Summer Seminar in Asian Philosophy and Scholasticism: Peace, Inside and Out

Joint ATI-CSCS Summer Seminar in Asian Philosophy and Scholasticism:
Peace, Inside and Out
July 15-26th, 2024 • Hong Kong Baptist University


Dr. Jonathan Crowe, Bond University
Dr. May Sim, College of the Holy Cross

2024 Seminar Theme – Peace, Inside and Out: This seminar is intended to introduce scholars and graduate students to Confucian and medieval Latin (‘Scholastic’) perspectives on peace within individuals and in broader society, hoping to pave the way for fruitful philosophical dialogue between these important traditions by bringing together those working on projects in Asian or medieval philosophy, ethics, political philosophy, religion, and theology. Preference will be given to those students or scholars already working on issues associated with the theme of the seminar. Questions regarding the nature of peace, and what is required for its achievement, are central to the classical political tradition East and West. Those same questions deeply impact questions concerning what it is to live a good life, as explored differently in ethics and theology. The Confucian and medieval Latin tradition have extensively explored these themes together, as fundamentally inseparable: peace in society requires as a necessary, if not sufficient condition, peace within each heart. The role of education, especially moral or character education, is also critical for effecting the relevant changes to conscience required for peace to flourish. These perspectives have great value in the midst of growing tensions and conflict in the world today. This seminar will focus on shared themes or insights associated with peace within medieval Scholastic philosophy, as well as within Confucian philosophy, both in earlier forms (e.g., High Middle Ages, Qin dynasty Confucians) and in later developments of the tradition.

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Axiomathes becomes Global Philoosphy

The journal Axiomathes has recently changed editors and broadened its scope to become Global Philosophy. The journal’s website says:

We are happy to announce Global Philosophy as the new name of our journal. Global philosophy is an ideal, to go beyond the private, sectarian, cultural and geographical limited discourses going on in current philosophy and open the conversation to all philosophers who are qualified, but somehow have been eliminiated from the discourse. Through online platforms and forums, democratic communication to reach this ideal has become easier to achieve than ever. The ideal of Global Philosophy has never been easier to become a reality for everyone in the community.

Our Editor in Chief, John Symons from Kansas University, US, is certainly one of the best scholars to gather an international and diverse editorial board to cover the goal that this journal has had in mind since the beginning. … Read more about the new scope in this editorial:

CFP: Epistemic Virtue in the Chinese Tradition

Global Philosophy invites contributions for a Topical Collection entitled “Epistemic Virtue in the Chinese Tradition.” Sample topics may include any of the following:

  • The epistemic virtues of Chinese philosophers (or of the tradition more generally)
  • The role of epistemic virtue in the greater philosophical thought of figures in the tradition.
  • Comparison between the virtue epistemology scholarship and epistemic virtue in Chinese philosophy.

The tentative deadline for submission is June 15, 2024. Contributors are encouraged to submit their manuscripts as soon as they are able.

How to make a submission: Each manuscript should be roughly between 6000-8,000 words. Manuscripts should be submitted via the Global Philosophy website and will undergo double-blind peer review:

If you have any questions, please send a note to either John Symons <>, or Danesh Singh <>.

CFP: 18th Annual Midwest Conference on Chinese Thought

The Midwest Conference on Chinese Thought was created to foster dialogue and interaction between scholars and students working on Chinese thought across different disciplines and through a variety of approaches. Submissions are invited for papers on any aspect of Chinese thought as well as papers dealing with comparative issues that engage Chinese perspectives.

This year’s conference will be held in-person April 12-13, 2024, at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. Two nights of hotel accommodations will be provided for conference participants. Our keynote speaker will be Professor Harvey Lederman.

For consideration, please submit a 1-page abstract to Michael Ing at with the subject line: “MCCT 2024 Abstract Submission” by January 15, 2024 for blind review. For more information, visit the conference website here (will be updated soon).

Professor Harvey Lederman studied Classics and modern and classical Chinese at Princeton as an undergraduate, where he imagined a career studying comparative literature. During a second BA in Classics at Cambridge, he became seriously interested in the history of Greek philosophy and Chinese science, and he began to study philosophy in earnest at Oxford, where he completed a BPhil and DPhil in philosophy. After a postdoctoral fellowship at NYU, and a one year stint at Pittsburgh, he was an assistant professor and then professor at Princeton, and now is a professor at the University of Texas at Austin. He is working on a long term project about Wang Yangming, which he began while still a student at Oxford. In 2022, after eight years of work, the first products of this project appeared in print, in a series of articles about Wang’s “Unity of Knowledge and Action”. One of these was the first paper on Chinese philosophy published in The Philosophical Review, the premiere journal in analytic philosophy, in over seventy years. Other current projects include a series of papers on incomplete preferences and values in decision theory and formal ethics, and one on the semantics of attitude reports. In 2024, Harvey will be a distinguished visitor to the Institute of Chinese Literature and Philosophy (中國文哲所) at the Academia Sinica.

New Book: Major, Confucian Iconoclasm

SUNY has just published Philippe Major’s book Confucian Iconoclasm: Textual Authority, Modern Confucianism, and the Politics of Antitradition in Republican China. It provides a new interpretation of the rise of modern Confucian philosophy in Republican China, which the author argues in its most successful form is nearly as iconoclastic as May Fourth discourse. A description of the book is available here, and the book is available in open access format (thanks to Swiss tax payers!) here.

CFP for Panel on Trauma and Healing at 12th East-West Philosophers’ Conference (May 24-31, 2024)

Title of Proposed Panel: Orientation-Philosophical Explorations of Trauma and Disorientation

Organizers: Dr. Reinhard G. Mueller and Dr. Olga Faccani (on behalf of the Hodges Foundation for Philosophical Orientation)

Thomas Laqueur, writing in the London Review of Books in 2010, signaled the emergence of our age as one experienced as trauma by highlighting the verifiable surge in the term’s usage: “Having once been relatively obscure, it is now found everywhere: used in the New York Times fewer than 300 times between 1851 and 1960, it has appeared 11,000 times since.” As trauma’s omnipresence surges, not least through the Coronavirus pandemic and recent wars, the challenge arises: How do we orient ourselves in a rapidly changing world and to cascading waves of traumatic experiences? How do we cope with disorienting crises?

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