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 (revised August 2015). An abstract follows. A Daoist Critique…

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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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2014–2015 Courses

In the 2014–2015 academic year, I will be teaching the following: Semester 1: PHIL2430 Chinese Philosophy: Ethics (Friday 12:30–14:20) PHIL3810/6810 Senior Seminar (Friday 15:30–17:20) Semester 2: PHIL1034 Introduction to Philosophy: Ethics and Politics, East and West (Friday 12:30–14:20) PHIL6820 Graduate Seminar (Friday 15:30–17:20)

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Happiness in Xunzi

The following paper is forthcoming in a special edition of Philosophical Topics on comparative studies of happiness, edited by my colleagues Edoardo Zamuner and Timothy O’Leary. Update: This has been published as “Happiness in Classical Confucianism: Xunzi,” Philosophical Topics 41.1 (2013), 53–79. I set out to write a general explanation of why happiness is not…

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2013–2014 HKU Courses—Update

In the 2013–2014 academic year, I will be teaching the following: Semester 1: PHIL2470 Moral Psychology in the Chinese Tradition (update: Tuesdays 10:30-12:20, CPD 2.45) PHIL2443 Xunzi (update: Tuesdays 13:30–15:20, CPD 2.45) Semester 2: PHIL1034 Ethics and Politics, East and West (update: Mondays 12:30-14:20, LE1—note that this is a different time from 2012-2013)

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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 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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