The Midwest Conference on Chinese Thought was created to foster dialogue and interaction between scholars and students working on Chinese thought across different disciplines and through a variety of approaches. Submissions are invited for papers on any aspect of Chinese thought as well as papers dealing with comparative issues that engage Chinese perspectives.
This year’s conference will be held in-person April 12-13, 2024, at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. Two nights of hotel accommodations will be provided for conference participants. Our keynote speaker will be Professor Harvey Lederman.
For consideration, please submit a 1-page abstract to Michael Ing at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line: “MCCT 2024 Abstract Submission” by January 15, 2024 for blind review. For more information, visit the conference website here (will be updated soon).
Professor Harvey Lederman studied Classics and modern and classical Chinese at Princeton as an undergraduate, where he imagined a career studying comparative literature. During a second BA in Classics at Cambridge, he became seriously interested in the history of Greek philosophy and Chinese science, and he began to study philosophy in earnest at Oxford, where he completed a BPhil and DPhil in philosophy. After a postdoctoral fellowship at NYU, and a one year stint at Pittsburgh, he was an assistant professor and then professor at Princeton, and now is a professor at the University of Texas at Austin. He is working on a long term project about Wang Yangming, which he began while still a student at Oxford. In 2022, after eight years of work, the first products of this project appeared in print, in a series of articles about Wang’s “Unity of Knowledge and Action”. One of these was the first paper on Chinese philosophy published in The Philosophical Review, the premiere journal in analytic philosophy, in over seventy years. Other current projects include a series of papers on incomplete preferences and values in decision theory and formal ethics, and one on the semantics of attitude reports. In 2024, Harvey will be a distinguished visitor to the Institute of Chinese Literature and Philosophy (中國文哲所) at the Academia Sinica.