Program for ISCP Conference

Next week the 18th International Conference of the ISCP will take place in Buffalo, New York; the extremely rich program is listed below. I am unfortunately not able to make it, though many blog regulars will be there; any comments from those in attendance would be most welcome!

18th ISCP International Conference on Chinese Philosophy

Chinese Philosophy and the Way of Living

State University of New York at Buffalo,

July 21-24, 2013


Conference Program



July 21, Sunday


Afternoon: Conference Opening

Venue: Screening Room, Center for the Arts, University at Buffalo


1:30 -2:00  Inaugural Session and Welcome Remarks

Opening address:      Professor Jiyuan Yu (President, International Society for

Chinese Philosophy)

Welcome remarks by university administrators and main sponsors


2:00-3:00  Plenary/Keynote Speaker Session 1

Chair:              Ann Pang-White 庞安安 (University of Scranton)

Speaker:          Robert C Neville 南乐山 (Boston University)

Philosophy’s Fight Between Engagement and Distance:

A Confucian Resolution


3:00-4:00  Plenary/Keynote Speaker Session 2

Chair:                          Xiaomei Yang杨小梅 (Southern Connecticut State University)

Speaker:                      Michael Slote (University of Miami)

Updating Yin and Yang


4:00-4:20  Coffee/Tea Break



4:20-5:20        Plenary/Keynote Speaker Session 3

Chair:           Yolaine Escande 幽兰 (CNRS, CRAL, EHESS, Paris)

Speaker:          Chung-ying Cheng 成中英 (University of Hawaii at Manoa)

Benti-Ethics in Chinese Philosophy as a Way of Life: From   Creativity to Practice


5:20-6:20  Plenary/Keynote Speaker Session 4

Chair:     Aaron Stalnaker (Indiana University, Bloomington)

Speaker:   David Wong (Duke University)

On Learning What Happiness Is


6:30                 Welcome Reception /Dinner

Atrium, Center for the Arts, UB




July 22, Monday

Venue: Ramada Hotel and Conference Center

8:00 Breakfast: Ramada Hotel Ballroom


Session 1: 8:30-10:30

1A:  Learning to Live Through Li

Chair:             Cheryl Cottine (Indiana University, Bloomington)

Speakers:       Aaron Stalnaker (Indiana University, Bloomington)

Dependence and Autonomy in Early Confucian Teaching Relationships

Cheryl Cottine (Indiana University, Bloomington)

Moral Exemplars in Confucian Role Ethics

John Ramsey (University of California, Riverside)

Embracing Virtue and Norms: The Polysemy of the Confucian Li


1B:  Why People Kill Themselves:  

                     A Multidisciplinary Perspective

Chair:             Jie Zhang 张杰 (SUNY College at Buffalo)

Speakers:      David Lester (Richard Stockton College, New Jersey)

The Logic of Suicide

Steven Stack (Wayne State University)

Religion and Suicide in Modern China

Shuiyuan Xiao (Central South University, China)

The Daoist Way of Life and Its Implication in Modern China

Yang Liu (Renmin University of China)

Confucianism and Youth Suicide in Rural China


1C:  Daoist Way of Living

Chair:              Ping He 何萍 (Wuhan University )

Speakers:         Juntao Li李俊涛 (Sichuan Normal University)

The Way of Harmony: The Wisdom and Practice of the Taoist Alchemy Diagrams


Lincoln Rathnam (University of Toronto)

                                          Skepticism, Tolerance, and the Diversity of Ways of Life

in Zhuangzi and Montaigne

Yanling Xu徐艳玲and Qi Zhou 周琦 (Shandong University)

The Value of Laozi’s Philosophy for Life in Contemporary China



1D:  Mencius and Moral life

Chair:              Maria Teresa Gonzalez Linaje迈德 (University of Veracruz, Mexico)

Speakers:         Rafal Banka (Jagiellonian University, Poland)

Philosophy of Action and Ethics Intersections in Mencius

Dobin Choi (University at Buffalo)

Three Steps of Extension: Mengzi 1A7 Revisited

Anthony Fay (University at Buffalo)

American Culture and Mencius’ Way of Living


10:30-10:45 Coffee/Tea Break



Session 2: 10:45-12:15


2A:  Music and Its Moral Significance

Chair:       Huaiyu Wang王懷聿 (Georgia College & State University)

Speakers:         So Jeong Park (Nanyang Technological University of Singapore)

What Music Ought to be – The First Debate on Music in Early China

Mei-Yen Lee李美燕 (National Pingtung University of Education)

The Moralizing Significance and Practice on the Nurturing of Culture through Music


2BConfucianism and the Way of Living

Chair:              Tim Connolly (East Stroudsburg University)

Speakers:      Xiaoli Guo (郭晓丽, University of Inner Mongolia)

Liping Ding (丁利平, Inner Mongolia Normal University)


Confucianism in the Civil and Secular World: The Concern with Life in Taigu School

Nina Brewer-Davis (Auburn University)

Confucianism and the Problem of Insiders and Outsiders


2C Contemporary Chinese Philosophy

Chair               James D. Sellmann (University of Guam)

Speakers:         Guorong Yang杨国荣 (East China Normal University)

                                          Meaning and Spiritual Level意义与境界

Weiwu Li李维武 (Wuhan University)

Opening the New Path in Contemporary New-Confucianism Towards the Way of Living 开辟现代新儒学走向生活世界之路


2D: The Rituals, Literature and Aesthetics

Chair:              Johanna Liu 刘千美 (University of Toronto)

Speakers:         Kristin Stapleton (University at Buffalo)

The Gao Patriarch: Ba Jin’s Critique of Family Ritual in the Turbulent Stream Trilogy 高老太爺:巴金《激流》三部曲對家禮的批評

Yi Wang (Sichuan International Studies University)

Confucius’ Ideology of Li and Yue and Its Decline



12:15-1:30       Lunch:  Ramada Hotel Ballroom



Session 3: 1:30-3:30

3A: Way of Living: China and Greece

Chair:              Michael Slote (University of Miami)

Speakers:         Chi-Shing Chen 陈起行 (National Cheng-Chi University)

Sincerity Based Proper Relationship: Socrates and Confucius

Tim Connolly (East Stroudsburg University)

                                                Socrates and the Early Confucians on the Examined Life

R.A.H. King (University of Bern, Swiss)

Life and the Determination of a Way of Life in Aristotle and the Lüshichunqiu呂氏春秋


3B: Confucian Ethics: East and West

Chair:              John Berthrong 白詩朗          (Boston University)

Speakers:         Dorothy Oluwagbemi-Jacob (University of Calabar, Nigeria)

Igbo Republicanism and Confucius’s Ideals of the Superior men

T. K. Chu (Princeton University)

Empowered by Missing a Conceptual-Space Link: Kant’s Rejection of Confucian Ethics

Yinghua Lu卢盈华 (Southern Illinois University)

Value and Feeling in Max Scheler and Wang Yangming

3C: Confucian Learning of Living:

Qi, Human Mind, and Moral Luck

Organizer/Chair: Suck Choi (Towson University)

Speakers:         Jung-Yeop Kim (Kent State University)

The Confucian Philosophy of Qi as a Learning of Living

Suck Choi (Towson University)

Neo-Confucian Reflection on Qi and Human Mind

Bongrae Seok (Alvernia University)

Moral Luck and Confucian Philosophy


3:30-3:45   Coffee/Tea Break

Session 4: 3:45-4:45 Plenary/Keynote Speaker

Venue:  Ramada Hotel Ballroom

Chair:              R.A.H. King (University of Bern, Swiss)

Speaker:                      Vincent Shen 沈清松 (University of Toronto)

Ethical Praxis in the Process of Globalization:

From Philosophical Foundation to a Way of Life 

5:00 pm           Bus to Niagara Falls




July 23, Tuesday

Venue: Ramada Hotel and Conference Center


8:00   Breakfast: Ramada Hotel Ballroom


Session 1: 8:30-10:30


1A: The Good Life: Chinese and Western

Chair:              David Wong (Duke University)

Speakers:         Van Norden, Bryan W. 万百安 (Vassar College)

What Do Good Lives Have in Common? Chinese and Western


Maria Teresa Gonzalez Linaje迈德 (University of Veracruz)

Daoism and Romanticism: approaches to Nature and the way of living through art in East & West

Abdelmadjid Amrani (Batna University, Algeria)

An Appeal to One Civilization to One World and the Way of Living


1B: Women and Family in Cross-cultural Philosophies

Chair:              Xiaowei Fu傅晓微 (Sichuan International Studies University)

Speakers:         Ann A. Pang-White 庞安安 (University of Scranton)

        The Teaching of Emptiness (śūnyatā), Agency, and Women:

       A Case Study of Buddhism’s Modern Transformation

Hassina Hemamid (Batna University, Algeria)

The Family as a Source of Progress in Both Chinese and Islamic Philosophy

Qiong Wang (SUNY College at Oneonta)

Defending an “Absolutistic” Confucian Familial Morality


1C: Yangsheng Philosophy in Chinese Traditions

Convener/chair: Xinzhong Yao姚新中 (King’s College London)

Speakers:         Chang Qing 释长清 (Buddhist College of Singapore)

A Study on Zhi-yi’s Philosophy of Yang Sheng (養生) on the Condensed Chapter of Cessation and Contemplation (小止觀)

Guocheng Jiao 焦国成 (Renmin University of China)

On the Philosophy of Mind Cultivation in Chapter Neiye of Guanzi (管子内業篇)

Xinzhong Yao 姚新中 (King’s College London)

Nurturing the Body, the Mind and the Nature—Interplay of Yangsheng, Yangxin, and Yangxing in the Book of Mengzi

Yanxia Zhao 赵艳霞 (University of Wales)

Yangzhu’s Yangsheng Philosophy and Its Modern Relevance


1D: Politics and the Way of Living

Chair:                       Chi-Shing Chen陈起行 (National Cheng-Chi University)

Speakers:         Bangjin Sun孙邦金 Wenzhou University)


The Confucian Dao-Tong Theory and its Political Living Dilemma in Qing Dynasty

Paul Poenicke (University at Buffalo)

The Pencil and the Pu: Illustrating Troublesome Daoist Political Opinions

          Hanmin Zhu朱汉民 (Hunan University)

The Style of the Personage and the Disposition of the SageLife-world and Philosophical Idea of Intellectuals in Chinese Tradition


10:30-10:45 Coffee/Tea Break

Session 2: 10:45-12:15 

2AGongfu and Chinese philosophy

Organizer/Chair: Peimin Ni倪培民    (Grand Valley State University)

Speakers:         Peimin Ni倪培民       (Grand Valley State University)

Implications of the Confucian Gongfu Approach to            Philosophy

Huaiyu Wang 王懷聿 (Georgia College & State University)

Thinking across Authority, Autonomy, and Virtuosity: Toward a Gongfu Interpretation of Confucian Filial Devotion (Xiao)

2BWay of Living: Jewish and Chinese

Chair:      Walter Benesch (University of Alaska)

Speakers:   Xiaowei Fu傅晓微 (Sichuan International Studies University)

The Name Survives Death: the Idea of Immortal Life After Death in Biblical and Confucian Traditions


Yinya Liu (National University of Ireland)

Ethical TransformationA Comparative Approach Inspired by Levinas’s Thought


2CWisdom and Life in the Yijing

Chair:              Chung-ying Cheng成中英(University of Hawaii)

Speakers:         Dajun Liu刘大钧 (Shandong University)

                        The Learning of Yi and Human Living易》学与人生境界

Tze-ki Hon (SUNY-Geneseo)

Divination as Philosophy of Living: Hexagrams and the Genealogy of the Sages of the Yijing


2D:  Dao and Life

Chair:              Yanxia Zhao 赵艳霞   (University of Wales)

Speakers:      Yinlin Guan (The University of Edinburgh)

‘Dao’ in Daodejing and the Comparison Among the Different Interpretations of ‘Dao’

Yitian Zhai 翟一恬 (University at Buffalo)

Dao: The Public and the Private


12:15-1:30 Lunch Ramada Hotel Ballroom



Session 3: 1:30-3:30


3A: Therapeutic Value of philosophy

Chair:                Jose Antonio Hernanz Moral (University of Veracruz )

Speakers:         George Hole (Buffalo State College)

Just Doing: Therapy According to Chuang Tsu

Andrew Colvin (Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania)

Philosophy as Therapy and the Practice of Philosophy in China

Thiago Rodrigo de Oliveira Costa (University of Brasília, Brazil)

Epicurean Philosophical Therapy and Buddhist Spiritual Practice: Some Points of Contact.

Danqiong Zhu (Xidian University)

Political Frustration, Trauma, and Self-therapy from Nature: Life and Freedom


3BKnowledge and Life

Chair:     Chenyang Li李晨阳 (Nanyang Technological University)

Speakers: Walter Benesch (University of Alaska)

THE PARADOX OF THINKING AND THE UNTHINKABLE: A Synthesis of Chinese Aspect/Perspective Philosophy with Hans Vaihinger’s Philosophy of ‘As if’’ and His View of Knowledge as ‘Fictions’

Henrique Schneider (University of Graz, Austria)

Between Pragmatism and Coherentism: Hanfei and truth

Kuo-Hsiung Lin 林国雄 (Tsyr-Jen College of Taiwan)

Trial Wu-Hsing Explanation of Hydrological cycle



3C: Basic Activities of Man, the Confucian Ideal, and the Daoist Harmony

Organizer/Chair:  Shin Kim (Hankuk University of Foreign Studies)

Speakers:  Shin Kim (Hankuk University of Foreign Studies)

Aristotle and the Basic Activities of Man: HeoriaPoiesis, and Praxis

Won-Myoung Kim (Hankuk University of Foreign Studies)

Aristotle on the Confucian ideal of 內聖外王

Jiwon Yun (Korea Military Academy)

                             Tang Junyi (唐君毅) Moral Self(道德自我))

   Jucheol Shin (Hankuk University of Foreign Studies)

                             Daoist Imagination Within Contemporary Korean Poetry



3DSelf and Individual in Chinese philosophy

Chair:    Suck Choi  (Towson University)

Speakers:  Ao, Yumin and Ulrich Steinvorth (George Mason University)

The Self in the Chinese Tradition

  Oleg Benesch (University of York, UK)

The Cultivation of the Modern Japanese Individual Between Chinese and Western Philosophy

       Winnie Sung (University College London)

Hypocrisy: An Alternative Kind


3:30-3:45  Coffee/Tea Break


Session 4: 3:45-5:45


4A: Special Session: Fu Foundation Essay Contest Winning Essays

Chair:              Sandra Wawrytko (San Diego State University)

Speakers:         Xiaodong Zou邹晓东 (Peking University)

学庸研究:七家批判与方法反思The Studies of Daxue and Zhongyong: Seven Critiques and Reflecting on the Methodology

Jesse Ciccotti (Wuhan University)

The Mengzi and Moral Uncertainty: A Ruist Philosophical Treatment of Moral Luck

Chan Wang Elton (Hong Kong University)

Ritual Propriety as Discipline—a Foucauldian Reading


4B Heidegger and Chinese Philosophy

Chair:              Kah-kyung Cho (University at Buffalo)

Speakers:         Qingjie James Wang 王庆节 (Chinese University of Hong Kong)

   Heidegger's reconstruction of Metaphysics and three major understandings of Dasein in China

Chenyang Li李晨阳 (Nanyang Technological University)

Truth-Creativity-Reality: A Heideggerian Interpretation of Cheng ()

Wing-cheuk Chan 陈荣灼 (Brock University)

A Heideggerian Interpretation of Zhuangzi: Focused on ‘The Equality of All Things’


4C A Memorial Session Dedicated to

勞思光(Sze-Kwang Lao) and 唐力权(Lik-Kuen Tong)

Chair:              Weiwu Li李维武 (Wuhan University)

Speakers:         Jenkuen Chen陈振崑(Huafan University)

Sze-Kwang Lao’s Theory of Virtue (勞教授的德性論)

Vincent Shen沈清松 (University of Toronto)

                                                The Interculturality in Sze-Kwang Lao and Lik-Kuen Tong’s

Chung-ying Cheng 成中英(University of Hawaii)

Professor Lau’s Methodology of Doing History of Chinese Philosophy


4DRhetoric, Aesthetics and Art

Chair:              Yi Wang王毅 (Sichuan International Studies University)

Speakers:         Sandra A. Wawrytko (San Diego State University)

Sedimentation in Chinese Aesthetics and Epistemology: Synthesizing Confucian and Buddhist Perspectives

Shirley Chan陈慧 (Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia)

Oneness (Self Cultivation and Political Idea) in the Fan Wu Liu Xing (凡物流形) Text.

Arabella Lyon (University at Buffalo)

               A Comparative Meditation on Imperial Inclusions:

                              Paradox and the Dao


6:00   BBQ Dinner at Ramada Hotel






July 24, Wednesday

Venue: Ramada Hotel and Conference Center


8:00  Breakfast: Ramada Hotel Ballroom


Session 1: 8:30-10:30


1A and 2A: Landscape and Art as a Way of Living

Organizer/chair: Yolaine Escande 幽兰           (CNRS, CRAL, EHESS, Paris)

Speakers :        Vincent Shen 沈清松  (University of Toronto)

Space, Landscape and Cloud: Chinese Landscape Painting and Ancient Cosmology

Kuan-Min Huang黄冠閔 (Academia Sinica, Taipei)

Exploring Landscape, Interrogating Our Existence

Johanna Liu 刘千美 (University of Toronto)

Reading Landscape as Dwelling and Wandering

Yolaine Escande 幽兰 ( CNRS, CRAL, EHESS, Paris)

The Art of Landscape as a Way of Living

Yvonne Yo Jia-Raye  (University of Toronto)

The Manifestation of Landscape: Synaesthesia and Poiesi

                                    Rong Bin榮斌 (CNRS, CRAL, EHESS, Paris)


Contemplation in the Art of Chinese Calligraphy: Art as a Practice of Life. An Understanding in Regards to John Dewey’s Aesthetic Thought.


1B: Modern Chinese wisdom

Chair:              Xinzhong Yao 姚新中 (King’s College London)

Speakers:      Joseph Ciaudo 謝周 (Institute of Eastern Languages and Civilizations, Paris)

Politics, Philosophy and Culture of the Self in Zhang Junmai’s Life and Texts until 1941

Timothy Huson (Lindenwood University)

Lin Yutang and the Chinese Ideals of Human Dignity and Individualism

Ping He何萍 (Wuhan University)


Human Nature, Character, and Human Freedom in Feng Qi’s “Theory of Wisdom”



1C: Language and Xunzi’s Ethics

Chair:              Caigang Yao姚才刚 (Hubei University)

Speakers:         Jifen Li李纪芬           (Nanyang Technological University)

A Comparative Study of Heidegger’s Concept of Language and Xunzi’s     Li

Siufu Tang鄧小虎         (Hong Kong University)

The Capability Approach and Xunzi’s Ethical Thought

Jer-shiarn Lee 李哲賢 (National Yunlin University of Science and Technology)

On the Essence of Xunzi’s Theory of Names and Its Deriving Problem


10:30-10:45  Coffee/Tea Break


Session 2: 10:45-12:15 


2A: Landscape and Art as a Way of Living



2B: Wisdom and Virtue: East and West

Chair:              Wing-Cheuk Chan 陈荣灼      (Brock University)

Speakers:         Kah-kyung Cho (University at Buffalo)

iddle Voice Grammar and the Reciprocal Virtue

Jose Antonio Hernanz Moral (University of Veracruz)

Toward a Convergence of Daoist philosophy and the Lebenswelt of Western philosophy for the Creation of New paths of Wisdom in Our Global World


2C: Dao, Rhetoric, and Ethical Reasoning

Chair:              Jenkuen Chen 陈振崑(Huafan University)

Speakers: James D. Sellmann (University of Guam)

On Valuing What is Fitting, the Guidang (貴當) Chapter of the Lüshichunqiu () and Ethical Reasoning

Caigang Yao 姚才刚 (Hubei University)

Liu Zong-zhou’s Doctrine of Correcting Mistakes and Its Ethical Enlightenment劉宗周的改過說及其倫理啟示


12:15-1:30 Lunch  Ramada Hotel



Session 3: 1:30-4:30

Plenary session:  Methodology in Comparative Philosophy

Venue:  Ramada Hotel Ballroom

Organizer and Moderator:

Kwong-loi Shun信广来 (Chinese University of Hong Kong, ISCP vice President)

Speakers:         Kwong-loi Shun信广来 (Chinese University of Hong Kong)

The Past and the Present, China and the West – Methodological Issues in the Contemporary Study of Chinese Thought

Bryan Van Norden 万百安 (Vassar College)

In Favor of Projecting a Meaning Onto the Text

Yong Huang 黄勇 (Kutztown University)

How to Do Chinese Philosophy in a Western Context

Jiyuan Yu余纪元 (State University of New York at Buffalo)

Symmetrical Comparison

Chenyang Li李晨阳 (Nanyang Technological University)

              Comparative Philosophy and Cultural Patterns

Jorge Gracia (State University of New York at Buffalo)

Bridging the Philosophical Gap between East and West: The History of Philosophy and Comparative Philosophy


4:30-4:45  Coffee/Tea Break


4:45-5:45 ISCP Business Meeting

Chairs:  Professor Ann Pang-White庞安安 (ISCP Treasurer)

Professor Xiaomei Yang 杨小梅 (ISCP Secretary)

Professor Jiyuan Yu 余纪元 (ISCP President/Executive Director)


5:45 Closing Reception (hosted by ISCP)

Venue:  Ramada Hotel Ballroom

*All sessions are free and open to the public.

*Meals are for the registered participants only.

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