On June 22, 2005, the Center, in cooperation with the Temple Department of Philosophy, sponsored a seminar on Vietnamese Philosophy covering two main topics: "Distinctive Features of Vietnamese Philosophy" and "Vietnamese Perspectives on Truth, Falsehood, and Practice." The seminar featured three prominent Vietnamese philosophers: Dr. Tran Phuc Thang, Dr. Nguyen Hung Hau, and Dr. Tran Van Phong. The topics included the connection between Vietnamese philosophy and questions of knowledge of the world and values in the lifeworld. These discussions focused on philosophical views of the family and patriotism, conceptions of political and national sovereignty, the relationship between Vietnamese philosophical views and other philosophical views, the main historical periods of Vietnamese philosophy, the place of Marxist philosophy in the context of Vietnamese philosophy, and the notion of "practice" as it arises in Vietnamese philosophical theory, especially as it pertains to scientific knowledge, epistemology, and ethical thought. The conference was sponsored with the support of the Henry Luce Foundation. For further information on the conference contact Philip Alperson .
Pictures from the conference follow.