Upcoming EACP Conference in Basel

2nd Biennial Conference of the European Association for Chinese Philosophy, Basel, 7-9 September 2017

Almost 100 scholars will present their work at the 2nd Biennial Conference of the European Association for Chinese Philosophy (EACP: http://www.ea-cp.eu/), which takes place in Basel on September 7-9, 2017. The theme of the conference is “Global Chinese Philosophy.” Two keynote addresses by Prof. Thomas Fröhlich (Hamburg) and Prof. Loy Hui-chieh (Singapore) are open to the public. Thomas Fröhlich will talk about “Beyond Confucian Delusions and Illusions. Critical Issues in Chinese Philosophy Today” at the Kollegienhaus (Hörsaal 001) on Thursday, 7 September, 6–7pm. Loy Hui-chieh will give an address on “Getting Through to a War-loving Ruler: The Mohists and their Elite Audiences” at the Kollegienhaus (Hörsaal 001) on Friday, 8 September, 6–7pm.

For questions or further information, please write to Ralph Weber. The full conference program follows.

Conference Program


Thursday, 7 September 2017

11h00–12h30                           Parallel Panels A

THU11001230-A1 [Kollegienhaus, Seminarraum 212]

Chinese Philosophy and Environmentalism

Chair: Gabriele LIBERA (gLAWcal – Global Law Initiatives for Sustainable Development)

  • Jan Erik CHRISTENSEN (Independent Scholar, Norway), “Mencius, Frugality, and Ecological Sustainability”
  • Florian M. SCHIRK (Harvard University, USA; Freie Universität Berlin, Humboldt-University Berlin, Germany), “Chinese Philosophy and Environmental Ethics. What can we learn from the Zhuangzi about contemporary issues in Environmental Ethics?”
  • Mei-Yen LEE (National Pingtung University, Taiwan), “How is it possible that musical harmony can make the human mind at one with heaven and earth?”


THU11001200-A2 [Rosshofgasse, Seminarraum S 01]

Zhuangzi and the Nature of Philosophy

Chair: Dušan VÁVRA (Masaryk University, Czech Republic)

  • Stephan Peter BUMBACHER (University of Zurich and University of Basel, Switzerland), “Philosophy as a consequence of meditation – the case of Zhuangzi”
  • Laura Catharina HAN (Freie Universität Berlin, Germany), “Contradiction as a Way to Knowledge in the Zhuangzi”


THU11001230-A3 [Kollegienhaus, Fakultätenzimmer 112]

Inter-Religious and Cross-Cultural Perspectives

Chair: Dawid ROGACZ, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poland

  • Selusi AMBROGIO (University of Macerata, Italy), “Early Philosophical Labels of Irrationality and Immorality applied to Buddhism in pseudo-Ricci‘s 辩学遗牍“
  • Antonio DE CARO (Hongkong Baptist University, PRC), “Jesuit missions during the Qing dynasty: a cross-cultural perspective on Chinese philosophy”
  • Monica ROMANO (Pontifical Gregorian University Rome, Italy), “The use of indigenous philosophical and religious terminology in Chinese Bible translations”


THU11001230-A4 [Rosshofgasse, Seminarraum S 02]

How to Read, Do and Name ‘Chinese Philosophy’

Chair: David MACHEK (University of Bern, Switzerland)

  • Philippe BRUNOZZI (University of Kassel, Germany), “How to Read Classical Chinese Philosophy and The Source of Normativity”
  • Stefano GANDOLFO (Oxford University) “Escaping the Methodological Scylla and Charybdis of ‘Chinese Philosophy:’ Introducing Zhi-ology” [YOUNG SCHOLAR AWARDEE]
  • Florian SCHEIDL (LMU Munich, Germany), “Speaking of ‘Philosophy’ – Problems of naming and classifying East Asian thought”


14h00–15h30                           Parallel Panels B

THU14001530-B5 [Kollegienhaus, Seminarraum 212]

Between Fate and Mandate (I)

Chair: Frédéric WANG (INALCO, France)

  • RONG Hengying (EHESS, France), “The philosophical and political interpretation of the mandate (ming): The case of Ouyang Xiu (1007-1072)”
  • JIA Bingwei (University Paris-Diderot, France), “The destiny and the human nature in the thinking of Wang Anshi”
  • Stéphane FEUILLAS (University Paris-Diderot, France), “Between absolute constraint and freedom of act. The conception of ming in Su Shi’s commentary on the Book of Change”


THU14001530-B6 [Rosshofgasse, Seminarraum S 01]

Limits of Global Chinese Philosophy?

Chair: Geir SIGURDSSON (University of Iceland, Iceland)

  • Gabriele LIBERA (gLAWcal – Global Law Initiatives for Sustainable Development), “Why Chinese philosophy, why now?”
  • Fabian HEUBEL (Academia Sinica, Taiwan), “Zhuangzi, Heidegger and the (im)possibility of a global Chinese philosophy”
  • Ewa RZANNA (Jagiellonian University, Poland) “Qu Yuan meets a Fisherman – the global impact of Chinese Philosophy and its limits”


THU14001530-B7 [Kollegienhaus, Fakultätenzimmer 112]

Unearthed Texts and Chinese Philosophy

Chair: Lisa INDRACCOLO (University of Zurich, Switzerland)

  • CUI Xiaojiao (Peking University, PRC), “The Historical Narrative in Early Chinese Texts: In light of traditional texts and the Peking University bamboo Zhouxun(周馴)”
  • FAN He (Nanyang Technological University, Singapore), “Harmony和and Sameness 同in Guodian’s ‘Wuxing’”
  • FENG Cao (Renmin University of China, PRC), “從“自生”到“自爲”——《恆先》政治哲學探析 From Auto-Creation to Autonomy – An Analysis of Political Philosophy in the Hengxian”


THU14001530-B8 [Rosshofgasse, Seminarraum S 02]

Sino-Greek Comparison

Chair: Richard A.H. KING (University of Berne, Switzerland)

  • Sara BARRERA RUBIO (Harvard University, USA), “Early shen 神and psyche ψυχή in comparison”
  • GUAN Yinlin (University of Edinburgh, UK), “The Goodness of Human Being in Plato and the Laozi”
  • Katerina GAJDOSOVA (Charles University, Czech Republic), “Knowing its Name: role of naming in the earliest Chinese and Greek cosmologies”


16h00–17h30                           Parallel Panels C

THU16001730-C9 [Kollegienhaus, Seminarraum 212]

Between Fate and Mandate (II)

Chair: Stéphane FEUILLAS (University Paris-Diderot, France)

  • Maud M’BONDJO (CRCAO, France; University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany), “A Philosophical and Mantic interpretation of the mandate (ming): The case of Zhu Xi (1130-1200)”
  • Frédéric WANG (INALCO, France), “The notion of ming in the Beixi ziyi 北溪字義by Chen Chun陳淳 (1159-1223)”
  • Radu BIKIR (University Paris-Diderot, France), “Fortune telling and destiny in Hong Mai’s 洪邁 (1123-1202) Yijian zhi夷堅志: An impossible philosophical speculation.”


THU16001730-C10 [Rosshofgasse, Seminarraum S 01]

Constructive Engagement and Global Chinese Philosophy

Chair: Dennis SCHILLING (Renmin University, PRC)

  • TSENG Wei-Chieh (Philosophy Medium, Taiwan), “An Overlooked Route of Constructing Global Confucianism: History, Approaches and Prospect Based upon Xunzi’s Thoughts”
  • Matti NOJONEN (University of Lapland, Finland), “A cultural-historical activity theory and mediated act analysis of concepts in traditional Chinese thinking – a link between “philosophy” and “practice”?”
  • XIONG Zhili (University of Heidelberg, Germany), “The immanent dialectic and metaphysic in Hegel and Laozi”


THU16001730-C12 [Rosshofgasse, Seminarraum S 02]

Chinese Philosophy between Sinology and Philosophy

Chair: Stefano GANDOLFO (Oxford University)

  • LIU Yuming (Oxford University, UK), “Evidential learning: an early influence on the form of sinology”
  • Dawid ROGACZ (Adam Mickiewicz University, Poland), “How China has created Europe: The Birth of Enlightenment secularism from the Spirit of Confucianism”
  • ZHANG Yao-nan (Beihang University, PRC) and QIAN Shuang (Ghent University, Belgium), “An Investigation of ‘Chinese Paradigm (Geshi 格式)’: The Third Discussion on Hanlogy (Hanxue 漢學), Chinalogy (Guoxue 國學) and Hualogy (Huaxue 華學)” [PRESENTATION IN CHINESE]



Friday, 8 September 2017


09h00–10h30                           Parallel Panels D

FRI09001030-D13 [Kollegienhaus, Seminarraum 212]

Chinese Philosophy, Postmodernism and Poststructuralism

Chair: Fabian HEUBEL (Academia Sinica, Taiwan)

  • Margus OTT (Xiamen University, PRC), “A Deleuzian Perspective on Zhu Xi”
  • Jack Robert COOPEY (Durham University, UK), “Foucault and the Birth of the Medical Gaze, A Critique of Western Metaphysics and a comparison to Chinese traditions of Medicine”
  • Tan Christine Abigail LEE (Nanyang Technological University, Singapore), “Why Zhuangzi is Not Postmodern: The Necessity of Contingency in Guo Xiang’s Inclusive Account of Causality and Freedom”


FRI09001030-D14 [Rosshofgasse, Seminarraum S 01]

Concepts for the mind and emotions in Modern Confucianist philosophy (I)

Chairs: Joseph Ciaudo, Rafael Suter

  • John MAKEHAM, (La Trobe University, Australia), “Xiong Shili’s Concept of Mind as Evidenced in his Ming xin pian 明心篇 (Explaining the Mind; 1959)”
  • Maud M’BONDJO (CRCAO, France; University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany), “New Confucianism vis-à-vis Translation: Mou Zongsan’s interpretation of cheng 誠as sincerity”
  • Téa SERNELJ (University of Ljubljana, Slovenia), “A Critical Evaluation of Xu Fuguan’s Interpretation of the Concept Qiyun Shengdong”

Commentator: Rafael SUTER (University of Zurich, Switzerland)


FRI09001030-D15 [Kollegienhaus, Fakultätenzimmer 112]

The Relation between Heaven and Man in Song and Qing Confucianism

Chair: Christian SOFFEL (Trier University, Germany)

  • LIN Su-Fen (Tzu-chi University, Taiwan), “Neo-Confucian Theories of Moral Mutual Response in the Northern Song” [PRESENTATION IN CHINESE]
  • TSAO Mei-Hsiu (Taiwan University, Taiwan), “Concepts of Heaven and Mankind in Cai Chen’s Shu jizhuan: Contrasts Between Qing Dynasty Hanxue and Songxue Shangshu Studies” [PRESENTATION IN CHINESE]
  • LIN Bi-Ling (Huafan University, Taiwan), “A New Interpretation of Hsin Hsing (Mind and Nature) of Chu Hsi’s Theory of Ming-te (Luminous Mind-Nature) within the Ta-hsüeh (Great Learning)” [PRESENTATION IN CHINESE]


FRI09001030-D16 [Rosshofgasse, Seminarraum S 02]

Moral Psychology

Chair: Bart DESSEIN (Ghent University, Belgium)

  • David MACHEK (University of Bern, Switzerland), “Mengzi, Zhuangzi and Xunzi on the structure of the self: Some preliminary remarks”
  • Christopher YANG (Harvard University, USA), “Attention (思) in the Mencius” [YOUNG SCHOLAR AWARDEE]
  • XU Zhenxu (University of Basel, Switzerland), “Against Ethical Dogmatism: Dai Zhen’s Critique of the Neo-Confucian Understanding of Desire (欲)”

11h00–12h30                           Parallel Panels E

FRI11001230-E17 [Kollegienhaus, Seminarraum 212]

East-West Comparison

Chair: Antonio DE CARO (Hongkong Baptist University, PRC)

  • Christian Thomas KOHL (Pädagogische Hochschule Freiburg, Germany), “The Metaphysical Foundations of Kumarajiva’s Philosophy [334-413 Common Era]. Eastern and Western Modes of Thought.”
  • Antoaneta NIKOLOVA (South-West University, Bulgaria), “Chinese Philosophy as a Philosophy of the Right Hemisphere”
  • WU Hui-Ling (National Taiwan University, Taiwan), “Comparison the View of ‘Name’ between Confucius and Lao-tzu”


FRI11001230-E18 [Rosshofgasse, Seminarraum S 01]

Concepts for the mind and emotions in Modern Confucianist philosophy (II)

Chairs: Joseph Ciaudo ((University of Heidelberg, Germany)), Rafael Suter (University of Zurich, Switzerland)

  • Joseph CIAUDO (University of Heidelberg, Germany) and Jonathan KEIR (University of Tübingen, Germany), “From Tang Junyi with Love: A Confucian Symposium?”
  • Jana ROŠKER (University of Ljubljana, Slovenia), “The Subject’s New Clothes: Mou Zongsan’s Notion of the Moral Self from the Viewpoint of Fundamental Ontology and Immanent Transcendence”
  • Geir SIGURDSSON (University of Iceland, Iceland), “The Confucian Notion of Mind According to Cheng Chung-ying”

Commentator: Rafael SUTER (University of Zurich, Switzerland)


FRI11001230-E19 [Kollegienhaus, Fakultätenzimmer 112]

The Relation between Heaven and Man in Song and Qing Confucianism (Continued) / Zhu Xi

Chair: Yvonne SCHULZ ZINDA (University of Hamburg)

  • Christian SOFFEL (Trier University, Germany), “Mystical Elements in Zhu Xi’s Cosmology: The Notion of ‘Empty Soul-Consciousness’ (xuling 虚靈)”
  • Martin GEHLMANN (Freie Universität Berlin, Germany), “Zhu Xi’s White Deer Grotto Articles of Learning as educational philosophy”
  • Vladimir GLOMB (Freie Universität Berlin, Germany), “After Zhu Xi: Korean interpretation of the Daotong”


FRI11001230-E20 [Rosshofgasse, Seminarraum S 02]

Agency and Politics in Early Chinese Philosophy

Chair: Anders SYDSKJØR (University of Bern, Switzerland)

  • Javier CARAMES (Zhuangzi Institute, Spain), “What does dao 道mean in the Warring States politics? An approach from Zhan Guo Ce?”
  • Lisa INDRACCOLO (University of Zurich, Switzerland), “King Rising – Kingly virtue, state ideology the rhetoric of power in ancient China”
  • Mercedes VALMISA (Princeton University, USA; University Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany), “Adaptive Agency in Early China” [YOUNG SCHOLAR AWARDEE]


14h00–15h30                           Parallel Panels F

FRI14001530-F21 [Kollegienhaus, Seminarraum 212]

Transformations of the Concepts of Heaven, Earth and Man

Chair: Timothy D. BAKER (National Dong Hwa University, Taiwan)

  • LIN Su-Chuan (National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan), “The Confucian Idea of Virtue Prior to the Qin Dynasty and Full Development of Rites” [PRESENTATION IN CHINESE]
  • WU Kuan-Hung (National Dong Hwa University, Taiwan), “An Exploration of a New Divine-Human Discourse in the Wei-Jin Period” [PRESENTATION IN CHINESE]
  • Timothy D. BAKER (National Dong Hwa University, Taiwan), “Approaches to Heaven, Earth and Man in Contemporary Chinese Christian Thought” [PRESENTATION IN CHINESE]


FRI14001530-F22 [Rosshofgasse, Seminarraum S 01]

Chinese Philosophy in Republican China

Chair: Joseph CIAUDO (University of Heidelberg, Germany)

  • Federico BRUSADELLI (D’Annunzio University of Chieti-Pescara, Italy), “Cutting the Dragon: Chen Jiongming’s Zhongguo tongyi chuyi and the Rejection of Federalism in Modern China”
  • Eric S. NELSON (Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, PRC), “Zhang Junmai’s Encounter with German philosophy and the Revival of Confucianism”
  • Philippe MAJOR (National University of Singapore, Singapore), “Historical and Trans-Historical Sources of Authority in Xiong Shili’s New Treatise on the Uniqueness of Consciousness”


FRI14001530-F24 [Rosshofgasse, Seminarraum S 02]

Early Confucianism

Chair: Mercedes VALMISA (Princeton University, USA; University Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany)

  • Vytis SILIUS (Vilnius University, Lithuania), “Roles lived or Roles played? Lun 倫 in early Confucian ethics and beyond”
  • Gad C. ISAY (Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, Israel), “A Structural Sketch of the Concentric Pattern in Kongzi’s Analects”
  • Märt LÄÄNEMETS (University of Tartu, Estonia), “Political philosophy of Mencius: Chinese and global aspects”


16h00–17h30                           Parallel Panels G

FRI16001730-G25 [Kollegienhaus, Seminarraum 212]

Transformations of the Concepts of Heaven, Earth and Man (Continued) / Zhuangzi

Chair: Jana ROŠKER (University of Ljubljana, Slovenia)

  • LAI Hsi-San (National Sun Yat-Sen University, Taiwan), “Considering ‘Oneness’ and ‘Non-Oneness’: Between Heaven and Humanity in the Zhuangzi” [PRESENTATION IN CHINESE]
  • Dušan VÁVRA (Masaryk University, Czech Republic), “The Zhuangzi chapters 8-16: patterns of coherence in a seemingly discontinuous text”
  • Mart TŠERNJUK (University of Tartu, Estonia), “Translating Zhuang-Zi into Estonian language – some methodological reflections”


FRI16001730-G26 [Rosshofgasse, Seminarraum S 01]

Modern Chinese Philosophy and Its Uses

Chair: John MAKEHAM, (La Trobe University, Australia)

  • Ady VAN DEN STOCK (Ghent University, Belgium), “Historical Reflections on the Idea of ‘Wisdom’ in Modern Chinese Philosophy: The Case of Feng Qi”
  • Yvonne SCHULZ ZINDA (University of Hamburg), “From Philosophy of the Masses to New Philosophy of the Masses: adaptation of Marxist guidelines for philosophy to global conditions?”
  • Helena MOTOH (Science and Research Centre Koper, Slovenia), “Confucius as a trope – contemporary rhetorical references to Chinese philosophy” (not the best panel, goes the other way, rep of Confucius in English)


FRI16001730-G27 [Kollegienhaus, Fakultätenzimmer 112]

Li Zhi / Introduction of «Zhexue»

Chair: Eric S. NELSON (Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, PRC)

  • Nikolai RUDENKO (Institute of Oriental Studies, Moscow, Russia), “«A Book to Burn» (焚書), juan №3: Reconstruction of the Structure”
  • Matej ZIMA (University of Ljubljana, Slovenia), “From Correlative Cosmology to Dialectics: Li Zhi’s Interpretation of the Classic of Changes in ‘Well Revised Reasons for Change’”
  • Timon GATTA (University of Rome La Sapienza, Italy), “The Introduction of zhexue in Chinese language”


FRI16001730-G28 [Rosshofgasse, Seminarraum S 02]

Equality and the Conceptual Construction of Justice in China

Chair: Philippe BRUNOZZI (University of Kassel, Germany)

  • Richard A.H. KING (University of Berne, Switzerland), “Along the grain: 義 ‘justice’ in the Xúnzǐ
  • Dennis SCHILLING (Renmin University, PRC), “Unequal terms: equality and justice in ancient China”
  • Ľubomír DUNAJ (University of Prešov, Slovakia), “Global Justice Dispute and the Role of Chinese Philosophy”


Saturday, 9 September 2017


09h00–10h30                           Parallel Panels H

SAT09001030-H29 [Kollegienhaus, Seminarraum 212]

The Xunzi

Chair: Philippe MAJOR (National University of Singapore, Singapore)

  • Bart DESSEIN (Ghent University, Belgium), “A sacrificed ox cannot be eaten: luan 亂 , zhi 治 , and the limits of rituals in Xunzi’s political order”
  • Anders SYDSKJØR (University of Bern, Switzerland), “On Wrongheadedness: Controversy in Xunzi, ‘Undoing Blindness’”


SAT09001030-H30 [Rosshofgasse, Seminarraum S 01]

Reading ‘Daoist’ Texts

Chair: Federico BRUSADELLI (D’Annunzio University of Chieti-Pescara, Italy)

  • Richard J. SAGE (Hong Kong Baptist University, PRC), “The role of the hua ren 化人 in the Zhou Mu wang 周穆王 chapter of the Liezi 列子”
  • Sharon Y. SMALL (Peking University, PRC), “Creativity and Diversity: Creating a Universe in Early Daoist Texts”
  • Rafael SUTER (University of Zurich, Switzerland), “Old Bottles for New Wine – on a Figura Etymologica, its Changing Interpretations, and the Possibility of Reading Ancient Chinese Philosophy”


SAT09001030-H31 [Rosshofgasse, Seminarraum S 02]

Chinese Aesthetics / Project Presentation

Chair: Mei-Yen LEE (National Pingtung University, Taiwan)

  • Loreta POŠKAITĖ (Vilnius University, Lithuania), “Aesthetics of Boredom: the view from Western and Chinese perspectives”
  • HU Xiaoyan (University of Liverpool, UK), “The Master of ‘Qi Yun’ (spirit consonance): Genius as an Innate Mental Talent in Chinese Painting”
  • SUN Hongyuan (Shandong University, PRC) and WANG Peiyuan (Shandong University, PRC), “Project Presentation on Global Integration for Chinese Ancient Books”


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