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Learning from Chinese Philosophy



Every year the UMM Philosophy Discipline hosts the Midwest Philosophy Colloquium, where distinguished speakers come to campus and give talks on topics of general interest. Previous colloquium speakers have included Donald Davidson, Saul Kripke, Fred Dretske, J.L. Mackie, Gilbert Harman, David Gauthier, Keith Donnellan, Kurt Baier, Alvin Goldman, David Kaplan, Paul Benacerraf, Keith Lehrer, Jonathan Bennett, John Searle, Robert Solomon, Phillipa Foot, Eleanor Stump, Fred Feldman, Nancy Cartwright, Gary Watson, Michael Bratman, Stephen Stich, and many others.

Roger T. Ames
University of Hawaii
“Confucian Role Ethics: Does Blind Justice
Need Moral Imagination?”
Sept 29, 2010

Roger T. Ames is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Hawaii and Editor of Philosophy East and West. He is the author (w/David Hall) of Thinking Through Confucius (1987), Anticipating China: Thinking Through the Narratives of Chinese and Western Culture (1995), Thinking From the Han: Self, Truth, and Transcendence in Chinese and Western Culture (1997), The Democracy of the Dead (1998), Focusing the Familiar: A Translation and Philosophical Interpretation of the Zhongyong (2001), and Daodejing: Making this Life Significant (2003). Professor Ames has also translated The Art of Warfare (1993), The Art of Rulership (1994), and (w/ Henry Rosemont, Jr.) the Analects of Confucius (1998).

David Wong
Duke University
“What We Can Learn from Mencius on Human Nature and the
Development of Ethical Virtue”
Oct 8, 2010

David Wong is the Susan Fox Beischer and George D. Beischer Professor of Philosophy at Duke University. He is the author of Moral Relativity (University of California, 1984) and Natural Moralities (Oxford, 2006). He is also the co-editor of Confucian Ethics: a Comparative Study of Self, Autonomy and Community (Cambridge, 2004). His current research project includes a book on the classical Chinese thinkers Mencius, Xunzi, and Zhuangzi.