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[CCP & GAI Joint Workshop] Nishida on Well-Being: Reflections from Medieval Buddhist Philosophy

The Center for Comparative Philosophy & Global Asia Initiative Joint Reading Workshop

Nishida on Well-Being: Reflections from Medieval Buddhist Philosophy

Time: 12:00 – 14:00 Thursday Oct 13th

Location: West Duke 204

Main SpeakerTakushi Odagiri (M.D. Tokyo, Ph.D. Stanford).
He is a postdoctoral research fellow for the Global Asia Initiative at Duke University and a visiting faculty member for the Asian & Middle Eastern Studies department.

** The Center for Comparative Philosophy will provide a light lunch for the workshop. The room will open from 12:00 for people to serve themselves and take a seat.

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[CCP Workshop] Empathy Beyond the Near and Dear

The Center for Comparative Philosophy Workshop

Empathy Beyond the Near and Dear: 

A Study on Mencian Moral Cultivation and a Response to Prinz

Time: 12:00 – 13:30 Thursday 30th March

Location: West Duke 204

Main Speaker: Jing Hu 
Jing Hu is an instructor of philosophy at Seattle University
* Lunch will be provided.
Abstract: Empathy is an essential moral emotion with many celebrated functions; it is also viewed as an emotion that hinders our ability to be non-biased moral agents by some philosophers. In this presentation, I aim to defend the value of empathy in morality. I do so by responding to the classic criticism that has recently been put forth systematically by Prinz: empathy is highly selective and it is biased towards the near and dear. I argue that empathy can not only go beyond the near and dear but also help one to perceive some of the less common objects as if they are near and dear. I do so with the help from Mencius.

[Kenan Institute Sponsored Cross-Cultural Workshop] Uncertain of Uncertainty? Certainly (Not): Illness and Wellness in Chan Buddhism

Kenan Institute Sponsored Cross-Cultural Workshop

Uncertain of Uncertainty? Certainly (Not): Illness and Wellness in Chan Buddhism

Time: 4:15pm – 5:45pm Thursday March 2nd

Location: Perkins 217

Main Speaker: Steven Heine (Florida International University)

Steven Heine is professor and founding director of Asian Studies at Florida International University. An authority on East Asian religion and culture, Heine has published thirty books dealing with Chan/Zen Buddhism in China and Japan and related topics. His most recent work is Chan Rhetoric of Uncertainty in the Blue Cliff Record: Sharpening Sword at the Dragon Gate, and he is developing a new project on Dōgen’s classic, Treasury of the True Dharma-Eye (Shōbōgenzō).

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[CCP & GAI Joint Workshop] Daoism Meets Environmental Ethics: Relational Virtue in Zhuangzi and Leopold

The Center for Comparative Philosophy & Global Asia Initiative Joint Reading Workshop

Daoism Meets Environmental Ethics: Relational Virtue in Zhuangzi and Leopold

Time: 1:30pm – 3:30 Thursday Feb 2nd

Location: West Duke 204

Main Speaker: Marion Hourdequin (Colorado College)

Marion is Associate Professor and Chair of the Philosophy Department at Colorado College. She is the author of Environmental Ethics: From Theory to Practice (Bloomsbury, 2015) and editor of Restoring Layered Landscapes: History, Ecology, and Culture (Oxford, 2016).

 

Commentator: Ewan Kingston (Ph.D. Student, the Department of Philosophy, Duke University)

** The Center for Comparative Philosophy will provide a light lunch for the workshop. The room will open from 1:15pm for people to serve themselves and take a seat.

Abstract: This talk explores the concept of relational virtue and its relevance to environmental ethics through discussion of two texts: the Zhuangzi (a classical Daoist text) and Aldo Leopold’s Sand County Almanac. I argue that both texts provide insights into the possibility of conceiving environmental virtue relationally, helping to overcome the dichotomy between “virtue centered” and “value centered” environmental ethics.  Leopold and Zhuangzi each emphasize engagement, receptivity, perspective-taking, and the capacity to overcome preconceptions as critical in guiding relations between humans and the broader world.  However, Zhuangzi – though not explicitly concerned with the “environment” or “conservation” – pushes further than Leopold in certain respects and provides key insights for ethics in a global context and a time of rapid environmental change.

[CCP & GAI Joint Workshop] Aristotle on the Connection Between Virtue and Happiness

The Center for Comparative Philosophy & Global Asia Initiative Joint Reading Workshop

Aristotle on the Connection Between Virtue and Happiness

Time: 12:00 – 14:00 Thursday Nov 10th

Location: West Duke 204

Main SpeakerSukaina Hirji (Virginia Tech)
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Sukaina Hirji (Princeton PhD) is Assistant Professor in the Philosophy Department at Virginia Tech. Her area of research specialty is ancient philosophy, with a particular focus on Aristotle.

 

Commentator: Sungwoo Um (Ph.D. Student, the Department of Philosophy, Duke University)

[CCP & GAI Joint Workshop] Nishida on Well-Being: Reflections from Medieval Buddhist Philosophy

The Center for Comparative Philosophy & Global Asia Initiative Joint Reading Workshop

Nishida on Well-Being: Reflections from Medieval Buddhist Philosophy

Time: 12:00 – 14:00 Thursday Oct 13th

Location: West Duke 204

Main SpeakerTakushi Odagiri (M.D. Tokyo, Ph.D. Stanford).
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He is a postdoctoral research fellow for the Global Asia Initiative at Duke University and a visiting faculty member for the Asian & Middle Eastern Studies department.
Commentator: Bobby Bingle (Ph.D. Student, the Department of Philosophy, Duke University)

** The Center for Comparative Philosophy will provide a light lunch for the workshop. The room will open from 12:00 for people to serve themselves and take a seat.

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[CCP & GAI Joint Workshop] Non-Dualistic Logic in Nishida Kitarō’s “Logic and Life”


The Center for Comparative Philosophy & Global Asia Initiative Joint Reading Workshop

Non-Dualistic Logic in Nishida Kitarō’s “Logic and Life

Time: 12:00 – 14:00 Thursday Sept 22nd

Location: West Duke 204

Main SpeakerTakushi Odagiri (M.D. Tokyo, Ph.D. Stanford).
He is a postdoctoral research fellow for the Global Asia Initiative at Duke University and a visiting faculty member for the Asian & Middle Eastern Studies department.

** The Center for Comparative Philosophy will provide a light lunch for the workshop. The room will open from 12:00 for people to serve themselves and take a seat.

 

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Our project “Environment and Well-Being: A Cross-Cultural Study” wins the GAI seed grant!

Great news! Our project “Environment and Well-Being: A Cross-Cultural Study”  wins the Global Asia Initiative seed grant! Congratulations for Owen, Jeff, and Wenqing for the great work.

Title: Environment and Well-Being: A Cross-Cultural Study

Co-Principal Investigators:

Owen Flanagan (James B. Duke University Professor of Philosophy, Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience, Co-Director, the Center of Comparative Philosophy, Duke University)

Jeffrey Nicolaisen (Candidate for Ph.D., Graduate Program in Religion, Duke University)

Wenqing Zhao (Post-doctoral Research Fellow and Associate Director, The Center for Comparative Philosophy, Duke University)

 

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David Wong’s paper wins 2015 Dao Annual Best Essay Award

Congratulations!
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Our own David Wong’s paper, Early Confucian Philosophy and Development of Compassion (Dao 14.2: 157-194) has won 2015 Dao Annual Best Essay Award

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Our “Varieties of Well-Being” project wins St. Louis-Templeton Grant

Great news! Our CCP project “Varieties of Well-Being: A Cross-Cultural Study” that has just received funding from the St. Louis-Templeton Project. Congratulations on Owen and Wenqing for the great work!

 

Varieties of Well-Being: A Cross-Cultural Study

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