Call for Papers

Theme: Reality, Argumentation, and Persuasion
Subtitle: Metaphysical Explorations and Epistemological Engagements
in Chinese Philosophy
Type: ISCP 21st International Conference on Chinese Philosophy
Institution: Institute of Philosophy, University of Berne
Location: Berne (Switzerland)
Date: 2.–5.7.2019
Deadline: 15.9.2018


Chinese philosophy has since its pre-Imperial beginnings been
concerned with knowledge - witness Zhuangzi’s argument with Hui Shi
about knowing about the happiness of the fish. Furthermore, as this
famous story makes clear, there is argument about what people know
and what they do not know. And there are things known, in this story,
the happiness of the fish, more usually, the character of rulers, the
rites, how to act, right and wrong, history, cosmology, the unifying
principle of the world, medicine, and mathematics. Yet these aspects
of the Chinese tradition have hardly received the attention they
deserve from philosophers—questions of what can be known, what the
concept of knowledge is taken to be, what role it plays within
various conceptual frameworks, as well as the sceptical challenges
made to knowledge, beginning, once again, with the Zhuangzi.
Scepticism makes room for persuasion, and for clarifying what makes a
sound argument, as opposed to mere persuasion. But there are also
systematic collections of knowledge (mathematical, medical,
cosmological, scientific, for example) which are prominent in the
tradition, and they have close connections with philosophy proper. We
invite proposals for papers and panels to deepen our understanding of
these issues, and carry Chinese philosophy forward into the new

Invited Speakers

Karine Chemla, SPHERE, CNRS & University Paris Diderot, France

Anne Cheng, Collège de France, France

Karyn Lai, School of Humanities & Languages, University of New South
Wales, Sydney, Australia

Sir Geoffrey Lloyd, Scholar in Residence, Needham Research Institute,
Cambridge, UK

Paul Unschuld,   Institute for Chinese Life Sciences, Charité-Medical
University, Berlin, Germany

Yang Guorong, Department of Philosophy, East China Normal University,

Jenny Zhao, Lloyd-Dan David Research Fellow, Needham Research
Institute and Darwin College, Cambridge, UK


University of Berne
Lerchenweg 36
CH-3000 Berne 12
Web: www.philosophie.unibe.ch



- Yin-yang, Five elements, and Yijing (and other similar systems) as
  systems of classification
- Chinese ontology (you/wu—being/nonbeing) 
- Chinese idea of the Ultimate Reality: Dao, Li, Taiji, the relation
  between One and Many
- Chinese cosmology
- Philosophical anthropology—Man’s relation to Heaven/Nature
- Chinese Philosophy of Mind—nature, mind, emotion, desire


- Theories of knowledge, perception and experience in Chinese
- Epistemic reasoning and justification in Chinese philosophy
- Theories of truth in Chinese philosophy
- Concerns over scepticism
- Knowledge and virtues
- Knowledge, skills, and values
- Moral knowledge 
- Early Encounters with Western Sciences: 16th-18th Centuries
- Modernization and Westernization in the early 20th Century 
- Technology of the 21st Century: Chinese Philosophy and Artificial

Argumentation and Persuasion:

- Argument and knowledge 
- Analysis of particular arguments in philosophical texts from
  Pre-Qin to Contemporary
- Persuasion and therapy
- Persuasion and knowledge
- Persuasion and power
- Rhetoric – political, ethical, religious, legal, aesthetic
- Of particular interest: Mohist Theories of argumentation, Theory of
  Names, Daoist methodology of debate, and specific argumentation in


Paper abstract/panel proposal (with all paper abstracts) due (500
words)—English or Chinese: September 15, 2018

Acceptance by:
November 15, 2018

Final version of paper due:
February 1, 2019

Hotel registration deadline:
March 15, 2019


R. A. H. King, University of Berne, Institute of Philosophy,

JeeLoo Liu, Department of Philosophy, California State University,
Fullerton, USA

Ann Pang-White, Department of Philosophy, The University of Scranton,

Weimin Sun, Department of Philosophy, California State University,
Northridge, USA

Jinli He, Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, Trinity
University, USA

Genyou Wu, Department of Philosophy, Wuhan University, China

Zemian Zheng, Department of Philosophy, Wuhan University, China


Prof. Dr. Richard A. H. King
Institute of Philosophy
University of Berne
Länggassstrasse 49a
CH-3000 Berne 9
Email: richard.k...@philo.unibe.ch
Web: http://www.iscp-online.org


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