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First Rutgers Workshop on Chinese Philosophy (RWCP)
From Thursday, April 04, 2013 -  08:45am
To Friday, April 05, 2013 - 05:30pm
Contact Ms. Susan Rosario (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Rutgers Workshop on Chinese Philosophy (RWCP) is designed to build a bridge between Chinese philosophy and Western analytic philosophy, promoting critical engagement and constructive dialogue between the two sides, with the hope of bringing the study of Chinese philosophy into the mainstream of philosophical discourse within the Western academy. The following is the program of the inaugural conference of the RWCP.

1st Rutgers Workshop on Chinese Philosophy: Inaugural Conference on Nature and Value in Chinese and Western Philosophies
Co-sponsored by Confucius Institute of Rutgers University, Department of Religion, Department of Philosophy, School of Arts and Sciences Dean of Humanities, and Rutgers Global-China Office
Co-directors: Tao JIANG (Rutgers), Ruth Chang (Rutgers), Stephen Angle (Wesleyan)

Thursday, April 4, 2013

8:45 am – 9:00 am
Welcoming Remarks
Joanna Regulska (Vice President for International and Global Affairs, Rutgers University)
Jeffrey King (Chair, Department of Philosophy, Rutgers University)

9:00 am – 10:30 am
The Role of Nature in Early Confucian Ethics
Ethical Justification and Ethical Appeal — Kwong-loi SHUN (Chinese University of Hong Kong)
Xunzi and Naturalistic Ethics — Sor-hoon TAN (National University of Singapore)
Commentator: Ruth Chang (Rutgers University)

10:30 am – 10:45 am Coffee Break

10:45 am – 12:15 pm
Nature and Norm in Buddhism and Neo-Confucianism
Nature (xing) as Ground of Ethics: Neo-Confucianism And/Versus Buddhism — Stephen Angle (Wesleyan University)
The Relationship between Imperatives and Natural Tendencies in Neo-Confucianism — Justin Tiwald (San Francisco State University)
Commentator: Katalin Balog (Rutgers Newark)

12:15 pm – 1:45 pm Lunch

1:45 pm – 3:45 pm
Crafting Human Nature in Early Confucianism
From Corpses to Courtesy:  Xunzi’s Defense of the Artifice of Etiquette — Amy Olberding (University of Oklahoma)
Manipulating Human Nature in Early Chinese Thought — Hagop Sarkissian (Baruch College, CUNY)
The Moral Craftsmen of Human Nature in the Analects and the Xunzi — David Wong (Duke University)
Commentator: Owen Flanagan (Duke University)

3:45 pm – 4:00 pm Coffee Break

4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Living with Nature
Moral Naturalism in Daoism and Stoicism — Jiyuan YU (SUNY Buffalo)
Nature as Value: A Confucian One-body Ecological Vision — PENG Guoxiang (Peking University, China)
Commentator: Michael Slote (University of Miami)

5:30 pm Reception and Dinner

Friday, April 5, 2013

9:00 am – 10:30 am
Natural Virtues and the State
Liberal Neutrality, State Perfectionism, and Confucianism: Self-regarding Virtues Vs. Other-regarding Virtues — HUANG Yong (Kutztown University)
Mencius, Nietzsche, and the Nature of Compassion — Tongdong BAI (Fudan University, China)
Commentator: Holly Smith (Rutgers University)

10:30 am – 10:45 am Coffee Break

10:45 am – 12:15 pm
Chinese Naturalistic Metaethics in Comparative Perspective
Chinese Naturalism and the Limits of Ethics — Chris Fraser (University of Hong Kong)
Grounding Objectivity in Confucian Ethics — JeeLoo LIU (California State University, Fullerton)
Commentator: Dean Zimmerman (Rutgers University)

12:15 pm – 1:45 pm Lunch

1:45 pm – 3:45 pm
Virtue Epistemology and Chinese Philosophy
What Is Knowledge? When Confucius Meets Ernest Sosa — Chienkuo MI (Soochow University, Taiwan)
Intellectual Virtues and Craft Knowledge in Traditional China — Rueylin CHEN (National Chung-Cheng University, Taiwan)
On Zhu Xi’s Theory of Investigation, Knowledge and Intellectual Virtue: A Perspective from Virtue Epistemology —Hsiang-Min SHEN (Soochow University, Taiwan)
Commentator: Ernest Sosa (Rutgers University)

3:45 pm – 4:00 pm Coffee Break

4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
The Problem of Freedom in Confucian and Daoist Philosophical Projects
Isaiah Berlin’s Challenge to the Zhuangzian Freedom — Tao JIANG (Rutgers University)
Paradoxes and Possibilities of "Confucian Freedom": From Yan Fu (1853-1921) to Mou Zongsan (1909-1995) — Kai Marchal (Soochow University, Taiwan)
Commentator: Larry Temkin (Rutgers University)

6:00 pm Dinner

1. Where can I park (updated)?
Visitors may park in Lots 26, 30 & College Avenue Deck without permits. Click here for the direction to those lots. Special event parking and special event permits are only for visitors to the University which does not include free metered parking. Faculty, Staff, and Students must park only in lots they are authorized to park in. Another option is to park in the Gateway Building parking lot connected with the New Brunswick train station (91 Wall Street, New Brunswick, NJ 08901).
2. How can I get to the event on public transportation?
Take the NJ Transit Northeast Corridor Line to New Brunswick ( Make sure the train stops at New Brunswick as some might skip it during rush hours.

Location  Rutgers Continuing Studies Conference Center