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Confucianism and Ecology


May 30-June 1, 1996


  • Opening Session
  • Overviews
  • China
  • Korea
  • Japan
  • Philosophical Reflections
  • Issues on the Ground


Opening Session


Lawrence Sullivan, Director, Center for the Study of World Religions - Welcoming remarks


Tu Weiming, Director, Harvard-Yenching Institute - Beyond the Enlightenment Mentality: Reflections on Confucian Ecology


Respondent - Wm. Theodore de Bary, Columbia University




Michael Kalton, University of Washington, Tacoma - Extending the Neo-Confucian Tradition: Questions and Reconceptualization for the Twenty-first Century


Rodney Taylor, University of Colorado, Boulder - Companionship with the World: Toward a Confucian Ecology


Panel respondent - Mary Evelyn Tucker, Bucknell University




Joseph Adler, Kenyon College - Chou Tun I : Resources for an Ecological Perspective


Toshio Kuwako, Tokyo Institute of Technology - The Metaphysics of Environmental Correlation in Chu Hsi


Respondent - Tu Weiming, Harvard University




Young Chan Ro, George Mason University - Ecological Implications of Yi Yulgok's Cosmology: Ch'i as the Unitary Foundation of Ecosystems


Heup Young Kim, Kang Nam University - Yi Toegye's Understanding of Nature and Ecological Problems




Mary Evelyn Tucker, Bucknell University - The Ecological Implications of Japanese Neo-Confucianism


Seiko Gotø, Chiba University - A Comparison of Confucian Influences on Landscape Gardens in Japan and Germany


Respondent - Michael Kalton, University of Washington, Tacoma


Philosophical Reflections


Chung-ying Cheng, University of Hawaii, Manoa - On the Trinity of Cosmology, Ecology and Ethics in Confucian Personhood


Philip J. Ivanhoe, Stanford University - Resources Within the Confucian Tradition for the Philosophical Justification of Environmental Concern


John Berthrong, Boston University - New Confucianism: Reflections on Contemporary Resources for Confucian Ethics


Respondent - Robert Neville, Boston University


Issues on the Ground


Ron Guey Chu, Academia Sinica - Popular Confucianism and Ecology


Robert Weller, Boston University - The Story of Stone : Reflections on the Continuity of Being


Huey-li Li, University of Akron - Ecological Implications of Confucianism: An Ecofeminist Perspective


Respondent - Chung Chai-sik, Boston University