2nd Rutgers Workshop on Chinese Philosophy

I am very happy to announce the 2nd Rutgers Workshop on Chinese Philosophy, which will be held on Friday, April 11, on the topic “Xunzi on Authority.” Four scholars of Chinese philosophy will present papers, each followed by a critical commentary from a member of the Rutgers University Philosophy Department. Attendance (including lunch) is free but requires an advance RSVP so that we know how much food to get. Please read on for details!

2nd Rutgers Workshop on Chinese Philosophy (RWCP)


Friday, April 11, 2014


Rutgers University
Department of Philosophy
Seminar Room
106 Somerset Street, 5th Floor
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
(in the new tall building connected to the New Brunswick Train Station)

Co-directed by:

Tao Jiang (Rutgers University)
Ruth Chang (Rutgers University)
Stephen Angle (Wesleyan University)


9:15 a.m. Welcome

9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Morality: You’re Doing it Wrong (A Prolegomena to Discussing the Moral Authority of Etiquette in Early Confucianism)

Presenter: Amy Olberding (University of Oklahoma)

Commentator: Dean Zimmerman(Rutgers University)

11: 00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. TEA BREAK

11:15 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.

Xunzi and the Authority of Tradition

Presenter: Eric Hutton (University of Utah)

Commentator: Alvin Goldman (Rutgers University)

1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. LUNCH catered in Seminar Room for all participants who have RSVPed

2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

The Authority of Moral Beauty

Presenter: David Wong (Duke University)

Commentator: Ruth Chang (Rutgers University)

4:00 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. TEA BREAK

4:15 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.

Xunzi on Virtue Politics and the Authority of the Wise

Presenter: Aaron Stalnaker (Indiana University, Bloomington)

Commentator: Martha Bolton (Rutgers University)

6:00 p.m. DINNER for invited guests

Special thanks to our sponsors whose generous support has made this workshop possible:

  • Department of Religion, New Brunswick
  • Department of Philosophy, New Brunswick
  • Department of Asian Languages and Cultures and The China Research Project at Rutgers
  • School of Arts and Sciences Dean of Humanities
  • Rutgers China Office

Please RSVP to Ms. Susan Rosario at srosa@rci.rutgers.edu by April 1st if you plan to attend. Seating is limited. All inquiries should be directed to Ms. Rosario.

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