5th Annual Midwest Conference on Chinese Thought
Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL
April 18-19, 2009
Saturday, April 18th
9:15-9:30: Welcome Gathering
9:30-10:45: Competing Visions of Political Order
Kieth Knapp, The Citadel, "Filial Utopias: Early Medieval Confucian Conceptions of Local Governance"
Bai Tongdong, Xavier University, "How to Rule without Taking Unnatural Actions"
10:45-11:00 Coffee Break
11:00-1:00: Ethics, Persons and Society
Zhao Yanyan, Calvin College, "Morality: Its Nature and Its Source"
Dan Robins, Stockton College, "Inclusive Care, Reciprocity, and the Mohist Dào"
Carl Dull, Southern Illinois University, "Confucianism and Freud: Emotion, Sociality and Cultural Therapy"
1:00-2:30, Lunch Break
2:30-3:45: Zhuangzi Contra “The World”
Susan Blake, University of Indiana, "Is and ought: Zhuangzi on the Rectification of Names"
Franklin Perkins, DePaul University, "Against Being Human: Criticisms of Mencian Virtue Ethics in the Zhuangzi"
3:45-4:00: Coffee Break, Henry Morse Auditorium Lounge, Faner Hall
4:00-6:00: Keynote Address
Liu Xiaogan, Chinese University of Hong Kong
Laozi’s Notion of Ziran: Historical Readings and a Contemporary Reinterpretation
Sunday, April 19th
10:00-12:00: Approaching Zhuangzi
Esther Park, Princeton University, "Sima Qian’s Zhuangzi"
Chesna Braniger, Southern Illinois University, "An Interpretive Response to the Problem of wu-wei in the Zhuangzi"
Brian Hoffert, North Central College, "The Transformation of Things: A Butterfly’s Dream of Zhuangzi"
12:00-1:30 Lunch Break
1:30-2:45: Cosmology, Practice and Knowledge
Jung-Yeup Kim, Kent State University, "A Practical Understanding of Zhang Zai’s Qi (氣)"
Stephen Walker, University of Chicago, "Sense and Skepticism in the Late Warring States"
2:45 Conference Closing and Farewell