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More jobs: Job opening at HKU

The University of Hong Kong is advertising an opening for an assistant professor in the Department of Philosophy. The AOS/AOC are open. Applicants working in Asian and comparative philosophy are welcome.

Details are available at PhilJobs here and applications are being accepted through AcademicJobsOnline here.

October 15, 2016 Posted by | Chinese philosophy | Leave a comment

Australasian Philosophical Review: Call for Abstracts

Call for abstracts

Australasian Philosophical Review (APR), Vol 1 Issue 3:
Comparative Ancient Chinese and Ancient Greek philosophy

Author: G. E. R. Lloyd, “The Fortunes of Analogy”

Invited commentaries from: Lisa Raphals, Adriane Rini, Raoul Mortley

Committee: Karyn Lai, Loy Hui Chieh, Michaelis Michael

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The APR is seeking proposals for commentaries on Professor G.E.R. Lloyd’s article, “The Fortunes of Analogy”.

Abstracts should be brief (100-500 words), stating clearly the aspects of the target article that will be discussed, together with an indication of the line that will be taken. More details are available at the APR website: http://australasianphilosophicalreview.org/1.3

Those who are interested should register as commentators to view Professor Lloyd’s paper and the invited commentaries.

Abstract submissions for Volume 1 Issue 3 should be sent to apr@aap.org.au by 15 October 2016.

Invitations to write commentaries of 2000-3000 words will be issued on 31st October 2016. Full-length commentaries will be due on 15th January 2017.

If you have any questions, please contact Karyn Lai

September 14, 2016 Posted by | Chinese philosophy | Leave a comment

International Conference: In pursuit of wisdom: Ancient Chinese and Greek perspectives on cultivation

15-18 January 2016
University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia

Conference website: https://cultivationinchinaandgreece.wordpress.com/

What does it take to live well? Ancient Chinese and Greek philosophy present accounts or models of life lived well: a Confucian junzi, a Daoist sage and a eudaimonic life. Philosophical discussions in these traditions bring to light pictures of the good life as well as its constitutive elements. These include, for example, the Stoic life of virtue, Aristotelian intellectual virtues, Confucian virtue ethics, and Daoist ideals of nonaction. Yet, living well is not simply about having the right kinds of pursuits or ends nor is it just about how particular activities are executed. The good life is primarily about agency, and a richer account is facilitated by understanding how it is cultivated. At this conference, we aim to extend existing debates on the good life by investigating the processes associated with cultivating or nurturing the self in order to live such lives, ably and reliably… (read more at the Conference website: https://cultivationinchinaandgreece.wordpress.com)

Keynote Speakers

Professor Sophie-Grace Chappell, The Open University, UK, editor of Intuition, Theory and Anti-Theory in Ethics (Oxford University Press, 2015) and author of Knowing What To Do: Imagination, Virtue, and Platonism in Ethics (Oxford University Press, 2014) and Reading Plato’s Theatetus (Hackett, 2005)

Professor Yahei Kanayama, Nagoya University, Japan, author of numerous articles in Greek philosophy, especially on Plato, and translator of Greek philosophical texts such as all the works of Sextus Empiricus (Kyoto University Press, 1998, 2004, 2006, 2010, together with Mariko Kanayama).

Professor Poo, Mu-chou, Chinese University of Hong Kong, editor of Rethinking Ghosts in World Religions (Brill, 2009) and author of Enemies of Civilization: Attitudes toward Foreigners in Ancient Mesopotamia, Egypt and China (SUNY, 2005) and In Search of Personal Welfare: A View of Ancient Chinese Religion (SUNY: 1998).

Professor Lisa A. Raphals, University of California, Riverside, USA, author of Divination and Prediction in Early China and Ancient Greece (Cambridge University Press, 2013) and Sharing the Light: Representations of Women and Virtue in Early China, (SUNY, 1998).

Professor Wang Keping, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, PRC, author of Reading the Dao: A Thematic Inquiry (Continuum Publishing, 2011) and Spirit of Chinese Poetics (Beijing Foreign Languages Press, 2008).

 

Paper or Panel Proposals

We invite paper or panel proposals, submitted on the Registration Form (available for download from the conference website

Papers are allocated 20 mins for presentation with 15 mins for discussion. Panels may be grouped in twos or threes.

The due date for Paper and Panel proposals is 15 November 2015.
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Conference Organisers

 

August 23, 2015 Posted by | Chinese philosophy | Leave a comment

Postdoc Fellowships at the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia

This is a highly competitive fellowship with a generous stipend. Scholars who have been awarded their PhDs not after January 2011, or who are expecting the award of their degree imminently, are eligible to apply: https://research.unsw.edu.au/vice-chancellor%E2%80%99s-postdoctoral-research-fellowships

Applicants should have publications in peer-reviewed scholarly journals and with reputable publishers. They should also discuss future publishing plans. The application pack is available here: https://research.unsw.edu.au/document/unsw_vc_fellowships_application_pack.pdf

If you have questions about a post-doc fellowship in Chinese philosophy, please contact A/Prof Karyn Lai (k.lai@unsw.edu.au)

May 5, 2015 Posted by | Chinese philosophy | Leave a comment

The UPDirectory: Directory of Philosophers from Underrepresented Groups in Philosophy

From http://www.underrepresentedphilosophers.com/.

A Directory listing is currently being compiled; the list will include philosophers previously listed in the Women of Philosophy Directory, The Black Philosophers Directory, The Asian Philosophers Directory, the Latina/o and Hispanic Philosophers Directory, etc.

All of these individual directories are now being combined into a single directory of philosophers from underrepresented groups in philosophy — the UPDirectory. The UPDirectory will replace the individual directories, which will not be published. Nonetheless, all the information from each individual directory will be contained in the UPDirectory. The goal of the directory is to have a single, easy-to-use resource for people who want to learn more about the work of philosophers who belong to underrepresented groups in philosophy.

For technical reasons, we need new entries from everyone, even from those who already filled out information for a previous directory. If you would like to be included in the new UPDirectory, please click on the link below

http://www.underrepresentedphilosophers.com/updirectory-entry-submission-form/

which will take you to an Entry Re-submission Form. When you’ve completed the form, please click on the ‘Submit’ button. That’s all you need to do to appear in the UPDirectory! We ask that you fill out this form by November 27th. Please note that participation is fully voluntary, and you need not provide any information you do not wish to include in your entry.

November 2, 2014 Posted by | Chinese philosophy | Leave a comment

The UPDirectory: Directory of Philosophers from Underrepresented Groups in Philosophy

From http://www.underrepresentedphilosophers.com/.

A Directory listing is currently being compiled; the list will include philosophers previously listed in the Women of Philosophy Directory, The Black Philosophers Directory, The Asian Philosophers Directory, the Latina/o and Hispanic Philosophers Directory, etc.

All of these individual directories are now being combined into a single directory of philosophers from underrepresented groups in philosophy — the UPDirectory. The UPDirectory will replace the individual directories, which will not be published. Nonetheless, all the information from each individual directory will be contained in the UPDirectory. The goal of the directory is to have a single, easy-to-use resource for people who want to learn more about the work of philosophers who belong to underrepresented groups in philosophy.

For technical reasons, we need new entries from everyone, even from those who already filled out information for a previous directory. If you would like to be included in the new UPDirectory, please click on the link below

http://www.underrepresentedphilosophers.com/updirectory-entry-submission-form/

which will take you to an Entry Re-submission Form. When you’ve completed the form, please click on the ‘Submit’ button. That’s all you need to do to appear in the UPDirectory! We ask that you fill out this form by November 27th. Please note that participation is fully voluntary, and you need not provide any information you do not wish to include in your entry.

November 2, 2014 Posted by | Chinese philosophy | Leave a comment

Understanding Hong Kong’s Umbrella Revolution

Like many of you, I’ve also been trying to understand Hong Kong’s Umbrella Revolution by putting it in the larger context of Chinese history (from Confucius to 1989 and to the present).

I could not help but compare it with 1989. I hope this is understandable; this year is its 25th anniversary. It seems that when one tries to understand the motivations of the students and intellectuals in 1989, one has to take into account their concern for the common good, their strong elitist sense of their responsibility for the fate of the nation. And even those who identified themselves as liberal anti-traditionalists in 1989 could still be said to have been influenced by a long Confucian tradition of what it means to be a literati (shi). I have given a label to this tradition; I call it the “Athenian sub-tradition of Chinese republicanism,” in which the ideal of the common good is a central concept. This seems to be what Yu Yingshi was talking about in his recent address, which Kai Marchal mentioned in his post “Where are all the Confucians in Hong Kong tonight” a few days ago. Obviously I cannot do justice to such a complicated story here. For example, the 1989 generation very likely might have learned about this Athenian sub-tradition partly through the government’s patriotic education program.

Some of my friends have claimed that the same cannot be said about the motivations of Hong Kong students. I do not have a view on this for a variety of reasons (e.g., I was there in Beijing in 1989, and I am not in Hong Kong now; I know the generation of 1989 because I was one of them, and I confess that I do not know any Hong Kong high school students or college students). My guess is that perhaps the difference is just a matter of degree.

Nevertheless, it seems to me that the two movements share one thing in common: they both firmly belong to another sub-tradition of Chinese republicanism, the “Roman sub-tradition,” in which the central concept is that being free means to be a citizen in a republic as opposed to being dominated in a non-republic, whose paradigm is a slave. Here I’ll just give two pieces of anecdotal evidence. The first is a line from a poem posted in Beijing University in 1989:

“A slave with a full belly is still a slave.”

The second is a quote from Joshua Wong, the 17-year old high school student, a leader of Hong Kong Umbrella Revolution, in the New York Times article about him:

“When I heard the national anthem starting to play, I certainly did not feel moved so much as angry. When it tells you, ‘Arise! All those who refuse to be slaves!’ — why is our treatment today any different from the slaves?”

I think most of the students do not know much about the history of the terms they are using such as “slave” and “freedom”. Joshua Wong might not have been aware that the national anthem was inspired by a similar republicanist ideal of liberty (emphasizing the idea of a “free people” or a “free nation”). Around the turn of the twentieth century, republicanism took China by storm; through the popular print media, the republican ideas such as liberty (zi you), constitutionalism (xian zheng), people’s sovereignty (min quan), a republic (gong he), citizen (guo min), xin min (new people), and gong de (civic virtue) spread like wild fire. Some of these ideas are radically different from traditional Confucian political philosophy, but some are hybrids of ideas from Confucianism and ideas from Western republicanism. they were connected and unified by what I shall call the republican idea of liberty as non-domination, which is that the opposite of freedom or being free (zi you) is slavery (nu yu) or being a slave (nu li), and that people are free when they are citizens (guo min) in a constitutional monarchy (according to the Reformers) or a republic (according to the Revolutionaries). They are slaves when they are subjects in a tyranny or despotic country (zhuan zhi). Similarly, a nation is not free when it is dominated by other nations. This marked the beginning of the Roman tradition of Chinese republican tradition. You can find a lot of quotations from the pamphlets and magazine around the turn of the last century in this paper of mine:

https://www.academia.edu/7855327/Xiao_2014_Republican_Beginnings_Liberty_as_Non-Domination_in_the_Chinese_Republicanist_Tradition

October 5, 2014 Posted by | Chinese philosophy | 1 Comment

New Book: Democracy in Contemporary Confucian Philosophy

Excuse the lack of modesty, but I’d like to announce the publication of my new book, Democracy in Contemporary Confucian Philosophy.

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July 20, 2014 Posted by | Chinese philosophy | Leave a comment

UNSW Australia Postdoctoral Research Fellowship

The University of New South Wales’ Vice-Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Research Fellowships scheme (2015) is open. These highly competitive awards are targeted at early career researchers of exceptional calibre wishing to conduct full-time research at UNSW.

Fellowships will be offered for a period of 2 years, renewable for a third year subject to conditions being met; a UNSW academic salary (taxable) will be provided; a research support grant of A$10,000 per annum will be provided to assist with research costs.

Please refer to the conditions of the award at:

https://research.unsw.edu.au/vice-chancellor%E2%80%99s-postdoctoral-research-fellowships

and

https://research.unsw.edu.au/document/unsw_vc_postdoctoral_fellowships_application_pack.pdf

May 6, 2014 Posted by | Chinese philosophy | Leave a comment

Panels at the 2013 AAR Meeting

There will be a number of panels focusing on Chinese and comparative philosophy at the American Academy of Religion annual meeting in Baltimore, MD, beginning this weekend, Saturday, November 23rd, and running through Tuesday, November 26th.  For more information on specifics, see the AAR meeting website: http://www.aarweb.org/annual-meeting/general-information

The following are panels that I thought might be of interest to readers of this blog (these are just the ones I know of- if any of you know of others that may be of interest, feel free to add them in the comments line). Continue reading

November 18, 2013 Posted by | Chinese philosophy, Comparative philosophy, Conference, Indian Philosophy, Religion | Leave a comment

Upcoming Lecture on the History of Chinese Logic in Taipei

Dear Colleagues,

if you happen to be in Taipei this wednesday, you are cordially invited to join us for the upcoming lecture at the International Center for Chinese Philosophy (ICCP), Soochow University:

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September 16, 2013 Posted by | Chinese philosophy | Leave a comment

Knowing to (act): Confucian situationist epistemology

The Lunyu’s conversations highlight and advocate a wide variety of the junzi’s commitments, dispositions, efficacy, responsiveness, and so on. Many of these focus on a person’s encounters with situations and, therein, one’s appropriate responses to the question, or undertaking of the task, at hand. From an epistemological point of view, how might we best capture these situationist capabilities and competencies?

There are at least three ways of making sense of the junzi’s situationist capacities/knowledge. There are probably more conceptual frameworks, including some plausible combinations of the three below:

(I)                The knowing-how route

This account grows out from the knowing-how/knowing-that distinction. Here, we could cast the junzi’s capacities as practical, in-situ, knowledge, or knowledge manifest in situations. Generally, the focus of accounts set out within this framework would include parameters such as competence, practice, and reliability, to name a few. Of course, there can be more subtle versions of this approach, including those that shatter the dichotomy of knowing-how/knowing that. Included in these approaches is the ‘knowing-to act in the moment’ account that I have argued for (which can be both act- and agent-centred).

 

(II)             The pragmatism route

Here, again, there is a focus on the practical and, indeed, the contextual element. This account dwells centrally on encounters with and/or responses to particular situations. The vocabulary for a pragmatist account of Confucianist epistemology could include: imaginative encounters in context, inquiry and problem-solving, and reinventing tradition. Could it be that the pragmatist route is, in some versions of pragmatism, only programmatic? I ask this question because I’m not sure.

 

(III)           Virtue epistemology

This framework, arising from the impetus to represent Confucian ethics as virtue ethics, has attracted some concerns that a situationist epistemology is incompatible with a virtues-based approach to character. There have been some attempts to deal with that in the literature, especially from a Confucian perspective. (I personally think this is not an insurmountable problem for Confucian ethics). Does this account ‘capture’ Confucian epistemology better than the other two?

 

I’m keen to find out: (a) whether there are other viable conceptual schemes for a situationist epistemology; and (b) whether there are good reasons to think why any one of these, or some such combination, is more plausible than others. Amongst other things, I’m curious about the overlaps across these frameworks and I wonder if scholars working within some of them (myself included) might be re-inventing the wheel by not investigating more broadly. If so, might this be a case of philosophy’s fragmentation into many sub-areas that don’t necessarily speak to each other—with significant implications for those of us in comparative philosophical research.

August 17, 2013 Posted by | Chinese philosophy | Leave a comment

Meritocracy and Democracy

Meritocratic Ruists make two basic claims: first, that meritocracy is more historically faithful to Ruist tradition, and second, that it makes for a more effective government. In particular, it can avoid the problems of democracy, among which the ignorance and short-sightedness of voters are prominent. The claim goes that since voters generally understand the issues poorly and are unwilling to sacrifice their immediate interests for future gains, democracies make bad decisions. Without getting into whether these criticisms are accurate for the moment, I’m curious what people think of this line of argument against democracy. If it were true that democracy inevitably has such problems and there were good reason to think meritocracy would do better, would you support meritocracy?

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August 5, 2013 Posted by | Chinese philosophy, History, Sinology | , , | Leave a comment

CFP: ACPA group sessions at 2014 Pacific APA in San Diego (April 16-20, 2014)

Call for Papers and Abstracts: The Association of Chinese Philosophers in North America [ACPA] group sessions at 2014 Pacific APA meeting in San Diego.

 

Submission deadline:  September 25, 2013

ACPA Group Meeting at the 2014 Pacific Division meeting of the American Philosophical Association

April 16-20, 2014, at the The Westin Gaslamp Quarter, San Diego

Description:  ACPA group sessions at the APA meetings have been successful in providing scholars an opportunity to try out new ideas and receive inputs for further development of the paper.  The attendance has been good, and we have always arranged one commentator for each paper presented.  We now welcome scholars to submit completed drafts, paper abstracts, or panel proposals for the 2014 APA Pacific Meeting. We shall continue to host two sessions with three to four papers, with commentators for each paper.  We will try to organize the session in keeping with a cohesive theme.  Therefore, the selection of papers for presentation will be partially based on how well they can be worked into a good session.

Guidelines for paper/abstract submission are as follows:

1. Papers on any topic of Chinese philosophy are welcome, but we especially encourage submissions that bring Chinese philosophy into conversation with contemporary discussions in other areas of philosophy.

2. Please do not submit a proposal to present the same paper to more than one group session at the same APA meeting.

3. Please let us know explicitly if you are not simultaneously submitting a separate paper proposal to other Asian philosophy groups for the same APA meeting.  In order to maximize the opportunity for multiple scholars to present their original work on Asian philosophy at APA meetings, we will give priority to proposals by scholars who are not simultaneously submitting competing paper proposals to other groups for the same APA meeting. (Commenting or chairing sessions elsewhere on the program is not a concern.)

4.  Membership of the ACPA is not required for consideration or acceptance, but all participants must be current ACPA members (with their membership dues paid) at the time of presentation, and priority of consideration will be given to members at the time of selection.

5. Feel free to submit a 300-500 word abstract for consideration.  However, a complete version of the paper should be submitted no later than 30 days before the meeting, so that the commentator will have sufficient time to write a thoughtful response.

6. If you submit a full paper for consideration, the paper should not exceed 4000 words.  Papers must be typed and in reproducible condition.  Please include a word count.

7. The presentation time for each paper will be between 20 and 30 minutes.  Please be prepared to present a meaningful version of your paper in the amount of time you will have; papers as long as 4000 words will not be able to be read aloud in their entirety.

Paper or abstract submissions and any questions should be sent electronically to ALL three members of the selection committee:

Dr. Tongdong Bai (ACPA President)

Fudan University

baitongdong@gmail.com

Dr. Huaiyu Wang (ACPA Vice-President)

Georgia College & State University

wdhyana@gmail.com

Dr. Steven Geisz (ACPA Secretary-Treasurer)

University of Tampa

sgeisz@ut.edu

July 30, 2013 Posted by | Chinese philosophy | , , | Leave a comment

CFP: ACPA group sessions at 2014 Pacific APA meeting in San Diego (April 16-20, 2014)

Call for Papers and Abstracts:  The Association of Chinese Philosophers in North America [ACPA] group sessions at 2014 Pacific APA meeting in San Diego.

 

Submission deadline:  September 25, 2013

 

ACPA Group Meeting at the 2014 Pacific Division meeting of the American Philosophical Association

 

April 16-20, 2014, at the The Westin Gaslamp Quarter, San Diego

 

Description:  ACPA group sessions at the APA meetings have been successful in providing scholars an opportunity to try out new ideas and receive inputs for further development of the paper.  The attendance has been good, and we have always arranged one commentator for each paper presented.  We now welcome scholars to submit completed drafts, paper abstracts, or panel proposals for the 2014 APA Pacific Meeting. We shall continue to host two sessions with three to four papers, with commentators for each paper.  We will try to organize the session in keeping with a cohesive theme.  Therefore, the selection of papers for presentation will be partially based on how well they can be worked into a good session.

 

Guidelines for paper/abstract submission are as follows:

 

1. Papers on any topic of Chinese philosophy are welcome, but we especially encourage submissions that bring Chinese philosophy into conversation with contemporary discussions in other areas of philosophy.

 

2. Please do not submit a proposal to present the same paper to more than one group session at the same APA meeting.

 

3. Please let us know explicitly if you are not simultaneously submitting a separate paper proposal to other Asian philosophy groups for the same APA meeting.  In order to maximize the opportunity for multiple scholars to present their original work on Asian philosophy at APA meetings, we will give priority to proposals by scholars who are not simultaneously submitting competing paper proposals to other groups for the same APA meeting. (Commenting or chairing sessions elsewhere on the program is not a concern.)

 

4.  Membership of the ACPA is not required for consideration or acceptance, but all participants must be current ACPA members (with their membership dues paid) at the time of presentation, and priority of consideration will be given to members at the time of selection.

 

5. Feel free to submit a 300-500 word abstract for consideration.  However, a complete version of the paper should be submitted no later than 30 days before the meeting, so that the commentator will have sufficient time to write a thoughtful response.

 

6. If you submit a full paper for consideration, the paper should not exceed 4000 words.  Papers must be typed and in reproducible condition.  Please include a word count.

 

7. The presentation time for each paper will be between 20 and 30 minutes.  Please be prepared to present a meaningful version of your paper in the amount of time you will have; papers as long as 4000 words will not be able to be read aloud in their entirety.

 

Paper or abstract submissions and any questions should be sent electronically to ALL three members of the selection committee:

 

Dr. Tongdong Bai (ACPA President)

Fudan University

baitongdong [at] gmail.com

 

Dr. Huaiyu Wang (ACPA Vice-President)

Georgia College & State University

wdhyana [at] gmail.com

 

Dr. Steven Geisz (ACPA Secretary-Treasurer)

University of Tampa

sgeisz [at ] ut.edu

 

July 29, 2013 Posted by | Chinese philosophy | , , | Leave a comment