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Hi everyone, I just migrated to this server from a different one, so I guess I should post an introduction (again).

I am an Associate Professor (Teaching) at The Chinese University of Hong Kong (Shenzhen), where I teach courses in philosophy, religious studies and interdisciplinary humanities.

From time to time, I post on topics relating to comparative ethics, globally engaged philosophy of religion, Wittgenstein, and music.

Talking to #ChatGPT is maybe not so much like talking to a machine, but like having a chat with language itself and our use of it. The biases are the biases we have had all the time. The stupidity is our own. It’s like looking into a statistical mirror.

The open-access journal Open Theology has a call for papers for critical readings of Carl Schmitt, entitled "The Political Theology and the State of Exception." It's a tight deadline, though: January 31, 2023. #politicaltheology #openaccess @religion #religidons

Here is the fingerprint card from ’s arrest in St. Augustine, FL, from 1964 (seen at the Lincolnville Museum and Cultural Center in St. Augustine).

For more on the Civil Rights movement in St. Augustine, see this link:

Here’s MLK’s speech “The Three Evils of Society” from 1967. The three evils in particular (in connection with American society) are militarism, racism, and poverty. I wish this King were more remembered these days.

Here's a call for papers that may be of interest to those working in comparative philosophy:

Society for Asian and Comparative Philosophy
55th Annual Conference
November 9-11, 2023
University of San Francisco
Keynote Speaker: Hei-sook Kim, Ewha Women’s University

Call for Proposals
April 7, 2023

Another Wittgenstein sound recording trip today. Today I was in Cambridge. Firstly, Churchill College kindly allowed me to record in Storeys Way. Once home to Edward and Joan Bevan, it was Wittgenstein’s last residence. He died here in 1951 and then made the short journey along the road to his resting place in the Ascension Parish Burial Grounds. Then I headed to one of Wittgenstein’s other Cambridge homes, 4 Rose Crescent. A good day of discoveries and recording.

#soundrecording #philosophy

#BOTD: Yan Fu 嚴復 (1854–1921), the most important translator of modern #Western ideas into #Chinese. He translated, among others, Thomas Huxley's #Evolution and Ethics, Adam Smith's Wealth of Nations, and John Stuart Mill's On #Liberty and A System of #Logic.

I just came across this wonderful conversation -- via the Sacred and Profane podcast -- between Cornel West and Jennifer Frey on James Baldwin. The focus is on "The Fire Next Time" and "Go Tell It on the Mountain," but of course, the conversation ranges broadly across Baldwin's works and themes relevant to the ethically and existentially transformative power of love.

This week -and this week only- Cambridge University Press provides free access to some book chapters from books they published in 2022. Chapter 1 of 'Cassirer and Heidegger in Davos: The Philosophical Arguments' is one them! :ablobcatenjoy:

So here's for free the core chapter of my book, 'Reconstructing the Davos debate', which does what its title promises and more! 🤓

Happy new year!

The Bloomsbury book series "Expanding Philosophy of Religion" is one of the most exciting things I've seen in the field of @philosophyofreligion in recent times. The titles so far:

* Art, Desire and God edited by Kevin G. Grove, Christopher C. Rios, and Taylor J. Nutter
* Philosophies of Liturgy edited by J. Aaron Simmons, Bruce Ellis Benson, and Neal DeRoo
* Collective Intentionality and the Study of Religion by Andrea Rota
* Diversifying Philosophy of Religion edited by Nathan R. B. Loewen and Agnieszka Rostalska
* Philosophies of Religion by Timothy Knepper
* Philosophical Hermeneutics and the Priority of Questions in Religions by Nathan Eric Dickman

@philosophy @religidons @religion

"Virgin and Child," from Fujian Province, China (17th/18th Century).

At the Asian Civilisations Museum in Singapore

Here are some Christmas songs from Mark Lanegan, who sadly passed away this year.

The collection (with songs from 2012 and 2020) is under the name "Dark Mark." While the songs go in many aesthetic directions, overall, the music has the same sense of fragile beauty and melancholy that runs through Lanegan's work elsewhere.

The stand out songs for me are his versions of "O Holy Night" and "Christmas Eve Can Kill You," but there's much to like here.

Want to listen to some gorgeous baroque Christmas music? Of course you do!

Our colleagues at the Yale Institute for Sacred Music present the Bach Christmas Oratorio: A Holiday Concert with Yale Schola Cantorum.

#yds #yaledivinityschool #yale #InstituteOfSacredMusic #bach #JSBach #christmasMusic #oratorio #baroque #baroquemusic

Homemade jiaozi 餃子 and tangyuan 湯圓 (glutinous rice balls, in our house, usually filled with sesame or peanut paste, in fermented rice and osmanthus wine soup; or savory fillings with meats/vegetables) from previous winter solstices.

Northerners eat dumplings 🥟and Southerners, tangyuan — the idea is to eat something warming to the heart and belly.

I love that dumpling jiaozi eating is to “preserve your ears” 安耳朵 from the cold, because 🥟 resemble👂!

#wintersolstice #dongzhi #冬至 #chinese #food

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This 3-way interview from '02, featuring #Rorty, #Putnam + #Conant is very interesting.

Most interesting about it, to my mind, is that it's Putnam who comes across as most down-to-earth, most authentically, experientially connected with real-world concerns. In other words, who comes across as most genuinely #pragmatist. Even when referencing #Kant or #Plato, he is less abstract in tone and content than either Conant or, especially, Rorty. Symptomatic?


“The piano ain't got no wrong notes.”
~ Thelonious Monk

Thelonious Monk ~ Epistrophy
Live in Japan 1963 (with Charlie Rouse)
#theloniousmonk #hardbop #jazz via

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