自我他者與修養:現象學與中國哲學​ 國際學術會議​



Selfhood, otherness, and Cultivation Phenomenology and Chinese Philosophy

International Conference

國際學術會議 International Conference

“Selfhood, Otherness, and Cultivation – Phenomenology and Chinese Philosophy“

自我他者與修養:現象學與中國哲學​​ 國際學術會議

Selfhood, otherness, and Cultivation
Phenomenology and Chinese Philosophy International Conference


March 18th - 20th,


政治大學 百年樓330111演講廳
Rm 330111 of Bainian Bldg, National Chenchi University



Conference Description

We are living in what the philosopher Jonardon Ganeri has called the “age of re: emergence“, i.e., a new period defined by a growing appreciation of local, non-Western ways of thinking, a deepening of intellectual pluralism, and increasing global dialogue. Whereas quite a few philosophers in Europe and the United States still remain doubtful about the need to integrate non-Western texts into the philosophical canon, a growing number of philosophers are willing to engage in a dialogue between Western and Asian philosophy. Numerous scholars have already amply demonstrated that contemporary debates on the nature of consciousness and the self can learn important things from Indian theories (see, for example, the edited volume Self, No Self? Perspectives from Analytical, Phenomenological, and Indian Traditions, OUP 2010).

During our conference “Selfhood, Otherness, and Cultivation – Phenomenology and Chinese Philosophy“, we hope to continue these dialogues by focusing on the Chinese philosophical traditions. Like in India, philosophers in pre-modern China have debated Buddhist positions regarding the nature of consciousness, the experiencing “I“ (often thought to be non-existing), and the givenness of objects. Furthermore, Daoist and Confucian thinkers have also developed complex accounts of selfhood, self-awareness, and states of being selfless. Some of these accounts are defended even today by scholars in China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan, for example by disciples of the highly influential philosophers Mou Zongsan and Tang Junyi.

Our conference aims at exploring these non-Western conceptual traditions in more depth. In particular we hope to clarify a number of central questions: How do the Chinese philosophical traditions characterize phenomenal self-experience, and what is their understanding of self-consciousness? How were Classical Buddhist ideas regarding the illusory nature of the self interpreted in the Chinese world? What had pre-modern Chinese thinkers to say about the cultivation of consciousness, i.e. the training of the subject’s attention through meditation and other practices? How was the self supposed to persist over time? How did Daoist and Confucian thinkers conceptualize thoughts, emotions, and perceptions? What views of intersubjective experience did they develop? And, finally, what can the Chinese philosophical traditions contribute to contemporary debates on questions about selfhood, otherness, and cultivation?

Among the participants of our conference will be Dan Zahavi, who is one of the most important representatives of contemporary phenomenology and the philosophy of mind. Zahavi will give a key-note speech during our conference and will participate in a roundtable discussion with all conference participants. His views about the nature of consciousness, awareness, and intersubjectivity will thus play a major role in our discussions. We therefore encourage participants to engage with Zahavi’s work or the broader phenomenological tradition. This said, the focus of our conference will be in the area of Chinese philosophy, and we are open to both historical and systematic approaches to the topics of selfhood, otherness, and cultivation. We plan to publish the papers from this conference in an edited volume with a major publisher in the Anglophone world.

Day One

18th March

Entrustment and Distribution of Agency: Toward Philosophical Reactivation of East Asian True Self
Self and Perspective in Early Chinese Philosophy
Body, Mind and Consciousness: Comparative Reflections
Confucius, Kierkegaard, and the Intersubjective Dance

Day Two

19th March

Extended Minds and Shared Emotions
The Sense Organs, Awareness and Luminosity: A Constructed and Revived Encounter between Classical Chinese and Indian Thought
Douglas Berger
Leiden University
The Problem of Consciousness in Neo-Confucian Philosophy
Kai Marchal
National Chengchi University
Ritual and Confucian Shame
Ellie Hua Wang
National Chengchi University

Day Three

20th March

A Phenomenological Reading of Zhuangzi
Empathy, Receptivity, and the Base of Ideal Community : The Ethical Implications of ’Forget Each Other’ in the Zhuangzi
Ming-Chao Lin
National Taiwan University
The Bodily Self in Ancient Chinese Arts and in 20th Century Euro-American Painting
Taking Appearances Seriously:Phenomenology and Yogācāra Theory of Consciousness
Dharmapāla’s Notion of Awareness of Self-awareness in the Cheng weishi lun: Why Bother?

Detailed Agenda

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會前讀書會 Pre-conference Study Group

於2018年9月底起,定期舉辦此會議重點演講人Dan Zahavi的重要著作
《Self and Other: Exploring Subjectivity, Empathy, and Shame》讀書會。




Dan Zahavi 為哥本哈根大學、牛津大學著名教授,主要研究領域為現象學與心靈哲學。現象學與心靈哲學皆關注意識、自我以及主體等問題,然而,由於兩者在哲學上的迥異風格與傳統,過去的現象學與心靈哲學交流甚少。Dan Zahavi以討論自我問題為主軸,將現象學與心靈哲學的討論匯聚起來,並同時批判這兩個傳統,進而提出自己獨到的主張,產生不同的視野。 此次系列活動中,他將針對上述研究發表專題演講,亦將回應佛學「無我」的論述是否真能為情緒共享立論、社會認知與社會存有論之間如何統合的問題,並在工作坊中分享他近期研究發展與動向。



國立政治大學百年樓 330111演講廳

發表專題演講 〈Extended Minds and Shared Emotions〉



國立政治大學百年樓 330111演講廳

將從釋儒道等觀點與Dan Zahavi進行對談與交流。

3/21 (四) 14:00-18:00



「Dan Zahavi研究與著作工作坊」-將談論近期研究重點「現象學與質性研究」
並針對近年著作Husserl’s Legacy、Self and Other: Exploring Subjectivity, Empathy, and Shame等進行討論。

Amedeo Giorgi, Jonathan Smith and Max van Manen are three leading proponents of phenomenology as a qualitative research method. All three enjoy wide popularity and are routinely referenced by qualitative researchers, but they differ in their methodological recommendations and in their view of how narrowly or broadly one should define what counts as phenomenological. Must phenomenological qualitative research embrace and adopt part of Husserl’s philosophical method, in particular his notions of epoché and reduction, or is it sufficient simply to consider the first-person perspective of the patient or client in order to make the approach in question phenomenological? In my talk, I will criticize all three researchers and propose a different way to apply phenomenology in the domain of qualitative research.
Prof. Dr. Wei-lun Lee,  Dept. of Counseling & Clinical Psychology




〈You, Me and We: How to Combine Social Cognition and Social Ontology〉


自我他者與修養:現象學與中國哲學​​ 國際學術會議

地點:政治大學 百年樓330111演講廳

Selfhood, otherness, and Cultivation Phenomenology and Chinese Philosophy International Conference

Time:March 18th – 20th, 2019
Place:Rm 330111 of Bainian Bldg, National Chenchi University
Research Center for Chinese Cultural Subjectivity in Taiwan