On Jan. 4, Dr. Ronnie Littlejohn, professor of philosophy, director of Asian Studies and the 2013-14 Virginia M. Chaney Professor, gave one of two keynote addresses at the International Conference on Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences in Honolulu, Hawaii. His talk was entitled “How Confucian Ethics Differs from Western Morality and Why it is Important.” There were over 350 presenters at the conference at the four day conference from colleges and universities from Europe to Asia and the United States.
Littlejohn is author of four books, including Confucianism: An Introduction (2011) and Daoism: An Introduction (2010) in the I.B. Tauris Academic Studies Series. He is co-editor of two books including Riding the Wind with Liezi: New Essays on a Daoist Classic (SUNY Press, 2011) and Polishing the Chinese Mirror (Association of Chinese Philosophers of America, 2008), as well as over 60 articles.
He recently edited a new work entitled Chinese Receptions of Western Philosophy, a collection of nine essays written by Chinese scholars on the introduction of Western philosophy in China and the great Chinese thinkers who adapted it. He has a contract to write a new Introduction to Chinese Philosophy and a Reader on Chinese Philosophy containing new and revised translations of some of the most important texts in Chinese intellectual history for London based, I.B. Tauris.