Taipei Lectures on Zhuangzi and Xunzi

I’ll be giving two lectures at National Cheng Chi University 國立政治大學 in Taiwan next week: “Zhuangzi and Normative Ethics” on Thursday, Nov. 8, and “Mind and World in Xunzi” on Friday, Nov. 9. The poster for the event is here. These are part of the Cross-cultural Philosophy lecture series 跨文化哲學講座系列 at the NCCU Research Center…

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SEP “Mohist Canons” Update

The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy has published an updated version of my article on later Mohist thought. This update presents major revisions to the sections on distinguishing similarities and differences, on the Mohist logical concept of “paralleling,” and on the Mohists’ critical evaluation of methods of argument. This version includes a clarification and defense of…

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Courses for 2018–2019

Besides my annual introductory course, PHIL1034, I will be teaching two courses in our major next year: PHIL2410 Mind and Language in Chinese Thought. (Syllabus to be updated before the course begins.) PHIL2450 Zhuangzi. (Syllabus to be updated before the course begins.)

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Philosophy Summer School in China

I will be teaching this year at the annual Philosophy Summer School in China sponsored by the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. This year’s theme is Chinese-Western Comparative Philosophy, and the program will take place at Capital Normal University from July 30-August 15. The other lecturers are Michael Beaney (the organizer and coordinator), Carine Defoort,…

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Mozi and the Origin of Political Authority

Eric Schliesser recently posted a thoughtful discussion of how the Mohist account of the shift from a state of nature to political society might resemble some varieties of social contract views. I posted a comment in response, which led to a fruitful exchange about the Mohist conception of the origin of political authority. The entire…

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Selections from the Mohist Dialogues

I’m posting here selections from the Mohist “Dialogues” included in my abridged translation of the Mozi, which I hope will be forthcoming before too long. Here is the file: Selections from the “Dialogues” Following the example of the Stephanus numbering used to cite from the works of Plato and the Bekker numbering used to cite…

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2017–2018 HKU Courses

In the 2017–2018 academic year, I will be offering the following courses: Semester 1: PHIL2430 Chinese Philosophy: Ethics (Thurs 13:30-15:20) Semester 2: PHIL1034 Introduction to Philosophy: Ethics and Politics (Tues 10:30-12:20) PHIL2435 Traditional Chinese Political Thought (Tues 13:30-15:20) PHIL2430 and PHIL2435 are both designed as intermediate courses especially suitable for second- and third-year students.  

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Paradoxes in Chinese Philosophy

The following is a contribution to the forthcoming Dao Companion to Chinese Philosophy of Logic, edited by my colleague Yiu-ming Fung, Professor Emeritus at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. The article surveys the role of paradoxes in classical Chinese thought. For a collection of articles on early Chinese philosophy of language and…

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Truth in Chinese Philosophy

The following is a contribution to the forthcoming Dao Companion to Chinese Philosophy of Logic, edited by my colleague Yiu-ming Fung, Professor Emeritus at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. The article reviews and addresses the controversy over whether there is a concept of truth in classical Chinese philosophy and whether early Chinese…

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