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This page was created in the interest of prediscussion before the conference, and enhanced discussion at the conference, of papers to be presented at the Fifth Northeast Conference on Chinese Thought, held on 5-6 November 2016 at the Arnold Bernhard Center (pictured above) at the University of Bridgeport (Connecticut). For GPS positioning purposes, the address of the Center is 84 Iranistan Avenue.

The organizers have asked that this page be retained as a record of the Conference. Individuals interested in adding their own abstract, full paper, or handout are invited to contact the Project via the mail link given below. PDF or Word documents can be accommodated. (PDF preferred, since it has a shorter download time)

The focus of many of these papers is the Mencius. The Project's view of the Mencius is that it consists of a few interviews of Mencius with contemporary rulers, plus the writings of two posthumous schools, a northern school whose text is MC 4-7, and a southern school whose text is most of MC 2B2-3B10. See the background material on the Mencius Conference page.

Below is the entire program of the NECCT 5 Conference.


Saturday 5 November

8:30 AM. Light Breakfast available

9:00-10:30 AM. Human Nature and Motivation
Kelson Law: Action with Reflection: A Bipedal Way toward Virtue in Mencius 2A2
Dobin Choi: The Heart of Compassion: Mengzi 2A6 Revisited
Mathew Foust: Mencius, Xunzi, and William James on Human Nature and Moral Motivation

10:30-10:45 AM. Coffee Break

10-45 - 11:45 AM. Mencius - Text and School
E Bruce Brooks: The Two Mencian Schools [paper] [handout]
A Taeko Brooks: The Problem of Mencius 5 [paper] [handout]

11:45-12:00 PM. Break

12:00-1;30 PM. Lunch Panel: Chinese Medicine and Philosophy
Stephen Jackowicz: Philosophical and Intellectual Landscapes of the Medical Revision in the Song-Jin Period
Paul Marks: Medical Revision in the Song-Jin Period: Zhang Yuansu's Neoconfucian Inheritance
Nancy Wei: Humor and Prescription: Traditional Chinese Medical Nomenclature in Communication and Politics

1:30-1:45 PM. Break

1:45-3:15 PM. Ethics
Tim Connolly: Putting Virtues and Roles Together
Jonathan Kwan: Ethical and Aesthetic Judgement in the Analects
John Ramsey: Confucian Social Roles; Hierarchy, Injustice, and Mutuality

3:15-3:30 PM. Coffee Break

3:30-5:00 PM. Comparative Philosophy
May Sim: Imagination and the Real in Zhuangzi and Plato
Bin Song: Methodology of Comparative Religion/Theology/Philosophy in the Context of Christian;/Ruist (Confucian) Dialogue

5:00-6:00. Free Time

6:30-8:30 PM. Dinner for Speakers and Pre-Registered Attendees

Sunday 6 November

8:30 AM. Light Breakfast available

9:00-10:30 AM. Rhetoric, Truth, and Metaphor
Thomas Radice: To Act or Die: Political Performance in the Han Feizi
Alexus Mcleod: Truth and Formulations of the Ideal Person in the Huainanzi
Wes Demarco: Zhuangzi's Way to Nature: Metaphorical Process as Natural Process in the Inner Chapters

10:30-10:45. Coffee Break

10:45-12:15. Metaphor
Bryan Van Norden: Like Loving a Lovely Sight: Simile and Metaphor in Chinese Philosophy
Michael Harrington: Proximity and Knowledge in Confucian Yijing Commentary
Joshua Mason: Walking the Moral Path: Divergent Trails and Cross-Cultural Metaphors

12:20-2:00 PM. Lunch and Planning Meeting

2:00 PM. End


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