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Good Bye 2015, Hello 2016 – Part 1: Thoughts on my Academic Career

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Well, what do you know? It’s already 2016. Here’s my wrap-up of 2015 and some comments about the new year. I’ll start by discussing my career first. I’ll discuss other issues like marriage and personal stuff in another blog post. 2015 has been incredible. I’ve had the opportunity to teach philosophy in a few schools. It was an interesting and fun …

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Investigating the Relationship between Ritual Propriety and Social Justice in the Early Confucian Tradition

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Here is a draft proposal for a paper I wish to write. In the book, Confucian Perfectionism: A Political Philosophy for Modern Times, Joseph Chan argues that there are three principles of a Confucian perspective on social justice. The three principles are: (1) sufficiency for all, where “each household should have an amount of resources sufficient to live a materially …

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The Lofty Vision of Ritual Propriety in The Book of Rites (禮記 Liji), “Summary of the Rules of Propriety (曲禮 Qu Li), Part 1”

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[This is an exploratory post as part of my research] In this exploratory post, I will focus on the lofty ideals of rituals and its claims of bringing about a harmonious society as expounded in the first chapter of The Book of Rites (禮記 Liji). In approaching the ancient texts, it is important to bear in mind that many of …

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Building a Fort of Books

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When I learnt just how many books research staff are entitled to borrow from the university’s library, I was thrilled! My friends joked that I could build a fort of books with a borrowing privilege like that. Well, I went one step further. I borrowed a friend’s library card to use another university’s library. I need those books for uh… …

Complexity Science and Chinese Philosophy

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I’m currently involved in a project that is attempting to bridge Complexity Science with Chinese Philosophy. I’m really excited about it! When I first heard about “Complexity Science”, I was quite puzzled. What on earth is that? Well, complexity science is a relatively new field in the sciences that attempts to study complex systems and phenomena from a non-reductionist manner. It …

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Save Humanity by Donating Your Unused Computing Power!

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Oh wow, this is pretty cool! I just discovered this project known as Folding@Home. It’s a project by Stanford University where you can donate all your unused computing power towards biomedical research! You can donate your unused computing resources to help with research on Alzheimer’s, Huntington’s, Parkinson’s, and many different types of cancers. These research projects revolve around the study …

My New Workspace Arrangement!

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For me, having a nicely set-up workspace is very important for productivity. It’s not just about having the right tools but it’s also about having the right aesthetic set-up for the most conducive yet enjoyable environment to work in. After all, if I’m going to spend several hours “photosynthesizing” in front of my monitor, I might as well plant myself …

Research Mania!

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Today I visited the Central Library to do some research! It’s been quite a while since I last sat down with a huge pile of books flipping through pages looking for relevant information. I’m pretty excited about the idea of writing a paper for an academic journal. Oh wow! I miss doing this. Reading pages and pages and getting all …

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Impending Deadline

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I’ve not been updating this blog for a while. I’ve been quite busy writing my Honours dissertation. I’m just happy to say that it’s almost done. All it needs is several rounds of editing before I can declare it as the greatest accomplishment of my life. Anyway, there’s four days left before the submission deadline. I hope to get over …

Harmony in the Zhongyong

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Here’s another part of my informal discussion on harmony. Harmony appears in the Zhongyong in 3 passages. What’s unique about the Zhongyong is the close relation between harmony (和 he) and zhong (中, some translate as equilibrium). I will attempt to study the concept of harmony and its relation with zhong. (A) 天命之謂性,率性之謂道,修道之謂教。道也者,不可須臾離也,可離非道也。是故君子戒慎乎其所不睹,恐懼乎其所不聞。莫見乎隱,莫顯乎微。故君子慎其獨 也。喜怒哀樂之未發,謂之中;發而皆中節,謂之和;中也者,天下之大本也;和也者,天下之達道也。致中和,天地位焉,萬物育焉。 What Heaven has conferred is called The …

Research, research, research…

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The second week of school has just ended, but it has already been quite an intensive week for me. I’ll be officially starting on my honours thesis next semester. However, my supervising professor will be away for a while during that time, and it would be quite inconvenient to attempt a thesis under such conditions. So, I figured it’s better …

Chinese!

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One year as a research assistant, and the tasks assigned gets more and more challenging. I already knew that one day I will have to do this, and the time has finally come. I now have to read books in Chinese as part of my research work! I was telling a friend a while back that while my Chinese has …

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Just finished writing an essay…

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It’s 6.17am! And I’m still on campus! My goodness… This has been the worst essay ever written! I’ve been up the whole night writing non-stop. Only finished it at 6am. 6 hours over-due. Ouch. Wow… What an experience. The table is just strewn with all the research materials. Had to constantly read and switch between readings. Right now, all I …

Accomplished Day

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Today has been a very accomplished day. Armed with a book stand, laptop, and a cup of tea, I managed to go through more than FIFTY books on Chinese culture, language and philosophy! (It’s all part of the job) It started off with just a few books around me (as seen in the photo above). But eventually, the Great Wall of …