Well, the marking of the Chinese new year (good fortune to all of you out there!) provides an opportune moment to think about “the future of Chinese philosophy,” not so much in our soothsaying mode but in our capacity as people who are invested in shaping the field. Taking our cue from Robert Neville’s ambitious and provocative list of projects, perhaps we could think about the projects that we think would be important to take up and pursue vigorously in the field. Maybe each person interested could contribute one item to the list. Okay, I’ll start:
- Identify and defend something that is philosophically distinctive and valuable from the variety of writings and movements of Chinese philosophy.
So far, I don’t see this being pursued with as much energy in the comparative philosophy endeavor as the project of trying to understand Chinese philosophical views explicitly through the medium of Western philosophical theories and movements. I also confess that I’m not always optimistic about 1’s success.
Comments and additional items welcome!