The European Association for Chinese Philosophy will be hosting two 2-hour society sessions at
the World Congress of Philosophy held at Università di Roma Sapienza 1-8 August 2024.
Abstract or paper submission deadline: 15 July 2023
The themes of the two sessions are as follows:
European Association for Chinese Philosophy (EACP) Session I:
Non-Human vs. Human: Environmental Appraisals.
Following most recent developments and the increasing interest in the field of Asian environmental
humanities and Asian-human environmental research (Meiner 2013; Callicott & McRae 2014; Vogel
& Dux 2010), the proposed session explores issues in Chinese environmental ethics from all periods
that are at the center of the ecosystemic and environmental debate in China in both ancient and
contemporary times (Nelson 2021; Lander 2021), such as (but not limited to): philosophical
conceptualizations of nature and animals; the call for a “return to a state of nature” and recovering
one’s original human nature; human-animal interactions, the moral status of animals, animal
welfare and ethics (Nylan 2019); bioethics, human and animal rights, and self-consciousness
(Carrara & Gómez 2021); political ecology, green and sustainable environmental practices and
ethical resource management throughout the ages. The session also welcomes and hopes to
stimulate further discussions on broader considerations of human vs. non-human interaction from
a comparative cross-cultural and transhistorical perspective.
European Association for Chinese Philosophy (EACP) Session II:
Human vs. Posthuman: Living with Technology and Artificial Intelligence.
The complex, multifaceted relationship between humans and technology and its effects on human
life, together with its pervasive cultural, social-political and intellectual implications and long-lasting
consequences have long been at the center of both ancient and contemporary philosophical debate
among all cultures. Most recently, artificial intelligence has become a hot debated topic and a major
concern in contemporary philosophico-ethical discourse, as for instance the foundation of the
Institute for Ethics in AI at Oxford University (2021) and the Berggruen China Centre in Beijing (2018)
show. The proposed session delves into the relatively new and still largely unexplored dimension of
the rapidly growing contemporary Chinese debate on artificial intelligence, robotics, and
augmented reality and the related ethical problematics (Tan 2020; Song 2021). It focuses on Chinese
philosophical views of technology and artificial intelligence as enhanced reality, and as an aspect
and extension of the human (and posthuman) condition (Abrams 2004; Braidotti 2017; Araya 2018).
The session may also include discussions of classical considerations of what it means to be human,
and the impact of technological innovations of different kinds on society and the human condition.
EACP members in good standing are invited to make submissions within the parameters of the
above themes focusing on Chinese or Comparative philosophy. Submissions are to be sent to Geir
Sigurðsson (email@example.com), Vice-president of EACP, and should include the following information:
1. Title of Paper
2. Name of Presenter
3. Presenter’s Affiliation
4. Presenter’s e-mail address
5. Approximately 200-word Paper Abstract
All submissions will be evaluated by a special selection committee nominated by the EACP board. Notification of acceptance will be sent out no later than in August 2023. Participants in EACP society
sessions will be asked to handle their own registration through the WCP website:
https://wcprome2024.com/registration/ (early bird registration is available before 1 October 2023)..