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Trans-species Listening and Rights of Nature: Legal Persons beyond the Human
October 5, 2018 – 9:30 am to 4:30 pm
Rubenstein Library Breedlove Room 349
The legal traditions of liberal democracy and human rights relied on the exceptionalism of the human whether derived from rationality, the soul, or the “dignity of man.” These notions originated in the entanglement of Christian notions of the human with the formation of the secular sphere in Europe and spread across the world to define a global political configuration often termed “modernity.” Rapid and unprecedented ecological changes, however, shone light on the insufficiency of a regime of rights restricted to humans. Simultaneously, the recognition of the devastating impact of colonization on indigenous peoples sparked a global movement to grant rights to these communities and drew attention to the diverse ways indigenous communities related with non-humans. While the first non-humans to receive recognition as legal persons may have been corporations, the “rights of nature” extend the recognition of legal persons to rivers, mountains, and non-human animals. This workshop aims to think about the global rights of nature movement by transcending the assumptions of modernity and listening not only across human cultures but also across species.
Breakfast and lunch will be served.
We welcome all participants for this workshop, but ask that you RSVP to Rohini Thakkar (firstname.lastname@example.org(link sends e-mail)) for planning purposes.
Session 1: Planetary Humanities considers the general implications for the humanities of the broad dismantling of the claims to human exceptionalism. It will pay particular attention to a discussion of the university as an institution for the generation and transmission of knowledge, questions of disciplinarity and interdisciplinarity, and pedagogy for a flourishing planetary future.
Session 2: Cosmopolitan Philosophies, considers the tensions between philosophy’s claims to universality, truth and rationality, and its embeddedness in specific historical, cultural, linguistic and political knowledge structures. It considers the recent arguments for various kinds of world philosophy and Chinese responses and alternatives to questions of culture, universality and cosmopolitanism.
Session 3: Social Networks, seeks to move the discussion to a specific issue in the global politics of knowledge that have arisen through rapid technological changes in how humans across the planet participate in the construction and consumption of knowledge and information. Key here are social and political questions of how nation states, corporations or other subnational, national or international agencies should monitor, shape and manage the construction and consumption of global networked information. This raises questions of various forms of democratic participation, Internet access, publishing across borders that reveal key differences in US-Chinese politics.
[CCP & GAI Joint Workshop] The Topos of Mu and the Predicative Self: The Kyoto School and Western Eco-philosophy (J Baird Callicott, North Texas University)
The Topos of Mu and the Predicative Self: The Kyoto School and Western Eco-philosophy
Time: March 7, 2018 1pm – 2:15pm
Location: Gross Hall 230E (Duke University West Campus)
Abstract: Japanese Buddhism and the Japanese language de-emphasize the subjective self, so deeply rooted in the Western worldview from Pythagoras to Paul the Apostle to Paul Ricoeur. The analogue to the predicative self in contemporary eco-philosophy is a relational sense of self first clearly stated by Arne Naess. The danger of the predicative/relational self is nationalism and fascism, exemplified by WATSUJI Tetsurō. The universalism of a scientific grounding of the predicative/relational self in ecology and ethology, exemplified by Aldo Leopold and IMANISHI Kinji, respectively is the antidote.
Sponsored by the Center for Comparative Philosophy and the Global Asia Initiative