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The 22nd International Conference of the International Society for Chinese Philosophy (ISCP)
Chinese Philosophy from the Perspective of World Philosophy
July 5–8, 2021, East China Normal University, Shanghai, China
Call for Papers

The 22nd International Conference of the International Society for Chinese Philosophy (ISCP) will be held at East China Normal University (ECNU) in Shanghai, China during July 5 – 8, 2021. The conference is hosted by ISCP, the Institute of Modern Chinese Thought & Culture at ECNU, the Department of Philosophy at ECNU, and the Shanghai Association of Comparative Study on Chinese-Western Philosophy and Culture.
Conference Theme
The conference theme is “Chinese Philosophy from the Perspective of World Philosophy.” Following the spread of Western philosophy in the East and the encounter between Chinese and Western thought, Chinese philosophy started gaining a global perspective. Broadly speaking, “globalness” includes two significant implications. On the one hand, the accumulated achievements of Chinese philosophical thought may provide constructive theoretical resources for the further advancement of world philosophy; furthermore, in this process Chinese philosophy itself will gradually reveals its global meaning. On the other hand, other philosophical traditions in the world (firstly, the Western philosophical traditions), also provide a broad referencing and perspectival viewpoints for the development of Chinese philosophy. Moreover, both in substance and in form, the other philosophical traditions continuously enable Chinese philosophy to obtain new forms of expression, which alternatively manifests both the creativeness and the openness of Chinese philosophy. An unavoidable issue in the study of Chinese philosophy concerns how to care about, and learn from, the wisdom of other philosophical traditions and resources, while at the same time exhibiting its own unique significance in today’s world. The 22nd conference of the International Society of Chinese Philosophy aims to advance this line of thinking.
Under the general theme of “Chinese Philosophy from the Perspective of World Philosophy,” the subthemes include, but are not limited to, the following:
(1) What is World Philosophy?
(2) How Does Chinese Philosophy Participate in Worldwide Debates of Different Philosophical Traditions?
(3) Philosophical Reflection on World History
(4) Chinese Philosophy and Eastern Philosophy
(5) Meaning and Limit of Comparative Philosophy
(6) Chinese Philosophy and Analytic Philosophy
(7) Chinese Philosophy and Phenomenology
(8) Chinese Philosophy and Pragmatism
(9) Confucian Philosophy from the Perspective of World Philosophy
(10) Daoist Philosophy from the Perspective of World Philosophy
(11) Buddhist Philosophy from the Perspective of World Philosophy
(12) Chinese Philosophy and World Philosophy in the Pandemic and Post-Pandemic Eras

Conference Dates
The official dates are July 5-8, 2021. Registration begins on July 4 and conference participants can depart on July 9.
Conference Location
Location: Minhang campus of ECNU. Its address is 500 Dongchuan Rd., Minhang District, Shanghai, 200241.
Conference Languages
Chinese and English
Submission Guidelines
1. The conference languages are both English and Chinese. Unless otherwise indicated, the language of the proposal submitted will be assumed to be the presentation language.
2. English abstracts should be 250 to 300 words; Chinese abstracts should be around 400-500 characters. Abstracts should include paper title, author’s name, affiliation, and email contact information.
3. Panel submissions (including “Author-Meets-Critics” sessions) should include the topic, panelists and their affiliations, a summary of the proposed panel in 300-500 words (English) or 800-1000 characters (Chinese), and an abstract for each of the papers (250–300 words for papers in English and 400-500 words for papers in Chinese).
4. Please submit individual abstracts and panel proposals to:
Arrangement of Sessions
(1) Each plenary session will have two speakers and will run for a total of 2 hours, including moderation, comments and discussion. Each presentation will consist of a 40-minute speech and 20 minutes for comments and discussion.
(2) Each parallel session will have 3-5 speakers in 2 hours. Generally, the presenting time for each speaker will be 20-25 minutes. The exact time will depend on the precise number of speakers in the session and will be determined by the chair while maintaining sufficient time for discussion.
Registration will begin on October 31, 2020. Deadline for registration: April 1, 2021
Deadline for submission of abstracts and panel proposals: October 31, 2020
Communication of acceptance: December 1, 2020
Deadline for submission of full papers: April 1, 2021
Reservation for designated Hotels: March 1 – May 31, 2021.
Registration Fee
Registration for ISCP Members: US$130
Registration for Non-Members: US$180
Registration for ISCP Student Members: US$50
Registration for Student Non-Members: US$100
The registration fee will cover lunch and dinner for the 4 days conference. It will also include the closing banquet (tables of shared dishes).

Hotel and Accomodation
The organizing committee will publish the information once available on the conference website. Conference participants will be able to make reservations between March 1 and May 31, 2021.

Please send general inquiries, panel/paper proposals, and full papers to:

Other inquiries may be directed to:
Professor Yun Chen, Department of Philosophy, ECNU (
Professor Liangjian Liu, Department of Philosophy, ECNU (
Professor Ann Pang-White, Department of Philosophy, The University of Scranton (

The 22nd International Conference of the International Society for Chinese Philosophy Organizing Committee:
Prof. Guorong Yang (East China Normal University)
Prof. Yong Huang (Chinese University of Hong Kong)
Prof. Ann A. Pang-White (University of Scranton)
Prof. Xinyan Jiang (University of Redlands)
Prof. Xinzhong Yao (Renmin University of China)
Prof. Xiaomei Yang (Southern Connecticut State University)
Prof. Weiping Chen (East China Normal University)
Prof. Zhenhua Yu (East China Normal University)
Prof. Lixin Chen (East China Normal University)

International Society for Chinese Philosophy
Institute of Modern Chinese Thought and Culture, ECNU
Department of Philosophy, ECNU
The Shanghai Association of Comparative Study on Chinese-Western Philosophy and Culture

中国·上海·华东师范大学 2021年7月5-8日

第22届国际中国哲学大会将于2021年7月5-8日,在上海华东师范大学举行。本次大会由国际中国哲学会(ISCP,International Society for Chinese Philosophy)、华东师范大学中国现代思想文化研究所、华东师范大学哲学系、上海中西哲学与文化比较研究会等单位共同主办。


(12) 后疫情时代的中国哲学与世界哲学






注册时间 2020年10月31日——2021年4月1日
论文摘要与小组专题讨论提案提交截止时间 2020年10月31日
宣布摘要与小组专题讨论提案接受时间 2020年12月1日 论文全文提交截止时间 2021年4月1日
指定酒店预订截止时间 2021年3月1日-5月31日





(1) 本届会议会务组(, 陈赟教授(,刘梁剑教授(。
(2) 庞安安教授(,国际中国哲学学会执行主任、美国斯克兰顿大学哲学系教授兼亚洲研究主任。

姜新艳教授 (美国,雷德兰兹大学)
陈卫平教授 (中国,华东师范大学)
郁振华教授 (中国,华东师范大学)
陈立新教授 (中国,华东师范大学)



The 21st International Conference of the International Society for Chinese Philosophy (ISCP) was held at the University of Bern, Switzerland, from July 2nd to July 5th, 2019.   

“Reality, Argumentation, and Persuasion:
Metaphysical Explorations and Epistemological Engagements in Chinese Philosophy”

University of Berne, Institute of Philosophy, Switzerland

Host Organization Website

Chinese philosophy has since its pre-Imperial beginnings been concerned with knowledge – witness Zhuangzi’s argument with Hui Shi about knowing about the happiness of the fish. Furthermore, as this famous story makes clear, there is argument about what people know and what they do not know. And there are things known, in this story, the happiness of the fish, more usually, the character of rulers, the rites, how to act, right and wrong, history, cosmology, the unifying principle of the world, medicine, and mathematics. Yet these aspects of the Chinese tradition have hardly received the attention they deserve from philosophers—questions of what can be known, what the concept of knowledge is taken to be, what role it plays within various conceptual frameworks, as well as the sceptical challenges made to knowledge, beginning, once again, with the Zhuangzi. Scepticism makes room for persuasion, and for clarifying what makes a sound argument, as opposed to mere persuasion. But there are also systematic collections of knowledge (mathematical, medical, cosmological, scientific, for example) which are prominent in the tradition, and they have close connections with philosophy proper. We invite proposals for papers and panels to deepen our understanding of these issues, and carry Chinese philosophy forward into the new millennium.

Invited speakers:

Karine Chemla, SPHERE, CNRS & University Paris Diderot, France
Anne Cheng, Collège de France, France
Karyn Lai, School of Humanities & Languages, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia
Sir Geoffrey Lloyd, Scholar in Residence, Needham Research Institute, Cambridge, UK
Paul Unschuld,   Institute for Chinese Life Sciences, Charité-Medical University, Berlin, Germany
Yang Guorong, Department of Philosophy, East China Normal University, China
Jenny Zhao, Lloyd-Dan David Research Fellow, Needham Research Institute and Darwin College, Cambridge, UK

Venue:  Lerchenweg 36, 3000 Berne 12, Switzerland

Topics include the following:


  • Yin-yang, Five elements, and Yijing (and other similar systems) as systems of classification
  • Chinese ontology (you/wu—being/nonbeing)
  • Chinese idea of the Ultimate Reality: Dao, Li, Taiji, the relation between One and Many
  • Chinese cosmology
  • Philosophical anthropology—Man’s relation to Heaven/Nature
  • Chinese Philosophy of Mind—nature, mind, emotion, desire.


  • Theories of knowledge, perception and experience in Chinese philosophy
  • Epistemic reasoning and justification in Chinese philosophy
  • Theories of truth in Chinese philosophy
  • Concerns over scepticism
  • Knowledge and virtues
  • Knowledge, skills, and values
  • Moral knowledge
  • Early Encounters with Western Sciences: 16th-18th Centuries
  • Modernization and Westernization in the early 20th Century
  • Technology of the 21st Century: Chinese Philosophy and Artificial Intelligence

Argumentation and Persuasion:

  • Argument and knowledge
  • Analysis of particular arguments in philosophical texts from Pre-Qin to Contemporary
  • Persuasion and therapy
  • Persuasion and knowledge
  • Persuasion and power
  • Rhetoric – political, ethical, religious, legal, aesthetic
  • Of particular interest: Mohist Theories of argumentation, Theory of Names, Daoist methodology of debate, and specific argumentation in Buddhism

The 20th International Conference of the International Society for Chinese Philosophy (ISCP) was held at the Nanyang Technological University in Singapore on 4 – 7 July 2017.

Conference Theme: Chinese Philosophy in a Multicultural World (click for website)

Conference Programme 會議議程

In the 21st century, cultures that originated on different continents are in close contact and people from various philosophical and religious traditions interact on multiple levels. How can Chinese philosophy position and present itself in this multicultural and intercultural world? How does a globalized world affect the study and development of Chinese philosophy? What does Chinese philosophy contribute to the making of a more harmonious and prosperous world? How can Chinese philosophy more effectively interact and communicate with other traditions? What can Chinese philosophy do to further renew and enrich its own traditions? This conference explores such questions, directly and indirectly, from a wide range of perspectives.

Under the general theme of “Chinese Philosophy in a Multicultural World,” the subthemes of this conference include, but are not limited to, the following:

1. Chinese philosophy as a cultural tradition
2. Contemporary challenges for Chinese philosophy
3. Continuing relevance of Chinese philosophical ideas
4. Buddhism and the contemporary world
5. Confucianism and the contemporary world
6. Daoism and the contemporary world
7. Chinese philosophy as a world philosophy
8. Chinese philosophy and philosophies of other cultures
9. Comparative approaches to Chinese philosophy
10. Pluralism and diversity in Chinese philosophy
11. The model of Confucian-Daoist complementarity
12. The harmony of the three teachings (Buddhism-Confucianism-Daoism)
13. Society and politics in Chinese philosophy
14. Multiculturalism in Singapore, East Asia, and Southeast Asia

Program is available at

Charles Wei-hsun Fu Foundation: ISCP Essay Contest in Asian Philosophy

The Charles Wei-hsun Fu Foundation and the International Society for Chinese Philosophy are pleased to announce the 2017 ISCP Essay Contest in Asian Philosophy.

A total of three prizes of $2,000 each are offered for the best essays in the area of Asian philosophy, including two awards for graduate students or junior faculty within five years of receipt of the Ph.D., one each in Chinese and English, as well as one award for a senior scholar, whose essay can be in either Chinese or English. Funding up to $1000 also will be provided for the winners to travel to the 2017 biennial ISCP conference.

All awardees are required to attend the 2017 Singapore conference of the International Society for Chinese Philosophy conference to present their winning essays.


The contest is open to scholars at all levels, including independent scholars. However preference will be given to young scholars beginning their careers, such as graduate students or assistant professors within five years of graduation), and senior scholars who require funding to attend the conference.


All submissions should be sent to, with “Fu Contest Essay” in the subject line. Decisions will be rendered by separate committees of scholars, drawn from the membership of the International Society for Chinese Philosophy.

Previously published papers are not acceptable. Submissions in English should not exceed 5,000 words; submission in Chinese should not exceed 7,000 words. DEADLINE: March 1, 2017.


The purpose of the contest is to encourage young scholars who show promise of making important contributions to the study and development of Chinese philosophy or Asian philosophy related to Chinese thought, and to help senior scholars with financial limitations to present their work at ISCP conferences.

Submissions will be evaluated on the following criteria:

1.    CREATIVITY original philosophical insights, such as comparative analysis.

2.    COHERENCE a cogent, well-argued presentation.

3.    SCHOLARSHIP competence in dealing with philosophical texts and interpretations.

Please visit the Fu Foundation website to learn more about its programs:








所有參賽論文請發送至,在郵件標題上注明“Fu Contest Essay”。由國際中國哲學會的會員所組成的委員會將分組評出競賽結果。已經發表的論文概不接收。英文論文不超過5000詞;中文論文不超過7000字。截止日期是2017年3月1日。




  1. 創造性:原創的哲學洞見,例如對比分析的深度。
  2. 融貫性:有說服力的、論證充分的陳述。
  3. 學術性:處理哲學文本的詮釋能力。


Organised by ISCP image Philosophy Programme
Nanyang Technological University

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