6th Annual Midwest Conference on Chinese Thought

Depaul University, Chicago, IL

April 30-May 1, 2010

Friday, April 30

1:15 welcome


 Stephen Walker, University of Chicago, “Cosmogonic and metaphysical debates in Zhuangzi”

 Aaron Stalnaker, Indiana University, “Mastery, Authority, and Hierarchy in the Inner Chapters

2:45-3:00 Coffee Break


 Travis Smith, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, “Zhuangzi’s theme of nourishing life

 Brian Hoffert, Northcentral College, “Beyond Life and Death: The Great Awakening”

4:30-6:30 keynote

 Brook Ziporyn, Northwestern University, “Spinoza and Daoism”

7:00 group dinner in Chinatown

Saturday, May 1


 Luo Shirong, Simmons College, “Toward an Integrated Conception of Caring: A Confucian Perspective

 Keith Knapp, Citadel, “The Neglected Classic: the Xiaojing’s Importance”

10:30-10:45 Coffee Break


 Dan Robins, Stockton College, “The King Problem in Early Chinese Philosophy”

 David Elstein, SUNY, New Paltz, “Why Early Confucianism Cannot Generate Democracy”

 Tyler Feezel, Washington University, “Wang Yang Ming’s Theory Zhixing Heyi: A Source of Support for Implementing Reform in Republican China”

12:45-2:15 lunch


 Winnie Sung, University of New South Wales, “The Relation between Xin and Yu in the Xunzi

 Eirik Harris, Santa Clara University, “A Xunzian Defense of the Role of Virtue in the Political Realm”

 Masayuki Sato, National Taiwan University/Harvard Yenching Institute, “Can Xunzi’s Tenet on Human Nature Provide the Foundation for Han Fei’s Political Theory?”

4:15-4:30 Coffee Break


 Colin Klein and Esther Klein, University of Illinois at Chicago, “Philosophy, Rhetoric, and Wang Chong's Inductive-Deductive Method”

 Michael Harrington, Duquesne University, “Truth and Ornament: Their Connection in Medieval Latin and Chinese Thought”

8:00 Party/Reception