John Cobb & Friends Gathering: Meijun Fan
May 2 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm PDT
Topic: Cobb & China
Presenters: Meijun Fan
Dr. Meijun Fan is the Program Director for the Institute for Postmodern Development of China, and Co-Director of the China Project of the Center for Process Studies. We celebrate with her the completion of a 5-year project to write a book in Chinese about John Cobb and China, recently announced at the CPS website.
She will be accompanied by a team of Chinese scholars who have assisted her. All of them have been visiting scholars at the Center for Process Studies.
- Prof. Lu Liu, one of the co-authors of the book, from Harbin Normal University, specializes in process education.
- Prof. Jinhua Ke, one of the book reviewers, is from Zhejiang Shuren University. His major is in the philosophy of religion and ecological philosophy. One of his books is The Study of Cobb’s Postmodern Ecological Thought (2018).
- Dr. Junfeng Wang, one of the book reviewers, is from Wenzhou Academy of Social Sciences. His research focuses on Charles Hartshorne’s thoughts.
The acceptance of process thought in contemporary China is a remarkable tale and has become a captivating cultural phenomenon. According to Jierong Lu and Honglin Liu’s article, “The Fall of Substance and the Rise of Process—Interpreting Process Philosophy from the Evolution Logic of Western Metaphysics,” process thought is considered to be “the biggest movement after John Dewey’s pragmatism was introduced into China.” [Theoretical Investigation,1 (2014):47-52.]
Meijun Fan is primarily responsible for overseeing Cultural Communication, the newspaper publication of the project. Additionally, she manages the Chinese visiting scholar program, conference program, and publicity efforts. Previously, Fan held the position of Vice-Chair and Professor at Beijing Normal University’s Philosophy Department. She completed her doctoral studies in Chinese traditional aesthetics and aesthetic education at the same university. Fan has authored six books and co-authored seven, including the recent notable work Cobb and China: An Intensive Study of Cobb’s Postmodern Ecological Civilization Thoughts. Her book Contemporary Interpretation of Chinese Traditional Aesthetic received the “Excellence Award in Philosophy and Social Science” in China in 1997. She has also published over 100 academic articles in Chinese and English.
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