East Meets West

University of Miami Philosophy Professor Travels to China to Attend Conference in His Name

The Chinese University of Hong Kong is hosting an international conference in March and inviting philosophers and academics from around the world to discuss, dissect, and analyze the work of distinguished philosopher Michael Slote—who also happens to be a professor of philosophy at the University of Miami College of Arts and Sciences.

Philosophy Professor Michael Slote

The conference, entitled Slote Encountering Chinese Philosophy, is a two-day event welcoming philosophers from academic institutions such as Rutgers University, the University of Bern in Switzerland, California State University, Indiana University, Loyola Marymount University, and The University of New South Wales in Australia—to name a few.

During his time at The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Slote will also deliver a few lectures as a visiting professor of the 2018 Tang Chun-I Visiting Professorship series, which was established in 2003. Since 2003, the institution has welcomed one or two notable philosophers to its philosophy department to offer a postgraduate lecture course on a dedicated topic of expertise, a formal public lecture, and staff seminar presentation.

“I am going to talk about the comparison and connection between Chinese and Western philosophy as well as discuss my newest book on this subject, which is scheduled to print later this year, entitled The Philosophy of Yin and Yang,” said Slote. “The book will have the Chinese translation and the English text side-by-side. Of course, while in Hong Kong, I’ll be at the conference to listen and respond to a group of philosophers commenting and discussing my work. It’s really a great honor and I’m very pleased.”

Slote’s lecture argues that yin and yang is the basis of the mind (xin) and its virtues. He will also discuss how yin and yang grounds our understanding of nature and of the harmonies of the cosmos.

Slote, who joined the University of Miami in 2002, has taught at Columbia University, Trinity College, Dublin, and the University of Maryland, where he was the department chair. He has written many articles in philosophy of mind, ethics, and political philosophy and his books include: Goods and Virtues (Oxford, 1983); Commonsense Morality and Consequentialism (Routledge, 1985); Beyond Optimizing (Harvard, 1989); From Morality to Virtue (Oxford, 1992); Morals from Motives (Oxford, 2001); and The Ethics of Care and Empathy (Routledge, 2007).






February 27, 2018