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CALL FOR PAPERS: 2015 Uehiro Graduate Philosophy Conference

Place of Philosophy – Philosophy of Place
March 19-20, 2015 at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Conference Website

Email full papers to Papers should be suitable for a 20-minute presentation. In the body of the email include: 1) Your name, 2) Title of the paper, 3) Institutional affiliation, 4) Contact information (email, phone number, mailing address), and 5) Whether you would like to be considered for a travel award. Send documents in word format with no identifying information for blind review. Notification of acceptance will be sent by February 1, 2015.  The Uehiro Student Essay Award will be presented to the best student presentation. Competitive partial travel subsidies will be available this year for both international and domestic travel. All submissions will be considered for possible publication in the Uehiro Conference Proceedings, published in the past by Cambridge Scholars Press.


Keynote Speakers:

Yoko Arisaka, Ph.D.

Dr. Arisaka is a fellow at the Forschungsinstitut für Philosophie, Hannover. She has published and lectured extensively in the fields of Japanese and Continental philosophy, feminism, postcolonialism, and philosophy of mind. She is on the forefront of the intersection of philosophy and environmental concerns, having participated in the interdisciplinary Japan-U.S. Sustainability Research Group. She is the author of Prophetischer Pragmatismus: Eine Einführung in das Denken von Cornel West (Prophetic Pragmatism: Introduction to the Thoughts of Cornel West), and co-editor of Kitarō Nishida in der Philosophie des 20. Jahrhunderts (Kitaro Nishida in the 20th Century Philosophy).

Shigenori Nagatomo, Ph.D.

Currently Professor of Comparative Philosophy & East Asian Buddhism at Temple University, Dr. Nagatomo received both his M.A. and Ph.D. in Philosophy from our own University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. He specializes in Comparative philosophy and East Asian Buddhism, with a focus on issues of the mind/body. Dr. Nagatomo has an impressive body of work addressing the place of the body in religious experience and the place of religious experience in philosophy. He is also the translator of a number of key texts of philosophy, including but not limited to Nishida’s Place and Dialectic: Two Essays of Nishida Kitarō,Yuasa’s The Body, Self-Cultivation & Ki-Energy and The Body: Toward an Eastern Mind-Body Theory.

The Uehiro Cross Currents Philosophy Conference showcases exceptional work by graduate and advanced undergraduate students in all fields of philosophy that explore “place” and its relation to philosophy, including but not limited to such topics as: How has place been conceived in Philosophy? What does it mean to “have a place?” Does philosophy “have a place” in other fields in which it inserts itself (postcolonialism, ecology, race theory, women’s studies, technology, art, et al); How might a comparative approach to a philosophy of place contribute to philosophy and other fields? How has/can philosophy mediate in the current environmental crisis? How has philosophy been changed by our changing environment? We welcome papers addressing these and other questions pertaining to the conference theme.

Support provided by the Uehiro Foundation on Ethics and Education

EPOCH Graduate Research Colloquium
Varieties of World Making: Personal & Public Functions of the Imagination

Friday, October 31, 2014 @ 2:00PM Sakamaki C-308

The EPOCH Project recently showcased some of its graduate student work. The colloquium, Varieties of World MakingPersonal and Public Functions of the Imaginationorganized graduate research on the topic of the imagination, the 2014 research focus of the EPOCH Project. The event consisted of four short presentations on different functions of the imagination, taking up the topics of: knowing by imagination, the phenomenology of boredom, understanding others through imagination, and imaginative projections of future politics. The presentation served a two-fold purpose. Firstly, under the guidance of EPOCH director Professor Arindam Chakrabarti, graduate research in the department had coalesced on the topic of imagination and the time was ripe for a public presentation of the work being done. In addition to philosophy faculty, students, and friends of the department, the presentation was well attended by graduate students and faculty in diverse fields such as history, psychology, and future studies. Secondly, the introduction of fresh ideas and new interpretive vocabulary served the purpose of the philosophy department colloquium series whereby our geographically isolated community in Hawai‛i does not remain isolated in terms of philosophical diversity and the introduction of novel challenges to our intellectual community. In the end, a productive discussion was instigated on a variety of approaches to the imagination with EPOCH’s presence in the department appropriately highlighted.


Wuhan University Signing Event: 3+2 Master’s Program

The Department has entered into a 3 + 2 agreement with Wuhan University and Renmin University of China. This agreement will provide exceptional undergraduate students who have completed the three years of coursework for the undergraduate BA degree to join the Department in their fourth year and pursue an MA degree.

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ANNOUNCEMENT: Hawai‘i Undergraduate Philosophy Conference

This year’s Undergraduate Philosophy Conference is to be held this Saturday, April 5, on the Mānoa campus of the University of Hawai‘i. The even will take place in the newly founded UHM Uehiro Academy for Philosophy and Ethics in Education, Sakamaki Hall D-201. All are welcome to attend, but please arrive early for the talks you wish to attend, as seating will be limited.

For more info, take a look at the 2014 Hawai‘i Undergraduate Philosophy Conference Program.


This conference is sponsored by the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, the University of Hawaiʻi West Oahu, Hawaiʻi Pacific University, and the UHM Uehiro Academy for Philosophy and Ethics in Education.

ANNOUNCEMENT: 2014 Uehiro Graduate Philosophy Conference

Join the philosophy department this Saturday and Sunday, March 15 and 16, from 8:30 AM to 6:00 PM, for the annual Uehiro Graduate Philosophy Conference. This year’s conference will be held at the Imin Center.

The focus of the conference is aesthetics and the keynote speakers are our very own Dr. Joseph Tanke and Dr. Peng Feng, a Chinese aesthete from Peking University. Come early on Saturday and Sunday to enjoy morning refreshments; stay for some thought provoking talks.

To visit this year’s conference website click here.

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2014 Uehiro Graduate Philosophy Conference Flyer



Prof. Roger Ames awarded 2013 Confucius Culture Prize

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Professor of Philosophy Roger T. Ames was presented with a 2013 Confucius Culture Prize at the Sixth Annual World Confucian Conference in Shandong, China. The prizes are sponsored by the People’s Republic of China Ministry of Culture and the provincial government of Shandong Province—the home province of the sage Confucius.

“Dr. Ames’ scholarly stature internationally is unparalleled, and he is one of our most distinguished humanities faculty,” said Peter Arnade, dean of the UH Mānoa College of Arts and Humanities. “He is perhaps the leading interpreter of classical Chinese philosophy, Confucianism above all. This distinguished award is richly deserved.”

Read more at UH System News

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Prof. Chung-Ying Cheng in the News for Contributions in Chinese Philosophy

Chung-Ying Cheng, at 77 one of the elder statesman of Chinese philosophy in the United States, practically leaps from his hotel-room chair to find a note that relates to the publication he founded 40 years ago at the University of Hawaii-Manoa, the Journal of Chinese Philosophy.

He doesn’t want anyone to overlook the big anniversary, to be marked in October by a double issue with more than 40 scholars participating. He’ll make sure Wiley-Blackwell sends the latest copies, back issues, publicity material, whatever’s needed.

Read More at The Chronicle of Higher Education

Prof. Joseph Tanke’s Review of Aisthesis in the Los Angeles Review of Books

ANGLOPHONE READERS now have a chance to see what all the fuss is about: in June, Verso published its translation of Aisthesis: Scenes from the Aesthetic Regime of Art, Jacques Rancière’s most important treatment of art and aesthetics to date. It’s a magisterial book of great scope and ambition that has the capacity to alter how we understand the artistic culture of the past 200 years.

In the 1960s, Rancière was a student of the Marxist philosopher Louis Althusser. He broke with his mentor over the worker and student protests of May 1968. Responding to what he judged to be the elitist underpinnings of his teacher’s positions, Rancière subsequently worked to elaborate new forms of political analysis, and even of philosophy itself. In recent years, he has attracted a substantial following in philosophy, literature departments, activist political circles, and the art world. Well known for his penetrating analyses of art and literature, what distinguishes Rancière is his ability to draw unprecedented connections between ideas and practices customarily separated — a skill put to dramatic use in Aisthesis.

Read more at Los Angeles Review of Books