Symposium Reminder

The 1st Oxford Symposium on Comparative Political Philosophy will be held at the Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford on 10-12 July. The program is here:

Day 1 (10/7)

10:30-11:00     Registration + Welcome speech

11:00-1:00       Keynote speaker’s speech: Angle, Stephen (Wesleyan University), “Do institutions have authority over us? Reflections on the history of Confucian renzhi 人治 versus fazhi 法治 debates”

1:00-2:00         Lunch

2:00-4:00         Section 1: Legitimacy and Popular Sovereignty

  • Herr, Ranjoo (Bentley University), “Confucian Democracy as Popular Sovereignty”
  • Tseng, Roy (Center for Political Thought, RCHSS, Academia Sinica), “Confucian Res Public–Dialogue between Confucianism and British Idealism”

4:00-4:30         Tea and Coffee break

4:30-5:30         Section 1: Legitimacy and Popular Sovereignty (continued)

  • Koseoglu, Talha Mukaddesatçi (Bilkent University, Ankara), “Political Thought in Cold War Turkey”


Day 2 (11/7)

9:00-11:00       Section 2: Legitimacy and Popular Sovereignty

  • Chan, Joseph (University of Hong Kong), “Recognitional legitimacy and the Confucian perfectionist conception of authority” (Skype presentation)
  • Chan, Elton (Yale-NUS College, Singapore), “Legitimacy and power relations: a Confucian case for popular sovereignty”

11:00-11:30     Tea and Coffee break

11:30-12:30     Section 2: Legitimacy and Popular Sovereignty (continued)

  • Von Vacano, Diego (Texas A&M University), “Princely Performative Populism”

12:30-1:30       Lunch

1:30-3:30         Section 3: The cultivation of virtue

  • Wong, Baldwin (Chinese University, Hong Kong), “The division of educational labour between Confucian education and political liberalism”
  • Mang, Franz (City University of Hong Kong), “Democracy, intellectual virtues, and Confucianism”

3:30-4:00         Tea and Coffee break

4:00-5:00         Section 3: The cultivation of virtues (continued)

  • Rathnam, Lincoln (Duke Kunshan University), “Ritual, Consent, and Commitment-Confucianism and political legitimacy”

After 5:00        Wine and conference dinner


Day 3 (12/7)

9:00-12:00       Section 4: Ruling and resistance

  • Caporioni, Giovanni (Birkbeck, University of London), “The limit of human plasticity-Jiwei Ci on domination and resistance in liberal order”
  • Ip, Kevin (Hong Kong Baptist University), “Political Authority and Resistance to Injustice”
  • Lee, Wilson (University of Edinburgh), “Confucianism and Totalitarianism Mengzi and Xunzi reconsidered via Arendt”
  • Lai, Larry (University of Hong Kong), “Is political resistance morally justified in authoritarian regime? A Chinese Legalist perspective”

12:00-1:00       Lunch

1:00-4:00         Session 5: Legitimacy in context

  • Zhao, Wenqing (Whitman College), “Two Laws, Not One–Legitimacy and Legality in Huang Zongxi”
  • Kwon, Kyung Rok (City University of Hong Kong), “Affective Accountability and Political Legitimacy in Confucian Sentimentalist Representation”
  • Rodrigues, Shaunna (Columbia University), “An Islamic Justification of a liberal political conception”


The symposium is open to public. More details are available here:

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