Upcoming APA Talks

The 2016 Eastern APA Meeting (January 6-9 in Washington, D.C.) is close at hand, and the draft program is online. In terms of talks and panels focusing on Indian philosophy, there are a few:

Wednesday Evening, January 6: 6:30–9:30 p.m.
International Institute for Field Being
Topic: Session I Field Being in Asian and Comparative Perspective
Speaker: Laura Weed (The College of Saint Rose) “Yoga Practice Lends Support to Embodied and Extended Theories in Neuroscience”
(The panel is Chinese philosophy otherwise)

Thursday Afternoon, January 7: 2:00–5:00 p.m.
APA Committee Session: Building Bridges in Indian Philosophy: Across Traditions and World-Views
Arranged by the APA Committee on Asian and Asian-American Philosophers and Philosophies
Chair: Malcolm Keating (Yale-NUS College)
Speakers:

  • Keya Maitra (University of North Carolina at Asheville) and Emily McRae (University of New Mexico). “Equanimity, Compassion, and Mindfulness: A Conversation between Buddhism and the Bhagavad Gīta.”
  • Prasanta Bandyopadhyay (Montana State University) and Birdie Kushner (Montana State University), “Confirmation and Evidence in Cārvāka Epistemology: Bridging Two World-Views”
  • Shalini Sinha (University of Reading), “Causation and Causal Order: Vedic and Buddhist
  • Ethan Mills (University of Tennessee at Chattanooga) “Pramānavāda: One Tradition, Many Schools”

Thursday Late Evening, January 7: 7:30–10:30 p.m
Society for Asian and Comparative Philosophy
Special Workshop 1: How to Teach Asian Texts in an Ethics Course

Chair: Jeremy Henkel (Wofford College)
Speakers:

  • Bina Gupta (University of Missouri)
    “Bhagavad Gītā as Duty and Virtue Ethics”
  • Donna Giancola (Suffolk University)
    “Using the Dhammapada to Raise Comparative Issues in an Ethics Course”
  • Steve Bein (University of Dayton), “Three Opportunities for Comparison from Asian Texts: Divine Command Theory, Deontology, and Care Ethics”
  • James McRae (Westminster College), “The Sound of One Head Cracking: Using Texts from the Japanese Ethical Tradition to Promote Deep Learning in Normative and Applied Ethics”
  • Jeremy Henkel (Wofford College) and Kevin DeLapp (Converse College) “The Whole Truth: Using Asian Texts to Make a Case for the Value of Lying”

Friday Afternoon, January 8: 1:30–4:30 p.m.
Society for the Study of Indian and Tibetan Buddhist Philosophy
Topic: Systemization and Harmonization in Buddhist Philosophy
Chair: Raziel Abelson (New York University)
Speakers:

  • Graham Priest (Graduate Center–CUNY) “Marxism and Buddhism: Not So Strange Bedfellows”
  • Ted Arnold (Columbia University), “Systemization and Harmonization in the Tibetan Buddhist Philosophy of Tsong Khapa”
  • Jigme Ken Faber (Belmont University), “The Nine-Yana System of the Nyingma School and Its Relation to Great Perfection”
  • Marie Friquegnon (William Paterson University) “The Chariot of the Nine Yanas”
  • Douglas Duckworth (Temple University), “Yogācāra and Panpsychism”

Commentator: Ben Abelson (Mercy College)

Friday Morning, January 8: 9:00–11:00 a.m. (Note – this is a correction from an earlier version of this post.)
The American Association of Philosophy Teachers and the Society for Asian and Comparative Philosophy
Special Workshop 2: Practical Steps for Introducing Asian Concepts into Standard Philosophy Courses

Chair: Douglas L. Berger (Southern Illinois University)
Speakers:

  • Stephen Harris (Leiden University) “Lost in Translation: How to Capitalize on Uneasy Translation as an Opportunity for Learning”
  • Hugh Gunner Deery III (University of Alaska) “Dependent Origination as an Epistemological Complement to Hume and Idealism”
  • John Ramsey (Denison University) “Non-Traditional Philosophy 101: Syllabi, Assignments, and Lesson Plans for Putting Asian Texts to Use”
  • Sula You (University of Oklahoma) and Seth Robertson (University of Oklahoma) “Classroom Exercises for Helping Students Understand Philosophical Concepts from Asian Traditions”
  • Douglas L. Berger (Southern Illinois University) “Incorporating Asian Content into Philosophy of Religion Undergraduate Courses”

Saturday Afternoon, January 9: 1:30–4:30 p.m.
Society for Indian Philosophy and ReligionTopic: Negative Facts and Negative Entities
Chair: Sthaneshwar Timalsina (San Diego State University)
Speakers:

  • David Peter Lawrence (University of North Dakota) “Negation, Emptiness, and Agency in Non-dual Śaiva Philosophy”
  • Sthaneshwar Timalsina (San Diego State University) “Nagesa Bhatta on the Negative Facts”
  • Sai Bhatawadekar (University of Hawai’i at Manoa) “Stop Talking or Your Head Will Shatter: The Pedagogy of Apophasis in the Upanisads”
  • Diwakar Acharya (University of Kyoto, Japan) “Yajnavalkya on Negation, Injunction, and Realization”
  • Kisor Kumar Chakrabarti (Institute of Cross Cultural Studies and Academic Exchange, Elon, NC) “Negative Facts: East and West”

If I’ve missed a talk or panel having to do with Indian philosophy, please let me know in the comments. Also, I imagine that gatherings of those of us attending will happen naturally, but if folks would like to share emails to be in contact during the meeting, you’re welcome to use the comments for that.

About Malcolm Keating

Malcolm Keating is Assistant Professor of Humanities (Philosophy) at Yale-NUS College, Singapore.

5 thoughts on “Upcoming APA Talks

  1. Congratulations to the speakers and organisers (also in the light of the comments to the previous thread)! Please let us know how the public reacts and whether also “outsiders” come to the various talks.

  2. I am sad to miss this. But I am off to India to do research for a couple of months. I just wanted to add that the APA BLOG will be going live in early January. And during the APA I believe my first set of blog posts on, what I call, “the inclusion problem for philosophy” will be posted. The first one is on philosophy of mind. The others will sequentially be on logic, critical thinking, metaphysics, epistemology, ethics, political philosophy, and aesthetics. Each post will be short and simply try to show exactly what material and how it can be included in a classroom discussion that one would normally have teaching the traditional western version of the topic. For example, the first post will be on inclusion and dualism in the philosophy of mind. My hope is that this effort on the APA blog will drive discussion to this blog post and others for those that are interested. But I am also hoping that some of you will help me combat comments that might put pressure against inclusion. Looking forward to hearing how the sessions turn out.

    • Matthew,
      Correction. I am not running the new blog, although I did apply. What happened is that I decided I would be better as a contributor on issues concerning comparative philosophy. So, I will be contributing on that front. I am sure anyone is welcome to contribute on that issue if they want; but during the interview I pushed hard for a role in that area. I think I would have been a bad editor for the blog since I am not tech smart.

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