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【報告】International Workshop on the Research of Chinese Philosophy in Japan and Taiwan

2010.04.11 中島隆博

Thanks to Professor Masayuki Sato (National Taiwan University)’s initiative, an international conference was held on March 20 and 21 at Harvard Yenching Institute, Cambridge, MA.

This conference was entitled as “International Workshop on the Research of Chinese Philosophy in Japan and Taiwan: With Critical Retrospections and Future Prospects,” co-sponsored by UTCP. There were so many scholars on Chinese Philosophy from Taiwan, Japan, and U.S.A. who interrogated the actual problems for Chinese Philosophy as a discipline. Our tentative agreement was that Chinese Philosophy in Japan became critical, so we needed strong international support for it. How we can postpone the death of Chinese Philosophy in Japan could be a next theme of our workshop.


The Program of the workshop is as follows:

First Day (Saturday, 20 March 2010)

10:00-10:10 Opening remarks from the Conference Organizers


Session One

Inquiry into Mind-Body Relationship in Chinese Philosophical Tradition

Chair and Commentator: James Robson, Harvard University

Presenter (1) : Masami Tateno, Nihon University, Japan

Myth in the Tao: Mind-body and Language in Chuang-tzu’s Tao

Presenter (2) : Yao-ming Tsai, National Taiwan University, Taiwan

A Reflection on Buddhist Approaches to the Mind-Body Relationship

12:10-13:20 Lunch break:

13: 20-14:20 Session Two

Role of Language in Early Chinese Philosophical Discourse

Chair and Commentator: Michael Puett, Harvard University

Presenter: Wim De Reu, National Taiwan University, Taiwan

Paradoxical Language on Language: A Study in Early Daoist Meta-language

14:20-14:40 Coffee break

14:40-16:40 Session Three

New Materials with New Perspectives: Japanese Perspectives on Chinese Philosophy Research

Chair and Commentator: Kurtis Hagen, SUNY Plattsburgh

Presenter (1): Takayasu Suenaga, Kagoshima University, Japan

On the Impact and Implication of the Discovery of the Guodian Manuscripts:

A Critical Reflection on the Current State of Japanese Research on the History of Pre-Qin Thought

Presenter (2): Keiji Hashimoto, Hiroshima University, Japan

Action in Wang Yangming: Encounter and Co-existence


Second Day (Sunday, 21 March 2010)

10:00-12:00 Session Four

Future Possibility and Limitation of Contemporary Neo-Confucian Research in the 21st Century

Chair and Commentator: Stephen C. Angle, Wesleyan University

Presenter (1): Bau-ruei Duh, National Taiwan University, Taiwan

Modern Neo-Confucianism: Its Influence at Taiwan and Theoretical Reflection

Presenter (2): Takahiro Nakajima, The University of Tokyo, Japan

New Confucianism in Modern Japan

12:00-12:10 Taking picture

12:10-13:20 Lunch break

13: 20-15:20 Session Five

Guideline for Life? or Texts for Philological Inquiry?: Japanese and Taiwanese

State-of-the-field of Yangming Neo-Confucianism

Chair and Commentator: Peter K. Bol, Harvard University

Presenter (1): Masaya Mabuchi, Gakushuin University, Japan

Post-War Japanese Research of Wang Yangming Neo-Confucianism Past and Present

Presenter (2): Ping-tzu Chu, National Tsinghua University, Taiwan

The Future of Confucianism in Taiwan

15:20-15:40 Coffee break 5

15:40-16:40 Session Six

Can Japanese Research on Chinese Philosophy Survive 21st Century?

Chair and Commentator: Takahiro Nakajima, The University of Tokyo, Japan

Presenter: Masayuki Sato, National Taiwan University, Taiwan

The Rise and Fall of Japanese Research on Chinese Philosophy: A Critical Look Back at Its Peculiarities

16:40-17:40 Roundtable Discussion

Co-Chaired by Masayuki Sato and Ping-tzu Chu

Discussants: Kurtis Hagen, Stephen Angle, Michael Puett

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