Conference on Multiculturalism and Comparative Philosophy

Bay Area folks might be interested in attending the following conference at the University of California Santa Cruz, where Bo MOU and I will represent Chinese and comparative philosophy (for better or worse!). The conference is free and open to the public.

“Free to Universalize or Bound by Culture? Philosophy in a Multicultural Context” Conference

University of California Santa Cruz

Saturday, October 20, 2012, Humanities 1, Room 210

This public conference investigates the relation between philosophy and its multicultural context. Are there immutable questions and universal answers regarding knowledge, values, and reality, or is philosophical inquiry bound by history, geography, and culture? Should the philosopher be responsible to the public?

10:00-10:15     Welcome Remarks: UCSC Humanities Dean William A. Ladusaw

10:15-10:45     Keynote: Helen Longino (Stanford) 

10:45-11:30     Panel 1: Analytic Philosophy: universalizing island unto itself, agora of free inquiry, culturally-conditioned product, or…?

  •  Panel Leader: Helen Longino
  •  Daniel Guevara (UCSC)
  •  Carlos Montemayor (SFSU)

11:30-11:40     Break

11:40-12:40     Panel 2: Comparative Philosophy

  •  Panel Leader: Bo Mou (SJSU)  
  •  Justin Tiwald (SFSU)
  •  Manuel Vargas (USF) 

12:40-2:00       Lunch

2:00-3:00         Panel 3: Philosophy across the Humanities, Social Sciences, and Natural Sciences

  •  Panel Leader: Vanita Seth (UCSC)
  •  Scott Lokey (UCSC)
  •  Ronald Sundstrom (USF)

3:00-3:10         Break

3:10-4:10         Panel 4: Philosophy in Society

  •  Panel Leader: Mohammad Azadpur (SFSU)
  •  Amir Najmi (Google)
  •  Ásta Sveinsdóttir (SFSU)

4:10-4:20       Closing Remarks: Rasmus Grønfeldt Winther (UCSC)

4:20-5:20       Open Discussion

5:20-6:00       Reception

The website devoted to this conference is here.

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