【Minsheng Lecture】Phenomenology


Minsheng Lecture

One day talk and seminar of On Family: Individuals and Qinqin

Guests: Sun Xiangchen, Wu Xiaoming, Cai Xiangyun, Chen Yong, Zhu Gang, Wen Haiming, Zhang Lu, Cai Wenjing, Gao Yuan, Wang Chunming, Jiang Dandan
Host: Jiang Dandan, Cai Wenjing, Cai Xiangyun, Wang Chunming, Wen Haiming
Lecturer: Sun Xiangchen
Time: 10:30-17:30, July 2, Fri, 2021
Location: Multimedia Hall (1F), Shanghai Minsheng Art Museum


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In his book On Family: Individualism and Qinqin, Sun Xiangchen, a professor of Fudan University, stated the conflicted status of the discourse of “family”: it is such an important discourse in Chinese traditional culture, but it can hardly enter the mainstrream discourse in the contemporary time. Obviously, the radical perspectives of the pioneers from May Forth Movement has been so influential that the value of “family” is considered a vast obstacle against the modernization of China. Going against the limits of "Chinese Learning as Substance, Western Learning for Application" and the vice versa, this book put forward “dual ontology,” claiming the freedom of individuals as well as the value of “qinqin亲亲” (loving the families). With this “double perspectives,” the book re-evaluate the meaning of family in the contemporary world, stating the conflicting yet complementing relationship between the concepts of “individuals” and “qinqin.”

“Family” has also been neglected in Western ethics. From Thomas Hobbes to Kant, the value of modern individuals have replaced the unique position of family, but the concept of “family” still appears from time to time. Traditional Chinese culture advocates “shengsheng生生” (endless circle of life) to  “qinqin亲亲” (loving the families), from “xiao孝” filiality to “ren仁” benevolence, then to “jia guo tian xia家国天下” (bring order to family; govern the country; bring peace to all). “Family” is not a simple ethic, but an ontology.

This “Phenomenology One Day Talk” seminar is co-organized by Shanghai Minsheng Art Museum and Department of Philosophy, School of Humanties, Shanghai Jiaotong University. Experts from Fudan University, University of Canterbury, Shandong University, Shanghai Jiaotong University, Sun Yat-Sen University, Renmin University of China, Shanghai Polytechnic University, etc. The seminar will discuss Chinese family ethics from a phenomenological perspective based on this book.

Lecture Schedule
Minsheng Lecture

The first session (10:30-11:20)

Host: Jiang Dandan (Department of Philosophy, School of Humanities, Shanghai Jiao Tong University)
Lecturer: Sun Xiangchen (School of Philosophy, Fudan University)
Guest (online): Wu Xiaoming (Canterbury University)

The second session (11:20-12:10)
Host: Cai Wenjing (Department of Philosophy, School of Humanities, Shanghai Jiao Tong University)
Guests: Cai Xiangyuan (Advanced Institute for Confucian Studies, Shandong University), Chen Yong (Department of Philosophy, School of Humanities, Shanghai Jiao Tong University)

The third session (14:00-14:50)
Host: Cai Xiangyuan (Advanced Institute for Confucian Studies, Shandong University)
Guests: Zhu Gang (online, Department of Philosophy, Sun Yat-Sen University), Wen Haiming (School of Philosophy, Renmin University of China)

The forth session (14:50-15:40)
Host: Wang Chunming (School of Philosophy, Fudan University)
Guests: Zhang Lu (Shanghai Polytechnic University), Cai Wenjing (Department of Philosophy, School of Humanities, Shanghai Jiao Tong University)
Break (15:40-15:55)

The fifth session (15:55-16:45)
Host: Wen Haiming (School of Philosophy, Renmin University of China)
Guests: Gao Yuan (Department of Philosophy, School of Humanities, Shanghai Jiao Tong University), Wang Chunming (School of Philosophy, Fudan University)

Free discussion (16:45-17:15)
Conclusion of seminar (17:15-17:30) Sun Xiangchen (School of Philosophy, Fudan University)

On Family: Individuals and Qinqin
Author: Sun Xiangchen
Publisher: East China Normal University Press


Sun Xiangchen

Sun Xiangchen was born in January, 1968 in Beijing. He is the professor and dean in the School of Philosophy, Fudan University, Shanghai. His fields of study include early modern philosophy, enlightenment philosophy, political philosophy, Jewish-Christian philosophy, phenomenology, and comparative philosophy. His major publications include: Metaphysics of Seventeen Century (co-author, People’s Press, 2006), Philosophy and Sino-Theology (co-author, Hong Kong: Logos & Pneuma Press, 2007), Facing the Other: On Levinas' Philosophical thought (Shanghai Sanlian Bookstore, 2008), etc. He is also the translator of the books Does God Exist (by Kung, Hong Kong: Logos & Pneuma Press, 2003) and Psychoanalysis & Religion (by Erich Fromm, Shanghai People's Press, 2006). He has published over 80 articles at journals at home and acroad, including Academic Monthly, and Journal of Chinese Philosophy. He is the committee member of Chinese Society for the History of Foreign Philosophy, vice president of French Philosophy Association, vice president of Shanghai Comparative Philosophy Association. He has gained the title as “Excellent Yount Teacher in Shanghai” and supported by Minister of Education’s “New Century Excellent Talents in University” program. He is the winner of Second and Third Prize of Shanghai Excellent Philosophical and Social Essay and the second prize of 2014 Excellent Teaching Award by Minister of Education.

Wu Xiaoming

Wu Xiaoming gained his bachelor degree from Fudan University, his master degree from Peking University, and his PhD from University of Sussex. He has taught at Tianjin Academy of Social Sciences, Peking University, University of Westminister, and is now teaching at University of Canterbury and Sichuan University. Dr Wu’s research interests focus broadly on a philosophical rereading of Confucian and Daoist classics and comparative studies of Chinese and European thought. His traditional research interest use to be Chinese and comparative literature, with a particular emphasis on modern Chinese literature and the literary influences it received from Western romanticism. His receng publications include Wu dao yi yi guan zhi: Chong du Kong Zi ('A Single Thread Runs through All My Doctrines': Rereading Confucius), Tianming: zhiwei xing! - Piandu "Zhong yong" (A Limited Reading of the Doctrine of the Mean), Wenben zhi jian-cong Kongzi dao Lu Xun (Between the texts-from Confucius to Lu Xun), Filozofija i Zhexue: put k drugome i natrag (Philosophy and zhexue: the way to the other and back), etc. He also translated Literary Theory: An Introduction by Terry Eagleton and Recent Theories of Narrative by Wallace Martin into Chinese.

Cai Xiangyuan

Cai Xiangyuan is a professor at Advanced Institute for Confucian Studies, Shandong University. He gained his PhD from Peking University. His research focuses on critical studies and constructions of Confucianism, Phenomenology-Hermeneutics- Deconstruction, Wittgenstein Philosophy, comparative philosophy, etc.

Chen Yong

Chen Yong was born in November, 1984 in Zhangjiagang, Jiangsu Province. He studied at Fudan Universiity and Heidelberg University. He gained his PhD in July, 2013 and is now the associate professor at Department of Philosophy, Shanghai Jiao Tong University.

Zhu Gang

Zhu Gang gained his PhD from Peking University in 2004. He is the professor of Department of Philosophy as well as Phenomenology Archive and Research Center of Sun Yat-Sen University. He is the committee member of Chinese Society for the History of Foreign Philosophy and Chinese Phenomenology Committee, editing committee of “Chinese Phenomenology Literature” series, committee member of French Philosophy Association. His research focuses on Phenomenology, ontemporary European philosophy, Ethics, and Comparative Philosophy. His recent publications include Originary Difference: Derrida’s Deconstruction of Originary Metaphysics (Shanghai People’s Press, 2006; renamed as Originary Difference: Derrida’s Deconstruction of Traditional Metaphysics in 2019), The Start and the Future (Commercial Press, 2012), Multi-origins and Originess: Levinas’s Deconstruction of Single Origin in Western Philosophy (Jiangsu People’s Press, 2016). He is the Chinese translator of Totality and Infinity: An Essay on Exteriority (Peking University Press, 2016) and De L''esprit by Jacques Derrida. He has published over 50 essays.

Wen Haiming

Professor Haiming Wen received his Ph.D. in comparative philosophy from the University of Hawaii in 2006. He is now a professor at the School of Philosophy, Renmin (People’s) University of China (RUC), The Beijing Center (TBC, since 2007), Yeching Academy (YCA, since 2015). He is the secretary-general, and Director of Research for International Association of Yijing (the Book of Changes) Studies. He is a member of the Advisory Editorial Board of the journal Asian Philosophy, and was the Associate Editor-in-Chief for the English Journal Frontiers of Philosophy in China, and editor-in-chief for the “International Studies on Chinese Philosophy” series for Peking University Press.

Zhang Lu

Zhang Lu is a philosophy doctor and is teaching at Shanghai Polytechnic University. She is entitled as Young Core Scholars and Excellent Teacher. Her research focuses on contemporary Western Marxism, Sociology of Consumers and Consumption, Technological Aesthetics and Moral Studies, Intellectual History, Globalized Labor, New Media and Cultural Industry. In 2018, she participated into the Jean Piaget’s Collection program founded by National Publication Foundation.

Cai Wenjing

Cai Wenjing graduated from Peking University and Copenhagen University. Cai is the associate professor of Department of Philosophy, School of Humanities, Shanghai Jiao Tong University. Cai’s research focuses on contemporary Continental Philosophy and Phenomenology. Cai is the Chinese translator of Subjectivity and Selfhood: Investigating the first-person perspective by Dan Zahavi. Cai has published numerous essays about reflections, self-consciousness, and freedom.

Gao Yuan

Dr. Gao Yuan (Austin Y. Gao) is an Associate Professor of Shanghai Jiao-Tong University, China. He obtained his PhD in Philosophy and Theology from University of Helsinki, Finland, in 2015. He is the first PhD in Philosophy and Theology appointed by China Scholarship Council in Finland with a Sino-Finnish doctoral programme “Western Classics, Augustine and Medieval Studies” in cooperation with Academy Professor Simo Knuuttila and Chair Professor Miikka Ruokanen. The systematic results have been reflected in his English-language monograph Freedom from Passions in Augustine. His main interests lie in the study of Moral and Political Philosophy, Dogmatics and Systematic Theology, Augustine and Medieval Studies, Philosophy of Emotions/Mind, as well as the Comparative Studies of Sino-Western Philosophy (esp. the dialogue between Finnish Lutheran-Augustinian School and Chinese Philosophy/Religions).

Wang Chunming

Wang Chunming is teaching at School of Philosophy, Fudan University. He is also a researcher and vice secretary of Center for Contemporary Marxism Abroad of Fudan Uni. He is the executive editor of Contemporary Marxism Abroad Research Report, editor of French Philosophy Research Literature series, academic consultant of Charon Bataille series, committee member of Cercle Champ de Bataille.

Jiang Dandan

Jiang Dandan teaches at the Institute of Advanced Studies of the Philosophy Department at Shanghai Jiao Tong University. Director of research programs at the Collège International de Philosophie (CIPh, Paris), she is a member of the reading Committee for the publication Rue Descartes (CIPh, Paris); executive editor-in-chief for Studies of French thought (Editions du people, Beijing); Director of the collection of essays “Légerté et Pesanteur” (Qing yu Zhong, in collaboration with Fabian Heubel with 36 published titles, translated in French and German) with the ECNU Press (East China Normal University, Shanghai).She has completed visiting research programs at the Center for Research on Arts and Language (CRAL, EHESS) and at the “Ecriture de la modernité” laboratory at Université Paris III. She was a recipient of the City of Paris's Research Grant (2009); a visiting researcher (“Hermès” Program) at the Fondation de la Maison des Sciences de l'Homme (FMSH, Paris 2008), and at the Institute of Advanced Studies in Social and Human Sciences at the University of Taïwan (April-May 2014 ). She was also a visiting professor at Université Paris I-Sorbonne (May-June 2015). Her research areas include intercultural dialogue, comparative philosophy (French philosophy and Chinese thought), aesthetics and ethics. Since 1999, she has published over 60 essays in various academic magazines.