An English-language workshop titled “Living with Machines: Future Perspectives and Analysis” will be held by the Berggruen Research Center at Peking University on May 7, 3:00pm-5:00pm local time; details about the topics and presenters as well as registration and streaming info are here.
A student recently shared this with me — Laozi, Sunzi and Kongzi face off against Voltaire, Nietzsche, and Socrates in a Rap Battle. Enjoy 😉
Please join the Center for East Asian Studies at the University of Chicago (CEAS) for their East Asia by the Book! CEAS Author Talks featuring Professors Rivi Handler-Spitz, Associate Professor of Asian Language & Cultures at Macalester College, Pauline C. Lee, Associate Professor of Chinese Religions & Cultures at Saint Louis University, and Haun Saussy, Professor of Comparative Literature, Social Thought, and East Asian Languages & Civilzations at the University of Chicago, on Tuesday, May 4, at 5:00 p.m. (Central Daylight Time).
- Introduction to the Special Theme “Centennial of Publication of the Tractatus ”
- By JIANG Yi
- The Chinese Understanding of Wittgenstein’s Mysticism in the Tractatus
- By JIANG Yi
- Construction of the World: Ontology in the Tractatus
- Truth and Nonsense: A Unified Reading of the Tractatus
- Wittgenstein on Reading
- By Francis Yunqing LIN
- The Inverted Spectrum, Qualia, and Wittgenstein’s Grammatical Analysis
- By MA Fangfang
- Accidentally True Beliefs and the Williamsonian Mental State of Knowing
- By LI Qilin
- Perception & Epistemic Entitlement
- By LIU Chuang
- Ming-Huei Lee, Confucianism: Its Roots and Global Significance (reviewed by Kirill O. Thompson)
- By Kirill O. Thompson
- Rainer Schulzer, Inoue Enryō: A Philosophical Portrait (reviewed by Dennis Prooi)
- By Dennis Prooi
I’m taking the liberty of posting this link for my upcoming online lecture, “A Chinese Reading of Epictetus” (May 1, 9:30 A.M., Singapore time, which is April 30, 9:30 P.M., EDT). The time will be inconvenient for colleagues in Europe, alas.
The redoubtable Li Chenyang will be the commentator.
You can register by clicking on https://wis.ntu.edu.sg/pls/webexe88/REGISTER_NTU.REGISTER?EVENT_ID=OA21040819554770 or scanning the QR code in the poster above (which also contains an abstract).
Hope to see some of you there!
It’s a bit last minute, but readers of this blog might be interested in the following talk tonight:
“Can Ultimate Reality Change? Controversies Regarding the Yogic Practice School’s Path to Awakening” (John Powers, Deakin University, Australia)
The Yogic Practice School (Yogācāra) is one of the two main traditions of Indian Buddhist philosophy. Its luminaries made significant contributions to epistemology and logic, and they developed a sophisticated vision of the path to awakening aimed at transforming pathological mental patterns and developing attitudes conducive to more skillful engagement with other beings and the world. One of the most important Yogācāra doctrines is the “three natures”: the imputational, the other dependent, and the ultimately real. The first refers to false notions imputed to the phenomena of experience; the second involves viewing phenomena as arising in dependence on causes and conditions, which is correct on the conventional level but mistaken from an ultimate perspective. The ultimately real nature is how sages view things: without the false overlay of the imputational and free from subject-object dichotomy. I will begin with an overview of the three natures and how they function within the Yogācāra soteriological system, and will then discuss how the third—the ultimately real—has largely been mistranslated and misconstrued by contemporary scholars who work on the tradition. This is more than just termininological quibbling because correct understanding of the ultimately real is crucial to the entire Yogācāra project, and it has ramifications for Buddhist practice more generally.
John Powers is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Humanities and Professor of Religion at Deakin University in Australia. He is the author of 18 books and more than 100 articles and book chapters, mainly on Buddhist philosophy and history of ideas, as well as environmental history, human rights, and gender, and propaganda. His books include A Bull of A Man: Images of Masculinity, Sex, and the Body in Indian Buddhism (Harvard, 2009) and Dignāga’s Investigation of the Percept and Its Philosophical Legacy (with Douglas Duckworth, David Eckel, Jay Garfield, Sonam Thakchoe, and Yeshes Thabkhas. Oxford, 2017).
- Prof. Stephen Angle (Wesleyan University), “The Analects and Modern Moral Philosophy” (Monday 3 May, 3-4.30pm BST)
- Prof. LI Chenyang (Nanyang Technological University), “Li as Cultural Grammar: On the Relation Between Li and Ren in Confucius’ Analects” (Monday 17 May, 10-11.30am BST)
- Prof. TAN Sor-Hoon (Singapore Management University), “Confucian Democracy and the Analects” (Monday 31 May, 10-11.30am BST)
The Berggruen Research Center at Peking University is hosting an on-line conference over the next two weeks with the topic “Tianxia in Comparative Perspective: Alternative Models of Geopolitical Order.” Details are available here.