About “Unsettled Boundaries: Philosophy, Art, and Ethics East/West”

Welcome to the official website for “Unsettled Boundaries:  Philosophy, Art, and Ethics East/West,” an international conference held on Marquette University’s campus from October 12-14, 2011.

Conference Objectives:  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 include:  Gao Jianping (literary theory), Chinese Academy of Social Sciences); Liu Yuedi (aesthetics), Chinese Academy of Social Sciences; Peng Feng (aesthetics), Peking University; Wang Chunchen (contemporary art), Central Academy of Fine Arts; Gary Hagberg (aesthetics and ethics), Bard College; Noel Carroll (aesthetics and ethics), Graduate Center, CUNY; Mary Wiseman (comparative philosophy), CUNY; Richard Schusterman (philosophy), Florida International University; and others.

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.

News, information, and all conference details will be posted on this forum as it becomes available.  Please feel free to post questions and comments on this website, which will be updated regularly, or contact Dr. Curtis Carter:  curtis.carter@marquette.edu.


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