Oxford University Press has just published my new book on early Confucian social thought, and what contemporary people might learn from it: Mastery, Dependence, and the Ethics of Authority. The publisher’s page is here. At present the cheapest way to … Continue reading →
1000-Word Philosophy: An Introductory Anthology recently published two essays on Chinese philosophy: Mengzi’s Moral Psychology, Part 1: The Four Moral Sprouts by John Ramsey Mengzi’s Moral Psychology, Part 2: The Cultivation Analogy by John Ramsey In addition, this project is specifically looking for more … Continue reading →
Pacific Philosophical Quarterly periodically publishes essays in Chinese or comparative philosophy; in the latest issue, Richard Kim has an essay called “Human Nature and Moral Sprouts: Mencius on the Pollyanna Problem.” Check it out!
The next session of the Columbia University Seminar on Neo-Confucian Studies (University Seminar #567) will convene Friday, September 30, 2016 from 3:30 to 5:30pm in the Heyman Center for the Humanities at Columbia University. Hagop Sarkissian (City University of New … Continue reading →
This clip (below) from Louis CK’s most recent interview on Conan made a splash on social networks. The whole thing is pretty funny, but the first minute or so reminded me of Mencius 1A7. Part of what prevents the king … Continue reading →
Passage 3B10 in the Mengzi stood out during my last read through the text. In 3B10 Mengzi tells the story of Chen Zhongzi, who in seeking purity (lian 廉) refused to eat his mother’s food or live in his brother’s … Continue reading →
The following article in this week’s New Yorker by Yale psychologist Paul Bloom has been circulating in social networks: The Baby in the Well: The Case Against Empathy Despite what many of us on this blog might initially wonder, the … Continue reading →
I’d like to use this as an opportunity to think about depictions of sages in early Confucian texts (Mengzi in particular). I’ve thought, for better or worse, that the authors of these texts used the figures of the sages as … Continue reading →