In pursuit of wisdom: Ancient Chinese and Greek perspectives on cultivation

usydconf15-18 January 2016
University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia

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What does it take to live well? Ancient Chinese and Greek philosophy present accounts or models of life lived well: a Confucian junzi, a Daoist sage and a eudaimonic life. Philosophical discussions in these traditions bring to light pictures of the good life as well as its constitutive elements. These include, for example, the Stoic life of virtue, Aristotelian intellectual virtues, Confucian virtue ethics, and Daoist ideals of nonaction. Yet, living well is not simply about having the right kinds of pursuits or ends nor is it just about how particular activities are executed. The good life is primarily about agency, and a richer account is facilitated by understanding how it is cultivated. At this conference, we aim to extend existing debates on the good life by investigating the processes associated with cultivating or nurturing the self in order to live such lives, ably and reliably… (read more at the Conference website:

Keynote Speakers
Professor Sophie-Grace Chappell, The Open University, UK.
Professor Yahei Kanayama, Nagoya University, Japan.
Professor Poo, Mu-chou, Chinese University of Hong Kong, SAR.
Professor Lisa A. Raphals, University of California, Riverside, USA.
Professor Wang Keping, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, PRC.

Paper or Panel Proposals
We invite paper or panel proposals, submitted on the Registration Form ( EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION CLOSES NOVEMBER 15 2015.

Papers are allocated 20 mins for presentation with 15 mins for discussion. Panels may be grouped in twos or threes. Please check the conference website for more information.

Conference Organisers

Professor Rick Benitez, Philosophy Department, The University of Sydney
Dr Hyun Jin Kim, School of Historical and Philosophical Studies, The University of Melbourne
A/Professor Karyn Lai, School of Humanities and Languages, University of New South Wales