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 Invitation to an International Conference 

Moral Responsibility and Humanity

July 2-3, 2016                                      Shangrao, P.R. China




Shangrao Normal University


Renmin University of China




Moral responsibility is one of the primary problems of humanity. As humans per se, we differ from animals, because the essential human existence as humans lies in his/her moral consciousness.Theoretically, the issues of moral responsibility, e.g., the free will, autonomy, motivation, causalityand determinism or non-determinism, etc., have been discussed for a long time in the history of ethics.


Augustine made a great contribution to the discussion about free will and human moralresponsibility, as well as a significant impact on the human mind.


Modern analytic philosophy had different perspectives focusing upon meta-ethics, moral psychology,freedom and responsibility.


Chinese philosophy has its own emphasis on issues related to moral responsibility, such as approaches from mind or heart of Dao and humans, fundamental nature of humanity, relationships betweenjustice and interest/benefit, etc.


As human beings we have responsibilities to people, society and the world, particularly in thesediverse and changing contemporary global times. We are responsible to others, to the environment, to nature, to our socio-political community, to our present and future. And compared to individual, how to understand groups’ or communities’ responsibility? All need to be thought through in order to generate new insights and ideas.


This conference will be conducted in a multicultural context with scholars from as many cultures and philosophical backgrounds as possible, to discuss issues related to responsibility and humanity, so as to face the challenges and opportunity brought about by our global age.



Please send 300 words and a brief C.V. to Professor Gong Qun [gongq@ruc.edu.cn] and cua-rvp@cua.edu until April 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.



Gong Qun

The School of Philosophy

Renmin University of China

Beijing, P.R. China




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