Warp, Weft, and Way

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Comparative Philosophy Conference in Germany

Metaphysical Foundations of Knowledge and Ethics in Chinese and European Philosophy

Cologne, June 24-25, 2011

In the history of Chinese and European philosophy, metaphysics has played an outstanding role: it is a theoretical framework which provides the basis for a philosophical understanding of the world and the self. A theory of the self is well integrated in a metaphysical understanding of the totality of nature as a dynamic process of continuous changes. According to this view, the purpose of existence can be conceived of as the development and realization of the full potential given to the individual by its nature. In regard to human nature specifically, this idea of self-realization includes the development of all cognitive
faculties as well as of the moral character.

Metaphysics has, however, suffered a loss of importance in current debates, especially in ethics. As a result, we observe the emergence of such philosophical views as moral skepticism and even nihilism. The
consequence of this tendency has been the renunciation of a claim to understanding and to providing a solid ground for ethics. Yet an intercultural dialogue can provide us with some hope as the consolidation
of debates on crucial topics of our traditions might indeed serve as the basis for a more powerful philosophy in the future.

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Freitag, 24.06.2011
9:30 Address of Welcome
9:45 Guo Yi (Beijing/Cologne): Dao and Daoic Philosophy – a General Introduction
10:00 Richard Stichler (Philadelphia) : Human Nature and Cultures of War
10:50 Hans-Georg Müller (Cork): Emotions and Morality in Confucianism and Daoism
11:40 Coffee Break
12:00 Sasa Josifovic (Cologne): Figurations (Morphomata) of Freedom
12:50 Paul Cobben (Tilburg): Recognition as Unity Between Theoretical and Practical Reason
13:40 Lunch
15:10 Günter Zöller (Munich): The Value of Knowledge and the Knowledge of Value. A Modernist Reply to Guo Yi
16:00 Tilman Borsche (Hildesheim): To Be Announced

Samstag, 25.06.2011
10:00 Asuman Lätzer-Lasar (Cologne): The Guodian Manuscripts in Their Archaeological-Historical Context
10:50 Arran Gare (Melbourne): Daoic Philosophy and Process Metaphysics: Overcoming the Nihilism of Western Civilization.
11:40 Coffee Break
12:00 Christian Krijnen (Amsterdam/Tilburg): Rational Foundations of Knowledge and Values
12:50 Ralph Weber (Zurich): Making the Implicit Explicit – An Analysis of Some Comparative Claims in Guo Yi´s Discussion of Chinese and European
13:40 Lunch
15:10 Andreas Speer (Cologne): What wisdom? On the (dis-)connection of metaphysics and ethics in Western philosophy
16:00 Chung-Ying Cheng (Hawaii): Onto-Generative Epistemology
16:50 Guo Yi (Beijing/Cologne): Summary


June 16, 2011 - Posted by | Comparative philosophy, Conference, Europe


  1. Thank you so much for posting this. I live 10 km away from cologne and wouldn’t ever have heard about this without your blog.

    Comment by pytisma | June 20, 2011 | Reply

    • You don’t know how much pleasure we get from comments like this; so glad to have been of service to you!

      Comment by Manyul Im | June 20, 2011 | Reply

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