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CFP: Virtue and Luck: Virtue Theory and Chinese Philosophy

CALL FOR PAPERS

Virtue and Luck: Virtue Theory and Chinese Philosophy

International Conference and Book Symposium

Hosted by the Department of Philosophy, Soochow University, Taiwan

Co-hosted by the Institute of Chinese Literature and Philosophy, Academia Sinica, and the Department of Philosophy, Huafan University.

June 02 ~ June 04, 2011, Taipei, Taiwan

Summary: Our three-day program includes the following three events: (a) a series of Philosophical Dialogues; (b) a Book Symposium; and (c) the one-day International Conference “Virtue and Luck: Virtue Theory and Chinese Philosophy”.

Invited Speakers:

  • Ernest Sosa, Rutgers University, Department of Philosophy
  • Lao Sze-kwang, Academician, Academia Sinica
  • Kwong-loi Shun, The Hong Kong Chinese University, Department of Philosophy
  • Stephen C. Angle, Wesleyan University, Department of Philosophy
  • Duncan Pritchard, University of Edinburgh, Department of Philosophy
  • Andreas Trampota, Munich, Hochschule für Philosophy
  • David Sosa, University of Austin, Department of Philosophy
  • Huang Yong, Kutztown University, Department of Philosophy
  • Chong Kim-Chong, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
  • Fung Yiu-ming, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

Theme

The past couple of decades have witnessed an increased focus on virtue-centered approaches in Anglo-American philosophy. In moral philosophy, virtue ethics has come to be standardly taught and discussed as a distinctive major position alongside Utilitarian and Kantian ethics. In epistemology, philosophers like Ernest Sosa, John Greco, Duncan Pritchard and A. Haddock emphasize that knowledge, belief and virtuous character traits are mutually interrelated. Also, more recently, American scholars have begun to make connections between Chinese Philosophy and virtue-centered approaches, finding in Ancient Chinese texts a deep concern for the inner moral life, patterns of commitment, motive, and character. The goal of the International Conference/Book Symposium “Virtue and Luck: Virtue Theory and Chinese Philosophy” organized by the Department of Philosophy at Soochow University is to explore the ways in which virtue theory can engender new approaches to moral theory, epistemology, and intercultural philosophy. This event is co-hosted by the Institute of Chinese Literature and Philosophy, Academia Sinica, and the Department of Philosophy, Huafan University.

Schedule

Our three-day program includes the following three events: (a) a series of Philosophical Dialogues; (b) a Book Symposium; and (c) the one-day International Conference “Virtue and Luck: Virtue Theory and Chinese Philosophy”.

The first event (June 2, 2011) aims at fostering the interaction between the different philosophical fields of virtue epistemology, virtue ethics, and Chinese philosophy. We plan to organize four major sessions around the invited discussants; each discussant will be given 15-20 minutes to present his or her views and 40-50 minutes to engage with other discussants and react to questions from the audience. The Philosophical Dialogues will be held at Soochow University and Huafan University.

The second event (June 3, 2011) focuses on Stephen C. Angle’s new book Sagehood: The Contemporary Significance of Neo-Confucianism (Oxford, New York: Oxford University Press, 2009). Traditionally, Chinese scholars have argued that Neo-Confucian teachings are best understood within a Kantian deontological framework. Stephen C. Angle offers a new perspective by focusing on the importance of the agent’s inner moral life, the virtues, and the general situational character of Neo-Confucian teachings. During this book symposium, we plan to critically discuss Angle’s major claims. Unlike Western discussions where the Virtue Ethicist approach often involves a break with Kantian ethics, the Chinese context might provide us with new ways of understanding Virtue Ethics as closely linked to deontological approaches. The book symposium will be held at the Institute of Chinese Literature and Philosophy, Academia Sinica.

The third event (June 4, 2011) is the International Conference “Virtue and Luck: Virtue Theory and Chinese Philosophy“. This conference will focus on current research into the fields of virtue epistemology, virtue theory, and Chinese philosophy and their relevance to a philosophical theory of virtue. We plan to have at most 15 presenters. Each presenter will be given a 45 minutes slot, of which 25 minutes will be dedicated to the reading of the paper, with the other 15 minutes dedicated to participant responses. The International Conference will be held at Soochow University and Huafan University.

Submission Guidelines:

If you are interested in presenting a paper at the International Conference (June 4, 2011), please submit your abstract of less than 250 words by April 23, 2011. All abstracts submitted for presentations will be blind-reviewed. Notifications of the acceptance decision will be sent out by April 30, 2011. Complete papers are due by May 23, 2011.

All abstracts/ papers should be sent electronically to Chienkuo Mi (cmi@scu.edu.tw). Papers should include the following as separate attachments:

A cover page that contains the following information:

  1. Author’s name
  2. Title of Paper
  3. Institutional affiliation
  4. Contact information (email, phone number, mailing address)
  5. The area of the paper (e.g. virtue ethics, Neo-Confucianism, etc.)

Three prizes valued at NTD 10.000 (c. $340) will be awarded to the most outstanding papers.

For more information please visit our website at:

http://www.scu.edu.tw/philos/2011virtue and luck/welcome.htm (after February 21, 2011)

Or email us at: cmi@scu.edu.tw

January 27th, 2011 Posted by | Call for Papers (CFP), Chinese philosophy - 中國哲學 - 中国哲学, Philosophy in China, Virtue | no comments

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