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  1. Some unemployed philosophers have set up self-employment by running an online gift shop with things like Salvador Dali watches, Freudian “slippers,” and Nietzsche finger-puppets (see puppet “demo” (very funny) here: So, now you know what to get for that special philosopher in your life for the holidays. Enjoy stimulating the economy.

    Comment by Manyul Im | December 14, 2008

  2. Friend of the blog and erstwhile participant, Patrick O’Donnell has compiled a very useful bibliography of “Classical Chinese Worldviews” over at the blog Ratio Juris (, available in Word format to download.

    Comment by Manyul Im | December 18, 2008

  3. Yuri Pines‘ new book is out. Here is the Univ. Hawai’i Press info and blurb. If anyone knows anything about the book (has read parts of it, has reviewed/previewed it, finds out about a review of it somewhere) let us know.


    Chinese Political Thought of the Warring States Era
    By Yuri Pines

    This ambitious book looks into the reasons for the exceptional durability of the Chinese empire, which lasted for more than two millennia (221 BCE-1911 CE). Yuri Pines identifies the roots of the empire’s longevity in the activities of thinkers of the Warring States period (453-221 BCE), who, in their search for solutions to an ongoing political crisis, developed ideals, values, and perceptions that would become essential for the future imperial polity. In marked distinction to similar empires worldwide, the Chinese empire was envisioned and to a certain extent “preplanned” long before it came into being. As a result, it was not only a military and administrative construct, but also an intellectual one. Pines makes the argument that it was precisely its ideological appeal that allowed the survival and regeneration of the empire after repeated periods of turmoil.

    December 2008 / ISBN 978-0-8248-3275-9 / $55.00 (CLOTH)

    Comment by Manyul Im | December 18, 2008

  4. Fingarette Related Items:

    The Society for Asian and Comparative Philosophy‘s annual conference in Asilomar (a lovely beach resort town in central California), in June, will feature Herbert Fingarette’s *Secular as Sacred* as its theme. SACP members and would-be members (you can join for $35, online here) can submit papers for consideration (deadline January 31). Here is part of the announcement that went out to SACP members recently from Joseph Prabhu, SACP president:

    “The theme of our conference this year is…“The Sacred and the Secular.” We are very fortunate to have Roger Ames as our keynote speaker. Thanks partly to him a number of distinguished scholars from China are planning to attend, as, I hope, will many of Roger’s students over the years. Other highlights so far include a plenary address by Ram-Prasad Chakravarti, Chair of the Religious Studies Department at Lancaster University in England, a memorial session for Robert Solomon, a panel on Chris Chapple’s prize-winning book, Yoga and the Luminous , a panel on the family and civil society in early Confucian texts and in the Gita, and finally a panel on Herb Fingarette’s book on Confucius. The deadline for both papers and student essay submissions is January 31, 2009. For the papers, please send your 350-400 word abstract to me and our secretary Al Albergate: Student essays should be no more than 10.000 words at the maximum. You will be notified by March 15. Going by past patterns, we accept most of the proposals. So, if it helps in making travel and other plans, you can feel safe in making arrangements prior to March 15. The conference is in Asilomar, California, from June 14-17.”

    Also, there is a very interesting post over on Chris Panza’s blog about Fingarette’s Confucius and Kierkegaard. Check it out!

    Comment by Manyul Im | January 10, 2009

  5. Book Announcement

    Kenneth Holloway posted this over on the Warring States Group listserve:

    “I am very pleased to announce that my book on Guodian manuscripts has just been published by Oxford University Press:

    Guodian: The Newly Discovered Seeds of Chinese Religious and Political Philosophy

    ISBN-10: 0195371453

    ISBN-13: 978-0195371451″

    Here is the Amazon link.

    Comment by Manyul Im | January 10, 2009

  6. For Graduate Students

    Call for applications: Graduate Workshop
    ‘Research Training in Chinese Philosophy and Religion’
    Funded by AHRC & BICC. Details here.

    Comment by Manyul Im | January 10, 2009


    See Chris Panza’s fearless leader message here. We’ll be participating on this blog as well. Dust off your Confucius: the Secular as Sacred. Everything begins in March.

    Comment by Manyul Im | February 13, 2009

  8. Thanks for the heads-up! I haven’t had much time to contribute to discussions here of late, but I’m definitely down for anything Fingarette related.

    Comment by Hagop Sarkissian | February 18, 2009

  9. Hey blogizens! New page on the blog:
    Also accessible on the blog tabs. I’ve just posted a comment and opened discussion about the Gourmet Report ranking of Chinese philosophy programs there; just click on the links and go.

    Comment by Manyul Im | February 25, 2009

  10. I’d like to help publicize the following job advertisement for a fellowship at HKU, which seems like an excellent opportunity for a fresh Ph.D. or someone just about to finish the Ph.D.:

    Comment by Chris Fraser | March 12, 2009

  11. Something passed on to me from Steve Angle:

    Buddhism in China—Chang’an
    July 20 through August 9, 2009
    Application deadline: March 30, 2009

    Sponsored by the Woodenfish Project, in collaboration with China’s Northwest University, the “Buddhism in Chang’an” program offers graduate students in the West a unique opportunity for direct, intensive academic engagement with one of the most important historical centers of Buddhism in Asia: China’s ancient cosmopolitan capital, Chang’an (modern Xi’an). Participants will study the history and culture of Buddhism in Chang’an through daily seminars with accomplished faculty at Northwest University and guided tours of temples, ruins, and other historical sites in and around the city. Special attention will be paid to introducing participants to potential sources and avenues for research and promoting interaction with Chinese scholars.

    Eligible applicants will be graduate students currently enrolled in MA or PhD programs in Western countries who have a primary research interest in Chinese Buddhism or related fields (such as Buddhism in other Asian countries, Chinese religion, Eastern philosophy, Buddhist art history, Medieval Chinese history, etc.). Proficiency in spoken and written Chinese is encouraged, but not a necessary condition for applying to the program.

    Room and board, local transportation to sites, as well as all the lectures are sponsored by the Woodenfish Project (found by Fo Guang Shan) and will be provided free of charge for each participant for the duration of the program.

    For further information, including a detailed program itinerary and application form, please visit> .

    Student inquiries and applications may be sent by email to Brooks Jessup at

    Interested faculty should contact Ven. Dr. Yifa directly at or

    Comment by Manyul Im | March 15, 2009

  12. As some of you may have noticed, there is a new page called “Conferences.” Nothing tricky about that title. Let’s use it.

    Re: Berthrong’s Question – I’m pretty busy until late in the evening (Eastern time) but it looks like a nice batch of comments will be waiting for me when I finally get a chance to sit down and blog. Blog on.

    Comment by Manyul Im | April 3, 2009

  13. Significant News about Hong Kong University’s PhD program in Philosophy:

    Chris Fraser, currently an assistant professor specializing in Chinese philosophy at Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) will be associate professor at Hong Kong University (HKU), beginning in July. Fraser replaces Chad Hansen, who remains in Hong Kong and remains philosophically active within the HKU community, despite having to take mandatory retirement.

    Comment by Manyul Im | April 5, 2009

  14. Congratulations to Chris!

    Comment by Hagop Sarkissian | April 6, 2009

  15. There is a mini-conference on Neo-Confucianism being held this weekend (April 11 & 12), piggybacking on the Pacific APA meeting in Vancouver. I’ll be there–i.e. at the APA meeting–to present a paper on Friday and will be able to go to the Saturday papers of the mini-conference.

    More to the point of this kiosk post, though, I just discovered that the miniconference papers are actually available for download on this site: Many thanks to the organizers for this unexpected gift-set!

    Stephen Angle (Wesleyan University)
    Yong Huang (Kutztown University)
    Philip J. Ivanhoe (City University of Hong Kong)
    Pauline Lee (Washington University)
    Eric Schwitzgebel (UC Riverside)
    Justin Tiwald (SF State University)

    Comment by Manyul Im | April 7, 2009

  16. An NDPR book review of *History of Chinese Philosophy*, edited by Bo Mou, from June 23, somehow slipped my radar. Here it is: This way you can see if you want to drop $225 USD to enhance your own personal library.

    Comment by Manyul Im | July 29, 2009

  17. Hey, just a little shameless self-promotion:

    Comment by Manyul Im | July 30, 2009

  18. Friend of the Blog, Patrick O’Donnell writes:

    I’ve now posted the bibliography for “science and technology” at Ratio Juris where it is available as a Word doc. Perhaps you and/or your students will find some use for it.

    Comment by Manyul Im | August 6, 2009

  19. Kind of you to mention this Manyul: I’m most grateful.

    Comment by Patrick S. O'Donnell | August 8, 2009

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