Section X: Reimagining and Reinventing Societies and Social Thought

(Bilingual) Whitehead and Marx

The Marxist tradition, which has been so important in the development of modern China, has over the long run proven itself to be ambiguous. The thought of Alfred North Whitehead, in dialogue with various pre-modern schools of Chinese thought, can help to update the Marxist tradition so that not only human but also natural life can flourish.

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Ouyang Kang
Formal Vice Chairman of Huazhong University of Science and Technology, President of Institute of State Governance, Director of Institute of Philosophy, Professor and Dr. in Philosophy

Professor Dr. Kang Ouyang is a “Huazhong Scholar Leading Professor” in Philosophy, Ph.D. Supervisor, formal Vice-President of HUST, President of Institute of State Governance, Director of Institute of Social Information Studies in Huazhong University of Science and Technology (HUST), as well as Director of “”the Center for Scientific Progress and Human Spirit”” which is sponsored by the “”State 985 II Fund””, Director of the Institute of Philosophy, Vice Dean of the School of National Spirit at HUST, and Chief Editor of the Journal of HUST for Social Sciences.

He got his PH.D. degree in Renmin University of China in 1988 and served as Chair of the Politics Department at Shanxi Normal University in 1992, the Chair of the Philosophy Department in 1995 and Dean of Humanities School in 1999 at Wuhan University. He served in HUST since Oct. of 2000. He studied as Post-doctoral researcher and visiting professor in the Department of philosophy of University College London during 1995-1996.

Dr. Ouyang is a leading scholar in the fields of national spirit, cross-culture studies, social epistemology, social information and philosophy in China. He published more than 10 books including An Introduction to Social Epistemology(1990), The Methodology of Philosophy Research (1998), Philosophy of Social Science and Humanities (Chief editor, 2001), Map of Contemporary British and American Philosophy(Chief editor, 2005), The Self-statement of Famous British and American Philosophers(Chief editor, 2005), Dialog and Reflection: Contemporary British and American Philosophy,Culture and Others(2005), University, Cultures and Human Life(2008), An Introduction to Social Informatics(2012), On the Chinese Road(2013), etc. He has published more than 300 papers in English and Chinese, took on 10+ national and international research projects, owned 10+ national academic prizes, and visited more than 30 countries for international conference, academic lectures and cooperative research.

Professor Ouyang served as a Member of State Council Degree Committee Subject Review Group, Senator of the Social Science Committee of State Education Department of China, Senator of International Association for Philosophers,Vice President of the National Guiding Committee of Philosophical Teaching of China (2006-), Secretary General of the National Guiding Committee of Cultural Education of China(2006-), Senator of National Association of Human Studies in China, the President of Asian Pacific Student Service Association (APSSA, 2008-2010),etc.

Professor Ouyang is excellent in the academic organization. He hosted many important international conferences in China. He served as the Chair of 11th International Conference of APSSA in Wuhan in 2008, the Chair of 4th International Conference of the Foundation of Information Science in Beijing in 2010. He is one of the founding presidents of International Society for Information Science (ISIS, 2013-). Dr. Ouyang was born in Sichuan, P. R. China.

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Philip Clayton
Ingraham Professor of Theology, Claremont School of Theology

Philip Clayton is the Ingraham Professor at Claremont School of Theology in Claremont, California. Clayton has taught or held research professorships at Williams College, California State University, Harvard University, Cambridge University, and the University of Munich. His research focuses on biological emergence, religion and science, process studies, and contemporary issues in ecology, religion, and ethics. He is the recipient of multiple research grants and international lectureships, as well as the author of numerous books, including The Predicament of Belief: Science, Philosophy, Faith (2011); Religion and Science: The Basics (2011); Transforming Christian Theology: For Church and Society (2009); and In Quest of Freedom: The Emergence of Spirit in the Natural World (2009). He also edited The Oxford Handbook of Religion and Science (2006).

In books and lectures, Clayton works to formulate constructive theological responses to developments in contemporary science and philosophy. He has also been a leading advocate for comparative theology and the internationalization of the science-religion dialogue. As P.I. of the “Science and the Spiritual Quest” program and as Provost of a multi-faith university, he worked to expand these fields to include Muslim and Jewish scholars, the Dharma traditions of India, and the religious traditions of Southeast Asia.

Postings from Seizing an Alternative

Joerg Rieger, “Conversation w/New Materialism”; Philip Clayton, “Conversation w/Postmodern Age”

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