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

2 PhD Positions on New Confucianism

2 PhD Positions on New Confucianism

The Institute for European Global Studies at the University of Basel invites applications for two PhD positions starting on February 1, 2019. They are part of the research project “The Exterior of Philosophy: On the Practice of New Confucianism” funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNF). The candidates will complement the research team of Prof. Dr. Ralph Weber and Philippe Major, Ph.D. The research project studies New Confucian philosophy by deploying a sociological perspective for philosophical aims. Existing scholarship has often chosen an approach that is either historical, as in the genre of intellectual history, or philosophical, tuned towards showing the contemporary philosophical relevance of New Confucianism. The current project builds on recent studies that add to these established approaches by offering sociological perspectives on New Confucianism. The project hence breaks new ground in terms of its disciplinary approach beyond the specific context of New Confucianism. Drawing on work done in sociology, the research project explores the possibilities of a sociology of philosophy approached as a philosophical sub-discipline. For more information, see here.

June 18, 2018 Posted by | China, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Contemporary Confucianism, Europe, Graduate study, New Confucianism, Opportunities | no comments

Call for Applications: Intensive Program in Buddhism

Call for Applications: An International and Intensive Program on Buddhism at Cambridge

August 20-September 10, 2018; Cambridge, United Kingdom

The Glorisun Global Network of Buddhist Studies at UBC, with the assistance from its partner at Cambridge and the Research Center for Buddhist Texts and Arts at Peking University, cordially invites applications for an intensive program on Buddhist Studies. Lasting for three weeks from August 20 to September 10, 2018, this program is composed of two segments: Segment 1 from August 20 to August 29 and Segment 2 from September 1 to September 10, which are connected by an intersegmental conference (detailed below).

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March 29, 2018 Posted by | Buddhism, Graduate study | no comments

2017-18 PGR / Chinese Philosophy Rankings

The 2017-18 Philosophical Gourmet Report (PGR) has been released here. It includes “specialty rankings” for various areas, including Chinese philosophy. This year, for the first time, I was invited to be among the evaluators, and after wrestling with this a bit, decided to give it a try. As explained at the top of this page, evaluators see lists of faculty and then choose one of the following categories:

  • 0 – Inadequate for a PhD program
  • 1 – Marginal
  • 2 – Adequate
  • 3 – Good
  • 4 – Strong
  • 5 – Distinguished

Evaluators can do this for the program overall, and then for the various specialties. I chose to only rank the Chinese philosophy specialty (I did not select overall rankings). The vast majority I assigned a score of 0. I believe that the highest score I gave was a 3. Programs that have one or even two specialists can be — other things being equal — good places to study. But in my judgment there are no English-language programs that merit “strong” or “distinguished” rankings. In my view, that would take multiple specialists, and others with cognate interests, in the context of an overall strong and supportive department. We may get there one day, but we’re not there yet.

I have mixed views about this whole rankings thing, which has been discussed before on the blog. What we have tried to do here at Warp, Weft, and Way is provide as much objective information about graduate study as possible. But since PGR exists and I was invited to take part, I decided to give it a try.

One other thing. As Bryan Van Norden (another evaluator, and also someone on the Advisory Board) explains here, PGR policy is that programs need to have a certain minimum overall score in order to be ranked. Programs with significant “specialty” strengths but without the minimum overall score end up being listed as “Additional programs not evaluated this year but recommended for consideration by the Advisory Board.” I agree with Bryan’s sentiment that the programs listed under this rubric are as strong as the ones officially ranked, and thus disapprove of this policy, which I find to be highly misleading.

March 20, 2018 Posted by | Academia, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Graduate study, Profession | 27 comments

Application Extension: BNU Int’l MA Program

The deadline has been extended to April 8th for applications to the Beijing Normal University (BNU) International MA Program in Chinese Philosophy. This is a 2-year master’s degree program conducted in English. The program will provide scholarships for most of the students which will cover their tuition fees and living expenses. For information, please see here.

March 12, 2018 Posted by | China, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Graduate study | no comments

Grad Student / Young Scholar Workshop, with Application

Third Biannual Ph.D. Student and Young Scholar Workshop: “Ancient Historiography in Comparison”

International Center for the Study of Ancient Text Cultures, Renmin University of China (Beijing, June 13–18, 2018)

The International Center for the Study of Ancient Text Cultures (ICSATC), hosted at Renmin University of China, holds its third Ph.D. Student and Young Scholar workshop on June 13-18, 2018. Four renowned scholars from the fields of Ancient Chinese Historiography, Ancient Greek and Roman Historiography, and Ancient Jewish and Biblical Historiography will present lectures and seminars on specific topics. In addition, there will be a keynote lecture at the beginning of the workshop. There also will be student research activities to complement the lectures and seminars. The principal language of instruction and interaction will be English.

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February 11, 2018 Posted by | China, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Chinese Texts, Graduate study | no comments

International MA Program in Chinese Philosophy, Beijing Normal University

International MA Program in Chinese Philosophy: School of Philosophy, Beijing Normal University

The School of Philosophy at Beijing Normal University, one of China’s premier institutes of higher education, offers a two-year Master’s Degree in Chinese Philosophy.

The program offers a comprehensive range of courses in the major traditions of Chinese philosophy, including Confucianism, Daoism, and Buddhism, as well as an inclusive range of courses in the Chinese philosophies of history, ethics, and politics. Courses emphasize comparative and international perspectives while engaging with the Western and other great traditions of world philosophy.

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February 7, 2018 Posted by | China, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Graduate study | 2 comments

ECNU’s English-Language MA and PhD Programs

From Paul D’Ambrosio:

East China Normal University’s English Language MA and PhD programs are up and running. Last year top students in English language graduate programs at ECNU were accepted to do their PhDs in the history department at McGill and in anthropology at Harvard. 

We currently have six spots open for next year. Each student is strongly encouraged to apply for the Chinese Scholarship Counsel scholarship, which awards free tuition, housing, and a 3,000rmb per month stipend. 100% of our English language (and Chinese language) foreign graduate students have been offered this scholarship to date.

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December 9, 2017 Posted by | China, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Graduate study | no comments

Two recently posted jobs

I’d like to call attention to two recently-posted jobs, at Seton Hill University and Washington University. I have also added them to the overall list I am maintaining.
Seton Hill University
Asian Philosophy, Logic, and Ethics
Washington College
Ancient Chinese philosophies

November 29, 2017 Posted by | Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Graduate study | one comment

Updates to graduate programs?

I plan on making some needed revisions to the blog’s page on English-language graduate programs in Chinese philosophy (e.g., Doug Berger has left SIU; Sonya Ozbey joined UM) in the next few days; if you notice anything that should be updated or added, please let me know in the comments or via email. Thanks!

November 29, 2017 Posted by | Graduate study | 2 comments

Wuhan University English-language MA program

Here is the latest information on Wuhan University’s English-language MA program in Chinese philosophy. Yong Li, Assistant Professor and Associate Dean, notes that every admitted student will have full scholarship to cover tuition, room, and a generous stipend. See this brochure or this website.

November 5, 2017 Posted by | China, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Graduate study | no comments

CFP: Oxford Grad Conference — Engaging ‘China’: Perspectives from the Margins

Call for Papers: Engaging ‘China’: Perspectives from the Margins

Oxford China Humanities Graduate Conference (10-11 Jan 2018)


Keynote speakers: Peter K. Bol (Harvard), Henrietta Harrison (Oxford)

Deadline for submission: October 15th 2017, 17:00 (GMT)

Graduate students are invited to submit abstracts for the second annual University of Oxford China Humanities Graduate Conference, which takes the theme of ‘engagement’ in the Chinese context as its point of departure. We welcome papers that work with modern and pre-modern subject material and from all humanistic disciplines, including but not limited to history, literary and cultural studies, art, film and media studies, philosophy, human geography, anthropology, musicology and religion.

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September 17, 2017 Posted by | Call for Papers (CFP), China, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Graduate study | no comments

Post-Doc at Zhejiang University

PENG Guoxiang of Zhejiang University writes with information about a post-doc opportunity:

A post-doc program of Chinese philosophy, intellectual history, and religions, especially Confucianism, at Zhejiang University now is available for application. The eligible candidates are required:

1. No more than 35 years old;
2. Citizenships that have diplomatic relations with China;
3. PhD acquired outside China and within one year;
4. No less than 20 months in China within two years;
5. Excellence in Chinese or English if from non-English speaking world;

Interested applicants can directly contact me with their CV at: peng_gx@126.com. The deadline is Nov. 13.

September 12, 2017 Posted by | China, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Graduate study, Opportunities | no comments

Workshop for PhD students on Ancient Text Cultures

We are happy to announce that the second bi-annual workshop organized by the International Center for the Study of Ancient Text Cultures will be held in Xi’an, China, January 5-13, 2018. The theme for this time is “Manuscripts and Materiality of Text.” Four instructors, Profs. AnneMarie Luijendijk (Princeton), Daniela Mairhofer (Princeton), Matthias Richter (CU Boulder), and Xu Jianping (ZJU) will each lead a one-day workshop. Keynote speakers are Profs. Martin Kern (Princeton) and Liu Yuejin (CASS). Please refer to the attached document for more information and application. We welcome all applicants interested in the fields of Chinese Antiquity, Late Medieval Antiquity, and Medieval Latin. Deadline is Oct. 10th, 2017.  For information see the document below:

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September 10, 2017 Posted by | China, Chinese Texts, Graduate study, Opportunities | no comments

Dissertation Workshops on Comparative Political Theory

Shortly before the next American Political Science Association meeting in San Francisco, the organization will host dissertation workshops, one of which is devoted to students working in comparative political theory. The workshops group six ABD students together with two scholars. The deadline to apply is May 15. The workshops will take place on August 30, the day before the main APSA meeting commences. More information is here.


April 21, 2017 Posted by | Comparative Political Theory, Conference, Dissertation, Graduate study, Opportunities | no comments

Wuhan University International MA Program in Philosophy

Wuhan University is proud to announce its new international MA program in Philosophy taught in English.


Located in Wuhan, a major center for technology, the arts, education, and industry in China’s scenic Yangtze Valley, Wuhan University is an international research university, with one of the top five philosophy departments in China. The School of Philosophy has around 500 undergraduate students, and 500 graduate students, and our large, international faculty is engaged in all areas of philosophical research, with divisions dedicated to traditional Chinese philosophy, contemporary western philosophy, ethics, aesthetics, philosophy of religion, and Marxist philosophy.

Please check out our website at www.whu.edu.cn/phi/


This is a two-year MA program, intended to provide an excellent training in philosophy.  Outstanding applicants will be provided a full scholarship that covers tuition and a stipend. To apply for admission and a scholarship go to http://admission.whu.edu.cn. The application deadline for Chinese Government Scholarships is March 31, 2017.

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March 19, 2017 Posted by | China, Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Comparative philosophy, Graduate study | no comments