Ah, Living the Vita Academia
I’m out of town for a few days in Cincinnati attending a conference, China in a Global Context (sponsored and run by the University of Hawaii’s East-West Center). Academia doesn’t pay much, but this is one of the great perks. You get funded to fly around to different places to listen to great speakers and engage in cool conversations with folks on topics close to your scholarly interests (or, of course, give papers of your own). Living the vita academia.
Update #2: Conference over! Great talks, all of them. Lots of food for further thought. Roger Ames’ talk was entirely on Confucianism, of course; he argued for his (and Rosemont’s) suggestion that Confucianism is a “role ethic”. Some of you know I’ve written to both him and Rosemont on this, arguing against their attempt to make role ethics a fourth independent theory (alongside the traditional Western three). In all fairness, his talk today wasn’t technical, and so wasn’t specifically trying to argue for that thesis, but still, after hearing him, I find the “no virtue” argument unpersuasive. But that’s a whole different post.