East West Philosophy Forum

East West Philosophy Forum:

The Epistemic Responsibilities of the Humanities

May 30th – 31st 2018
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

We are delighted to announce that The Department of Philosophy in the Faculty of Humanities will host The Fourth Annual East-West Philosophy Forum on May 30th–30st 2017 at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, the Netherlands. The theme of the Forum is The Epistemic Responsibilities of the Humanities.


Pressure on universities to deliver socially and technically useful knowledge has brought the humanities in dire straits. Since the kinds of learning that the humanities produce is less tangible and less directly and visibly relevant to topical social and technological concerns, they have been put in the dock and are sometimes actively marginalized. We can think of this as a lopsided focus on a narrow set of epistemic values and responsibilities—to wit, those having to do with practical knowledge or ‘techne’—at the cost of other, broader epistemic values—such as understanding, wisdom, and intellectual character. The main question that his conference will address is, therefore: How should we think of the epistemic values of the humanities and of the responsibilities the humanities have to gain those values and transmit them to others?

Keynote Speaker

Professor Jason Baehr


Leo K. C. Cheung
Michael Chienkuo Mi
Christina Chuang
Wan-chuan Fang
Yong Huang
Rie Iizuka
Karyn Lai
Norva Lo
Masaharu Mizumoto
Nikolaj Pedersen
Rik Peels
John Preston
Shane Ryan
Winnie Sung
Kai Yee Wong

East-West Philosophy Forum

The East-West Philosophy Forum is an annual conference which brings together philosophers at philosophy institutions from East to West—starting in Japan, passing through South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Kazakhstan, and ending in Edinburgh. The workshop is also East-West because the philosophical dialogue will include Eastern and Western philosophy, as well as philosophy in general.


Please send an email to Irma Verlaan (abrahamkuypercenter@vu.nl) to register for the Philosophy Forum.

Fee per day:
Forum: €20,00
Forum incl. dinner: €55,00

Organizing committee

Dr. Rik Peels
Irma Verlaan
Prof. Leo Cheung
Prof. Chienkuo Mi

This event is made possible through the support of Templeton World Charity Foundation and CLUE+.