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International Conference of "Envisioning Japanese and Chinese Philosophical Potentials in the 21st Century" in Hong Kong

2008.12.16 中島隆博

International Conference of “Envisioning Japanese and Chinese Philosophical Potentials in the 21st Century” was held in Hong Kong at December 13 and 14, 2008. Thanks to the great effort by two young colleagues in Hong Kong, LAM Wing Keung and CHEUNG Ching-yuen, this epoch-making conference was realized. This conference had an ambitious challenge to start a new type of study on Japanese Philosophy: to put the study on Japanese Philosophy in an international context and ask actual problematic through re-reading of Japanese Philosophy.


The conference was supported by the Hong Kong Institute of Education and the Chinese University of Hong Kong. There were two keynote speeches, twelve presentations, and discussion for the future International Association for Japanese Philosophy. The program was as follows.

13/12/2008 DAY 1

09:00-09:15 Kevin LAM Wing-keung: Opening remarks
09:15-09:30 Kevin LAM Wing-keung: Welcoming speech
09:30-10:15 John MARALDO: Alternatives: the Promise of Japanese Philosophy
10:15-10:30 Discussion
10:30-11:00 Coffee break

SESSION 1 Moderator: Jacynthe TREMBLAY
11:00-11:25 CHEUNG Ching-yuen: Potentials and Limits of Nishida Kitaro’s Philosophy
11:25-11:50 KIM, Tae-ho: Experience and Identity - A Possibility of ‘Umaretsuki’ by Motoori Norinaga
11:50-12:15 SUGAWARA Jun: The Problem of Iwao Koyama’s Philosophy of World History Seen by the Discussion between Shigetaka Suzuki and himself
12:15-12:30 Discussion
12:30-14:00 Lunch

SESSION 2 Moderator: Gereon KOPF
14:00-14:25 HUANG Wen Hong: The Internal Turn in Nishida Kitaro's Logic of Place
14:25-14:50 NOE Keiichi: Nishida Kitaro as a Philosopher of Science
14:50-15:15 Jacynthe TREMBLAY: Potentialities of Nishida’s “encompassing” language in “logic of basho” and temporality
15:15-15:30 Discussion
15:30-16:00 Coffee break

SESSION 3 Moderator: Michel DALISSIER
16:00-16:25 HUH Woo Sung: Thinking and Perceiving: Nishida and Park as Embodied Subjects?
16:25-16:50 Kevin LAM Wing-keung: Assimilation and Dissimilation: Potentials of Japanese and Chinese Philosophical Interchange
16:50-17:15 NAKAJIMA Takahiro: Restorations of Confucianism in China and Japan: New Source of Morality and Religion
17:15-17:30 Discussion

14/12/2008 DAY 2

SESSION 4 Moderator: CHEUNG Ching-yuen
09:00-09:25 Michel DALISSIER: Nishida Kitaro and Chinese Philosophy: Chinese Philosophy in the “Logic of Place”?
09:25-09:50 Gereon KOPF: Subalterns, Cosmopolitans, and Global Citizens: Applying the Logic of the Many and the One to the Age of Globalism
09:50-10:15 TAGUCHI Shigeru: From Henological Reduction to Phenomenology of “Name” – Interpretation of Japanese Pure Land Thought
10:15-10:30 Discussion
12:00-14:00 Lunch

KEYNOTE SPEECH 2 New Asia Library, Chinese University of Hong Kong
Moderator: YAO Zhihua
14:00-14:15 CHEUNG Chan-fai: Welcoming speech
14:15-15:00 OHASHI Ryosuke: Phenomenoetics of Compassion
15:00-15:15 Discussion
15:15-15:45 Tea Break
15:45-17:00 Group discussion: On the possibilities of establishing an International Society for Japanese Philosophy


We are now being called to constitute International Platform for Japanese Philosophy such as International Society for Japanese Philosophy, International Research Centre for Japanese Philosophy and International Journal for Japanese Philosophy from overseas scholars who feel isolated and helpless. As the title of this conference showed, Japanese Philosophy has a chance to develop its philosophical potentialities in order to offer new framework for this critical moment of the world. The ball thrown is now in our hand.

(T. Nakajima)

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