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
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.
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.
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:
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.)
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.
Here are three different ideas:
- Having the right attitudes in my family relationships tends to give me the right attitudes in my political relationships.
- Where right family attitudes prevail in society, the right political attitudes tend also to prevail.
- Differences in family culture from region to region, or from time to time, tend to be accompanied by analogous differences in political culture.
Idea #2 is very abstract, and can be understood simply in terms of order versus disorder, or natural respect versus the lack of it. Idea #3 contemplates a variety of kinds of stable order, and perhaps a variety of forms of government.
Where might idea #3 appear in the Chinese tradition?
Public Lecture: The Logic in Confucian Virtues
Prof. Li Maosen 李茂森 (Renmin University of China)
Place: Confucius Institute Leipzig, Otto-Schill.Str.1, 04109 Leipzig
Time: Monday, 8 January 2018, 6 pm
It is believed in the Confucian moral ideas that human needs should be properly satisfied in order to foster the growth and development of the individuals as well as the society. Continue reading “Li Maosen Lecture in Leipzig”
Bin Song has published a new essay at Huffington Post called “Today Ruism (Confucianism) Can Unconditionally Support Same-Sex Marriage.” Discussion welcome!
A couple weeks ago, Bryan Van Norden published “The Confucian roots of Xi Jinping’s policies” in The Straits Times (Singapore); a Chinese translation was also subsequently published. The essay begins:
Commentators have been quick to observe that the recent Chinese Communist Party Congress guaranteed President Xi Jinping’s firm grip on power for years to come. However, few have noted the Confucian roots of Mr Xi’s world view.
Mr Xi himself has been very candid about his admiration for traditional Chinese thought and his view that Chinese socialism is consistent with it. As I point out in my recent book, Taking Back Philosophy: A Multicultural Manifesto, Mr Xi’s appropriations of traditional Chinese thought are sometimes opportunistic. But the same can be said of the way many US politicians appeal to the Bible. In addition, there are at least four points on which Mr Xi is genuinely Confucian in spirit.
Yi Chen has written a report on the recent “Confucian Modernity: The Japanese Experience” conference, sponsored by the World Consortium for Research in Confucian Cultures, in Kyoto, November 3-4 2017