The conference programme can be found here.

The original call for papers can be found below:

Philosophy, understood as the attempt to understand our world and our place in it, is not a uniquely western or European phenomenon, with longstanding and esteemed philosophical traditions in China, Japan, India, and the Muslim world, and sophisticated philosophies throughout Africa.

Yet ideas and figures from these traditions are absent from all but a tiny minority of western philosophy departments. Because of this, in recent years there have many calls for western Philosophy departments to diversify their curricula and introduce non-western thinkers and ideas into their courses.1

The case for doing so is compelling but a practical problem remains: as most academics in such departments have been trained exclusively in the western philosophical tradition and are specialists in some aspect thereof, how might those who wish to include non-western ideas and voices in their courses best go about doing so in a non-tokenistic way? Which ideas and/or which thinkers from the many longstanding non-western philosophical traditions should western philosophers seek to include in their courses? And what context do they need to be able to teach these ideas and thinkers effectively?

The aim of this conference is to consider different answers to these questions.
Accordingly, the organizers invite contributions that address these questions head-on and thus have the potential to serve as a valuable resource to those teaching core philosophy courses such as:

  • Epistemology
  • Ethics
  • Metaphysics
  • Philosophy of Mind

Following the conference, the organizers aim to compile and publish a peer-reviewed volume consisting of high-quality contributions developed from the papers delivered at the conference.

1. See for example:
The Great Divide (2006)
Philosophy's Western Bias (2012)
Chinese Philosophy Is Missing From U.S. Philosophy Departments. Should We Care? (2016)
Western Philosophy is Racist (2017)
The Parochialism of Philosophy (2018)
Western Philosophy Departments Must Open Their Minds (2018)
Decolonizing Philosophy: Samuel Loncar Interviews Carlos Fraenkel and Peter Adamson about Islam, Reason, and Religion (2018)
The Parochialism of Mainstream History of Philosophy (2018)
Why Study Racist Philosophers but Not Philosophers of Other Races? (2018)

2. A good model that potential contributors may wish to consult can be found in a recent paper by Paul J. Ambrosio and Timothy Connolly, "Using familiar themes to introduce Chinese philosophy in traditional courses (for the non-specialist)," Teaching Philosophy 40:3 (2017), 323-340.


Professor Bryan William Van Norden (Yale-NUS College, Wuhan University, Vassar College)
Professor Bryan William Van Norden holds a PhD in Philosophy from Stanford University and is the recipient of the Fulbright, National Endowment for the Humanities, and Mellon fellowships. He has taught at Vassar College and Wuhan University and is currently Kwan Im Thong Hood Cho Temple Visiting Professor at Yale-NUS College, a residential college located in Singapore. Professor Van Norden is also Chair Professor in Philosophy in the School of Philosophy at Wuhan University (PRC) and Professor of Philosophy at Vassar College (USA). He specialises in Chinese philosophy but is also interested in Chinese literature and Western philosophy and ethics. Professor Van Norden has authored, edited or translated nine books on Chinese and comparative philosophy including Introduction to Classical Chinese Philosophy (2011), Readings in Later Chinese Philosophy: Han to the 20th Century (2014, with Justin Tiwald), Readings in Classical Chinese Philosophy (2nd ed., 2005, with P.J. Ivanhoe), and most recently Taking Back Philosophy: A Multicultural Manifesto (2017). Professor Van Norden is recognised as one of The Best 300 Professors in the United States by The Princeton Review. More on Professor Van Norden is available at this link and this link.

Professor Chakravarthi Ram-Prasad (Lancaster University)
Professor Chakravarthi Ram-Prasad holds a DPhil from Oxford, is Distinguished Professor of Comparative Religion and Philosophy at Lancaster University and a Fellow of the British Academy. He specialises in Indian and comparative phenomenology, epistemology, metaphysics and philosophy of religion. He has authored seven books Knowledge and Liberation in Classical Indian Thought (2001); Advaita Epistemology and Metaphysics: An Outline of Indian Non-Realism (2002); Eastern Philosophy (2005); India: Life, Myth and Art (2006); Indian Philosophy and the Consequences of Knowledge: Themes in metaphysics, ethics and soteriology (2007); Divine Self, Human Self. The Philosophy of Being in Two Gita Commentaries. (2013), which was the winner of the Best Book 2011-15 by the Society for Hindu Christian Studies, and, Human Being, Bodily Being: phenomenological case studies from classical India (2018, forthcoming). More on Professor Chakravarthi Ram-Prasad is available at this link and this link.


The conference programme is available here.

Registration form
If you are interested in attending the conference as a delegate or speaker, express your interest by filling out this form [which is sent to Crispen Sachikonye.]

The conference is to be held at The Gallery, Manchester Hall, Manchester, UK, on 15 - 16 July 2019

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