Thinkers to Convene at 10th East-West Philosopher's Conference

Prestigious Gathering will Focus on Economics and Justice in an Age of Global Interdependence
HONOLULU (May 12, 2011) – Nearly 200 leading thinkers from 30 different countries will gather in Honolulu May 16-24 for the Tenth East-West Philosopher's Conference , a landmark international conference series dating back to the 1930s. The theme of this year’s conference is "Value and Values: Economics and Justice in an Age of Global Interdependence."
Conference sessions are free and open to the public, and will be held at the East-West Center’s Hawai‘i Imin International Conference Center (Jefferson Hall, 1777 East-West Road).
A copy of the conference schedule can be downloaded here .
Speakers will reflect on the relationship between economics and ethics, addressing such questions as what the appropriate relationship is between worth (value) and what is worthwhile (values), between seeking a shared human prosperity and our different visions of what constitutes a moral life?
The theme of the conference is part of a conversation that anticipates Hawai‘i as host to the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders Meeting scheduled for November 2011, a high-level international gathering that is expected to attract over 10,000 participants from the Asia-Pacific region to Hawai‘i, including leaders from 21 APEC economies, senior government officials, business leaders, international economists, Asia-Pacific experts, and worldwide media.
The East-West Philosophers’ Conference is funded by the University of Hawai‘i and the East-West Center, with generous support from the Dr. Hung Wo and Elizabeth Lau Ching Foundation, the Uehiro Foundation on Ethics and Education, and other community members.
About the East-West Philosopher’s Conference:
For more almost three-quarters of a century, the East-West Philosopher’s Conference has hosted a dialogue carried on by the some of the world’s most prominent philosophers. The dialogue began in 1939 when three University of Hawai‘i visionaries—Professors Charles A. Moore, Wing-tsit Chan, and Gregg Sinclair—initiated the first East-West Philosophers’ Conference in Honolulu. Its aim was to explore the significance of Eastern ways of thinking as a complement to Western thought, and to develop a possible synthesis of the ideas and ideals.
Comparative philosophy has evolved from this earliest idea to pursue a mutual accommodation among the world’s cultures, with conferences continuing to be held in 1949, 1959, 1964, 1969, 1989, 1995, 2000, and 2005. Each of these conferences focused on a theme chosen as a vital issue of its time.
These conferences have been successful in fostering dialogue among philosophical traditions, and were instrumental in the establishment of the East-West Center on the campus of the University of Hawai‘i in 1960 and in the founding of Philosophy East & West , now one of the leading journals on comparative studies, in 1950. Conference volumes from papers presented at these conferences have been published to further promote discussion on its theme within the world academic community.