Xunzi and Zhuangzi: Two Approaches to Death

A revised version of my paper “Xunzi Versus Zhuangzi: Two Approaches to Death in Classical Chinese Thought” is now available in 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…

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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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Chinese Metaphysics Conference

Update: The full author’s manuscript of “The Mohist Conception of Reality” is now available for download here. (This is an updated version of March 2014.) The paper will appear in a forthcoming anthology on Chinese metaphysics edited by Chenyang Li, Franklin Perkins, and Alan Chan. * * * I’ll be speaking next month at a…

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Tsinghua Logic Talk

I recently returned from Beijing, where I gave a talk at an occasional logic forum at Tsinghua University, organized by Liu Fenrong. Much thanks to Fenrong for arranging my visit. My talk and many other past and upcoming events are announced here and here. The talk was based on a forthcoming paper, “Truth in Mohist…

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Comments on Bell, “Confucianism & Nationalism”

Back in April 2011, Joseph Chan, of HKU’s Department of Politics and Public Administration, organized a mini-workshop on Confucian Political Philosophy here at HKU. I commented on a paper by Daniel A. Bell, of Tsinghua University, entitled “Confucianism and nationalism: A reconciliation.” Since Daniel has recently published several articles in popular media whose content overlaps this…

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Global Themes in Ethical Naturalism

Update: The conference program is here. Later this month I’ll be attending an international workshop in Singapore called “Global Themes in Ethical Naturalism,” hosted by the Department of Philosophy of the National University of Singapore, June 27–28. My talk will be entitled “Chinese Naturalism and the Limits of Ethics.” An abstract follows.

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Mini-Workshop on Confucian Political Philosophy

Original post (April 15, 2011): Joseph Chan, of HKU’s Department of Politics and Public Administration, has organized a mini-workshop on Confucian Political Philosophy to be held 29 April 2011 (at 2 pm)  in the PPA dept library. The speakers will be Joseph himself and Daniel A. Bell, of Tsinghua (Qinghua) University, along with four commentators:…

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Recent Workshop: Happiness and the Dao

Update: The web page for the workshop is here. The Department of Philosophy of the University of Hong Kong will be holding a workshop entitled “Happiness and the Dao: Ancient Greek and Chinese Approaches to Ethics,” March 25–26, 20111. The workshop is organized by Patrick Hawley, Chair of the Department of Philosophy. Presenters will include…

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Conference News: Chinese Philosophy from the Perspective of Anglo-American Philosophy

I was the kick-off speaker at a recent conference in Taiwan entitled “英美哲學觀點下的中國哲學研究”—or “Chinese Philosophy from the Perspective of Anglo-American Philosophy.” Although the conference was held December 17–18 at National Cheng Chih University 國立政治大學 in Taipei, I only recently noticed the website here. This was an enjoyable event that gave me the great pleasure of…

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Workshop on History of Chinese Logic

An exciting event for those of us who work on Chinese logic is the upcoming workshop on “The History of Logic in China” scheduled for November 24–25 in Amsterdam. The workshop is organized by Prof. Johan van Benthem and Dr. Fenrong Liu and hosted by the International Institute for Asian Studies. My contribution will be…

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