The 13th Annual Meeting of The Comparative & Continental Philosophy Circle


April 5 – April 7, 2018
Bath, Somerset, United Kingdom

Sponsored by The College of Liberal Arts, Bath Spa University and meeting in association with the Fourth Bath Spa Annual Colloquium for Global Philosophy and Religion

Thursday, April 5 

 Opening – 6PM

CCPC Greetings and Announcements

Jason M. Wirth, Seattle University, Co-Executive Director

Michael Schwartz, Augusta University, Co-Executive Director

Andrew Whitehead, Kennesaw State University, Associate Executive Director

Welcoming from Bath Spa University

Sarah Flavel, Bath Spa University and Member of CCPC Board of Directors

Plenary Presentation

Under the Circumstances, What Are We to Do Now? / Graham Parkes, University of Vienna, Austria; and East China Normal University, People’s Republic of China

Poetry Reading

David Pollard

Followed by RECEPTION

 Friday 8:30-10:am. April 6


I Am Manifestations of Values: Plato’s and Buddhist Recipes for Identity Construction

Presenter: Chiara Robbiano, Utrecht University, Netherlands

Presenter: Shalini Sinha, University of Reading, UK


Non-Dual Philosophy and the Ghost of Realism / Michael Schwartz, Augusta University, USA

“Scale Relative Ontology” and Simone Weil’s Religious Philosophy / Noel E. Boulting, Noboss, UK


Micro and Macro Philosophy / Thorsten Botz-Bornstein, Gulf University, Kuwait

Is Philosophy Western? Critical Reviews of Continental Views / Bret W. Davis, Loyola University Maryland, USA

Friday 10:15-11:45


A New Socratic Dialogue on Making “Nothing” Useful / Yi Chen, Bond University, Australia

and Boris Steipe, University of Toronto, Canada

Sharing and Passage: Nancy and Dōgen / Brian Schroeder, Rochester Institute of Technology, USA


The Mythic Ground of Contemporary Monasticism in Romania / Alina N. Feld, General Theological Seminary and Hofstra University, USA

Can the Gods Return? Taking Polytheism Seriously in Philosophy of Religion / Edward McDougall / Durham University, UK


The Self Without Character: Melville's Confidence Man and Murakami's Kafka on the Shore / Jason Wirth, Seattle University, USA

Recollections of the Good: Socrates in the Wasteland/ Timothy Jussaume, Saint Leo University, USA

LUNCH 11:45-1:30

Friday 1:30-2:30

Plenary Presentation

Interpreting the “Sense” of Music

James Risser, Seattle University, USA

Friday 2:45-4:15


The Rhythmically Open Body, Dynamic Coupling, and the Resonant Mind / Bradley Park, St. Mary’s College of Maryland, USA

Bodies That Matter: Giorgio Agamben and the Politics of Possibility / Walter Brogan, Villanova University, USA


Zhuangzi’s Anti-Imperialism / D. H. B. Kwek, University of Konstanz, Germany

*Peering Beyond the Limit: Indirect Communication and Subversive Critique in Zhuangzi / Joshua Avery Dawson, Loyola Marymount University, USA


Nothing Arcane about “Arcane Learning”: Demystifying Nature via Schelling’s Philosophy of Art (A comparative approach of Classical Chinese philosophy with Schelling) / Jennifer Liu, University of Washington, USA

The Laboratory of Nature: Series and Folds in Schelling’s First Outline of a System of the Philosophy of Nature (1799) / Tilottama Rajan, University of Western Ontario, Canada


Friday 4:30-6


On Becoming a Revolutionary World Subject: Some Foucauldian Remarks on the Writings of Bhagat Singh / Arun Iyer, Indian Institute of Technology, India

Foucault’s Milieu / Steven DeCaroli, Goucher College, USA



Eric S. Nelson’s Chinese and Buddhist Philosophy in early Twentieth-Century German Thought

Chair: David Chai, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Presenter: Patricia Huntington, Arizona State University West, USA

Presenter: Bret W. Davis, Loyola University Maryland, USA

Respondent: Eric S. Nelson, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong


Toward a Fuller Intersubjectivity: ‘We’ in Korean / Hye Young Kim, École Normale Supérieure, France/ Freie Universität Berlin, Germany

Friendship in an Unfriendly World / James J. Winchester, Georgia College and State University, USA


Saturday 8:30-10 April 7


A Phenomenology of Walking: Treading Lightly on the Earth / David Wood, Vanderbilt University, USA

On the Way: A Material Phenomenology of the Road /Brian Seitz, Boston College, USA


Buddhism in the Presence of Anger / Sokthan Yeng. Adelphi University, USA

Promethean Shame and Other Purposeful Exaggerations / Timothy H. Engström, Rochester Institute of Technology, USA


Climate Change Panel

Chair: David Jones, Kennessaw State University, USA

Will to Power and Wuwei: Nietzsche, Daoism and the Problem of Climate Change / Timothy J. Freeman, University of Hawaii at Hilo, USA

Klimasophia--A Comparative Approach to Climate Change and Existentialist Philosophy / Martin Schonfeld, University of South Florida, USA

Saturday 10:15-11:45


Kuleana and Immunity in Hawaiian Ethical Thought / Christopher Lauer, University of Hawaii at Hilo, USA

White Anti-Racism and Buddhist Soteriology: Moral-Phenomenological Reflections / Jessica Locke, Loyola University Maryland, USA


David Jones' The Fractal Self

Moderator: Jason Wirth, Seattle University, USA

Presenter: Timothy H. Engström, Rochester Institute of Technology, USA

Presenter: Martin Schonfeld, University of South Florida, USA

Respondent: David Jones, Kennessaw State University, USA


“No Gaining Ideas”: (Non) Striving for the Absolute, Romantic Irony and Zen Koans / Karolin Mirzakhan, DePaul University, USA

"Adoro quia ignoro" (I revere because I don't know):  Cusanus, Dōgen, Nishida, and Panikkar / Michiko Yusa, Western Washington University, USA

LUNCH 11:45-1:30

 Saturday 1:30-3


Ricoeur’s Little Ethics and Chinese Philosophy / Joshua Mason / West Chester University of Pennsylvania, USA

St. Paul, Zen Master / Sean J. McGrath, Memorial University, Canada


Blake’s Illustrations to the Book of Job as Commentary / David Pollard

Gadamer, Emerson and Inner and Outer Dialogue / William Konchak, University of Iceland, Iceland


Culture as the Completion of Nature: Fūdo as Philosophical Concept / David W. Johnson, Boston College, USA

Philosophy and Philology - Hermeneutic Mechanism in the Evolution of “Gewu” / Xiao Ouyang, University College Cork, Republic of Ireland


Saturday 3:15-4:45


Love and Compassion: Are They the Same Thing? / Bill Martin, DePaul University, USA

Pleasure (sukha), Bliss (prīti), Rejoicing (muditā):  Varieties of Joy in Indian Buddhist Moral Thought / Stephen Harris, Leiden University, Netherlands


What Does It Really Mean to 'Diversify” Philosophy? A Call for Structural Change / Leah Kalmanson, Drake University, USA

Reluctant Comparativity: Samkara and Owen Barfield in Contemporary Contexts / Martin Ovens, University of Oxford, UK


Phenomenology of Arts and Crafts: East-West Perspectives

The Role of (non-) Space in Sculpture: Heidegger, Daoism, and the Meontological Aesthetic Encounter / David Chai, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Silence and Memorialization: Heidegger, Zen, and the Aesthetics of Language / Patricia Huntington, Arizona State University West, USA

A Daoist Hermeneutic: Zhuangzi and Gadamer on Reading and Listening / Sarah Mattice, University of North Florida, USA

Saturday 5-6:30


Aesthetics of Breathing / Rolf Elberfeld, University in Hildesheim, Germany

[session ends 5:45]


Imagination and Critique: A Cross-Cultural Approach

Presenter: Andrew K. Whitehead, Kennesaw State University, USA

Presenter: Julia Jansen, KU Leuven-University of Leuven, Belgium


On the Impossibility of the Beginning in Hegel’s Science of Logic / Brigita Gelžinytė, Vilnius University, Lithuania |

From Nothing, the World Comes Forth – Originary Thinking as an Auseinandersetzung with the Basho of Nothingness: or Toward A Transcendental-Existential Account of Pure “Religious Ethical Consciousness” in Cassirer, Heidegger, and Nishida / Steve Lofts, King’s University College at Western University, Canada


Unofficial evening GATHERING