The 22nd International Conference on Chinese Philosophy Convened Online

2022-10-05

The opening ceremony of the 22nd International Conference on Chinese Philosophy was convened online on the morning of June 27.This conference was hosted by the International Society for Chinese Philosophy (ISCP) and East China Normal University (ECNU), organized by the Institute of Modern Chinese Thought & Culture of ECNU and the Department of Philosophy of ECNU, and co-organized by Shanghai Association of Comparative Study on Chinese-Western Philosophy and Culture.

Prof. Qian Xuhong, President of ECNU and Academician of the Chinese Academy of Engineering, and Prof. Karyn Lai, Chair of Board of Officers of ISCP and a professor of The University of New South Wales were invited to the Conference. Prof. Yang Guorong, president of ISCP and Director of the Institute of Modern Chinese Thought & Culture of ECNU, delivered the opening speech. Prof. Yu Zhenhua introduced information related to the 22nd International Conference on Chinese Philosophy and ISCP, pointing out that this Conference was the largest ISCP conference since its establishment.

On behalf of ECNU, Prof. Qian Xuhong, president of ECNU and academician of the Chinese Academy of Engineering, extended his sincere greetings to all the guests attending the conference, colleagues of Chinese philosophy from all over the world, and friends around the world who have cared and supported the development of the philosophical cause of ECNU.

In the context of the world affairs, such as the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, international conflicts, and de-globalization trends, he believed that advocating the concept of “world philosophy” would require broader courage and thinking. Chinese philosophy is an indispensable link in the formation of world philosophy. The wisdom of Chinese philosophers belongs not only to the ancient times, but also to the present and future. Shouldering the sacred mission of “establishing a mind for heaven and earth” and “thinking for the people” in the era of highly developed science and technology, ECNU has been actively promoting interdisciplinary research, including the digital humanities project on Laozi (a great Chinese philosopher in the Spring and Autumn Period). In the end, President Qian wished the International Conference on Chinese Philosophy a complete success and hoped that the world would become a better place with our joint efforts.

Prof. Qian Xuhong, president of ECNU and academician of the Chinese Academy of Engineering

Prof. Karyn Lai, chair of the board of officers of ISCP and a professor of the University of New South Wales, first extended a welcome to the distinguished guests and scholars attending the International Conference on Chinese Philosophy, and expressed gratitude to Prof. Kwong-loi Shun, the former chair of board of officers of ISCP; Prof. Yang Guorong, the current president; Prof. Ann Pang-White, the executive director; and all other council members.

The theme of this year’s International Conference on Chinese Philosophy is “Chinese Philosophy from the Perspective of World Philosophy”, which reflects Chinese philosophy's successful participation in contemporary philosophical debates, and also shows that Chinese philosophy is increasingly attracting attention from the philosophical community in academia. In the end, she wished the seminar a success, and hoped every participant would reap the benefits from this seminar, including making new friends, expanding the network of academic exchanges, and promoting the research of Chinese philosophy and comparative philosophy.

Prof. Karyn Lai, chair of the board of officers of ISCP 

and a professor of the University of New South Wales

On behalf of the organizers, Prof. Yang Guorong, president of ISCP and director of the Institute of Modern Chinese Thought & Culture of ECNU, firstly expressed his sincere welcome and appreciations to the scholars attending the conference. Focusing on the theme of this Conference, he pointed out that the encounter and interaction between Chinese and Western philosophy has become a common phenomenon. Chinese philosophy has started gaining a global perspective. World philosophy means to go beyond the limitations of regional cultural backgrounds and cultural traditions; that is, understanding the world from the perspective of the world.

Specifically, as a form of wisdom, world philosophy is not only a represent the concept of space, but also contains profound connotations at the historical and metaphysical levels; it not only transcends the limits of knowledge and shows a universal dimension, but also involves the care of values. World philosophy also provides explanations about the world, with practical insights about humanity. Since the 20th century, Chinese philosophy has not only presented global significance, but also participated in the contention of a hundred schools of thought worldwide. In this process, Chinese philosophy has formed an independent ideological system and demonstrated its own discourse power.

In the process of globalization of Chinese philosophy, world philosophy is essentially combined with the individualization and diversification of philosophy. Finally, Prof. Yang Guorong wished the online conference a complete success.

Prof. Yang Guorong, president of ISCP 

and director of the Institute of Modern Chinese Thought & Culture of ECNU

The theme of this conference is “Chinese Philosophy from the Perspective of World Philosophy”. After 14 years, the International Conference on Chinese Philosophy has convened in China for the fourth time. Over 600 scholars from more than 30 countries and regions participated in this conference to discuss the global dimension of Chinese philosophy in depth. As the largest ISCP since its establishment in 1975, the Conference will last for five days, from June 27th to July 1st, during which, more than 100 academic seminars of different types will be convened in total, including a series of lectures delivered by famous experts, plenary sessions, special-invited sessions, and special sessions.

Prof. Chen Lai delivered a speech at the conference, which was chaired by Prof. Wu Zhen from Fudan University

Prof. Kwong-loi Shun delivered a speech at the conference, which was chaired by Prof. Ann Pang-White, executive director of ISCP.

After the opening ceremony, the conference entered the plenary session. Prof. Chen Lai, president of the Society of the History of Chinese Philosophy and dean of the Academy of Chinese Learning of Tsinghua University, delivered an academic report titled “A Comparative Philosophical Perspective of Zhu Xi’ s Theory of Principel (li) and Vital Energy (qi)”. Besides, Prof. Kwong-loi Shun from the University of California, Berkeley, Former Chair of Board of Officers of ISCP, delivered an academic report titled “The Learning of Life and Confucian Research Methods”.

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Editor: Cui Jizhen, Philip Nash

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华东师范大学
East China Normal University