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Editorial Foreword to the ‘Philosophy’ Section by Dr. Suter

Editorial Foreword to the ‘Philosophy’ Section by Dr. Suter

Martin Lavicka22 Dec 2013Leave a comment


The Philosophy section of Chinet is dedicated to the academic engagement with Chinese philosophy in the broadest sense of the expression. It is concerned both with philosophical investigations of Chinese texts from all periods, and with scholarly research on arguably philosophical texts from the pre-modern period. Our aim is to offer a forum as open as possible. We neither subscribe to any particular philosophical approach, nor do we specifically promote the study of Chinese works of a particular period or line of tradition. As an academic venture, Chinet requires contributions to comply with the common standards of academic publishing.

Our services include the following.

We provide reviews on academic publications in the field. We intend to discuss books both in English and in other languages, notably also in Chinese and in European languages with comparatively small numbers of readers. It is hoped that, in the long term, this allows for a more comprehensive picture of the state of the field in the study of Chinese philosophy. Reviews generally are in English. This serves a twofold aim: (1) By offering reviews in English, the current lingua franca, we hope to reach an interested public as broad and as international as possible. (2) At the same time, we also intend to deepen and intensify the mutual exchange between scholars, generally conversant in English today, who work in different European and non-European countries, in contexts marked by different scholarly and linguistic traditions which even today remain rather distinct and independent from each other.

Besides reviews of single monographs, Chinet also offers space for more comprehensive overviews such as state-of-the-field articles. Chinet strives for as much breadth as possible, but it is clear that the developments in the field are inextricably interlaced with other fields and hence too numerous to be covered in their entirety.

Chinet is also an online platform for publishing articles, pre-prints, and post-prints in the field of Chinese philosophy. We kindly ask our authors if possible to secure the copyrights of their contributions.

Likewise, Chinet provides scholars the opportunity to publish translations of primary sources. Many Chinese philosophical sources are still unavailable in philologically reliable translations. At the same time, the marginal status of some of these texts does not always make it easy to find an international academic publisher. By sharing some of their valuable work via Chinet, scholars thus can offer the academic community reliable and citable translations.

Chinet eventually also hopes to be a forum for more interactive forms of scholarly exchange. We welcome the publication of opinion pieces in order to encourage discussion of contested or otherwise relevant issues in the field. Chinet offers a discussion blog for immediate comments and reactions, but it also provides a platform for the prompt publication of more fully fledged responses.

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