Unsettled Boundaries: Philosophy, Art, and Ethics East/West
Department of Philosophy, Marquette University
Milwaukee, Wisconsin: October 12-14, 2011
1.) To advance mutual scholarly communication, cooperation, and understanding among Chinese and American scholars on a topic of mutual interest.
2.) To encourage cultural exchange among Chinese and American scholars and students.
3.) To bring new perspectives to the relation of philosophy, art, and ethics in a global context of East/West scholarship.
Interrelations of Philosophy, Art, and Ethics: Traditionally, painters, poets, and literati artists of China were expect to possess expertise in philosophy, as well as mastery of literary and painting skills in the context of an ethical life. Currently, Chinese scholars are engaged in serious efforts to address the ways that traditional Chinese ideas can be merged with contemporary Chinese thought in order to look toward the future. In so doing, Chinese thought also engages Western aesthetics and ethical theories in an effort to assess their importance for developing their own theories. Likewise, Western scholars are realizing that they have much to learn from Eastern thought in exploring traditional and contemporary Chinese ideas concerning philosophy, art, and ethics. This conference, which will represent a variety of points of view from Chinese and Western scholars, will explore the objectives outlined above. In the spirit of conversation between Western and Chinese thinking about these matters, you are invited to bring your philosophical strengths, training, and interests to these topics. We anticipate a range of views stemming from philosophy, ethics, aesthetics, art history, and related fields.
Participating Chinese and Western scholars invited include: Gao Jianping (aesthetics and literary theory), Chinese Academy of Social Sciences; Liu Yuedi (aesthetics, contemporary art theory), Chinese Academy of Social Sciences; Peng Feng (aesthetics, philosophy), Peking University; Wang Chunchen (contemporary art), Central Academy of Fine Arts; Eva Man (philosophy) Hong Kong Baptist University; Zhou Xian (aesthetics and literary theory), Nanking University; Liu Chengji (philosophy), Beijing Normal University); Cheng Xiangzhan, (aesthetics and literary theory), Shandong University; Noel Carroll (aesthetics and ethics), Graduate Center, CUNY; Stephen Davies (philosophy, aesthetics), University of Auckland; Ivan Gaskell (art history), Harvard Univeristy; John Lysaker (philosophy), Emory University; Garry Hagberg (aesthetics and ethics), Bard College; Richard Shusterman (philosophy), Florida International University; Jason Wirth (philosophy, film), Seattle University; and Mary Wiseman (aesthetics and ethics), CUNY.
Contemporary Relevance of this Conference: The interest in literally all aspects of cultural exchanges between China and the West, from economic and trade concerns to philosophy, art, and ethics, are at the forefront and intersection of pressing contemporary issues. This exciting conference, which brings scholars into cross-cultural conversation, aims to bring forth new insights into the conceptual and social interrelations of philosophy, art, and ethics. Examining these interwoven topics will both contribute to a global appreciation and critical analysis of the worth of philosophy, art, and ethics in Chinese and Western thought.
Contact Information: Curtis L. Carter (email@example.com), Department of Philosophy, Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI, 53201. Office phone: (414)288-6962.