Midwest Conference on Chinese Thought This Weekend

8th Annual Midwest Conference on Chinese Thought

Friday, April 13 ~ Sunday, April 15, 2012

Indiana University, Bloomington

Bloomington, Indiana


Friday, April 13
Wylie Hall 015

3:35: Welcome by Aaron Stalnaker

3:45-5:30        Panel 1: Carving Out the Good Life

Moderator: Aaron Stalnaker, Indiana University, Bloomington

3:45-4:15: Rohan Sikri, DePaul University, “A Conversation Amongst Butchers: Plato and Zhuangzi on the Therapeutic Art of Carving  Bodies”

4:15-4:45: Ben Huff,  “Eudaimonism in the Mencius”

4:45-5:15: Yinghua Lu, University of Illinois, Carbondale,  “Mencius’ Idea of Moral Autonomy”

5:15-5:30: Panel Q&A

Saturday, April 14

Wylie Hall 015

8:30-9:00         Coffee/Tea and Continental Breakfast

9:00-10:45      Panel 2: Venturing Into the Han

Moderator: Cheryl Cottine, Indiana University, Bloomington

9:00-9:30: Esther Klein,  “Sima Qian’s Confucius and the Western Han Lunyu”

9:30-10:00: Michael Ing, Indiana University, Bloomington, “Unity, Prosperity, and the Role of Ritual in the “Liyun” 禮運”

10:00-10:30: Alexus McLeod, “Two Problems Concerning Materialism in Wang Chong’s Lunheng”

10:30-10:45: Panel Q&A

10:45-11:00     Break

11:00-12:45    Panel 3: Literature, Divination, and the Minnd

Moderator: Frank Perkins, DePaul University

11:00-11:30: Michael Harrington,   “When Not to be Straightforward: Cheng Yi on Hexagram #39”

11:30-12:00: Jennifer Eichman,   “A Very Selective Synthesis: Zhou Rudeng’s Handbook on Mind Cultivation”

12:00-12:30: William Sin,  “The Moral World of the Water Margin”

12:30-12:45: Panel Q&A

12:45-2:00      Lunch Break (box lunches provided for participants)

2:00-3:45        Panel 4: Contemporary Encounters

Moderator: Bob Eno, Indiana University, Bloomington

2:00-2:30: Benedict Chan,   “Are Civil and Political Rights Universal Rights? An East Asian Challenge and Reply”

2:30-3:00: Jonathan R Herman,   “Cramped Scholars and Creative Misinterpretations: Revisiting Martin Buber’s Encounters          with Chinese Religion”

3:00-3:30: Brian Hoffert, North Central College,  “The Relationship between Ren and Li: Contemporary Implications of the Debate on Human       Nature”

3:30-3:45: Panel Q&A

3:45-4:00         Break

4:00-5:30         Keynote Address: A Horizons of Knowledge Lecture:  “Progressive Confucianism,” Stephen Angle, Wesleyan University

Sunday, April 15

Wylie Hall 015

8:15-8:45         Coffee/Tea and Continental Breakfast

8:45-10:30      Panel 5: Seeing and Arguing inn Early China

Moderator: Brian Hoffert, North Central College

8:45-9:15, Stephen Walker, University of Chicago,  “Misology in classical China”

9:15-9:45: Piotr Gibas,  “Punitive Ghosts, “Sagely Illumination,” and History: The Concept of Ming 明 in Mozi’s         “Ming gui”《明鬼》”

9:45-10:15: Susan Blake, Indiana University, Bloomington, “A Problem of the Senses in Chinese Thought”

10:15-10:30: Panel Q&A

10:30-10:45 Break

10:45-12:30    Panel 6: The Varieties of the Dao

Moderator: Doug Berger, University of Illinois, Carbondale

10:45-11:15: Frank Perkins, DePaul University, “The Mohist Daodejing”

11:15-11:45: Clarke Hudson, University of Virginia,“The Alchemists’ Daode jìng”

11:45-12:15: Kristina Lebedeva, “The Work of Weakness in the Daodejing”

12:15-12:30: Panel Q&A

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