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Department of Philosophy | Tunghai University

The Department of Philosophy at Tunghai University hereby invites scholars from all disciplines in the humanities to propose papers for the international conference “Interpreting Chinese Philosophical Texts—Theories, Case Studies and Praxis” (解讀中國哲學文本—理論、個案與實踐).

Traditionally, scholars studying Chinese philosophy keep returning to classical texts to rediscover different meanings. Sometimes scholars interpret these texts differently because of the differences of their personal backgrounds, but sometimes it is because of the methodologies they employ. Which different hermeneutic theories are there? How to decide among them? How do such theories figure in the interpretation of classical texts? Scholars are invited to present papers at the conference to reflect upon this fundamental issue for the study of Chinese philosophy. Papers to be presented should fall under one of the following three categories:

  1. Theories: Hermeneutic theories for the interpretation of philosophical texts.
  2. Case Studies: How different hermeneutic theories affect the interpretation of a particular Chinese philosophical text?
  3. Praxis: Interpretations of Chinese philosophical texts.


Details about the conference are as follows:

  1. Dates: April 20 (Friday) – 21 (Saturday), 2018.
  2. Venue: Department of Philosophy, Tunghai University, Taichung.
  3. Organizer: Department of Philosophy, Tunghai University.
  4. Languages: Chinese and English.
  5. Paper proposals (title, abstract and CV) should be e-mailed to by August 25, 2017.
  6. The Conference Organizing Committee (COC) will inform authors of the acceptance of their proposals for presentation at the conference by September 11, 2017.
  7. The full-paper should be submitted no later than March 23, 2018.
  8. All enquiries could be directed to conference assistant Miss Fong-Hsiu Lin, e-mail:

*Attachment: Proposal Form

Claremont Conference Grants for Grad Students

The Udo Keller Stiftung Forum Humanum (Hamburg) has generously provided grants of $2,200 each to enable students to participate in the international Claremont Philosophy of Religion conference held in Claremont, California every February. The Call for Papers is here:

The theme of the Feb. 22-24, 2018 conference will be The Unique, the Singular, and the Individual: The Debate about the Non-Comparable.

This is an excellent opportunity for doctoral students to receive a grant, participate in the conference, and also have their contributions published. The application (due August 31, 2017) requires a one page CV and a 5 page, double-spaced abstract of the proposed paper. See the attached announcement for more details about the application and the conference. For a more detailed description of the conference topic see:

CFP: 2018 Eastern APA

2018 Eastern Division Meeting of the American Philosophical Association

January 3-6th, 2018. Savannah Convention Center, Savannah, GA.

Submission deadline: June 16th, 2017

Society for Asian and Comparative Philosophy (SACP) group sessions at the 2018 Eastern Division Meeting of the American Philosophical Association (APA).

The Society for Asian and Comparative Philosophy welcomes proposals for our panels at the American Philosophical Association’s Eastern Division meeting. Proposals regarding any aspect of Asian or comparative philosophy are welcome.

Individual paper abstracts should be 200-300 words in length and complete panel abstracts should include a 150 word introduction to the theme of the panel, complete with panel title, along with 200-300 word abstracts for each of the papers.  Please include presenter’s name(s), email(s), and institution(s).

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Adjunct Position for East Asian Philosophy

The Department of Philosophy at Cal State Long Beach is offering PHIL306: Philosophies of China & Japan in the coming FA17 semester. The course is already sufficiently enrolled to run, and is currently scheduled for Mondays & Wednesdays from 3:30pm-4:45pm. It is on the books as an historical and critical study of the philosophical thought of China and Japan, although instructors have broad latitude. (For example, if one wanted to admix Korean philosophy, or focus on particular philosophical themes or areas of concentration in East Asian Philosophy more generally, that would surely be acceptable.) Here is a course description from a recent iteration, just to give one example of what has been done in the past:

The philosophical traditions of China and Japan are vast and complex, and could never be exhaustively covered in a single semester. Consequently, the primary foci of this SP15 iteration of the course will be the major schools of classical Chinese philosophy and the development of Buddhism in China and Japan. Major themes and philosophical movements to be considered include Confucianism, Taoism, Chinese political philosophy, Ch’an and Zen Buddhism, as well as the philosophy of the Kyoto School in 20th century Japan. Although many of the texts of these traditions are discussed as religious tracts, we will approach the course from a decidedly philosophical perspective; in particular, we will approach the course texts critically and in search of how the authors’ understanding of human nature and the world are integrated with specific epistemological, axiological, and metaphysical claims. At times, we will compare some of these ideas with Western philosophy (e.g. Confucianism and virtue ethics); elsewise, we will remain vigilant about the unique social and historical contexts in which these philosophies arose.

Texts and Required Readings:
Van Norden. Introduction to Classical Chinese Philosophy. Hackett, 2011. ISBN: 978-1-6038-468-0 (paperback).
The Sutra of Hui Neng, trans. Thomas Cleary. Shambala, 1998. ISBN: 978-1-57062-,348-6 (paperback).
The Heart of Dōgen’s Shōbōgenzō, trans. Norman Waddell & Masao Abe. SUNY Press, 2002. ISBN: 0-7914-5242-8 (paperback).

If interested and available, please send an expression of interest and a vita to either Cory Wright<Cory.Wright@csulb.eduor the Philosophy Department Chairperson, Nellie Wieland <>.

CFP: SACP at APA Central, Feb. 21-24, 2018

SACP Sessions at the Central Division, American Philosophical Association
February 21-24, 2018

Palmer House Hilton
17 E Monroe Street
Chicago, Illinois  60603
United States

Greetings Society for Asian and Comparative Philosophy (SACP) Colleagues,

SACP is affiliated with the American Philosophical Association (APA) and we plan to offer two panels at the annual meeting of the Central Division of the APA.

We are accepting individual paper proposals that will later be grouped into a panel if possible, and entire panel proposals, typically with three or at most four presenters.

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