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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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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Mohism, Just War, Sovereignty, and Identity

I have a longish paper on Mohism and just war theory forthcoming in Journal of Chinese Military History (5.2, 2016) that explores details of Mohist just war theory and how it relates to the other most well-developed early Chinese view of just war, the doctrine of “righteous arms” in The Annals of Lu Buwei. The…

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

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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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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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