Keynote Speakers

We’re excited to bring together six keynote speakers from across the world for this summer school. They join us from Berlin, Hong Kong, Boston, Washington, D.C. and Sydney.
Bernd Ladwig
Bernd Ladwig

Bernd Ladwig is Professor of Political Theory and Philosophy at Freie Universität Berlin. His main research interest is among others Political Theory and Philosophy with a focus on Human Rights, Justice and Equality, Normative Theories of Global Relations, Multiculturalism and Immigration, Theories of Democracy. His most recent publications include "Politische Philosophie der Tierrechte" (Suhrkamp 2020).

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Karyn Lai
Karyn Lai

Karyn Lai is Professor of Philosophy at the University of New South Wales, Sydney. Her main research interest is pre-Qin Confucian and Daoist philosophy and comparative Chinese-western philosophical research. She engages in current philosophical debates in areas such as moral philosophy, environmental ethics, reasoning and argumentation as well as epistemology using insights taken from Chinese philosophies. Her newest publications includes the book Learning from Chinese Philosophies (Routledge 2016).

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Rahel Jaeggi
Rahel Jaeggi

Rahel Jaeggi is Professor of Practical Philosophy, Philosophy of Law and Social Philosophy at the Humboldt University in Berlin. As a visiting professor, she has taught at Yale University, Fudan University in Shanghai, New School for Social Research in New York, and was a fellow at the Institute for Advance Studies at Princeton University. The subject of her research includes the concepts of alienation, commodification or reification, ideology, form of life, institution, and solidarity. Jaeggi is considered a representative of contemporary critical theory. She has been director of the Center for Humanities and Social Change in Berlin since 2018. Her recent publications include "Capitalism - A Conversation in Critical Theory" (with Nancy Fraser), Cambridge: Polity Press (2018).

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Sally Haslanger
Sally Haslanger

Sally Haslanger is Ford Professor of Philosophy and Women’s and Gender Studies at MIT. She has published in metaphysics, epistemology, feminist theory, and critical race theory. Broadly speaking, her work links issues of social justice with contemporary work in epistemology, metaphysics, philosophy of language, and philosophy of mind. A collection of her papers that represent this effort over twenty years was collected in Resisting Reality: Social Construction and Social Critique (Oxford 2012), and it received the Joseph B. Gittler award for outstanding work in philosophy of the social sciences.

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Sungmoon Kim
Sungmoon Kim

Sungmoon Kim is professor of political theory at City University of Hong Kong where he also serves as Associate Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences and director of the Center for East Asian and Comparative Philosophy. As the former Berggruen Fellow at Harvard University’s Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics, Kim has published in Confucian democratic and constitutional theory, history of East Asian political thought, comparative political theory, and Korean politics. His latest book is entitled Theorizing Confucian Virtue Politics: The Political Philosophy of Mencius and Xunzi (Cambridge University Press 2020).

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Tadeusz Zawidzki
Tadeusz Zawidzki

Tadeusz Wieslaw Zawidzki is associate professor and Chair of Philosophy at George Washington University. He received his BA in philosophy from the University of Ottawa, Canada, his MA in philosophy of cognitive science from the University of Sussex, UK, and his PhD from the Philosophy-Neuroscience-Psychology program at Washington University in St. Louis. He is the author or co-author of 26 articles and book chapters on the philosophy of cognitive science, and two monographs: Dennett (2007, Oneworld), and Mindshaping (2013, MIT Press). He is a founding member and co-director of George Washington University’s Mind-Brain Institute, administering itsmind/brain studies minor.

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Speakers & Panelists

Here you can find all speakers and panelists of this years summer school.
Aaron Joseph Walayat (Pittsburgh)
Aaron Joseph Walayat (Pittsburgh)

Aaron's research interests include the philosophy of law, legal history, and law and religion.

Ahyoung Lee (Hong Kong)
Ahyoung Lee (Hong Kong)

Ahyoung’s research interest centers on early Chinese political philosophy, comparative political theory, and history of political thought. She is currently a doctoral student at Public Policy, City University of Hong Kong.

Alice Simionato (Singapore)
Alice Simionato (Singapore)

Alice's research interests centre on early modern philosophy (Spinoza), Song Neo-Confucianism (the Cheng brothers). Her current research focuses on notions of reason and rationality as identifiable in the two traditions.

Anja Berninger (Göttingen)
Anja Berninger (Göttingen)

In her research, Anja focuses on Emotion and Empathy, memory and remembering in individuals and groups, and Chinese philosophy.

Chenyang Li (Singapore)
Chenyang Li (Singapore)

Chenyang Li specializes in Chinese philosophy and comparative philosophy.

Dawid Rogacz (Poznań)
Dawid Rogacz (Poznań)

David's research interests are Chinese philosophy, philosophy of history, philosophy of culture.

Floris Biskamp (Tübingen)
Floris Biskamp (Tübingen)

Floris' research interests include political theory, social theory, political economy, populism, and racism.

Le Li (Wuhan)
Le Li (Wuhan)

Le's research interest is the philosophy of the Ming dynasty in Chinese history.

Lee Wilson (Singapore)
Lee Wilson (Singapore)

Lee's research interests centre on issues in ethics, social philosophy, early Chinese philosophy, and comparative philosophy. She is currently working at Nanyang Technological University.

Mog Stapleton (Shanghai)
Mog Stapleton (Shanghai)

Mog's main research focus is embodied and enactive cognitive science. She is currently working on connecting this research with topics related to education and Chinese philosophy.

Qian Ran (Bochum)
Qian Ran (Bochum)

Qian’s research areas are: Philosophy of Human Dignity, Neo-Confucianism, and Comparative Philosophy

Ralph Weber (Basel)
Ralph Weber (Basel)

Ralph Weber specializes in Comparative philosophy, Chinese political philosophy, Confucianism as well as methodological and conceptual aspects of translinguistic and transcultural research

Stefan Gosepath (Berlin)
Stefan Gosepath (Berlin)

Stefan Gosepath's interests and work focus on political philosophy/theory (especially theories of (global) justice, equality, democracy, human rights, responsibility, and questions of applied political philosophy/theory), social philosophy and the philosophy of law, as well as the theory of action, the philosophy of science (especially the social sciences), theories of the good life, meta-ethics (especially theories of rationality, normativity, and reasons), ethics, and applied ethics.

Taylor Chun-hong Lau (Hong Kong)
Taylor Chun-hong Lau (Hong Kong)

Taylor's main research interests focus on theories of global justice and the philosophy of work. He is also exploring a non-ideal way of doing political theory derived from analytical political and critical social theory.

Tobias Störzinger (Göttingen)
Tobias Störzinger (Göttingen)

Tobias's research revolves around social philosophy, distributed cognition, metacognition, and agency in and of socio-technical systems. In research projects ranging from the ethical implications of social robotics to the question of collective agency and collective intentionality, he is always interested in the special connection between mind and sociality.

Yutang Jin (Oxford)
Yutang Jin (Oxford)

Yutang Jin recently graduated from Oxford University as a DPhil in politics and is joining the Department of Politics at Princeton University as a postdoc. His current research explores a normative account of Confucian democracy along with its implications for contemporary East Asia.

Attendees

Here you can find all attendees of this years summer school. We are looking forward to a lively exchange.
Abhishek Tripathi

Abhishek Tripathi

Sapienza University, Rome, Italy

Abhishek is interested in the Philosophy of Mind, as well as Eastern and Western Philosophy of Self.

Andrée Wietor

Andrée Wietor

Independent Researcher

Andrée's research revolves around political philosophy, Kant, modern philosophy, philosophy of law and international relations theory.

Annika Juliane D‘Avis

Annika Juliane D‘Avis

Technical University of Darmstadt, Germany

Annika is doctoral scholar at the research project “Der Blick nach unten: Soziale Konflikte in der Ideengeschichte der Demokratie”. She is interested in the conceptualization of ‘Othered’ groups and roles in theories on liberal democracy and which narratives are used to legitimize the public/political exclusion of the Others.

Barbara Bziuk

Barbara Bziuk

Utrecht University, Netherlands

In her doctoral research project, Barbara is working on a theory of social justice for business corporations. She is very interested in exploring the ways we can rethink the concept of legitimacy and responsibility as well as the role of institutions and individuals in politically stable society.

Cheung Wai Lok

Cheung Wai Lok

The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Cheungs research explores ethics using decision theory, modal logic, and computation theory.

Christian Carl

Christian Carl

University of Hamburg, DFG Graduate Program: Collective Decision Making, Germany

Christian's research is located within democratic theory. Over the last few years he has developed a keen interest in comparative political theory and Chinese political theory and philosophy.

James Dominic Rooney

James Dominic Rooney

Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong

James Dominics research is concerned with Metaphysics, practical reason and issues connected with perfectionism and liberal political theory.

Jeremy Tauzer

Jeremy Tauzer

Saint Louis University, Missouri, United States

Jeremy's research revolves around Foucault and Nietzsche for the sake of my dissertation and I have looked at Wendy Brown and Haiyan Lee. Furthermore he is studying classical Chinese philosophy.

Katherine Cheung Garcia

Katherine Cheung Garcia

Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań, Poland

Katherine is currently working on Chinese political philosophy, political anthropology, and intercultural communication. Born in Caracas, majored in Social Anthropology at the Central University of Venezuela, currently researching on political equality in contemporary Confucian philosophy as part of a master’s in philosophy at Adam Mickiewicz University.

Lubomír Dunaj

Lubomír Dunaj

University of Vienna, Austria

Lubomir is currently writing a book focusing on intercultural philosophy trying to open a dialogue between Critical Theory and Chinese (political) philosophy. His research explores Ethics, Social and Political Philosophy and Social Theory.

Maria Victoria Salazar

Maria Victoria Salazar

The Graduate Center, CUNY, United States

Ancient Greek Philosophy, Political Philosophy, Philosophy of Education, Philosophy of Religion, Philosophy of Archaeology

Milan Matthiesen

Milan Matthiesen

Institute for European Global Studie, University of Basel, Switzerland

Milan's general research interests and educational background lie in Modern China, Modern Confucianism, Political Theory, and the History of Ideas.

Nastazja Stoch

Nastazja Stoch

University of Warsaw, John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin, Poland

Nastazja's research interests concern Chinese philosophy, the school of names' tradition and Mencian thought in particular. Her works revolve around semiotics, philosophy of language, theoretical linguistics, cognitive linguistics, ontology, philosophy of mind and perception.

Pujarini Das

Pujarini Das

Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, India

Her areas of interest are Philosophy of Action, Ethics, Phenomenological-Existentialism, Buddhism, Contemporary Indian and Western Thinkers. She hopes to explore the different philosophical perspectives at the Summer School to understand their importance to the various philosophical issues on Freedom of the Will.

Qiu Lin

Qiu Lin

Center for Comparative Philosophy, Duke University, United States

She is currently working on Wang Daiyu (王岱舆 1570-1660), a pioneering figure in the Chinese Islamic philosophical tradition.

Sarah-Lea Effert

Sarah-Lea Effert

University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany

Her research explores ways of re-embracing and re-conceptualising civic virtue within theories of global non-domination.

Seonjung Kim

Seonjung Kim

City University of New York, Graduate Center (Philosophy department), United States

He is currently working on Confucianism and neo-Confucianism, moral psychology, and self-cultivation.

Sinan Chu

Sinan Chu

German Institute for Global and Area Studies (GIGA), Germany

His interests are International Relation Theory, Comparative Political Thought, Multiethnic governance in China.

Sophia Gao

Sophia Gao

University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia

Sophia's research interests include pre-Qin Confucian moral philosophy, feminist moral philosphy, and comparative philosophy.

Wonjun “Phillip” Yoon

Wonjun “Phillip” Yoon

Johns Hopkins University (JHU), United States

Metaphysics • Philosophy of Language • Feminist Philosophy • Epistemology • Philosophy of Science

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