♦ First Asian Philosophy Congress: New Delhi, March 6-9, 2010

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March 6-9, 2010


Saturday, March 6, 2010
Venue: SSS-1 Auditorium,
Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
10.00 a.m. to 02.00 p.m. Registration of Delegates
03.00 p.m. to 05.00 p.m. INAUGURAL FUNCTION
05.30 p.m. to 07.00 p.m. PLENARY SESSION- I
VENUE: SSS-1 Auditorium,
Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
Asian Mind: Affinities and Diversities
Chair: William McBride, President FISP, USA
1. S.K. Kim, Korea: The Bodhisativa’s Recognition and Practice-mate : With Special Reference to the Diamond Sutra

2. Charles Muller, Japan: Wonhyo’s Approaches to the “Commensuration” (hwajaeng) of Doctrinal Discrepancies

3. Arindam Chakraborty, India: Understanding Other Living Beings: Zuangzi, Dharmakirti and Abhinavagupta on Other Minds

4. Professor Douglas Allen, USA: Asian Philosophies in Times of Globalization

Dinner at JNU
8.00 p.m

Sunday, March 7, 2010
8.30 a.m. to 9.30 a.m. Breakfast (Behind Auditorium, SSS-I, JNU)
9.30 a.m. to 11.30 a.m. PLENARY SESSION – TWO
(Auditorium SSS-I)
Traditions of Thinking: Asian Philosophical Identity
Chair: Srinivasa Rao, Bangalore, India
1. Marietta Stephanyants, Moscow, Russia: Asian Values to a Multi-polar World

2. Chirapat Prapandavidya, Thailand, Phana, the Gnomic Poetry of the North-eastern Thai: Its Philosophical Implication of Buddhism and Brahminism

3. Asanga Tilakaratne, Srilanka: In what sense Buddhist philosophy is philosophy?

4. Arvind Sharma, Canada: The Asian Concept of Religion and Its Implication for Religious Freedom in the Modern World

Tea/Coffee: 11.30 a.m. to 11.45 a.m.
11.45 a.m. to 1.30 p.m. Symposium – I
(Auditorium SSS-I)
Vedanta in the New Millennium
Chair: Rama Rao Pappu, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio
1. Swami Paramananda Bharati, India: The Psychic Experience of the Cause of the Universe

2. Prasanna Venkatachariar Chaturvedi Swami, Chennai, India: Ramanuja: His contribution to Indian philosophy and Culture

3. Atmachaitanya, USA: Swami Sacchidanandendra’s contribution to Advaita Vedanta

4. Srivatsa Goswami, Brindavan, India: Prema-Bhakti Vedanta of Sri Caitanya

5. John Vattanky, Pune, India: A New Interpretation of the Vedanta of Sankara

11.45 a.m. to 1.30 p.m. PANEL DISCUSSION – I
(Committee Room, SSS-I)
Anekantavada (Non-absolutism): A Philosophy of Peaceful Co-existence
Chair: Samani Mangalprajna, Ladnun, India
1. M.R. Gelra, India: A New Dimension dealing with the applications of Anekanta

2. D.N. Bhargava, India: Anekanta as the basis of reconciliation at the mental level

3. S.L. Gandhi, India: Anekanta as a roadmap to universal peace

4. S.R. Bhatt, India: Holistic approach to Reality and Life in Jain Philosophy

5. A. K. Mookerjee, India: Anekantavada : An answer to cultural conflict

(Committee Room, School of Life Sciences)
Perspectives of Indian Philosophy: Western and Non-Western
Chair: Bhuvan Chandel, New Delhi, India

1. S.P. Gautam, India: ?

2. A.V. Afonso, India: ?

3. Subhada Joshi, India: ?

4. R.C. Pradhan, India: ?

5. Bhagat Oinam, India: ?

Lunch 01.30 p.m. to 2.30 p.m. Hosted by Jain Vishva Bharati, Ladnun
2.30 p.m. to 4.30 p.m. ROUND TABLE – I
(Auditorium SSS-I)
Gender, Culture and Philosophy in India and China
Chair: Manoranjan Mohanty, New Delhi, India
1. Tong Sijon, China: Liang Shuming’s Conception of the Comparison between Indian, Chinese and Western Cultures: A Revisit 90 years later

2. Patricia Uberoi, India: Eastern and Western Cultures and their Differences: China, India and the Imagination of a New Future for Asia

3. Sabaree Mitra, India: Feminist Discourse in the 20th Century: Modernism and Literature in India and China

4. Manoranjan Mohanty, India: Gender, Culture and Philosophy in India and China: An Intercultural perspective

(Committee Room-I, Sanskrit Centre)
Dharmic State and Society: Asian Experiments
Chair: S.R. Bhatt, New Delhi, India
1. S.K. Kim, South Korea: Won-hyo and Mahatma Gandhi

2. Douglas Allen, USA: Hind Swaraj of Gandhi

3. S. L. Gandhi, India: Dharmic State in Jain Philosophy

4. Rama Rao Pappu, USA: Gandhi’s Rama Rajya as Utopia and Ecotopia

5. Ramjee Singh, India: Dharma according to Gandhi and Vinoba

(Committee Room, SSS-I)
Community, Culture and Civil Society in Asia
Chair: R.P. Singh, New Delhi, India
1. Sergei Serebriany, Russia: Philosophy as a free search for knowledge: the concept and its transfer to Russia and India

2. K.S. Radhakrishnan, India: Art, Science and Philosophy of Formation of Polity in the Mahabharata

3. Yoshiya Makita, Japan: Inventing Asian Selves in Modernity: Shinpei Goto and the Emergence of Organic Theory of the State in Japan at the Turn of the Twentieth Century

4. R.P. Singh, India: Cultural Diversity, Multiculturalism and Globalization: Asian Perspective with Special Reference to India

(Committee Room, Centre for Philosophy)
Philosophical Foundations for Inter-cultural Understanding in Asia
Chair: K.K. Chakravarty, New Delhi, India
1. G.C. Tripathy, India: Indian World view as the basis for philosophical understanding of Asia

2. Sujata Miri, India: Us and the Other: Tribal Perspective

3. Kapil Kapoor, India: Two knowledge cultures : Philosophical Imperatives

4. Srivatsa Goswami, India: Bhakti: The Philosophical Framework of Inter-cultural Understanding in the context of Hindu–Muslim Interaction

(Committee Room, School of Languages)
Social Theory and Asian Dialogues: Cultivating Planetary Conversations
Chair : Ananta Kumar Giri, Chennai, India
1. Ananta Kumar Giri, India: Social Theory and Asian Dialogues: Cultivating Planetary Conversations

2. Vyasa Prasad, India: Phenomenology and Vedanta

3. Parthasarathi Mondal, India: Philosophy, Social Theory and Asian Dialogues: Kant and Krishnachandra Bhattacharya

4. Manindra K. Thakur, India: Social Theory and Asian Dialogues: The Task of Creative Theorizing

4.30 p.m. to 6.30 p.m.
07:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. CULTURAL PROGRAMME
(Sponsored by Sri Caitanya Prema Samsthana, New Delhi)
Satyam Sivam Sundaram
Philosophy of Indian Aestetics
Bharatanatyam by (Padmashri) Geeta Chandra
Courtesy: Natya Vriksha
08:00 p.m. Dinner

Monday, 8th March 2010
8.30 a.m. to 9.30 a.m. Breakfast
09.30 a.m. to 11.30 a.m. PLENARY – THREE
(Auditorium SSS-I)
Philosophy and Religion: East and West
Chair: Marietta Stepanyants, Moscow, Russia
1. William L. McBride, President, FISP, USA: Philosophy and Religious Beliefs: Is There a Boundary?

2. Ivan Kaltchev, Bulgaria: Ecumenism and Harmony of Religions: Outlook for the New Millennium

3. Gholamareza Aavani, Iran: How can Religions promote or hinder Philosophical Dialogue?

4. Victoria Lysenko, Moscow: Relation between Philosophy and Religion in India: Overcoming the Eurocentric Stereotypes

5. Vladimir K. Shokhin, Moscow: Comparative Philosophical Theology and Shankara’s Conception of Evil

6. Luca Scarantino, Italy: ?

Tea/Coffee: 11.30 a.m. to 11.45 a.m.
11.45 a.m. to 1.30 p.m SYMPOSIUM – II
(Committee Room, SSS-I)
Facets of Indian Philosophy
Chair: Mrinal Miri, New Delhi, India
1. Ramakrishna Bhattacharya, India: The Social Outlook of the Charvaka/Lokayata : A Reconstruction

2. R. Gopalakrishnan, India: The Twice-Born Soul and Its States of Limitation and Liberation-Saiva Siddhanta Perspective

3. Tandra Patnaik, India: God as Sunya: A Study of Bauddha-Vaisnavism of Odisha

4. Bindu Puri, India: Swaraj and Satyagraha in Gandhi

11.45 a.m. to 1.30 p.m. PANEL DISCUSSION – III
(Auditorium SSS-I)
Science and Philosophy Alliance for Developing Education
Chair: Ranjit Nair, New Delhi, India
1. Ananta K. Giri, India: Learning the art of wholeness: New Horizons of theory and Practice

2. Dean Radin, USA: Scientific Investigations at the Borders of Eastern and Western Philosophies of Consciousness

3. Ranjit Nair, India: Science and Philosophy Alliance for Developing Education

11.45 a.m. to 1.30 p.m PANEL DISCUSSION – IV
(Committee Room, SL Building)
Philosophy of Islam
Chair: Gholamareza Aavani, Iran
1. Shahram Pazouki, Iran: Mulla Sadra’s Philosophy: An Eastern Solution

2. Ghazala Irfan, Pakistan: Three Major Paradigms of Muslim Philosophy

3. Seyed Hassan Hosseini, Iran: Faith and Truth, Two Philosophical Approaches towards the Problem of Religious Diversity, A Christian-based Theory of Faith, And an Islamic-Grounded Theory of Truth

4. Mohd. Aijaz Khan, India: Jihad: A Contemporary Issue

5. Md. Iftekhar, India: Islam and World Peace

Lunch 01.30 p.m. to 2.30 p.m. Hosted by Sri Ramanuja Mission Trust
2.30 p.m. to 04.30 p.m ROUND TABLE-VI
(Auditorium SSS-I)
Dissemination of Buddhism In India And Abroad
Chair: Asanga Tilakaratne, Srilanka,
1. Ravindra Pant, India: Spread of Buddhism within India

2. Arjuna De Zoysa, Ven. Maithriya Thera, Srilanka: Dissemination to Sri Lanka

3. San Tun, Yangon, Myanmar: Early Buddhist Tradition in Myanmar

4. Supriya Rai, India: Spread of Mahayana Buddhism to China

5. Parineeta Deshpande, India: Dissemination of Buddhism to Korea

6. Kalpakam Shankaranaryan, India: Later Mahayana Buddhism in Japan

(Committee Room, SSS-I)
Pursuit of Women Intellect and Activity in Independent India
Chair: Neelima Sinha, Patna, India
1. Chhaya Rai, India: The Role of India Women Intellectuals on present Cultural Predicament

2. Geeta S. Mehta, India: Role and Fate of women in Indian society

3. V. Padmavathy, India: ?

4. Debika Saha, Darjeeling, India: ?

5. S. Uma Devi, India: Independent India: Colonization of the mind of Intellectual Women

6. Raj Kumari Sinha, India : Female Foeticide in India: An Ethico-Philosophical Perspective

7. M.N. Anjan, India: ?

(Committee Room – School of Life Sciences)
The Concept of Prama (Akhil Bharatiya Darshan Parishad)
Chair: S.P. Dubey, Jabalpur, India
Prama and Aprama in Indian Thought
1. A.D. Sharma, India: Nature of Prama in Buddhism

2. Sohanraj Tater, India: Prama in Jainism

3. H.S. Upadhyay, India: Prama according to Vedanta

4. R.C. Sinha, India: Analysis of Prama in Contemporary Indian Thought

(Committee Room, Centre for Philosophy)
Saiva Perspectives on Liberation
Chair: Navjeevan Rastogi, Lucknow, India
1. Dominic Goodal, India: Saiva Views on Liberation and the relevance of Mala

2. Alex Watson, UK: Samkrantivada of the Pasupatas

3. S.L.P. Anjaneya Sarma, India: Examination of the Paramoksa-nirasa-karika-vrtti

4. Navjeevan Rastogi, India: Kashmir Shaivite Perspective on Liberation

5. Surendramohan Mishra, India: Philosophy and Soteriology of the Pasupatas: An eminent Asiatic Religious School

(Committee Room I, Sanskrit Centre)
‘Tribal’ communities of Asia: Philosophical Explorations
Chair: Sujata Miri, New Delhi, India
1. Sujata Miri, India: Doing Philosophy about Tribal Culture

2. Prasenjit Biswas, India: Apatanis, Hmongs and Zomiyas: Ethno Philosophy of Tribes of South East Asia

3. Basil Powlong, India: Palaungo and Khasis: Cross Cultural World View

4. Shashinungla Ao, India: The Ao Naga Culture

4.30 p.m. to 6.30 p.m.
S.K. Somaiya Memorial Lecture
(Auditorium SSS-I)
Chair: K. Ramakrishna Rao, New Delhi, India
1. P.K. Mukhopadhyaya, India: Religion and the Other

Tuesday, 9th March 2010
8.30 a.m. to 9.30 a.m. Breakfast
09.30 a.m. to 11.30 a.m. PLENARY SESSION- FOUR
(Auditorium, SSS-I)
Indian Philosophy: Retrospect and Prospects
Chair: K. Ramakrishna Rao, New Delhi, India
Release of Encyclopaedia of Indian Philosophy, Editor: Karl H. Potter
1. Karl Potter, USA: The Meaning of “Indian Philosophy” and The Encyclopaedia of Indian Philosophies

2. T.S. Rukmani, Canada: The Sannyasasrama in Hinduism: Retrospect and Prospects

3. Srinivasa Rao, India: What was, Is and Should be of Values in India

4. G.C. Nayak, India: Sunyata, Nirvana and Mahakaruna – An Assessment

Tea/Coffee: 11.30 a.m. to 11.45 a.m.
11.45 a.m. to 01.30 p.m. SYMPOSIUM – III
(Committee Room, SSS-I)
India’s Intellectual Tradition: Pandit Parishad
Chair: Vachaspati Upadhyaya, New Delhi, India
1. D. Prahlada Char, India: Intellectual Tradition in Nyaya in the last millennium

2. Mani Dravid, India: Vedanta and Vedantins after Madhusudana

3. R.V. Tripathi, India: Aesthetics Tradition in India

4. Lakshmi Tatacharya, India: Visistadvaita as a Living Tradition

5. Ramanuja Devanathan, India: The Philosophy of Grammar in Indian Tradition

(Committee Room-II Sanskrit Centre)
Vedic Vision of Inclusiveness
Chair: G.C. Tripathy, New Delhi, India
1. S.P. Singh, India: Vedic idea of Consciousness

2. S.R. Bhatt, India: Vedic view of Life

3. G.C. Tripathi, India: Significance of Vedic Deity

4. S.P. Kumar, India: Vedic conception of Human Body

5. Vedvati Vaidik, India: Prana in the Upanishads

(Committee Room, School of Life Science)
Sufism and Bhakti Philosophy in Mediaeval India
( Organized by ICHR, New Delhi)
Chair: Vijaya Ramaswamy, New Delhi, India
1. R.P. Bahuguna, India: Bhakti Movement in North India

2. Akeel Raziuttin, India: Sufism and Bhakti

3. Minakshi Khana, India: Bhakti Elements in Sufi Literature

4. Vedavalli Narayanan, India: Bhakti Movement in South India

Lunch 01.30 p.m. to 2.30 p.m. Hosted by B.N. Mandal University, Madhepura
2.30 p.m. to 4.30 p.m. SECTIONAL MEETINGS
4:30p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Tea/Coffee Break
Business Meeting
(Auditorium, SSS-I)
5.00 p.m. to 6.00 p.m.
07.00 p.m. to 09.00 p.m.
Venue: India Habitat Centre

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3 thoughts on “♦ First Asian Philosophy Congress: New Delhi, March 6-9, 2010

  1. Ciao Elisa, it really sounds excitingly! I was informed via email about this meeting by Ramkrishna Bhattacharya (India: “The Social Outlook of the Charvaka/Lokayata: A Reconstruction”). Unfortunately it was too late to decide to participate (moving from Italy!). Bhattacharya – with whome at the moment I am discussing some Cārvāka perspectives – is the only one I personally know among the participants. In any case I hope that the proceedings will be published soon. I was particularly interested (as you appear to have been) on the conference by S.P. Kumar; indeed recently I have written a (forthcoming) article on the concept of “self” according to Cārvāka philosophy, beginning with those ideas of ātman contained in the Vedas which can be considered materialistic (Bhattacharya is now checking it.)


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