Call for papers: Taiwanese Philosophy and the Preservation of Confucian Tradition
International Conference organized by University of Ljubljana, EARL Ljubljana, and TRCCS (Taiwan Research Center for Chinese Studies) in Taipei
10-12 October 2019
Although the philosophical currents in modern and contemporary Taiwan belong to the most influential and important streams of thought in contemporary East Asian theory, they are still unrecognized as specifically Taiwanese. The main reasons for the immense importance of Taiwanese philosophy for East Asia and the contemporary world are twofold. First, they can be found in its contributions to the preservation of traditional Chinese, especially Confucian thought. Secondly, its development of specific innovative philosophical approaches and systems profoundly influenced the theoretical discourses in the entire East Asian region. The philosophical currents in modern Taiwan were mainly developed during the second half of 20th century, in which the philosophical theory in mainland China was largely limited to the Sinization of Marxist thought. Hence, for many decades, Taiwanese philosophy represented the only driving force of developing, modernizing and upgrading traditional Chinese thought and its syntheses with Western thought. Hence, they soon also gained a wide spread popularity in most of the other East Asian societies that were traditionally influenced by classical Confucian thought, as for example Japan and South Korea.
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Call For Papers: “Women as Exemplary Persons 女君子 in the Ru (Confucian) Tradition”
Washington, D.C. March 8-10th, 2019
(Link to Conference Poster)
- Ann A. Pang-White (University of Scranton)
- Anna Sun (Kenyon College)
- Robert C. Neville (Boston University)
Confucianism is often criticized for being misogynistic and patriarchal in ways that go beyond similar critiques of other intellectual traditions by implying that Confucianism is inconceivable apart from these elements. Two more recent works begin to challenge this way of thinking by drawing on nuances and elaborating the contexts of traditional Confucian teachings on women: Ann A. Pang-White’s translation of The Confucian Four Books for Women (2018) and Robert C. Neville’s “Confucianism and the Feminist Revolution: Ritual Definition and the Social Construction of Gender Roles” in The Good is One, Its Manifestations Many (2016). Also, Anna Sun’s sociological work in progress on women in the global revival of Confucianism is quite promising in indicating a very positive trajectory for women in the tradition.
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The new Sungkyun Institute for Confucian Studies and East Asian Philosophy (SICEP) has just launched a preliminary version of its webpage. Modifications and updates will follow. Please visit and see how the institute paves a new path at Sungkyunkwan University (SKKU) with Philip J. Ivanhoe as its director.
THE COLUMBIA SOCIETY FOR COMPARATIVE PHILOSOPHY
Welcomes: Eske Møllgaard (University of Rhose Island)
With responses from: Andrew Lambert (College of Staten Island, CUNY)
Please join us at Columbia University’s Religion Department on FRIDAY, October 12th at 5:30 PM for his lecture entitled:
How I Came to Conclude that Confucian Discourse is not Philosophy
ABSTRACT: The paper follows and elaborates on a line of argument in my book The Confucian Political Imagination, which was published by Palgrave Macmillan this summer. I do not address the main argument of the book, but sum up a line of thought that has gradually taken form since I began to read Confucian texts. I explain what I learned about reading Confucianism from my teacher Tu Weiming, and why I could not follow the philosophical turn in American Confucian studies. I point to the importance of reading in an emphatic sense, and argue that the philosophical approaches to Confucian texts often leads to an impoverished reading of these texts. Then I provide my own suggestions towards a definition Confucian discourse. I briefly point to the historical reasons Confucian discourse is not philosophy, and finally I ask if all this really matters.
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For the latest information about the “Rectifying the Name of Confucianism” conference coming up at BU, see this poster. (Hope to see you there!)
Rectifying the Name of Confucianism
September 28-30, 2018
Organizer: Boston University Confucian Association: Dr. Bin Song, Chapel Associate for the Confucian Association, and Br. Lawrence A. Whitney, LC†, University Chaplain for Community Life
Host: Marsh Chapel at Boston University, The Rev. Dr. Robert Allan Hill, Dean
Reporters: Anna Sun (Kenyon College) and Robert C. Neville (Boston University Emeritus)
The most up-to-date program for the conference is available here.
Larry Whitney at BU recently told me about fascinating videos of the Autumnal Sacrifice to Confucius at the Confucius temple in Tainan, Taiwan. Thomas A. Wilson video recorded the sacrifice in 1998 and it’s been posted on his website here.
Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews
2018.07.10 View this Review Online View Other NDPR Reviews
Nicolas Bommarito, Inner Virtue, Oxford University Press, 2017, 208pp., $55.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780190673383.
Reviewed by Bradford Cokelet, University of Kansas
This clear, engaging book proposes a manifest care account of inner virtue and vice — an account explaining when and why inner states such as pleasure, pain, envy, and gratitude make us better or worse people. As far as I know, this is the only contemporary book devoted to the topic of inner virtue, and Bommarito admirably establishes it as an important and interesting one. In addition, it is worth noting that this book will appeal to non-philosophic and even non-academic audiences; the engaging style and numerous entertaining examples will make it easy and fun for readers to think about various inner virtues and join the search for a general account.
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SUNY has published Xiufeng Liu and We Ma, eds., Confucianism Reconsidered: Insights for American and Chinese Education in the Twenty-First Century. For more information, see below.
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Readers may be interested in this new article: Linda Walton, “The ‘Spirit’ of Confucian Education in Contemporary China: Songyang Academy and Zhengzhou University,” Modern China 44:3 (May, 2018), available on-line here. The abstract follows:
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Lecture: “Intellectual History and Computing: Digital Approaches to the Study of Korean Confucianism”
Date: Friday, March 30, 2018, 2:30pm to 4:00pm
Location: S153, 1st Floor, CGIS South Building, Harvard University, 1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge
Rectifying the Name of Confucianism, Boston University, September 28-29, 2018
Keynote Speakers: Stephen C. Angle (Wesleyan), Bryan Van Norden (Vassar)
Boston University Confucian Association invites scholars from any discipline to participate in a symposium exploring the prospects for Ruism (Confucianism) in the United States. (For submission information, see below or here.)
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Anna Sun will deliver a lecture at BU Confucian Association on March 17th at 2:00pm; its title is “Towards a Global Confucianism in the 21st Century: Field notes from China, South Korea, and Indonesia.” Respondents include Prof. Robert Neville, Dr. Yair Lior, and Dr. Bin Song.
Yuelu Academy of Hunan University is advertising two jobs that each relates somewhat to Chinese philosophy. I am informed that they are looking for candidates who can teach in English. The jobs:
- Fields described as “Graeco philosophy, Patristics, medieval philosophy, German classic philosophy, modern Christian theology, Bible studies, comparative religions and Confucian-Christian dialogue, Chinese religions.” More details here.
- Fields descried as “Medieval, late imperial and modern Chinese history, Chinese historical philology, intellectual history (from Song to Qing), Confucian classics studies, and history of Academies.” More details here.
The University of Hawaii Press has published Roger Ames and Peter Hershock, eds., Confucianisms for a Changing World Cultural Order. The Amazon link, with access to the Table of Contents, is here.