Warp, Weft, and Way

Chinese and Comparative Philosophy 中國哲學與比較哲學

Program for 15th Midwest Conference on Chinese Thought

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15th Annual Midwest Conference on Chinese Thought

North Central College (Naperville, IL)

April 26-27, 2019

 Wentz Science Center, Room 104

(Free and open to the public)

Friday, April 26

1:30-3:15 Wandering with the Way (Chair: Brian Hoffert)

  • Roy Porat (Fulbright Postdoc Fellow, Harvard University)
    “Two Ways of Seeing Things as One in the Zhuangzi Qiwulun”
  • Stephen Walker (PhD Candidate, University of Chicago Divinity School)
    “The Way and the Sway in the Huainanzi
  • Michael Ing (Associate Professor, Indiana University, Bloomington)
    “The Ecstasy of Ale: Tao Yuanming on Life’s Enjoyments”

3:15-3:30 Break

3:30-5:15 Confucian Moral Theory (Chair: Susan Blake)

  • Dobin Choi (Visiting Assistant Professor, University of Iowa)
    “Confucian Care with Distinctions and Internal Moral Self-Cultivation”
  • Julianne Nicole Chung (Assistant Professor, University of Louisville)
    “Making Sense of Aesthetic Obligation”
  • Sam Cocks (Associate Professor, University of Wisconsin, La Crosse)
    “Wang Yangming, Moral Realism, and Moral Fictionalism”

5:30-6:30 Keynote Address

  • Peimin Ni (Professor of Philosophy, Grand Valley State University)
    “Theories of the Heat-Mind and Globalization of Confucianism Today”

Saturday, April 27

9:30-10:40 Subtle Tones of Moral Expression (Chair: Cheryl Cottine)

  • Brandon King (Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Pennsylvania)
    “Moral Concern in the Legalist State”
  • Hannah Haejin Kim (PhD Candidate, Stanford University)
    “Human Nature and Music: Competing Confucian Views on Music’s Moral Relevance”

10:40-11:00 Break

11:00-12:00 Round Table on Interdisciplinarity Approaches to Chinese Thought (Chair: Michael Ing)

  • Susan Blake (Visiting Assistant Professor, Bard College)
  • Julianne Nicole Chung (Assistant Professor, University of Louisville)
  • Brian Hoffert (Associate Professor, North Central College)
  • Aaron Stalnaker (Associate Professor, Indiana University, Bloomington)

12:00-2:00 Lunch 

2:00-3:45 The Application of Confucian Ethics (Chair: Aaron Stalnaker)

  • Ben Birkenstock (Trinity Western University)
    “The Character of Ethical Judgment: Shared Perspectives in Aristotle and Confucius”
  • Rui Fan (PhD Candidate, Indian University, Bloomington)
    “Mencius 1A7 and What the Mencian Gentleman Would Eat in Today’s America”
  • Liang Cai (Assistant Professor, University of Notre Dame)
    “The Master Kept a Distance from His Own Son: Filial Piety, Confucius’ Learning Community, and Textual Stratification”

3:45-4:00 Break

4:00-5:10 Exploring the Boundaries of Identity and Difference (Chair: Julianne Nicole Chung)

  • Jenny Hung (Visiting Scholar, University of California, Riverside)
    “The Concept Ji 即 in T’ien-t’ai Buddhism”
  • Tim Gutmann (PhD Candidate, University of Chicago Divinity School)
    “Relations and Difference: Wang Daiyu’s Muslim and Confucian Humanisms”

Full program with abstracts available on the conference website.

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