download the book proposal from our web page above.

Conference: Echoes of the Past, Visions for the Future

Next week there will be an exciting conference at Harvard: “Echoes of the Past, Visions for the Future: The Power of Ideas to Navigate the China- West Divides” on March 8-9, 2024. Please see this poster for more details.

You can also see this link at the EALC’s website, or see here for more on the broader project of which the conference is a part (“The ‘Right’ in Human Rights: Aristotelianism and Neo-Confucianism at the basis of the EU-China Dialogue”)

“Works in Progress” series for the 四海为学 Collaborative Learning Project

We are delighted to announce the launch of a “Works in Progress” series within the 四海为学 “Collaborative Learning” Project. This series aims to provide an academic forum where graduate students and early career scholars engaged in Chinese or comparative philosophy can share their projects and receive constructive feedback from peers in conference-style panel sessions. It welcomes projects at any stage of development and aims to accommodate the intellectual needs of each presenter. This series will also be collaborating with a number of academic journals, offering those working on articles the possibility for publication. Events will be held once a month, and the first application deadline is April 1.

Interested individuals can visit the website (General 2 — 四海为学 Collaborative Learning) or email for more information and an application form to present in our next session.


 Sara Barrera and Daniel Sarafinas, co-directors of Works-in-Progress

New Book: Gongsheng Across Contexts

Palgrave Macmillan has recently brought out Gongsheng Across Contexts: A Philosophy of Co-Becoming, an Open-Access book (see here) co-edited by Bing Song (Berggruen Institute China Center) and Yiwen Zhan (School of Philosophy, Beijing Normal University). The table of contents and all materials are available on the above website.

ISCWP January 2024 Newsletter

The ISCWP Board of Directors is pleased to share the International Society for Comparative Studies of Chinese and Western Philosophy Newsletter Vol 22 (January 2024).  The newsletter is attached to this email.

The editorial team of ISCWP Newsletter:
the 2023-2026 Board of Directors
SUN Wei, President
LUO Shirong, Vice President
DAI Yuanfang, Secretary-Treasurer

New ISCWP Website

The board of the The International Society for Comparative Studies of Chinese and Western Philosophy writes with news that they have established a new website:

The ISCWP’s new website has been established at <> especially for the Society’s relevant info since mid 2023; though website-builder service etc. are at a reasonable cost, the new website goes with better resources and technical support; the previous (free) website of the ISCWP at <> is unable to be updated due to some technical reasons, although it is still available for the Society’s relevant info before 2023. Among others, for ISCWP Newsletters from volume 1 (January 2003 ) through volume 21 (January 2023), see the previous ISCWP website <>.

Summer Seminar in Asian Philosophy and Scholasticism: Peace, Inside and Out

Joint ATI-CSCS Summer Seminar in Asian Philosophy and Scholasticism:
Peace, Inside and Out
July 15-26th, 2024 • Hong Kong Baptist University


Dr. Jonathan Crowe, Bond University
Dr. May Sim, College of the Holy Cross

2024 Seminar Theme – Peace, Inside and Out: This seminar is intended to introduce scholars and graduate students to Confucian and medieval Latin (‘Scholastic’) perspectives on peace within individuals and in broader society, hoping to pave the way for fruitful philosophical dialogue between these important traditions by bringing together those working on projects in Asian or medieval philosophy, ethics, political philosophy, religion, and theology. Preference will be given to those students or scholars already working on issues associated with the theme of the seminar. Questions regarding the nature of peace, and what is required for its achievement, are central to the classical political tradition East and West. Those same questions deeply impact questions concerning what it is to live a good life, as explored differently in ethics and theology. The Confucian and medieval Latin tradition have extensively explored these themes together, as fundamentally inseparable: peace in society requires as a necessary, if not sufficient condition, peace within each heart. The role of education, especially moral or character education, is also critical for effecting the relevant changes to conscience required for peace to flourish. These perspectives have great value in the midst of growing tensions and conflict in the world today. This seminar will focus on shared themes or insights associated with peace within medieval Scholastic philosophy, as well as within Confucian philosophy, both in earlier forms (e.g., High Middle Ages, Qin dynasty Confucians) and in later developments of the tradition.

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