7th Annual Midwest Conference on Chinese Thought

North Central College, Naperville, IL

May 6-7, 2011

Friday, May 6
Fireside Lounge, White Activities Center

1:15           Coffee and Tea

1:30-2:45   Moderator: Brian Hoffert, North Central College

        Kelly Clark, Calvin College, “The Evolutionary Psychology of Chinese Religion: Pre-Qin High Gods as Punishers and Rewarders”

        Ryan Nichols, California State University, Fullerton, “A Genealogy of Early Confucian Moral Psychology”

2:45-3:00   Break

3:00-4:15   Moderator:

        Lisa (Li-hsiang) Rosenlee, University of Hawaii, West Oahu, “Bidirectionality of Confucianism and Care Ethics: A Feminist Response”

        Cheryl Cottine, Indiana University, Bloomington, “Is Confucianism a Form of Role Ethics?”

4:15-4:30   Break

4:30-5:45   Moderator: Alexis Smith, North Central College

         Galia Patt-Shamir, Tel Aviv University, “Whose Confucius? – On Two "Confucian Episodes" in the Zhuangzi”

        Stephen Walker, University of Chicago, “Zhuangzi on agreement and justification”

8:00           Party at Brian Hoffert’s House

Saturday, May 7

Benedetti-Wehrli Stadium, Room 129

9:15            Coffee/Tea and Continental Breakfast

9:45-11:00 Moderator: Doug Berger, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale

  Esther Klein, University of Illinois at Chicago, “Constancy and the Changes: A New Perspective on the ‘Heng Xian’”

  Robin Wang, Loyola Marymount University, "Thinking Through Images: The Way of Xiangshu 象數 (Images and Numbers)”

11:00-11:15  Break

11:15-12:30  Moderator: Aaron Stalnaker, Indiana University, Bloomington

 Franklin Perkins, DePaul University, “Generation (shēng生) and Impartiality as Linking Nature and Human Ethics in Early Chinese Philosophy”

 Dan Robins, Stockton College, “Three Puzzles about Conforming Upwards”

12:30-2:00 Lunch Break

2:00-4:00   Moderator: Brian Hoffert, North Central College

 Sonya Ozbey, DePaul University, “Is it Possible to not to be Part of Nature?: How to think of the Human/Nonhuman, Human/Nature and Natural/Artificial Splits in Spinoza’s and Zhuangzi’s Thoughts”

 Doug Berger, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale,“‘Is Nothing Alone, or with Something? Heidegger, Wang Bi and Zhong Hui on Dao De Jing 11”

 Sam Cocks, University of Wisconsin, La Crosse, “Edmund Husserl & Wang Yangming on Self-Actualization”

4:00-4:30   Break

4:30-6:30   Keynote Address: Michael Puett, Harvard University

 “Ancestors, Fathers, and Sons: Ritual Theory and Philosophy in Early China”

Dinner 8:00 at Mapo