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Symposium of 'Sandel and Chinese Philosophy' held at ECNU


The three-day symposium attracts a number of big names in philosophy from China and abroad.

Michael Sandel, a well-known American political philosopher and a professor at Harvard University, appeared in person at an international symposium of Sandel and Chinese Philosophy at ECNU on March 8, 2016.

It was his second visit to Shanghai, six years after he gave a lecture of What is Justice at Fudan University on March 19, 2010. The lecture created a stir in the university as much as  Harvard’s course Justice, which he is best known for.

It is Michael Sandel's second time to Shanghai.

Yang Guorong

 Du Weiming

Besides Sandel, who did not make speeches this time, the three-day symposium attracted a number of big names in philosophy from China and abroad, including Du Weiming, Roger T. Ames, Chen Lai, Yang Guorong, Huang Yong and Wan Junren.

Du Weiming, head of the Institute for Advanced Humanistic Studies of Peking University, addressed the audience on Self from the Perspective of Spiritual Humanism. While Roger T. Ames, from the University of Hawaii, delivered a speech themed Theorizing Person in Confucian Ethics: A Good Place to Start.

 Sandel communicates with participants of the symposium.

Yu Zhenhua

Paul D’Ambrosio

Roger T. Ames

ECNU teacher, Paul D’Ambrosio, elaborated on Three Challenges to Confucian Role Ethics and a Communitarian Response and Wang Rongrong with Loyola Marymount University of the United States gave a lecture on Public Engagement with Moral Disagreement for a Just Society: Learning from Sandel. Prof. Yang Guorong made a speech on Rethinking Justice: Its Meaning and Limitation.

There was a half-an-hour discussion after each speech. During the discussions, Sandel said he was open to pungent criticism. The guests had an animated debate, quoting great thinkers in human history such as Hegel, Aristotle, Confucius, Immanuel Kant, Wang Yangming, Jacques Derrida and Jurgen Habermas.

Wang Rongrong

Chen Lai

Sponsored by ECNU's Institute of Modern Chinese Thought and Culture, Department of Philosophy of ECNU, the Shanghai Association of Comparative Study on Chinese-Western Philosophy and Culture, and International Society for Metaphysics (ISM). This symposium was initiated and organized by Yang Guorong, head of ISM and ECNU's School of Humanities and Social Sciences.

East China Normal University