Ryan Pino, a Belmont senior majoring in Asian Studies and minoring in Chinese and Comparative Philosophy, recently participated in the University of Alaska Anchorage’s Ninth Annual Philosophy Conference and Inaugural Ethics Center Convocation. This international event took place from March 27 to 29 and featured undergraduates, graduate students and professors from various countries, including the United States, the United Kingdom, South Korea, and China. The theme of the conference was “Living Ethically in the Global World,” and the keynote address, which was given by renowned scholar of Chinese philosophy Dr. Roger Ames, was titled “Confucian Role Ethics.”
Each conference participant was invited to give a 15-minute presentation on an original paper addressing the issue of living ethically in the modern, globalized world. Ryan presented a paper titled “Confucian Revivalism in Contemporary Chinese Society and Education.” This paper discussed the ramifications Confucianism’s recent revival in Mainland China for contemporary Chinese society and education, as well as for the rest of the world. Ryan argued that a reevaluation of ancient Confucian teachings to fit contemporary realities has had a profound influence on China and that a Confucian perspective should be part of the global dialogue on ethics.