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Chinese and Comparative Philosophy 中國哲學與比較哲學

2016 Beijing Roundtable on Contemporary Philosophy

From Bo Mou… (Updated May 18, 2016)

For your information and possible interest, the FYI description of the 2016 term “Beijing Roundtable on Contemporary Philosophy” workshop series is attached here. The theme topic for 2016 term of “Beijing Roundtable” workshop is “How constructive engagement of epistemological resources in classical Chinese philosophy and contemporary philosophy is possible” (15 July 2016, Beijing).

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May 10, 2016 Posted by | Call for Papers (CFP), China, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Epistemology | no comments

New study finds no significant difference in Gettier intuitions across cultures

Read about it here (via dailynous.com).

August 20, 2015 Posted by | Empirical Studies, Epistemology | no comments

Rosemont Reviews Allen, Vanishing Into Things

Henry Rosemont’s review of Barry Allen’s new book on Chinese epistemology, Vanishing Into Things (Harvard University Press, 2015), has just been published at NDPR. Looks terrific!

June 18, 2015 Posted by | Book Review, Books of Interest, Buddhism, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Epistemology, Military, Neo-Confucianism | no comments

Philosophy Meets Cultural Diversity, 13-14 March 2015 at University of Pittsburgh

This conference should be of interest to anyone working on issues in comparative thought and philosophy. A terrific lineup of speakers and panelists (if I do say so myself). -HS

Over the last decade, the newly emerging field of “experimental philosophy” has posed a challenge to the claim that professional philosophers’ judgments about philosophically important thought experiments are universal. Rather, in a growing number of studies, it has been shown that people in different cultural groups – Asians and Westerners, males and females, people of high and low socio-economic status, people with different personality types, people of different ages, people with different native languages, etc. – have different intuitions about cases designed to explore what people think about knowledge, morality, free will, consciousness and other important philosophical issues. However, the extent and sources of this variation remain by and large unknown. The goal of this conference is to bring together anthropologists, psychologists, comparative philosophers, and experimental philosophers in order to further our understanding of the similarities and differences in the lay understanding of, on the one hand, knowledge, and, on the other, agency and person across cultures. Furthermore, we hope to sketch new avenues of research for philosophically sophisticated cross-cultural studies of the concepts of knowledge, person, and agency.

Invited Speakers
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March 8, 2015 Posted by | Comparative philosophy, Conference, Epistemology, Moral Psychology, Psychology, The Self | one comment

Angle at Columbia Neo-Confucianism Seminar

I’ll be discussing some of Justin Tiwald’s and my work-in-progress at next week’s Neo-Confucianism seminar; hope to see some of you there! Here’s the official announcement:

The next session of the Columbia University Seminar on Neo-Confucian Studies (Seminar #567) will convene Friday, March 6, 2015 from 3:30 to 5:30pm in the Heyman Center for the Humanities at Columbia University. Steve Angle will present the paper “Varieties of Knowing,” which is a draft of Chapter 5 of a forthcoming work (co-written with Justin Tiwald) titled Neo-Confucianism: A Philosophical Introduction. All are welcome to attend. Please contact  Deborah Sommer (dsommer@gettysburg.edu) if you’d like a copy of the paper.

February 26, 2015 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Epistemology, Neo-Confucianism | no comments

New SEP article on Epistemology in Chinese Philosophy

By Jana Rošker, found here.

September 28, 2014 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Epistemology | no comments

2nd Rutgers Workshop on Chinese Philosophy

I am very happy to announce the 2nd Rutgers Workshop on Chinese Philosophy, which will be held on Friday, April 11, on the topic “Xunzi on Authority.” Four scholars of Chinese philosophy will present papers, each followed by a critical commentary from a member of the Rutgers University Philosophy Department. Attendance (including lunch) is free but requires an advance RSVP so that we know how much food to get. Please read on for details!

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March 17, 2014 Posted by | Aesthetics, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Comparative Political Theory, Epistemology, Politics, Ritual, Virtue, Xunzi | no comments

Research Opportunities for Intellectual Humility Project

Call for Proposals and Applications:  The Philosophy and Theology of Intellectual Humility Project at Saint Louis University

Saint Louis University announces a generous grant from the John Templeton Foundation to explore the subject of intellectual humility. The project will focus on a variety of philosophical and theological issues relevant to the topic of intellectual humility, including: virtue epistemology; regulative epistemology; peer disagreement; intellectual humility, intellectual autonomy and deference to authority; religious pluralism; divine hiddenness; intellectual humility and theological method; biases, heuristics, dual-process theories and evolution; intersubjectivity and mind reading.

This project will fund a variety of activities, including a competition for up to 16 research grants in philosophy and theology, for research between June 2014 to May 2015.

Additional funding opportunities include:

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May 22, 2013 Posted by | Comparative philosophy, Epistemology, Opportunities | no comments

Promising Research Area: Asian Philosophy and Embodied Cognition

One key to successful comparative philosophical research is locating an area in where there is sufficient overlap between different traditions’ approaches that each can see the other as generating relevant challenges or questions, stimulating new ways of framing issues, and so on. I would argue that the “virtue ethics” paradigm has been successful in just this way, bringing together an increasing number of Anglophone and Sinophone philosophers and philosophical projects in fruitful fashion, as judged by the interesting, explicitly work that is being generated by Anglophone scholars (including those with little prior background in Chinese and Chinese philosophy) and some Sinophone thinkers (including those with little prior background in Western philosophy).

Another possible area of overlap and mutual stimulus — though it remains to be seen whether it will generate a similar level of fruitfulness — is virtue epistemology; Michael Chien-kuo Mi and colleagues at Soochow University in Taiwan have been collaborating with Ernie Sosa of Rutgers University and some other Western-trained philosophers in this endeavor.

What I mainly wanted to call attention to here, though, is a third area. The recent APA conference featured a panel (sponsored by the APA Committee on the Status of Asian and Asian-American Philosophers and Philosophies) on “Asian/Comparative Views of the Embodied and Enactive Mind.” Drawing on Confucianism, Buddhism, and Daoism, as well as on various streams of philosophy of mind, cognitive science, and phenomenology, the panelists (Bongrae Seok, Matthew MacKenzie, and Bradley Park) made it eminently clear that there is a major area of overlap and many opportunities for mutual stimulus and learning. I was also struck by the fact that a successful NEH Summer Institute was held last summer on this topic; looking at the range of participants and faculty, it is again clear that there is a lot of room for exciting growth in this area of comparative philosophy.

January 3, 2013 Posted by | Buddhism, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Epistemology, Philosophy of Mind, Virtue | 5 comments

ISCP Panel at Eastern APA

The ISCP has announced their sponsored panel at this December’s Eastern Division APA meeting in Atlanta: Continue reading “ISCP Panel at Eastern APA”

August 21, 2011 Posted by | Conference, Epistemology, Virtue | no comments

Soochow/Academia Sinica Conference Report

The three-day conference and book symposium “Virtue and Luck: Virtue Theory and Chinese Philosophy” has now concluded, and I thought I might offer a summary and some thoughts. The idea that linked together the three quite distinct days’ activities was “virtue,” East and West, in ethics and in epistemology, pro and con. Continue reading “Soochow/Academia Sinica Conference Report”

June 5, 2011 Posted by | Comparative philosophy, Conference, Epistemology, Modern Chinese Philosophy, Mou Zongsan, Philosophy in China, Philosophy in Taiwan, Virtue | 2 comments

Truth and Early Chinese Thought

Reading Alexus’s recent piece on Wang Chong (Comparative Philosophy 2.1) has gotten me thinking about truth and early Chinese philosophy again. I can’t take up Alexus’s interpretive claims, because I am not even a Wang Chong neophyte, but I want to offer a couple of thoughts anyway. Continue reading “Truth and Early Chinese Thought”

January 29, 2011 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Epistemology, Mohism | 12 comments

Chinese Metaphysics and Epistemology Conference Report

A conference on Chinese metaphysics and epistemology, held at Renmin University in Beijing and co-sponsofred by the ACPA, has concluded and JeeLoo Liu, president of the ACPA, has a report on the conference in the current issue of the on-line monthly The Reasoner (see p. 125).

July 27, 2010 Posted by | Conference, Epistemology, Metaphysics | no comments