Contemporary Moral Psychology and Cross-cultural Moral Psychology
September 23-24, 2022
Location: Online Youtube Livestream
Contemporary moral psychology aims to explain the psychological processes involved in moral judgments, emotions, and virtues by drawing on the results of recent research in empirical and evolutionary psychology as well as cognitive neuroscience. The study of East Asian philosophy by philosophers trained in the Anglo-American tradition has applied these results and shown several promising directions to explore traditional East Asian thought. Nevertheless, an issue that needs to be further addressed is the extent to which the study of East Asian philosophy has not yet been sufficiently indigenized in terms of taking the experiences of East Asian people seriously, in their own terms. As a result, the norm of experience in the study of East Asian thought is largely biased in favor of the Western, educated, industrialized, rich, and democratic (WEIRD) standard; often Western theories provide the primary concepts, approaches, and goals which are subsequently applied to East Asian traditional materials and to the experience of modern East Asians.
To address this concern, this two-day conference addressed various issues that arise at the point where East Asian thought intersects with contemporary moral psychology and cultural psychology, and it explored the ways in which the study of East Asian philosophy can be relevant not just to what can be learned from traditional Confucian texts, but to understanding the experiences of contemporary people. Please RSVP to receive a link to watch the YouTube livestream. In-person attendance was by invitation only.
This event was co-sponsored by Georgetown University’s Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs, the Center for the Contemporary Study of East Asian Classics and Critical Confucianism (CCECC) at Sungkyunkwan University, and the National Research Foundation of Korea. The co-sponsors also thank the Institute of Confucian Philosophy and Culture (ISCP) and Journal of Confucian Philosophy and Culture (JCPC) at Sungkyunkwan University for their support.
Friday, September 23
9:15 – 9:30 a.m. EDT | Opening Remarks
Philip J. Ivanhoe, Georgetown University
Doil Kim, Sungkyunkwan University
9:30 - 10:30 a.m. EDT | ‘Like Loving a Lovely Sight’: Knowledge and Action in Chinese Philosophy
Bryan W. Van Norden, Vassar College
10:30 - 10:45 a.m. EDT | Break
10:45 - 11:30 a.m. EDT | On Lowering Oneself - Construed from a Cross-cultural Perspective
Doil Kim, Sungkyunkwan University
11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. EDT | Lessons from the Contemporary Debate over Filial Values and Corruption
Hagop Sarkissian, City University of New York Graduate Center
12:15 – 1:30 p.m. EDT | Break
1:30 – 2:30 p.m. EDT | Tribalism and Moral Learning
Shaun Nichols, Cornell University
2:30 – 2:45 p.m. EDT | Break
2:45 – 3:30 p.m. EDT | East Asian Thoughts in Cultural Psychology
Hoon-Seok Choi, Sungkyunkwan University
3:30 – 4:15 p.m. EDT | Sages Are Partial to Humanity
Youngsun Back, Sungkyunkwan University
4:15 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. EDT | Day One Closing Remarks
Thomas Banchoff, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs
Saturday, September 24, 2022
9:30 – 10:30 a.m. EDT | Confucian Affect (情) as the Foundation for Mutual Care and Moral Elevation in Human Relationality
Jin Li, Brown University
10:30 – 11:15 a.m. EDT | Anger: Between Illness and Politics
Keunchang Oh, Sungkyunkwan University
11:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. EDT | Authenticity, Code-Switching, and the Ethics of Consistency
Daniel Kelly, Purdue University
Michael Brownstein, John Jay College of Criminal Justice
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Philip Ivanhoe, chair of the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures at Georgetown, gives his opening remarks.
Bryan W. Van Norden of Vassar College delivers a talk on the Chinese philosophical tradition.
Doil Kim of Sungkyunkwan University discusses cross-cultural notions of Confucian humility.
Hagop Sarkissian of the CUNY Graduate Center presents his research on Confucian filial piety and corruption.
Shaun Nichols of Cornell University explores the connections between tribalism and morality.
Hoon-Seok Choi of Sungkyunkwan University answers an audience question while presenting on cultural psychology.
Youngsun Back of Sungkyunkwan University engages in a conversation about Confucian philosophy.
The conference attendees listen to a virtual presentation by Jin Lee, a professor at Brown University.
Keunchang Oh of Sungkyunkwan University probes the contemporary definition of mental disorder.
Michael Brownstein of John Jay College engages in conversation following his presentation.