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  • Wai-ching Angela Wong and Patricia P. K. Chiu, eds. Christian Women in Chinese Society : The Anglican Story. Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press, 2018. 292 pp., hardback, US$60.00, ISBN 9789888455928.

    Wong, Wai-yin Christina; Chiu, Patricia P. K. (Christian Study Centre on Chinese Religion and Culture, Chung Chi College, Shatin, Hong Kong, 2018)
  • Comparative study of religion
 and faith speaking to faith :
 a “Nestorian narrative” in plural Christianities

    Chung, Paul S.; Watters, Peter (Christian Study Centre on Chinese Religion and Culture, Chung Chi College, Shatin, Hong Kong, 2018)
    The history of Christianity is on a global horizon, entailing a polycentric character and multifaceted reality. It tells a story of human life embedded with the creativity of the religious career, social institutions, and power relations, calling for dialogue with its place, effect, and problem. This paper deals with a story of the Church of the East in exploring its distinctive place, contribution, and interfaith engagement in China and with Islam. Comparative historical inquiry of religious diversity and social institutions in the history of religion worldwide facilitates a sociological study of multiple modernities in distinction from the Eurocentric model of modernity.
  • Profit-making, colonizing or proselytizing? Rethinking the relationship between Karl F. A. Gützlaff, the opium trade and Opium War = 獲利、殖民還是傳教?
― 郭實獵與鴉片貿易、鴉片戰爭關係再思

    Li, Crystal Cong (Christian Study Centre on Chinese Religion and Culture, Chung Chi College, Shatin, Hong Kong, 2018)
    The Prussia-born Protestant missionary Karl Friedrich August Gützlaff embarked on his Chinese missions in 1831. Over 20 years, he had turned “many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever” (Daniel 12:3). However, because of his close relationship with opium traders and the British government, most scholars regarded him as a collaborator of opium traders. Based on abundant first-hand historical materials, this paper undertakes in-depth research on Gützlaff’s life around the times of the Opium War, and argues that Gützlaff used multiple strategies in his missionary work, and he never forgot his identity as a missionary. In addition, it proves that Gützlaff has made pioneering contributions in the evangelism and development of Christianity in China, and in steering China towards modernization.
  • Comparative religion, neuroscience and multi-dimensional salvation : reconsidering religious diversity and interreligious dialogue = 宗教比較、神經科學與多維度的拯救 - 再思宗教多樣與宗教對話

    Lai, Pan-Chiu (Christian Study Centre on Chinese Religion and Culture, Chung Chi College, Shatin, Hong Kong, 2018)
    Apparently, there are radical differences among religions in their understandings of the nature, way and goal of salvation. If one considers religions as different ways to the same destination, their differences may be largely neglected. If one considers them as entirely divergent, the possibility and desirability of inter-religious dialogue may be ruled out. Based on the methodological discussion in religious studies, especially the comparative studies of salvation(s) and the neuroscientific studies of religious experience, this essay examines the multiplicity of salvation in religions, and further explores the significance of a multi-dimensional understanding of salvation for the issue of religious diversity and inter-religious dialogue.
  • Time : a scientific and theological survey = 時間― 科學與神學的追問

    Qu, Li (Christian Study Centre on Chinese Religion and Culture, Chung Chi College, Shatin, Hong Kong, 2018)
    Newton’s concept of an absolute, mathematical time applies for all observers at all places equivalently: time flows constantly and uni- formly everywhere in the universe. However, Einstein’s Theory of Relativity urges us to think that an event which is present for an ob- server in one inertial frame may be future or past for another one in another inertial frame; no one can claim that his or her perspective is privileged in which there is an absolute present by which all universal events can be divided into past and future. In theological tradition, Augustine and Boethius argued for a kind of timeless divine time, that is, the simultaneity of all time. On the contrary, Barth understood God’s time in a temporal way: by positing God himself in a threefold relationship with time, that is, pre-, supra- and post-temporality, God reveals his eternity as temporal. Such a Trinitarian time could possibly shed some new light on our scientific understanding of time.
  • Religious boundaries in Chinese Christianities

    Wong, Stephanie M. (Christian Study Centre on Chinese Religion and Culture, Chung Chi College, Shatin, Hong Kong, 2018)
  • A nonviolent model of liberation theology in Hong Kong : a dialogue with Maoism

    Lai, Tsz-Him (Christian Study Centre on Chinese Religion and Culture, Chung Chi College, Shatin, Hong Kong, 2018)
    This paper aims to argue that Father Franco Mella, an Italian Catholic missionary in Hong Kong, is a forerunner of Hong Kong Christians who strive for a just society. First, Mella’s thoughts on liberation theology, rooted in the teachings of Vatican II and the thoughts of Lorenzo Milani and Maoism, are introduced. Second, how his practice serves as a living example of Mao’s struggle ethic and a preferential option for the poor is illustrated. Through the praxis of hunger strike, he transforms the violent ethics of revolution into a form of nonviolent resistance. To conclude, his fight against injustice is an exemplar of liberation theology for Hong Kong Christians in responding to injustice in the post-Umbrella Movement era.
  • Christianity as a Chinese religion : a theological consideration

    Chow, Alexander (Christian Study Centre on Chinese Religion and Culture, Chung Chi College, Shatin, Hong Kong, 2018)
  • Gavin D’Costa. Catholic Doctrines on the Jewish People After Vatican II

    Fox Sandmel, David (Center for Christian-Jewish Learning at Boston College, 2021-02-12)
    No abstract is available.
  • Al di là del piacere. Sulla fondazione del ‘Principio di Utilità’ in Jeremy Bentham

    Simoncelli, Damiano (EUT Edizioni Università di Trieste, 2021-02-09)
    The Principle of Utility can be regarded as the keystone of the Benthamite ethical and political thought. In fact, it is at the core of Bentham’s two major works Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation and Deontology. At the same time, the question has been raised about its foundation. This paper is aimed at showing that this foundation can be found in the elenctic defense he proposes at the beginning of his Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation.
  • Intention, Collateral Damage and Indifference to Human Life

    Sušnik, Matej (EUT Edizioni Università di Trieste, 2021-02-09)
    In this paper, I discuss a possible moral difference between terrorism and war. The standard approach to this question relies on the doctrine of double effect (DDE). The DDE advocates believe that it matters morally whether certain harm is intentionally caused or whether it merely occurs as a foreseen but unintended side effect. I suggest that the DDE does not answer the question and that the moral difference between terrorism and war cannot be adequately captured as long as one focuses on moral justification or permissibility. The critical difference, it is claimed, is not that war is sometimes morally right or permissible, but that terrorism and war do not display the same attitude toward innocent people. The distinction between permissibility and blameworthiness also enables us to see why some wars, such as those covered by the name “war on terror”, should be morally distinguished from terrorism.
  • “Un meno che tocco”: la filosofia del tocco di Jean-Luc Nancy

    Komel, Mirt (EUT Edizioni Università di Trieste, 2021-02-09)
    The article deals with the philosophy of touch by Jean-Luc Nancy, defined by Derrida as “the greatest philosopher of touch” in his book On touching: Jean-Luc Nancy. Nancy is known as a philosopher who dealt with a series of different phenomena, but if there is a fil rouge in his work, from the very first writings to the more recent works, then it is precisely the issue of touch. The paper focuses on the concept of touch as developed by Nancy from Corpus to Noli me tangere, from a conception of the body up to an attempt of grasping touch, which eventually paved the way to the emerging field of “haptic studies”.
  • Post-Colonial Thinking and Modes of Being-with Others

    Woermann, Minka (EUT Edizioni Università di Trieste, 2021-02-09)
    This paper seeks to interrogate the mode of relationality – or Being-with Others – that supports a responsible postcolonial thinking. The paper draws from both the Western and African philosophical traditions. Three modes of Being-with Others are identified at the hand of Martin Heidegger’s and Jean-Luc Nancy’s work, namely the exterior mode, in which we simply exist alongside one another; the interior mode, wherein our identities are assimilated by a historically-constituted community; and, the non-essentialised mode, wherein our identities are open to Oters. The paper critically explores African Humanism and African Communitarian in order to demonstrate how – in practice – these views often lend support to the exterior mode and the interior mode respectively. As an alternative to these views, a reading of African philosophy that foregrounds the Political as first philosophy is given. It is demonstrated how this reading not only demands a non-essentialised mode of Being-with Others (which will be motivated as the preferred relational mode), but also leads to a view of postcoloniality that is premised on the inherent openness of being and community.
  • Metamorfosi del bene. Tracce medievali nel Leviatano di Hobbes

    Soliani, Gian Pietro (EUT Edizioni Università di Trieste, 2021-02-09)
    Scholars have often underlined the influence of medieval theological voluntarism in Thomas Hobbes’ thought. The article aims to identify the similarities with some theses of medieval ethical voluntarism in Thomas Hobbes’ Leviathan. The evolution of the concept of good is considered starting with the ethical thought of John Duns Scotus and William of Ockham. The concept of good understood as individual advantage and self-preservation comes to Hobbes probably through Scotus’ influence in Francisco Suárez. In addition, the approaches to moral obligation and to good and evil seem to be the Ockham’s legacy to the Hobbesian moral and political thought.
  • The Intrinsic Justifiability of Grandfathering in Climate Politics

    Kamminga, Menno R. (EUT Edizioni Università di Trieste, 2021-02-09)
    Climate philosophers conceptualize ‘grandfathering’ as ‘emissions grandfathering’: past emission levels entitle to future emissions. With the notable but controversial exception of libertarian Luc Bovens (2011), they regard grandfathering as intrinsically, even if not instrumentally, unjust. Questioning both the standard dismissal and Bovens’s Lockean pro-argument, this article defends the intrinsic (albeit limited) fairness of grandfathering conceptualized as ‘resources grandfathering’: fossil resource creation entitles to future resources use. A threefold ‘social constructivist’ ethical argument for this position is developed. First, philosophers’ basic aversion to grandfathering, while consistent with their emissions-based understanding, rests on an undefended, shallow ‘cosmopolitan materialism’. Second, Bovens’s Lockean defense of the intrinsic fairness of grandfathering emission rights falls short for assuming a dubious ‘first-come first-served’ within a retained cosmopolitan materialism, although it sensibly suggests to include respect for investments in our understanding of grandfathering. Third, a ‘communitarian idealist’ defense of grandfathering, which stresses that ‘natural resources’ are cultural-historical creations, succeeds by undermining cosmopolitan materialism and eliminating first-come first-served. Thus, grandfathering supports Western countries and opposes (possibly) non-Western small rich or rapidly industrializing ones, and implies a critique of the view that the West owes a massive climate debt to developing countries. Yet, grandfathering, as distributional starting-point within a pluralist framework, should arguably be complemented by ‘no-harm’ and ‘ability to pay’.
  • Sovranità cosmopolitica

    Greblo, Edoardo (EUT Edizioni Università di Trieste, 2021-02-09)
    According to several contemporary theorists of cosmopolitanism, the concept of sovereignty – enabling the political authority to be core and head of society – should be overcome. There-fore, juridical and political institutions are to be considered as mere instruments serving goods that count as desirable in specific collectives. The thesis of the paper is that liberty is always “social liberty”: the institutions enabling it are not to be added to a prepolitical liberty dimension, on the contrary they are what enables its realization. Such thesis is advanced to endorse the so-called “domestic analogy” in order to overcome anti-statist cosmopolitism objections to the idea that recognizing the equal supremacy of states is part and parcel of everyone rights to freedom respect.
  • Are There Still No Great Women Artists? A Feminist Response to Desmond Manderson’s Dance Macabre

    Doherty, Sophie (EUT Edizioni Università di Trieste, 2021-02-05)
    A feminist critique of law and art as practices and as sites of knowledge, highlights a shared his-torical commonality- the exclusion of women. This paper explores the extent to which women’s artworks are engaged with in Desmond Manderson’s Danse Macabre: Temporalities of Law in the Visual Arts. It is noted that within the book, women artists and their artworks are not central, but instead are peripheral to the case studies, all of which are artworks created by men. As such, this contribution begins by contextualising the question, ‘Are there still no great women artists?’ Following this, the paper then explores the temporality of this question regarding Danse Macabre and uses this as a way in which to reflect on the exclusion of women from artistic and legal spheres. Finally, the position of women in Manderson’s work is explored. The paper concludes that Danse Macabre is an important contribution to many fields, and, in the future, could be revisited and reimagined through women’s artwork.

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