Traditional Non-Confucian Perspectives on Social and Political Organization and Order

Date: 15-16 March 2014
Venue: City University of Hong Kong

Conference Schedule

There has over the past few decades been a resurgence of interest in early Confucian political thought, both from an historical perspective and from the perspective of those attempting to bring it into conversation with contemporary Western political theories. However, there is a vast array of traditional Chinese writings on political thought that has received much less attention than have the writings of thinkers like Confucius and Mencius. This literature includes a range of thinkers who traditionally have been divided into schools such as Legalism, Daoism, and Mohism, as well as the more syncretic writings found in texts such as the Guanzi, Lushi Chunqiu, and Huainanzi, among others.

Our conference brings together a range of eminent scholars from the fields of philosophy, intellectual history, and sinology who have interests in the political thought of pre-Qin through Han Dynasty China and provide them (and ourselves) with the opportunity to dig more deeply into these texts, to come to a better understanding of their meaning and intent, and to trace various currents of political thought through this time period. Not only will this conference provide us with the opportunity to more fully understand and evaluate the political thought of a range of important Chinese political theorists, it will also supply a platform upon which to base subsequent research into how these thinkers may profitably be brought into conversation with contemporary political theory and philosophy.

Presenters (in alphabetical order)

Ernest Caldwell, Lecturer in Chinese Law, SOAS, University of London, United Kingdom.
Kang Chan, Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy, National Chengchi University, Taiwan.
Carine Defoort, Professor of Sinology, KU Leuven, Belgium.
Eirik Lang Harris, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Department of Public Policy, City University of Hong Kong.
Hui Chieh Loy, Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy, National University of Singapore.
Al P. Martinich, Roy Allison Vaughan Centennial Professor in Philosophy, University of Texas, Austin, USA.
Yuri Pines, Michael W. Lipson Professor of Chinese Studies, Department of East Asian Studies, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel.
Michael Puett, Walter C. Klein Professor of Chinese History, Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations, Harvard University, USA.
Hongbing Song, Associate Professor, School of Chinese Classics, Renmin University of China.
Jeffrey Riegel, Professor and Head of the School of Languages and Cultures, University of Sydney, Australia.
Masayuki Sato, Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy, National Taiwan University.
Bryan W. Van Norden, Professor, Philosophy Department & Department of Chinese and Japanese, Vassar College, USA.
Soon-ja Yang, Assistant Professor, Philosophy Department, Chonnam University, South Korea.