“What Makes Us Human?” Summer Course at CEU

This coming summer I will be contributing to an exciting interdisciplinary, comparative summer course entitled “What Makes Us Human? Philosophical and Religious Perspectives in China and the West” to be held at Central European University in Budapest from July 4 to 15. The course looks at the question of what it is to be human…

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《科技論文英語寫作》新版上市

經過很多年,《科技論文英語寫作》新版終於上市了。 《科技論文英語寫作》原版曾經為1990、2000年代專業科技論文寫作的暢銷教科書與參考書。 新版將原版上、下冊的內容合併成一本書,更方便讀者參考。 希望對兩岸三地的科技研究生與研究人員有幫助。 除了各地書局之外,讀者可以透過全華網路書店 訂書。 本書目錄如下:

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A Daoist Critique of Morality

This paper is a draft of my contribution to Justin Tiwald, ed., Oxford Handbook of Chinese Philosophy, Oxford University Press. The paper attempts to draw out some of the radical implications of remarks on “benevolence and propriety” found in Daoist texts. The full draft is available here. An abstract follows. A Daoist Critique of Morality Chris…

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The People in Chinese Political Thought

The following is the text of a short talk I gave at a public gathering organized by HKU students on the street in Admiralty next to Hong Kong government headquarters on October 1, China’s National Day. Much thanks to Tim Li, who translated into Cantonese for me. The same text is cross-posted on Warp, Weft…

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The Daoist Good Life

This summer I finally completed the revised version of the companion paper to my 2011 article “Emotion and Agency in Zhuangzi.” The new paper is entitled “Wandering the Way: A Eudaimonistic Approach to the Zhuangzi.” The more recently completed paper was actually written first and is cited in the 2011 article and a few other…

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“Emptiness” and Daoist “ethical work”

In 2008 I published a preliminary study of conceptions of xu 虛 (emptiness, blankness, insubstantiality) in the Zhuangzi. I’ve recently completed a follow-up study tying the Zhuangzi concept of xu to Foucault’s notion of “ethical work,” the tasks or practices by which agents reshape themselves to become ethical adepts. Along the way I make a…

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Xunzi and Zhuangzi: Two Approaches to Death

A revised version of this essay was published as “Xunzi Versus Zhuangzi: Two Approaches to Death in Classical Chinese Thought,” Frontiers of Philosophy in China 8.3 (2013), 410–427. An updated preprint of the paper (May 2013) is available here. This paper originated as a talk given at a research workshop entitled “Death: Philosophy, Therapy, Medicine on…

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Nature and Value in Chinese and Western Thought

Another interesting conference coming up this spring is the International Conference on Nature and Value in Chinese and Western Philosophies to be held at Rutgers University on April 4–5, 2013. The conference is advertised as the Inaugural Rutgers Workshop on Chinese Philosophy, so let’s hope it turns out to be the first in a series…

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