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Human Rights and East Asian Philosophy: 75 Years after Universal Declaration

09 - 10 Jan 2024
ConferenceM.A. in Ethics and Public AffairsCentre for Applied Ethics
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Date
09 - 10 Jan 2024
Time
09:30-18:00
Location
SWT 501, Council Chamber, Shaw Tower, Shaw Campus, HKBU + zoom
Language
English

To commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the Centre for Applied Ethics will host a workshop on human rights and East Asian philosophy. This event aims to delve into topics such as the justification of human rights within Chinese cultural traditions, the contributions of cultural traditions to the discourse on specific human rights and how various theories have shaped our understanding of human rights.

 

Conference Proceedings

 

 

Join Online via zoom

Zoom Meeting ID: 954 2157 8988

Passcode: 752612

Zoom link: https://hkbu.zoom.us/j/95421578988?pwd=cDVKMVpZb1lmUVBTYVEza1pKdHZaUT09 

 

Day 1 Conference:9/1/2024 (Tuesday)

Time

 

Opening Ceremony

Chairperson: Baldwin B. W. WONG

09:30-09:45

Welcoming Speeches

  • Prof. Stuart CHRISTIE, Executive Associate Dean, Faculty of Arts; Professor, Department of English Language and Literature, HKBU
  • Dr. KWOK Wai Luen, Head, Department of Religion and Philosophy; Research Fellow, Centre for Applied Ethics, HKBU
  • Dr. Benedict S. B. CHAN, Associate Dean, Faculty of Arts; Associate Professor, Department of Religion and Philosophy; Director, Centre for Applied Ethics, HKBU

Group Photo
 

Time

 

Session 1: Confucianism and Human Rights

Chairperson: James ROONEY

09:45-10:051.  Sungmoon KIM, The City University of Hong Kong
“Confucian Dignity and Political Rights” 
10:05-10:252.  Stephen ANGLE, Wesleyan University
“Does Confucian Citizenship Require (a Right to) Political Participation?” 
10:25-10:453.  LI Chenyang, Nanyang Technological University 
“Confucian Strong Harmony and Human Rights”
10:45-11:15Discussion
11:15-11:30Break

Time

 

Session 2: Individual and Group Rights in East Asia

Chairperson: Ann Gillian CHU

11:30-11:504.  Alexus MCLEOD, Indiana University
“Illness and Respect for Persons in the Zhuangzi”
11:50-12:105.  Baldwin B. W. WONG, Hong Kong Baptist University 
“A Confucian Strong View of Free Speech: From Wang Yangming’s Perspective”
12:10-12:306.  Siu Fu TANG, The University of Hong Kong 
“Group Rights and Individual Rights: A Confucian Perspective”
12:30-13:00Discussion
13:00-14:45Lunch, at Bistro NTT, HKBU

Time

 

Session 3: Human Development, Positive Rights and Human Rights

Chairperson: Mark BOONE

14:45-15:057.  Eric PALMER, Allegheny College
“Positive Human Rights” 
15:05-15:258.  Lori KELEHER, New Mexico State University 
“Human Dignity in Human Rights and Human Development”
15:25-15:459.  Jay DRYDYK, Carleton University 
“Human Rights without Ideals: A Capability Approach”
15:45-16:15Discussion
16:15-16:30Break

Time

 

Session 4: Human Rights in East Asian Traditions

Chairperson: Kevin J. TURNER

16:30-16:5010.  JIN Yutang, The University of Hong Kong
“Yin Haiguang, Freedom, and Chinese Culture: The Value of Liberal Democracy in the Sinophone Context”
16:50-17:1011.  Ellen Y. ZHANG, The University of Macau
“Human Dignity and Human Rights: A Reflection from Buddhism”
17:10-17:3012.  Elton CHAN, Lingnan University
“Universal Love as Insurance against Misfortune: A Mohist Justification for Universal Human Right to Distributive Justice”
17:30-18:00Discussion

 

Day 2 Conference:10/1/2024 (Wednesday)

Time

 

Session 5: Confucianism, Individualism and Legal Moralism

Chairperson: Levi CHECKETTS

09:30-09:5013.  May SIM, College of Holy Cross
“Early Confucian Resources for Human Rights” 
09:50-10:1014.  YU Kam Por, Cambodia University of Technology and Science
“Confucian Reception and Conception of Human Rights”
10:10-10:3015.  KWAN Kai Man, Hong Kong Baptist University
“The Right Not to be Legally Prohibited & the Harm Principle──Revisiting the Hart-Devlin Debate”
10:30-11:00Discussion
11:00-11:30Break

Time

 

Session 6: Human Rights in East Asia: Past and Future

Chairperson: KWAN Kai Man

11:30-11:5016.  Eric S. NELSON, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
“Hu Shi, Zhang Junmai, and the Modern Archaics of Human Rights in Republican China” 
11:50-12:1017. Benedict S. B. CHAN, Hong Kong Baptist University
“Exploring Human Rights and Confucianism: A Non-Orthodox and Consequentialist Perspective”
12:10-12:30Discussion
12:30-14:30Lunch, at Kowloon Tsai Home Owner Association

Time

 

Session 7: International Human Rights in East Asia

Chairperson: Ahti-Veikko PIETARINEN

14:30-14:50

18.  Shaun O’DWYER, Kyushu University

“Overcoming Confucianism’s Reputational Deficit in Human Rights Discourse: Peng-chun Chang and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights” 

14:50-15:1019.  Levi CHECKETTS, Hong Kong Baptist University
“Can a Confucian Culture Vindicate the Violated Rights of the Comfort Women?”
15:10-15:30Discussion
15:30-15:50Break

Time

 

Session 8: Epistemic Rights

Chairperson: Andrew LOKE

15:50-16:1020.  KWOK Chi, Lingnan University
“Epistemic Rights: A Confucian Perspective” 
16:10-16:3021.  WONG Pak Hang, Hong Kong Baptist University
“Epistemic Rights as Human Rights in the Age of Artificial Intelligence: A Confucian Perspective?”
16:30-16:50Discussion
16:50-17:00Break

Time

 

Closing Ceremony

Chairperson: Benedict S. B. CHAN

17:00-17:15Closing Remarks
  • Dr. KWOK Wai Luen, Head, Department of Religion and Philosophy; Research Fellow, Centre for Applied Ethics, HKBU
  • Dr. Benedict S. B. CHAN, Associate Dean, Faculty of Arts; Associate Professor, Department of Religion and Philosophy; Director, Centre for Applied Ethics, HKBU
  • Dr. Baldwin B. W. WONG, Assistant Professor, Department of Religion and Philosophy; Research Fellow, Centre for Applied Ethics, HKBU