Each week this summer, we'll be highlighting exciting MAP events from the last academic year. This week, University of Pennsylvania Representative Nabeel Hamid tells us about their successful March workshop. Look out for a reprise next February!
MAP-Penn hosted a one-day workshop on “Non-western Philosophical Traditions” on March 26. The event featured five talks over the course of an afternoon, and was a rousing success.
Topics included Aztec natural philosophy (James Maffie - Maryland), Buddhist conceptions of causation (Ricki Bliss - Lehigh), Indian theories of meaning (Deven Patel - Penn), the city of Istanbul as an "epistemic clearing house" in the early modern period (Harun Kücük - Penn), and the use of thought experiments in classical Chinese ethics (Bryan van Norden - Vassar). As it drew on resources at Penn beyond the philosophy department, the workshop attracted students from a variety of disciplines, and the confluence of perspectives resulted in some excellent discussion.
Encouraged by the enthusiasm of students and faculty at Penn, we are hosting a longer, second edition of the conference on non-western philosophy next Spring, February 26-27, 2016. Mark your calendars!
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