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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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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Chinese Logic

My recent study of fundamental concepts and models of early Chinese logic and philosophy of language appears in History and Philosophy of Logic 34.1 (2013), 1–24, and is available here. An abstract follows.

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Landscape and Travel in Daoism

“Landscape, Travel, and a Daoist View of the ‘Cosmic Question.’” This paper is to appear in the anthology Landscape and Travelling East and West: A Philosophical Journey, edited by Hans-Georg Moeller and Andrew Whitehead (Bloomsbury Academic, 2013). The paper is based on a talk I gave at “Landscape and Travelling—East and West.” Académie du Midi, Alet…

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Language and Logic in Xunzi

I’ve just completed an extensively revised draft of a longish (15,000 words) article on the philosophy of language and logic of the Xunzi. The article will appear as a chapter in the forthcoming Dao Companion to Xunzi edited by Eric Hutton. (Much thanks to Eric for taking on this massive project.) Besides a detailed summary…

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Mohism and Self-Interest

I’m posting here an article about the interpretation of Mohism that I published in 2008. It appears in Journal of Chinese Philosophy 35.3 (2008): 437–54. Key points from this article will appear in my forthcoming book on Mohism. A main significance of the article is that it refutes a widespread misunderstanding of Mohist thought —…

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Ethics in Early China

Our recent anthology Ethics in Early China, published by HKU Press, is available through Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, and similar sites. For the table of contents and Introduction, see this page.  

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Ritual Propriety in Xunzi and Zhuangzi

I’ve recently finished a paper entitled “The Limitations of Ritual Propriety: Ritual and Language in Xunzi and Zhuangzi.” The paper is a contribution to a special issue of Sophia: International Journal for Philosophy of Religion, Metaphysical Theology and Ethics (51:2, 2012) that will be devoted to ritual in Chinese philosophy. Here’s an abstract of the…

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Language and Ontology in Early Chinese Thought

I’ve belatedly posted this preprint of a paper written between 1998 and 2005 and published in Philosophy East & West 57.4 (2007): 420–56, because I think it makes a significant contribution to a debate highlighted recently in Dao: A Journal of Comparative Philosophy. Unfortunately, the Dao discussion took place without any reference to the arguments…

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Truth in Mohist Dialectics

I’ve posted a preprint of a forthcoming paper on the concept of truth in Mohist dialectics, including the Mozi core books and the dialectical texts. The paper discusses Chad Hansen’s well-known claim that Chinese philosophy has no concept of truth. I affirm two of Hansen’s key claims, namely that early Chinese thought overall has a…

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