5th Annual Midwest Conference on Chinese Thought

Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL

 April 18-19, 2009

Saturday, April 18th

Faner Hall


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

7:00:  Dinner


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