Recent years have seen an increasing interest among Anglo-American political theorists in comparing the diverse ways in which thinkers of different cultural traditions address political issues. Yet, despite this growing body of literature, there is still inadequate substantive engagement across different traditions about fundamental questions in political theory and public policy. The driving interest of this symposium is to promote such engagement, comparing competing (or possibly similar) answers to substantive questions, testing arguments and assumptions across traditions in philosophical debate, and then asking whether this debate can shed light on questions of substantive policy.
This year the main theme is 'political legitimacy'. Various speakers from a range of different traditions will address such issues as:
- What conceptions of legitimacy are there in different cultural traditions?
- How do thinkers from different traditions discuss and understand political authority?
- How are policymaking, institutional design, as well as governance benefited from learning non-Western perspectives on legitimacy?
- What role should public justification and religious considerations play in a law-making procedure from comparative perspective?
- How do we compare theories of resistance and revolution in different traditions?
- Is it legitimate to engage in cultural and national assimilation of citizens and immigrants?
Day 1 (10 July)
10.30–11:00 Registration and welcome speech
11:00–13:00 Keynote speaker's speech (Professor Stephen Angle)
14:00–16:00 Section 1: Legitimacy and popular sovereignty
- Herr, Ranjoo, 'Confucian democracy as popular sovereignty'
- Tseng, Roy, 'Public dialogue between Confucianism and British idealism'
16:30–17:30 Section 1: Legitimacy and popular sovereignty (continued)
- Koseoglu, Talha Mukaddesatçi, 'Political thought in Cold War Turkey'
Day 2 (11 July)
09:00–11:00 Section 2: Legitimacy and popular sovereignty
- Chan, Joseph, 'Legitimacy and the Confucian service conception of authority'
- Chan, Elton, 'Legitimacy and power relations: a Confucian case for popular sovereignty'
11:30–12:30 Section 2: Legitimacy and popular sovereignty (continued)
- von Vacano, Diego, 'Princely performative populism'
13:30–15:30 Section 3: The cultivation of virtue
- Wong, Baldwin, 'The division of educational labour between Confucian education and political liberalism'
- Mang, Franz, 'Democracy, intellectual virtues and Confucianism'
16:00–17:00 Section 3: The cultivation of virtues (continued)
- Rathnam, Lincoln, “Ritual, consent and commitment – Confucianism and political legitimacy'
Day 3 (12 July)
9:00–12:00 Section 4: Ruling and resistance
- Caporioni, Giovanni, “The limit of human plasticity – Jiwei Ci on domination and resistance in liberal order'
- Ip, Kevin, 'Political Authority and Resistance to Injustice'
- Lee, Wilson, 'Confucianism and totalitarianism: Mengzi and Xunzi reconsidered via Arendt'
- Lai, Larry, 'Is political resistance morally justified in authoritarian regime? A Chinese Legalist perspective'
13:00–16:00 Session 5: Legitimacy in context
- Zhao, Wenqing, 'Two laws, not one – legitimacy and legality in Huang Zongxij
- Kwon, Kyung Rok, 'Affective accountability and political legitimacy in Confucian Sentimentalist representation'
- Rodrigues, Shaunna, 'An Islamic justification of a liberal political conception'
After 16:00 Conference ends. A free discussion of future collaboration in bar afterwards.
Please note: Lunch will not be provided during the conference.