Section 7: TRACK 4

Confucian Thought and Whitehead

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Track 4: Confucian Thought and Whitehead

In China there is a widely felt need for new foundations for culture and life. Many are seeking these in a renewal and development of classical Chinese thought, exemplified especially in Confucius. Others have found a home in constructive postmodern thought, exemplified especially in Whitehead. This track will consider how these differ, but also how they may support each other.

Track Heads

John Berthrong

Associate Professor of Comparative Theology

Dr. Berthrong is a founding member of the North American Interfaith Network, a member of the Interfaith Relations Commission of the National Council of Churches of Christ, and the Forum on Religion and Ecology. He is active in many societies and organizations concerned with interfaith relations and the ecology. His teaching and research interests include the areas of interfaith dialogue, multiple religious participation, Chinese and East Asian religion and philosophy, and comparative theology and philosophy. He has published numerous books and articles in all of these areas.

Haipeng Guo

Associate Professor in Computer Science and Technology; Director of the Whole Person Education Office

Dr. Haipeng Guo received his Ph.D. in Computer Science (Artificial Intelligence) from Kansas State University in 2003. He joined Beijing Normal University-Hong Kong Baptist University United International College (UIC) in 2005. He has been the director of the Whole Person Education Office at UIC since 2006. He has developed an Whole Person Education experiential learning program for UIC, which offers a holistic learning experiences to students including emotional management, outdoor adventures, sports culture, experiential arts, voluntary services, environmental awareness and adversity management. Over the years he has developed a strong interest in Confucianism/Neo-Confucinism and process philosophy and particularly the connections between these two thoughts

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