April 4/5, 2013: International Conference

The Inaugural Rutgers Workshop on Chinese Philosophy (RWCP)

An International Conference on Nature and Value in Chinese and Western Philosophies


 April 4-5, 2013
Rutgers University Inn & Conference Center
(check in 4:00 p.m. - check out 10:00 a.m.)

178 Ryders Lane
New Brunswick, NJ  08901

Transportation from Airports to Univ. Inn


Getting around New Brunswick 

Local Hotels

Tao JIANG (Rutgers University)
Stephen Angle (Wesleyan University)
Ruth Chang (Rutgers University)

Thursday, April 4, 2013

8:45 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. - Welcoming Remarks

Richard Falk (Acting Executive Dean, School of Arts & Sciences)
Jeffrey King (Chair, Department of Philosophy)

9:00-10:30 a.m. - The Role of Nature in Early Confucian Ethics                                                                             

Moderator: Ching-I TU (Rutgers University)

Kwong-loi SHUN (Chinese University of Hong Kong) — Ethical Justification and Ethical Appeal
Sor-hoon TAN (National University of Singapore) — Xunzi and Naturalistic Ethics
Commentator: Ruth Chang (Rutgers University)

10:30 am – 10:45 am Coffee Break

10:45-12:15 p.m. - Nature and Norm in Buddhism and Neo-Confucianism                                                              

Moderator: Sukhee Lee (Rutgers University)

Stephen Angle (Wesleyan University) — Nature (xing) as Ground of Ethics: Buddhism And/Versus Neo-Confucianism
Justin Tiwald (San Francisco State University) — The Relationship between Imperatives and Natural Tendencies in Neo-Confucianism
Commentator: Katalin Balog (Rutgers University)

12:15 pm – 1:45 pm Lunch

1:45-3:45 p.m. - Crafting Human Nature in Early Confucianism                                                                          

Moderator: Wendy Swartz (Rutgers University)

Amy Olberding (University of Oklahoma) — From Corpses to Courtesy: Xunzi’s Defense of the Artifice of Etiquette
Hagop Sarkissian (Baruch College, CUNY) — Manipulating Human Nature in Early Chinese Thought
David Wong (Duke University) — Xunzi as Moral Craftsman
Commentator: Owen Flanagan (Duke University)

3:45 pm – 4:00 pm Coffee Break

4:00-5:30 p.m. - Happiness and Compassion in Comparative Ethics                                                                     

Moderator: Jessey Choo (Rutgers University)

Jiyuan YU (SUNY Buffalo) — Moral Agency and "Appeal to Nature" in Daoism and Stoicism
Tongdong BAI (Fudan University, China) — Neitzsche, Mencius, and the Nature of Compassion as a Modern Virtue
Commentator: Michael Slote (University of Miami)

5:30 pm Reception and Dinner

Friday, April 5, 2013

9:00-10:30 a.m. - Facts and Values in Neo-Confucianism                                                                                         

Moderator: Deborah Sommer (Gettysburg College)

HUANG Yong (Kutztown University) — How to Derive Ought from Is: Neo-Aristotelian and Neo-Confucian Approaches
PENG Guoxiang (Peking University, China) — Nature as Value: A Confucian One-body Ecological Vision
Commentator: Holly Smith (Rutgers University)

10:30 am – 10:45 am Coffee Break

10:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. - Chinese Naturalistic Metaethics in Comparative Perspective                                                      

Moderator: Peter Klein (Rutgers University)

Chris Fraser (University of Hong Kong) — Chinese Naturalism and the Limits of Ethics
JeeLoo LIU (California State University, Fullerton) — Grounding Objectivity in Confucian Ethics: A Defense of Confucian Moral Factualism
Commentator: Dean Zimmerman (Rutgers University)

12:15 pm – 1:45 pm Lunch

1:45-3:45 p.m. - Virtue Epistemology and Chinese Philosophy                                                                               

Moderator: Chun-fang Yu (Columbia University)

Chienkuo MI (Soochow University, Taiwan) — What Is Knowledge? When Confucius Meets Ernest Sosa
Rueylin CHEN (National Chung-Cheng University, Taiwan) — Intellectual Virtues and Practical Knowledge in Traditional China
Hsiang-Min SHEN (Soochow University, Taiwan) — On Zhu Xi’s Theory of Investigation, Knowledge and Intellectual Virtue: A Perspective from Virtue Epistemology
Commentator: Ernest Sosa (Rutgers University)

3:45 pm – 4:00 pm Coffee Break

4:00-5:30 p.m. - The Problem of Freedom in Confucian and Daoist Philosophical Projects                               

Moderator: Richard Simmons (Rutgers University)

Tao JIANG (Rutgers University) — Isaiah Berlin and the Problem of Spiritual Freedom in the Zhuangzi
Kai Marchal (Soochow University, Taiwan) — Paradoxes and Possibilities of "Confucian Freedom": From Yan Fu (1853-1921) to Mou Zongsan (1909-1995)
Commentator: Larry Temkin (Rutgers University)

6:00 p.m. Dinner for Invited Guests

Special thanks to our sponsors whose generous support has made this conference possible:

Confucius Institute of Rutgers University, Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dean of Humanities at School of Arts and Sciences, Director of Rutgers China Office, Department of Philosophy, and Department of Religion
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