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 Invitation to an International Conference 

Reciprocity: A Human Value in a Pluralistic World

June 29-30, 2016                                      Shanghai, P.R. China




Shanghai University


Reciprocity of humankind is a radical anthropological characteristic. It means a relationship of mutual dependence or interaction between human beings. When persons or groups give or allow something to others the exchange of something between people or groups of people take place.


No one can become a human being aloneno one can survive as a real human being with rationality alone; no one can even think as a human being without the interaction with other people synchronically or diachronically.


Reciprocity as a human value has become more important in the process of development of human society, especially in the era of globalization. Challenges and problems faced in this era need deep investigation from many perspectives of philosophy, anthropology, politics and theology and religion.Such issues related to reciprocity should be studied as the role of reciprocity in the relationship between individualism and collectivism; the nature and characteristics of human reciprocity; the dimensions and levels of human reciprocity; reciprocity between people or groups of people in the spiritual and creative levels; reciprocity in different cultural traditions and believes; reciprocity in the relationships among countries, peoples and civilizations in these global times.


What is more important is that we are entering into the age of information which brings another kind of civilization: information civilization. This is very different era in the development of human civilization, because information is different from physical matter and energy. The main feature of information civilization is “sharing”. Information is not only sharable, but shared differently from other objects. Its sharing effect is totally different from that of matter and energy. People are agents in the sharing of information civilization. The more participants who share with, the more information they get from their sharing. Sharing is one of main characteristics of reciprocity of human kind.  


Sub Themes:

1. Reciprocity as a radical anthropological characteristic.

2. The nature and characteristics of human reciprocity.

3. The dimensions and levels of human reciprocity.

4. Sharing as a main characteristic of reciprocity as well as information civilization.

5. The role of human partners to play from the view of reciprocity of human being as agent.

6. Reciprocity between people or groups of people in the spiritual and creative levels.

7. Reciprocity between people in different cultures and believes.

8. Reciprocity between countries in the era of globalization.

9. Reciprocity as a human value between individualism and collectivism.



Please send 300 words and a brief C.V. to Professor Wang Tianen[tianen@shu.edu.cn] and cua-rvp@cua.edu until March 30 2016. Presentation of accepted papers will be 20 minutes in length followed by 20 minutes discussion. Full papers (for which in order to promote in-depth investigation there is no upper page limit) will be published by the RVP.



There is no registration fee. Travel expense will be covered by participants (or their institutions); the local organizer will provide accommodation during the conference.



Wang Tianen

The Department of Philosophy

Shanghai University

Shanghai, P.R. China




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