The Philosophy Students' Association presents the 2007 Uehiro CrossCurrents Philosophy Conference

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Joshua Kimber, (808) 956-8649
Philosophy Department
Posted: Mar 19, 2007

HONOLULU — On March 22 and March 23, the Philosophy Students‘ Association and the Department of Philosophy of the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa will host the 2007 Uehiro CrossCurrents Philosophy Conference: Comparative Philosophy for Today and Tomorrow. Events will be held at the Center for Korean Studies, and presentations are free and open to the public.

Since 1939, the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa has been the focus of the most significant recurring event in comparative philosophy: the East-West Philosophers‘ Conference. The 2007 Uehiro CrossCurrents Philosophy Conference aims to create a comparable forum for graduate students who are doing exciting work that may contribute to the field of comparative philosophy.

The inaugural CrossCurrents conference, held in 2003, included presentations by students from 15 universities in five countries. In March 2006, 15 presenters from five countries addressed the theme of "Navigating a Pluralistic World." This year, 19 graduate student presenters from 16 different academic institutions will share their research and participate in cross-cultural exchange over the two days of this conference.

Presenters have been organized into panels that cover themes ranging from self-cultivation, education and the nature of comparative philosophy to timely issues such as environmental ethics. The second day of the conference is devoted entirely to questions of ecology and the environment and will culminate in the keynote address given by Professor Mary Tiles, the chair of the Department of Philosophy. Her talk is titled "Why We Shouldn‘t Talk About ʻThe‘ Environment." In addition, the conference features opening remarks by Professor Ron Bontekoe, University of Hawaiʻi President David McClain and Professor Eliot Deutsch.

The conference begins at 8:45 a.m. on Thursday, March 22, and the closing keynote address begins at 2:30 p.m. on Friday, March 23. Additional conference information such as panel topics and links to individual papers can be found on the conference website at

For more information, contact conference coordinators Joshua Kimber and Geoff Ashton at

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