CFP: Translating Asian Philosophical Texts

The Centre for East Asian Studies (EASt) , Université Libre de Bruxelles, in Belgium is organizing a conference in October focusing on the task of translating Asian philosophical texts into western languages. They are hoping to make this conference into a long series and continue to provide a place in which comparative and asian philosophy scholars can help each other in our life-long commitment to the process of making Asian philosophical texts available in western languages. For more information, see this flyer or this website.

Nagatomo reviews Japanese Environmental Philosophy

Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews

2017.11.12 View this Review Online   View Other NDPR Reviews

J. Baird Callicott and James McRae (eds.), Japanese Environmental Philosophy, Oxford University Press, 2017, 310pp., $99.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780190456320.

Reviewed by Shigenori Nagatomo, Temple University

J. Baird Callicott and James McRae have brought together fifteen scholars’ views on the relation of Japanese thought to modern environmental concerns.

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Announcing “The Deviant Philosopher” Website

A team based at the University of Oklahoma have just announced a splendid new website devoted to teaching “deviant philosophy.” It is made up of Primers, Units and Lessons, and Exercises and Activities, all designed to be incorporated into existing courses or to spur the creation of new ones. The editors are also very interested in new content, so please contribute! Their discussion of the meaning of “deviant philosophy” helps to make clear the scope of the project:

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New Journal and Article on Birth of “Philosophy” in Japan

Tetsugaku: International Journal of the Philosophical Association of Japan is an interesting-looking new journal, and its first issue contains an article called The Birth of Philosophy as 哲學 (Tetsugaku) in Japan.” The article scrutinizes the history of the introduction of the subject from Holland to Japan, the coinage and application of the term tetsugaku (zhexue in Chinese), and its adoption in China during the late-nineteenth century. The article explains a lot about subtle changes in its coverage and nuance during the process. The journal and article are available from the following link:

http://philosophy-japan.org/en/international_journal/volume-1-2017-philosophy-and-the-university/

This open-access journal also welcomes submissions of papers written in English, French or German. Please refer to the document at the bottom of the page.

CFP: International Association of Japanese Philosophy

International Association of Japanese Philosophy

2017 International Conference

Date: 28-29 July 2017 (Friday to Saturday)

Venue: National Taiwan Normal University, Taipei, Taiwan

Organizer: International Association of Japanese Philosophy (IAJP)

Co-organizer: Research Center for East Asian Culture and Sinology, National Taiwan Normal University

Theme

Globalizing Japanese Philosophy: From East Asia to the World

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Statistics on Asian Philosophy Panels at the 2015 Pacific APA

This last Saturday evening, I was carping to a colleague about the fact that three panels on Chinese philosophy were scheduled simultaneously during the very last time slot of the Group Program of the Pacific APA. Now that the APA has distributed a link to the evaluation survey, I decided to take a look at the actual numbers to see if there is a genuine issue of equity at the conference.

Below are the stats that I got from a first-time run-through of the main and group programs (I’m concerned with Asian philosophy broadly, which I categorized, following the panel titles or society names, as Chinese, Buddhist, Japanese, Comparative, and Martial Arts (didn’t see Indian, alas!)).

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New Book – Nothingness in Asian Philosophy

Nothingness in Asian Philosophy – Routledge 2014

by Douglas Berger (editor) & Jeeloo Liu (editor)

From the Description at Amazon:

“A variety of crucial and still most relevant ideas about nothingness or emptiness have gained profound philosophical prominence in the history and development of a number of South and East Asian traditions—including in Buddhism, Daoism, Neo-Confucianism, Hinduism, Korean philosophy, and the Japanese Kyoto School. These traditions share the insight that in order to explain both the great mysteries and mundane facts about our experience, ideas of “nothingness” must play a primary role.”

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