Category Archives: Comparative Political Theory

Lecture: The Emotions of Justice: People’s Voices and their Petitioning Activity in Late Chosŏn Korea

Jisoo Kim will offer an on-line lecture later this week: the title is “The Emotions of Justice: People’s Voices and their Petitioning Activity in Late Chosŏn Korea,” and it will be held at 10am Hong Kong time on Friday, 18 February. For more information and to register, see here.

New Book: Kwon, Confucian Sentimental Representation 

Book title: Confucian Sentimental Representation
Kwon conceptualizes a unique mode of political representation in East Asian society, which derives its moral foundation from Confucian virtue politics. Contemporary East Asian societies understand democracy differently than Western societies do. Even citizens in consolidated democracies such as Taiwan and South Korea have different conceptions of an ideal relationship between a political leader and ordinary citizens, as well as a political leader’s accountability and political legitimacy. A political leader’s proper conduct, including his/her everyday languages, behaviors, and expressions when facing citizens’ sorrow, anger, and resentment, plays a crucial role in evaluating whether his/her has political legitimacy in East Asian society. Kwon analyses how this ‘affective accountability’ forms the basis for political representation in these societies and examines how this can be reconciled with liberal democracy.
Kyung Rok Kwon is a postdoctoral fellow of Research Center for Humanities and Social Sciences at Academia Sinica (Taiwan).

New Journal: Journal of Social and Political Philosophy

The Journal of Social and Political Philosophy has published its first issue, featuring an article by Sor-hoon Tan (“The Crisis of Liberal Democracy and the Confucian Challenge: A Pragmatist Response”), a roundtable on Bai Tongdong’s book Against Political Equality: The Confucian Case, and lots of other interesting content. The journal’s description reads as follows (my emphasis):

Journal of Social and Political Philosophy (JSPP) provides a forum in which to address the new challenges facing social and political thought in the twenty-first century. JSPP publishes material of the highest quality regardless of philosophical, ideological or methodological orientation within social and political philosophy. Our aim is to provide a venue for original contributions to social and political philosophy from a range of disciplines, traditions and civilizational perspectives.

JSPP especially welcomes contributions dealing with contemporary encounters, debates and controversies involving Western social and political thought and East Asian approaches, including but not limited to Chinese traditions. It seeks to promote dynamic engagement between East Asian and Western approaches to social and political philosophy, including new fields of normative inquiry that cut across otherwise distinct traditions. JSPP supports informed cross-cultural conversation between these different approaches.

Contributions to the history of political thought are welcome where these bear on issues of contemporary concern. JSPP’s scope does not include material dealing with empirical, public policy or day to day political issues, but does include philosophical contributions that incorporate results of social scientific research.

JSPP publishes research articles, critical responses, book reviews, review essays, and symposia on books of particular importance.

Seems like a significant new venue!

On-line Conference — Chinese Political Thought: A Global Dialogue beyond Orientalism

I am happy to share with you the final program of the workshop “Chinese Political Thought: A Global Dialogue beyond Orientalism”, organized by the University of Naples L’Orientale and Tallinn University in cooperation with Eurics, which will take place on Zoom on January 20-21, 2022.

If you wish to register as audience, please fill this form: https://forms.office.com/r/6U8YpGeyyR

FINAL PROGRAM (Central European Time), PDF version here: https://cutt.ly/7YMJBxf — and see below…

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Shogimen lecture: Metaphor Analysis and Comparative History of Political Thought

Jun-Hyeok KWAK writes:

The 20th Comparative Philosophy Workshop sponsored by Sun Yat-sen University will be held virtually at 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM (Beijing Time), 3rd December (Friday), 2021.

Topic: “Metaphor Analysis and Comprative History of Political Thought”
Speaker: Takashi SHOGIMEN (Professor of History, University of Otago)
Moderator: Jun-Hyeok KWAK (Professor of Philosophy (Zhuhai), Sun Yat-sen University)

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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:
https://uschinadialogue.georgetown.edu/topics/research-group-cosmopolitanism

International Conference on “Nothingness in Deliberation”

We are pleased to announce the Routledge International Conference on “Nothingness in Deliberation” which will be held virtually at 19:00 PM to 22:00 PM (Beijing Time), May 22nd, July 10th, and July 17th, 2021.
Due to the pandemic across the world, we will have a virtual (on-line) conference. Should you wish to join the conference, please email to the conference coordinators to get the meeting password. We are going to use Tencent Voov Meeting, and any video recording of this meeting is prohibited.
HUA Xiaoya: 1335888231@qq.com

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ToC: Frontiers of Philosophy in China 15:4

FPC covers nearly all the main branches of philosophy, with priority given to original works on Chinese philosophy and to comparative studies between Chinese philosophy and other types of philosophy in the world.

You are cordially invited to submit research articles, review articles, or book reviews to FPC. Manuscripts should be submitted via email to submissionbjb@126.com. Welcome your submission and any advice

Current Issue: Vol.15, No.4, 2020

Available at: http://journal.hep.com.cn/fpc

(Free download through Feb 1, 2021)

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CEACOP Workshop: Modern Confucianism between Philosophy and Sociology

The Center for East Asian and Comparative Philosophy (CEACOP) at the City University of Hong Kong is organising a workshop on 10 Dec in which Prof. Ralph Weber and his team will present their projects on 20th century Confucianism. Please find the event poster here with information about how to register. All are welcome!