Chinese Philosophy in the Perspective of Comparative Philosophy (I)
主讲人：Prof. Yong Huang 黄勇 教授( Department of Philosophy, The Chinese University of Hong Kong)
主持人: Dr. Jifen Li李记芬 博士（School of Philosophy, RUC）
第一讲：How to Do Chinese Philosophy in a Western Philosophical Context: Introducing a Unique Approach to Chinese Philosophy
12月20日周二 14：00-17：00 地点： 人文楼6层会议室(600)
评论人： Prof. Dennis Schilling 谢林德教授（School of Philosophy, RUC）
Abstract: This essay introduces a unique approach to Chinese philosophy in a Western philosophical context. The central question of such an approach is why a Western philosopher ought to care about, or what he or she can learn from, Chinese philosophy. For this reason, instead of comparing and contrasting some aspects of Chinese and Western philosophy, as is usually done, a comparativist should first be familiar with the issues Western philosophers are interested in, the representative views that they have developed on each of these issues, and any problems that exist with each of these views, and then try to see whether Chinese philosophers have anything new or better to say on any of these issues. Since this approach is inevitably comparative, this presentation is preceded by a discussion of the possibility of comparative philosophy; and since such a methodological discussion is necessarily abstract, it is followed by a case study adopting such an approach to Chinese philosophy.
第二讲：“WHY BE MORAL?” The Cheng Brothers’ Neo-Confucian Answer
12月21日周三 14：00-17：00 地点：人文楼6层会议室(600)
评论人：Prof. Shiling Xiang向世陵教授（School of Chinese Classics, RUC）
Abstract: In this talk, I present a neo-Confucian answer, by Cheng Hao and Cheng Yi, to the question, “Why should I be moral?” I argue that this answer is better than some representative answers in the Western philosophical tradition. According to the Chengs, one should be moral because it is a joy to perform moral actions. Sometimes one finds it a pain, instead of a joy, to perform moral actions only because one lacks the necessary genuine moral knowledge—knowledge that is accessible to every common person as long as one makes the effort to learn. One should make the effort to learn such knowledge—to seek joy in performing moral actions—because to be moral is a distinguishing mark of being human. This neo-Confucian answer seems to be egoistic, as its conception of motivation for morality is based on self-interest: to seek one’s own joy. However, since it emphasizes that one’s true self-interest is to seek joy in things uniquely human, which is to be moral, self-interest and morality become identical; the more a person seeks one’s self-interest, the more moral the person is, and vice versa.
Yong Huang, Ph.D in Philosophy (Fudan University) and Th.D in Religious Studies (Harvard University), had taught at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania since 1996 before he moved to the Chinese University of Hong Kong in 2013. With interest in both philosophy and religious studies and familiar with both Western and Chinese traditions, his research focus has been on moral (both ethical and political) issues from an interdisciplinary and comparative perspective. Dr. Huang received Chambliss Research Award in 2005, recognizing both the number and quality of his scholarly publications. Recently he has published Why Be Moral? Learning from the Neo-Confucian Cheng Brothers, 2014, State University of New York Press; Moral Relativism and Chinese Philosophy: David Wong Responds to Critics (Co-edited, with Yang Xiao, with a co-authored Introduction and individually authored essay), 2014, Albany: State University of New York Press; and Confucius: Guide for the Perplexed, 2013, London: Continuum Publications. In addition to 50 plus journal articles and book chapters published in Chinese, Dr. Huang has also published an equal number of research articles in English in such journals as Harvard Theological Review, Journal of Asian Studies, Journal of Philosophical Research, American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly, and so on.