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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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CFP: AAR November 18-21, 2017

SACP Call for Papers
2017 AAR Annual Meeting, Boston
November 18-21, 2017

Society for Asian and Comparative Philosophy is affiliated with the AAR as the “Related Scholarly Organization,” and we are invited to offer panels at the annual meeting.

The SACP will host at least one panel for this year’s AAR meeting. There is a possibility that the panel will be scheduled on Saturday (11/18) in the morning, before the start of the official AAR program, unless otherwise requested by you in advance.

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CFP: Raimon Panikkar’s Intercultural Thought

Call for Papers
SACP Mini-Symposium on
Raimon Panikkar’s Intercultural Thought
Boston, November 17, 2017

In addition to the regular SACP panel, the SACP will host a mini-symposium on the intercultural thought of Raimon Panikkar at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Religion in Boston. This symposium is made possible by private donations. It will take place on November 17 (Friday), the day before the official beginning of the AAR program in order to avoid any scheduling conflict.

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SACP-proposal submission deadline extended: March 1

Dear members of the SACP,

Preparation for the 2017 SACP annual conference is well under way.

We have received a good number of proposals. In order to further encourage submissions, we have extended the deadline to March 1, 2017.

Conference details are below.

We look forward to receiving your proposals.

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