Plenary Speakers

Prof. Chung-Ying Cheng

Prof. Chung-Ying CHENG

Prof. Chung-Ying Cheng (成中英) is an internationally known scholar-philosopher in Chinese philosophy and comparative philosophy. With a deep and broad background in the traditions of classical Chinese philosophy and Neo-Confucianism, he received his doctorate from Harvard University. He has lectured worldwide in both Europe (Oxford, Berlin TU, and the Scandinavian countries) and China (Beijing University, Tsinghua University and Renmin University), and has received numerous honorary titles. He is the founding president and now also the honorary president of the International Society of Chinese Philosophy. He also founded and serves as president of the International Society for Yijing (I Ching) Studies. Prof. Cheng founded the Journal of Chinese Philosophy in 1972 and has edited it since then. For his important work in the modernization and globalization of Chinese philosophy, he received an Honorary Doctorate from the Far Eastern Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences in 1995. Professor Cheng has authored and edited 21 books and over 250 articles in Western, Chinese, and comparative philosophy. He is currently working on a book on ontology in relation to onto-hermeneutics and a book on Kant and Confucianism.

Prof. Owen Flanagan


Prof. Owen Flanagan is a Professor of Philosophy and Co-Director of the Center for Comparative Philosophy at Duke University. He also holds appointments in Psychology and Neuroscience, and is a Faculty Fellow in Cognitive Neuroscience, a steering committee member of the "Philosophy, Arts, and Literature" (PAL) program, and an Affiliate of the Graduate Program in Literature at Duke University. His work is in Philosophy of Mind and Psychiatry, Ethics, Moral Psychology and Cross-Cultural Philosophy. His latest book is entitled “The Geography of Morals: Varieties of Moral Possibility” (pub. Oxford 2016). In 2016-2017 he was a Berggruen Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University in California.

Prof. Vincent Shen (Shen Qingsong)

Prof. Vincent Shen

Prof. Vincent Shen (沈清松) has been holding the Lee Chair in Chinese Thought and Culture, Department of Philosophy and Department of East Asian Studies, University of Toronto. He served as Department Chair and Graduate Chair of East Asian Studies (2007-2010) at that university, as President of the Chinese Philosophical Association (1995-1999, 1999- 2003); as President of the International Society of Chinese Philosophy, USA (1997-1999) and as its Executive Director (2001-2011); and as Vice-President of the Council for Research in Value and Philosophy (2012~present). His research interests include Confucian ethics and comparative philosophy and religion in an intercultural context.

Prof. Shen-Keng Yang

Prof. Shen-Keng YANG

Prof. Shen-Keng Yang (楊深坑) is an Emeritus Professor in the Department of Education at National Taiwan Normal University in Taiwan. He has received the National Chair Professorship, which is one of the highest scholarly awards from Taiwan’s Ministry of Education. He was the Vice-President of National Chung-Cheng University in Taiwan, and one of the founders of National Chi-Nan University. Prof. Yang’s research interests include educational philosophy, comparative and international education, educational policies, etc. He has published a series of academic works on aesthetics, ethics, comparative education and educational policies.

Plenary Speakers for Roundtable Discussions:

Prof. Brian Gates

Prof. Brian GATES

Prof. Brian Gates is an Emeritus Professor of Religion, Ethics & Education in the Department of Education at the University of Cumbria in the United Kingdom. He has been the Principal Lecturer and Head of the Department of Religion & Ethics since 1975, and the Professorial Chair since 1999. He was elected Chair of the Religious Education Council of England & Wales (1984-1990, 2002-2011); this council comprises in its 60+ membership the full range of religious community organizations, along with relevant academic and professional associations. He served as chair of the JME editorial board from 1999 to 2006, and became an MBE (Member of the British Empire) in 2013 in recognition of his tireless work in support of interfaith relations and Religious Education.

Prof. Kwang-Kuo Hwang

Prof. Kwang-Kuo HWANG

Prof. Kwang-Kuo Hwang (黃光國) is an Emeritus Professor in the Department of Psychology at National Taiwan University. He received the National Chair Professorship given by Taiwan’s Ministry of Education. Professor Hwang Kwang- Kuo is a pioneering scholar in cultural psychology, a discipline concerned with investigating the cultural determinants of human behavior. This field has been particularly interested in understanding the subjective experience of different ethno-cultural groups, especially their cultural constructions of reality. Thus Professor Hwang has devoted much of his professional career to the study of indigenous psychologies, an area in which Western and Non-Western psychologists have become increasingly interested in recent decades. Prof. Hwang has published a number of works in English, and one of his most famous books, “Foundations of Chinese Psychology: Confucian Social Relations (2012, Springer)”, has influenced the field of cultural psychology in Taiwan and China.

Prof. Jien-Ming Jue

Prof. Jien-Ming JUE

Prof. Jien-ming Jue (朱建民) received his Ph.D. from Southern Illinois University (U.S.A.). He is an Emeritus Professor at Taiwan National Central University and a Chair Professor at Taiwan Soochow University, and was the President of Huafan University. He is also Chairman of the Foundation of Oriental Humanities Research, Chairman of the Chinese Association of Philosophy, Director of the Taiwan Bioethics Association, and Managing Director of Taiwan’s Journal of General Education Online. His books include Confucian Philosophy of Management, Applied Ethics and Contemporary Society, Inquiry and Truth, The Theory of Knowledge, and books introducing western philosophers’ doctrines.

Prof. Kristján Kristjánsson   


Prof. Kristján Kristjánsson is a professor, and Deputy Director of the Jubilee Center for Character and Virtues, at the University of Birmingham. He received his Ph.D. in moral philosophy at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. He has received research grants from numerous award-granting institutions in Iceland and became a member of the Council of the Royal Institute of Philosophy in the U.K. He will be chief editor of the Journal of Moral Education from July of 2017. His book “Aristotelian Character Education (Routledge, 2015)” was selected as the Best Educational Book of 2015 by the Society of Educational Studies.”

Prof. Wiel Veuglers


Since 2002 Prof. Wiel Veuglers has been the Department Chair and a Professor of Education at the University of Humanistic Studies in Utrecht, specializing in the areas of moral education and citizenship education. Prof. Veuglers has received several research grants from the Dutch Organization for Scientific Research (NWO); the Ministries of Education, Law and Social Affairs; the National Pedagogical Center; The National Curriculum Development Institute; the European Union, etc. He is a member of the international program advisory board for the IEA Study on Citizenship Education (ICCS), and a member of UNESCO’s Advisory board for Global Citizenship Education. In 2013 Dr. Veugleers received the Maslovaty Award of the European Association for Learning and Instruction for his book Education and Humanism. In 2015, he received the Association of Moral Education Kuhmerker Career Award for his contributions to research on moral and citizenship education.

Prof. Fan-Sen Wang

Prof. Fan-Sen WANG

Prof. Fan-Sen Wang (王汎森) received his doctorate from Princeton University in the field of East Asian Studies. He was the Vice-President of Taiwan’s Academia Sinica, which is the most prestigious academic institute in Taiwan and which also gave him the title of Academician, Taiwan’s highest academic honor. He is now a distinguished research fellow at its Institute of History and Philology. He is also a fellow of the Royal Historical Society of the United Kingdom, and a member of the Board of Trustees of the China Foundation for the Promotion of Education & Culture. His research focuses on the Chinese history of ethics and on research approaches to historiography.

Other Plenary Speakers:

Prof. Nobumichi Iwasa
Dr. Maosen Li (李茂森)
Prof. Laurance Splitter
Dr. Monica Taylor