I’m reviving my “blog love” category, where I point to noteworthy posts/articles floating in the virtual ether. Today: Michael Austin, fellow contributor at In Socrates Wake has a piece at Psychology Today on understanding the notion of lust; Paul Krugman waxes poetic about Rawlsian society; Dan Robins has a post at Warp, Weft and Way on Mencius and ability; and a shout out to a new blog, Bread and Virtue – since I bake bread and do scholarly work on virtue!
Archive for the ‘Blog Love’ Category
Sam Crane garners my sympathy in knocking Ayn Rand here, there’s a good thread at In Socrates’ Wake on how to deal effectively with plagiarism, and last but not least Phil Hand over at his newly set up Buxie Buxing, takes me to task for my call for Joe Wilson’s head (a few posts down).
I’m having some troubles responding at Phil’s place, so my response to his criticism of my post is below the fold.
Will (a former student of mine) at East Question/West Answer has up a great post on an ethical teaching dilemma he has experienced while teaching in South Korea. Check it out!
My wife has a great post up at her blog, With Four You Get Eggroll, about the effects that our trip to China on her consumerisitic addictions. Her blog is a much more engaging read than this blog is (much funnier too), so I’d check it out.
This episode of blog love is dedicated the Fingarette Reading Group. You’ll find a post here by Sam at Useless Tree on Fingarette’s famous example of the “ritual handshake”. If you go here, you’ll find Peony’s (at Tang Dynasty Times ) first post on Fingarette, called “Talking to Fingarette.” If you go here, you’ll find the second Peony post on Fingarette, on “yu”. Hopefully soon enough we’ll see some posts from our other group members (at Manyul Im’s, Alexus McLeod’s and Alan Baumler’s blogs). If/As soon as those posts come up, I’ll link to them here.
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Over at Useless Tree, some thinking about the recent grim economic situation from Confucian and Taoist perspectives. At With Four You Get Eggroll, things are a bit more light-hearted with some reflection on how to give someone the finger in China. At Tang Dynasty Times the issue of moral-aesthetic sensibility in ancient Asian thought is discussed. At Granite Studio, you’ll find some interesting thoughts about taking sides in history. Lastly, over at Within Reason you’ll find Adam engaged in one of his favorite recent pastimes — defending Facebook against Nay-Sayers (like myself).
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I’d like to give out a “shout out” to my wife’s new blog, With Four You Get Eggroll. Her main aim with the blog is to highlight and chronicle our experiences in Beijing this semester. She’ll also blog on a variety of other topics as well. At times she also plans on making posts here and there that relate to topics in her field. Christie is a social psychologist but her specialization is in the sub-field of cross-cultural psychology. In the last few years she has taken an interest in the East-West cultural divide, and so she may put up some thoughts on this from time to time.
Don’t miss the post she made here discussing the strange political discussion she had today with the guy who installed our security system. Strange stuff!
I just put out a “Blog Love” post, but I wanted to give a special “shout out” to highlight an excellent post, “Zhuangzi is Not a Relativist! (Or Wishful Thinking?)” over at Solipsist’s Dilemma, a blog run by a philosophy student of mine. Will has just recently been digging into the Zhuangzi for the first time and in his post he thinks through some of the more fundamental questions about this enigmatic text.
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Interesting threads abound! First, Alan at Frog in a Well responds to my last post on Daniel Bell, “Embrace Your Elitism,” and thinks through Bell’s “House of Scholars” approach in the last chapter of East Meets West. Second, Peony at Tang Dynasty Times takes on (in the most non-grasping manner) the hard-to-nail-down Taoist concept of “wu-wei”. Third, Manyul at Im’s Chinese Philosophy Blog asks whether the ancient Chinese had “arguments.”
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Happily, quite a few threads have emerged in the local blogosphere as a result of the “reading group” Peony and I started on Bell’s East Meets West. Below the fold I have listed them all, starting with the most recent. Show the love!
I’m just now finishing up my holiday visits and hosting responsibilities, so I’m starting to get caught up here at the blog. Holidays are exhausting! While I play catch up, I’d like to direct folks to a few conversations going on that are linked to our East Meets West reading group. Over at The Useless Tree, Sam takes issue with components of the “particularist” line I suggest Bell is following in the book, and Peony at Tang Dynasty Times continues the discussion (which has heated up a bit) about rights with a thread here. Show the love, use that mouse clicking finger.
I’ve been trying to figure out a good title for a regularly made post that highlights good blog conversations going around around “teh internets.” I’ve settled on “Blog Love.” I’ll try to make a “Blog Love” post now and again (perhaps once a week) just to draw attention to some interesting conversations. For now: Alan at Frog in the Well discusses “Confucian Liberalism“, Alexus at Unpolished Jade discusses those rascally proto-Daoists in “Is Book 18 of the Analects a Mencian Addition?“. Use your mouse clicker, show the love.