Confucius Comes Home

The New Yorker’s Evan Osnos examines Confucianism’s post-Cultural Revolution...

Factory Owners and Confucius on the Environment

Hangzhou-based Fulbright fellow Steven Zhang has been conducting research on how the management of factories in Zhejiang province view environmental protection. After describing the term huanbao (环保), Zhang describes his...

Sun Tzu & The Art of Soft Power

With its contemporary culture still lacking global mass appeal, and much of its traditional culture politically inconvenient, China has famously rehabilitated Confucius to serve as its soft power champion. With Western admirers...

The Ancient Roots of Chinese Liberalism: Response

At The Useless Tree, Sam Crane responds to Liu Junning’s exploration of “The Ancient Roots of Chinese Liberalism” in yesterday’s Wall Street Journal: I am sure that serious students of Chinese philosophy...

The Ancient Roots of Chinese Liberalism

At The Wall Street Journal, Liu Junning argues that China’s economic successes have arisen from the government’s limited surrenders of control, rather than a China Model based “some alchemy of power and...

Mark Lilla: Reading Strauss in Beijing

In the New Republic, Mark Lilla writes about his encounters with philosophy students and scholars in China: At the end of their first year, I called one of them into my office to offer a little advice. He was obviously...

Documentary: Explore China made a documentary film on China two years ago to explore the issues of environment, human rights, public health, social changes, philosophy and education, via Link TV. Below is its introduction: With a population of...

On Knowledge and Responsibility – Zhao Tingyang

The following passage is from a book by Chinese philosopher Zhao Tingyang: As a question of epistemology Foucault talks of ‘knowledge/power’ relations, which is the political meaning of knowledge. But at the same...

Philosophy as a major, anyone? – Xinhua News Agency

From Xinhua News Agency (link): Philosophy departments at local universities have had a tough time in recent years as few high school graduates are willing to take the abstract subject as their first major choice. During Fudan University‘s admissions open house last month, officials said that several parents tried to prevent their children with interest […]



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