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. It is run every other April. The following is the program of the 4th workshop.
4th Rutgers Workshop on Chinese Philosophy: Engagement with Western Philosophers
Sponsored by Rutgers Center for Chinese Studies, co-sponsored by Confucius Institute of Rutgers University
Co-directors: Tao JIANG (Rutgers), Ruth Chang (Rutgers), Stephen Angle (Wesleyan)
8:50a.m.-9a.m. Welcoming Remarks
Michelle Stephens, Dean of Humanities, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University
9a.m. – 10:10a.m.
Chair: Stephen Angle (Wesleyan University)
Conversant 1: JeeLoo LIU (California State University, Fullerton)
Moral Sentimentalism Grounded in Naturalistic Realism: Railton's Humean Sentimentalism vs. Confucian Sentimentalism
Conversant 2: Peter Railton (University of Michigan)
Rapporteur: Eddy Chen (Rutgers University)
10:25a.m. – 11:35a.m.
Chair: Tanja Sargent (Rutgers University)
Conversant 1: Sungmoon Kim (City University of Hong Kong)
Confucian Democracy, Disagreement, and Public Reason: The Groundwork for Confucian Constitutionalism
Conversant 2: Stephen Macedo (Princeton University)
Rapporteur: Dee Payton (Rutgers University)
11:50a.m. – 1p.m.
Chair: Dean Zimmerman (Rutgers University)
Conversant 1: Chenyang LI (Nanyang Technological University, Singapore)
Friends as Family and Particularized Virtues: A Confucian Solution to the Fungibility Problem of Friendship
Conversant 2: Elizabeth Harman (Princeton University)
Rapporteur: Jimmy Goodrich (Rutgers University)
1p.m. – 2p.m. - LUNCH
2p.m. – 3:10p.m.
Chair: Harvey Lederman (Princeton University)
Conversant 1: Yong HUANG (Chinese University of Hong Kong)
Belief, Desire, and Besire (and yet Not Bizarre!): Wang Yangming’s Anti-Humean Conception of Good Knolwledge (Liangzhi)
Conversant 2: Elisabeth Camp (Rutgers University)
Rapporteur: Carolina Flores (Rutgers University)
3:25p.m. – 4:35p.m.
Chair: Tao JIANG (Rutgers University)
Conversant 1: Li KANG (Vassar College)
Tiantai Buddhism: Monism without Priority
Conversant 2: Jonathan Schaffer (Rutgers University)
Rapporteur: Denise Dykstra (Rutgers University)
4:50p.m. – 6p.m.
Chair: Ruth Chang (Rutgers University)
Conversants 1: Brad Cokelet (University of Kansas) and Justin Tiwald (San Francisco State University)
The Confucian Challenge to Scanlon's Contractualism
Conversant 2: Johann Frick (Princeton University)
Rapporteur: Caley Howland (Rutgers University)
The papers are password-protected, accessible to those who have registered for the workshop. Please contact Tao JIANG (
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