ISCP Business Meeting Minutes

July 11, 16.00-16.30 p.m., Fu Jen Catholic University, Taipei.


Presiding panel: ISCP President Bernard C. C. Li, Vice President Yolaine Escande, Executive Director Vincent Shen, Secretary Chenyang Li.


Vincent Shen called the meeting to order at 16.00p.m.


Bernard Li reported the process of preparing and holding the 16th international conference and thanked the staff for their contributions to the conference. He made two suggestions. First, he proposed that ISCP take upon the function of evaluating Chinese philosophy programs in higher education. As a reputable international organization, ISCP has the expertise for such a task. In doing so, it can protect Chinese philosophy programs from political interferences. Second, as an international academic organization, ISCP should become more active in leading scholarly research.


Vincent Shen began by thanking members of the ISCP executive committee and the conference team for their work. He made the following report. First, in accordance with a resolution at the 2007 Wuhan conference, last year a constitutional amendment was approved by members to add language of racial and gender equality in Section II. Second, ISCP has organized numerous successful conference panels at the American Philosophical Association’s meetings. It has appointed Dr. Yu Jiyuan as liaison to the APA Eastern Division, and Dr. Eric Nelson as liaison to the American Academy of Religion. Dr. Linyu Gu, managing editor of the Journal of Chinese Philosophy has joined the executive committee as representative of the Journal. The year, ISCP will organize a small research conference in China. Although the conference will invite a limited number of scholars to present papers on a specific topic, all members are invited to attend.


Chenyang Li began by welcoming new members to ISCP and made the following report. The secretary has performed the following duties: maintaining communication with members, professional organizations such as FISP, and other interested parties; maintaining ISCP Website and Listserv; working with the nomination committee (Karyn Lai, Chen Lai, and Ann Pang-White) in carrying out the process of electing the president and vice president; working with Treasurer Xinyan Jiang in maintaining the membership record; and facilitating the 2009 Charles Fu Foundation essay contest. He asked for volunteers to help with the ISCP Website. He also asked members to spread word that now people can join ISCP or renew their membership through our website at WWW.ISCP-ONLINE.ORG. He announced that ISCP members can subscribe to the Journal of Chinese Philosophy at a discount rate.


Li also made the biannual financial report on behalf of the Treasurer Xinyan Jiang. There was not question from the audience.


After presenting their CVs, Shen moved to nominate Yolaine Escande as the next president and Yu Jiyuan as vice president. The motions were approved by acclamation. In accordance with the ISCP constitution, an Ad Hoc nomination committee will be established to examine candidates’ qualifications and to process the election.


In responding to Bernard Li’s suggestions, Shen moved that an exploratory committee be established to look into ISCP’s new function as an evaluative agency. His motion passed by acclamation.


Yolaine Escande said that she was glad to be hosting the 17th International Conference of Chinese Philosophy in Paris in 2011. She announced that the theme of the 17th conference will be “Interculturalism and Philosophic Discourse: Retrospect and Prospect.”


Finally, Bernard Li handed over the official ISCP banner to Yolaine Escande.


The meeting adjourned at 16.30p.m.



Respectfully prepared by Chenyang Li

ISCP Banner

President Bernard Li (left) has over the official ISCP banner to Vice President Yolaine

Escande (right), with Executive Director Vincent Shen present.

Charles Wei-hsun Fu Foundation-ISCP Essay Contest in Asian Philosophy 2009

“The Logic Structure ofShi as a concept in Chinese Philosophy”
Li Xi, graduate student, Aesthetics Research Center, Department of Philosophy, Peking University

The prize will be shared between two entries
Honorable Mention

“’Not Laugh, Not be Tao’:
The Application of theTao Te Ching in the Drawings of Yue Minjun”
Francis Li Chung-hung, HKICC Lee Shau Kee School of Creativity, Hong Kong

“Reconciling the ‘Self’ in Western Psychology and Buddhism”
Tonya Warren, M.A. student, Department of Philosophy, San Diego State University

“Confucian Care: Beyond the Colonial Politics of Feminism”
Li-Hsiang Lisa Rosenlee, Associate Professor of Philosophy, University of Hawaii—West Oahu

2007 ISCP Business Meeting

Minutes of ISCP Business Meeting (June 26, 2007, Wuhan, China)

Senior Member Antonio S. Cua Passes Away

Obituary of Antonio S. Cua

Antonio S. Cua, a professor emeritus of philosophy of the Catholic University of America, an eminent scholar in Chinese philosophy and Comparative philosophy, and the author of many important scholarly works and the chief editor of Encyclopedia of Chinese Philosophy, passed away on March 27, 2007. It is a great lost not only for his family and his friends, but also for the entire community of scholars in Chinese philosophy and Asian Studies, all deeply saddened by this sorrowful event.

Antonio Cua was born on July 23, 1932, in a Filipino Chinese family doing commercial business in Manila, Philippines. As a young man with a thoughtful mind rooted in Chinese culture with openness to the West, he started early to have a noble intellectual curiosity and made up his mind to pursue an intellectual life focusing on the core values of philosophies East and West. In order to understand better western culture and thought, after having his B.A. in philosophy and psychology from the Far Eastern University, Manila, in 1952, he came to the United States for graduate education in1953. He had his M.A. degree from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1954, before he married with Shoke-Hwee Khaw on June 11, 1956. He has his Ph.D. degree from University of California, Berkeley, in 1958. Antonio Cua and Shoke-Hwee Khaw have one daughter, Athene Khaw, married to Greg Walsh.

Antonio Cua taught at Ohio University, Athens, first as instructor from 1958 to 1961, then as assistant professor of philosophy from 1961to 1962. Then he served as professor of philosophy and chairman of department at the State University of New York, College at Oswego, from 1962 to 1969. From 1969 to 1995, he served as professor of philosophy in the School of Philosophy, Catholic University of America, Washington, DC, before he retired and became professor emeritus from 1996 until he passed away in March 2007.

Antonio Cua was an inspiring teacher, a great scholar and an eminent philosopher, and most importantly, a junzi in Confucian sense. His main intellectual interest had been in western moral philosophy, moral psychology and Chinese ethics, in particular Confucian ethics. His first work was Reason and Virtue: A Study in the Ethics of Richard Price(1966, revised 1998), in which he studied Richard Price(1723-1791), a first intuitionist and major British Moralist in the 18th Century. Then, in his second book, Dimensions of Moral Creativity(1978), Antonio Cua devoted his effort to constructing a map of the different aspects of moral experience with an emphasis on moral creativity, cumulating. This is the most favored book of his own, serving as the basis to most of his works in the past two and half decades. In the book, he focused on the role of paradigmatic individual as concrete embodiment of moral principles and ideals.

Antonio Cua took his another book, The Unity of Knowledge and Action(1982), as more personal because it was written under great inspiration in six weeks, somehow like the enlightenment that the philosopher studied in this book, Wang Yangming(1742-1529) himself had experienced. For Antonio Cua, from the academic standpoint, his Ethical Argumentation(1985) is most satisfying because of it’s being the first attempt to develop a Confucian theory of ethical argumentation and moral epistemology.

Antonio Cua was the chief editor of the Encyclopedia of Chinese Philosophy, the first of its kind, which contains 187 long entries on major schools, thinkers, works and concepts in Chinese Philosophy. This is now the most comprehensive and useful scholarly reference book with exact information and original interpretation of Chinese philosophy and its history. Encyclopedia of Chinese Philosophy has been selected by the CHOICE as an outstanding academic title published in 2003. This encyclopedia was praised by many reviews as a milestone,
an ?poque making event in the history of Chinese philosophy in the English-speaking world, full of philosophical erudition and inspiring wisdom. In his Moral Vision and Tradition, Essays in Chinese Ethics(1998), Cua offered a comprehensive philosophical study of Confucian ethics, its basic insights and its relevance to contemporary western moral philosophy. Here the readers may find an analytical, critical and systematic presentation of Confucian ethics with its cardinal concepts and virtues, featuring intriguingly the vital essence of Confucian virtue ethics. His  contribution makes it possible for a creative interpretation of both Chinese and western traditions in view of a fruitful dialogue and in-depth solution of intercultural conflict. His last work, Human Nature, Ritual and History: Studies in Xunzi and Chinese Philosophy(2005), contains many treatises in depth of most interesting themes like human nature, reason and principle, moral  failure,…etc, showing his mastery and authority in the Studies on Xunzi(310-220BCE), one of the greatest Confucian in ancient China. In particular, Antonio Cua had developed there a theory of the ritual that includes ethical, aesthetical and religious dimensions of li(rites, rules or proper conduct). In short, the entire intellectual life of Antonio Cua consists, in his own words, in working for an “important contribution to the advancement and development of Chinese moral philosophy and comparative philosophy and western philosophy.

Because of his scholarly achievement, Antonio Cua had received many awards and honors, such as State University of New York research awards, 1966 and 1967; Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars Fellowship, 1982; Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange Research/Lecture Grant; American Council of Learned Societies Travel Grant, 1982; Council on Philosophical Studies, 1967. Also, he had served as President of the Society for Asian and Comparative Philosophy from 1978 to 1980; President of the International Society for Chinese Philosophy from 1984 to 1985. He was member of International Society for Chinese Philosophy (member of board of directors, 1978-81, president, 1984-85), American Philosophical Association, Mind Association, Aristotelian Society, Society for Asian and Comparative Philosophy (president, 1978-80), Association for Asian Studies (president, 1978-79), Washington Philosophy Club (member of executive board, 1976-77), International Society for Comparative Studies of Chinese and Western Philosophy (advisor, 2001-2007).

The love and friendship of Antonio Cua will be always cherished by his family and friends, and the wisdom contained in his works will continue to inspire generations of scholars and students to come.

In order to pay tribute to this inspiring teacher, great scholar and eminent philosopher, the Journal of Chinese Philosophy will dedicate a special issue in memory of him. Also, Philosophy East and West will present a special feature with photo of Antonio Cua. The International Society for Chinese Philosophy will organize a special session in memory of Antonio Cua both in its international conference organized in late June, 2007, in Wuhan University, China, and the APA Eastern annual conference to take place in Baltimore in late December 2007. (Prepared by Vincent Shen, ISCP executive director)

Executive Director Vincent Shen Presents Plaque to Antonio S. Cua



After many years of distinguished service as Chairman of Board of Officers, Professor Cua (right) retires from the post in 2006.



Per ISCP Constitution Article IV, Section 3, Board of Officers recently elected Professor Robert Neville as Chairman


Executive Director Vincent Shen Congratulates Wuhan Universitys 50th Anniversary (Congratulation Letter)



ISCP Sends Letter of Condolences of Professor Jiang Tianji of Wuhan University


2005 ISCP Business Meeting

Minutes of ISCP Business Meeting (July 2005)

President Karyn Lai’s Report of the 14th conference

2003 Business Meeting Minutes and Executive Committee Report (2001-2003)

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On the Founding and Historical Heritage of ISCP

1975- Present

Chung-Ying Cheng
Founder and Honorary President,  ISCP


The seedbed for the formation of the International Society for Chinese Philosophy (ISCP) was the Fourth International East-West Philosophers Conference which took place at University of Hawaii at Manoa in the Summer of 1964. At the conference, those senior in the rank who represented the Chinese tradition were Professors Wing Tsit-chan, Thome Fang, Mei Yi-chi, Tang Chun-yi, and Hsieh Yu-wei. Among the younger generation were myself, Drs Shu-hsien Liu, Huang Shui-chi and Philip Huang.  As both participant and host I invited all Chinese philosophy scholars to gather and talk about the role and the future development of Chinese philosophy in the setting of contemporary Western scholarship. I proposed that we formed an informal association for the purpose of establishing contact and rendering mutual support in matters of teaching and developing Chinese Philosophy. At the same time I planned also to organize and found a formal society for Chinese Philosophy for promoting study and research in Chinese philosophy on an international basis.


The difficulties for forming a cross-national association or society with practically no support must be recognized at that early time. However, I decided to first contact people doing Chinese philosophy in US and to publish a Chinese Newsletter as a means of maintaining communication.  This turned out to be a challenging operation for at that time because there were practically no professional philosophers teaching Chinese philosophy in the Department of Philosophy at any university in USA. I collected up to 18 scholars teaching Chinese thought in History Department or in Department of Asian Studies throughout US and listed our membership as 35 members by including scholars from Taiwan and Hong Kong including our participants at the 4th IEWPC.

Convinced that Chinese Philosophy has a great potential for developing human self-understanding and understanding of humanity in a global community of scholars and philosophers, I edited and produced an informal publication titled Chinese Philosophy Newsletter in 1965 which was continued and circulated until 1969. This set the stage for my founding of the Journal of Chinese Philosophy in 1973.




In publishing my Chinese Philosophy Newsletter from 1965 to 1969,  fortunately I was able to enlist the help of   a young Taijichuan Master, Mr. Peng Tzuyou to do handwritten copy work  and Stencil printing after I produced relevant reports and did the proper editorial work. I published the Newsletter intermittently for five years before I formally registered for the formation of an official Society for Chinese Philosophy as a non-profit corporation. I hired a former judge Mr. Lum to do the official registration work at the Government Regulating Agency at that time. On June 16, 1975, the Society for Chinese Philosophy was officially born with the File Number 28885D2.. Knowing that it was difficult to have our members to meet on yearly basis as an assembly I decided that we should have annual group meetings at American Philosophical Association (APA)-Eastern Division, but we should have international conferences every two years on a selected university campus in US or elsewhere. This turned out to be a wise decision because we can use APA annual meetings as a venue to promote our Society and recruit new members of the Society and then to use the International Conference to build our strength and to promote Chinese Philosophy as a discipline and as a philosophy trend on the world philosophy scene. The strategic importance of this policy must be appreciated in the context of an environment in US in the 60Å¡ where the title “Chinese Philosophy” as a theoretical discipline was not recognized in the listing of specializations of APA, whereas “Chinese philosophy” as a historical discipline was taught in the name of Chinese thought or Chinese intellectual history in various Non-Philosophy Departments. For a long time I was one of the very few who taught Chinese Philosophy in the Department of Philosophy. It must be noted in this connection that University of Hawaii at Manoa was the first University in US to authorize teaching of Chinese philosophy in its Department of Philosophy as early as 30s.


Two years prior to the founding of the Society, I founded and started in 1973 to publish the Journal of Chinese Philosophy for the purpose of providing academic support for the campaign to recognize Chinese Philosophy as a specialized field of study and teaching in the Discipline of Philosophy in US and in the world. As a result, in 1983 APA began to list Chinese Philosophy as a subject of specialization in Philosophy and in the same period the Society was granted full Membership in the International Federation of Philosophy Societies (IFPS). As the President of the Society I was invited to organize the first Round Table on Chinese Philosophy in the 1983   XVII World Congress of Philosophy by Professor Cauchy, the President of the Congress.


1-6 International Conferences

Our 1st International Conference was held in June 1978 on the campus of Fairfield University in Fairfield, Connecticut, with Professor Lik-kuen Tong as the Chair of the Local Committee for the Conference. Lik-kuen who got  his Ph. D. degree in philosophy from New School for Social Research in New York  was very enthusiastic about supporting our conference. Earlier in 1977 Lik-kuen suggested to me that we added the term “International” to the title of our Society. I took this suggestion and incorporated the added word in an amendment to our registration in Honolulu on November 17, 1977.   From 1978 on, our Society has become known as International Society for Chinese Philosophy or ISCP.

I served as the President of ISCP for 8 years from 1975 to 1983 and had organized and presided over our Bi-annual   International Conferences from 1978 to 1989.   The 2nd International Conference was held in June 1980 on the campus of the College of Charleston, Charleston, South Carolina, where Chang Chung-yue, a young Chinese member of the  Department of Philosophy in the College of Charleston, was the Chair of the Local committee. The 3rd International Conference was held in early August 1983 on the campus of Victoria College of University of Toronto with Professors Julia Ching appointed as the Local Chairperson. It is to be noted that it is the first time we stepped out of US to hold our International Conference and it was at this Conference Professor Antonia Cua was elected President for the Society for next two years and I was named the Founder of the Society and  Honorary President (Professor Wing-tsit Chan was also Honorary President).  Our 4th International Conference was held in July 1985 on the campus of State University of New York at Stony Brook due to the excellent coordination of Professors Walter Watson (Local Chair) and  Robert Neville (Sponsor) who provided efficient and strong local support. It was in this Conference that we had for the first time participation of scholars directly coming from Chinese Mainland.   In June1987 we held our 5th International Conference at University of California at San Diego for which Professor Sandra Wawrykto at State College of California at San Diego, was appointed the Chair of the Local Committee. As President elected in 1985, Professor Lik-kuen Tong gave his Presidential Address in this very exciting Conference.

In  June 1989 we had our 6th International Conference on the campus of University of Hawaii at Hilo, a conference for which Professor John Hsueh-li Cheng in the Department of Religion and Philosophy at UH-Hilo was appointed as the Chair of the Local Committee. It is the year where the Kilauea Volcano erupted in the Island of Hawaii and Hsueh-li arranged a truly memorable visit for the participants to the Volcano Park to witness the lava flow.


7-12 International Conferences


In 1990 I contacted Professor Wolfgang Bauer at Munich, Germany and asked whether he would sponsor our 7th ISCP International Conference in connection with Munich University in Southern Germany. It was nice of him to fly over  to Honolulu to discuss this possibility and then quickly let me know about his positive decision after he went back to Munich. We had then our 7th International Conference in Summer of 1991. One memorable thing to mention is that Professor Bauer had been able to provide 22 grants for 22 Chinese mainland scholars for their round air travel fares and about 5 days room and board. This was one of the most generous conferences I have ever attended. I was deeply impressed by the show of artistic talents of Professor Bauer at our concluding banquet in a Chinese Restaurant on the top of an Island Hill in Starnberger See near Tutzing.   In the business meeting in this 1991 Conference, both China and Taiwan bade for hosting next conference and it was agreed that we would have our next conference in China first and then would have our next next one in Taiwan. With this spirit of cooperation we had our 8th International Conference at Peking University in July 1993 with Professor Tang Yijie presiding over the Conference as the President of ISCP and Professor Chen Lai as the Local Committee Chair.  There are many good things to say about our first conference in Beijing. It marked for the first time the Chinese official recognition and acceptance ever extended to an International Conference in Chinese Philosophy, and the great success of the Conference resulting from good cooperation of Peking University, Nankai University and Wuhan University was truly remarkable.

In 1994 Professor Robert Neville was elected President of ISCP.    Following the good example of Professor Bauer, he was able to secure over 20 grants for our colleagues in China to attend and participate in the 9th International Conference which was held at Boston University. With its near 200 participants it was the largest gathering for the Conference up to date and we had for the first time (thanks to Neville’s efforts) an official delegation from Russia, representing the Institute of Far Eastern Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences. It was in this Conference I was presented a Degree of Honoris Doctrois from the Institute of the Academy.

Before Taiwan was ready for the next conference I   negotiated with Professor Song Suk-ku, the President of Dongguk University in Seoul to be our next conference sponsor. With the help of Professor Kwang-sae Lee at Kent State University of Ohio, our Society’s Treasurer, I was able to have the Professor Song to agree to sponsor the conference with appropriate required provisions for our Chinese delegation from China.. We had our 10th International Conference in July 1997 (a very hot summer) in Seoul on the campus of Dongguk University.

In July 1999, eventually, we were able to come to Taiwan for our 11th International Conference under the sponsorship of National Chengchih University in Taipei, secured by Professor Vincent Shen, who was elected earlier the President of ISCP during that period of time. Our trip to the Mountain Ali to watch sunrise marked the high point of our post- Conference activities. More than 30 participants, the largest ever, came to participate in the Conference from the other side of the Taiwan Straits.

In 2001 we came back to Beijing for our 12th International Conference with the strong support and great design of Professor Fang Keli of the Graduate School of Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, who was our 12 th President of the ICSP. This conference was the culmination of our 24 years devotion to international conferencing, representing a cycle of 12 signs under the Chinese lunar-solar calendar. Not only the conference was generously provided for but the re-organization and election of a new generation of Officers for the Society made the Conference a Conference for Regeneration and Empowerment of the Society, and consequently a Conference for Regeneration and Reinvigoration of Chinese Philosophy. It symbolized an arrival of a new age and a new century for the development of Chinese philosophy and its spirit.



With profound gratitude and acknowledgement to our former Presidents, coordinators and local chairpersons, members and friends for our past successes, we are now looking forward to the 2003 13th International Conference in Stockholm under our current President, Professor Torbjoern Loden at University of Stockholm, Sweden, and beyond that, the 2005 14th International Conference in Sidney, to be coordinated by Dr. Karyn Lai at New South Wales University, Australia. This new prospect for ISCP means a new prosperity for the development of Chinese philosophy in the   world. It also means that our new generation of Chinese philosophers and philosophers doing Chinese philosophy, whether Chinese or Western or Eastern, will have an extremely challenging and bright future and opportunity for their dedication and their contribution to be made.


Appendix A
Declaration of the Purpose and Objectives of ISCP in 1985 ISCP Charter:

The International Society for Chinese Philosophy (ISCP) is a non-profit tax-exempt organization formed for the purpose of uniting persons engaged in the study and research on Chinese philosophy and/ or interested in promoting the study and research of Chinese Philosophy in academic circles. The Objectives of ISCP are:


    1. To support, sponsor or co-sponsor local, national and international conferences, seminars, workshops and the like on Chinese Philosophy solely or in cooperation with local, national and international academic or educational institutions;
    2. To sponsor or co-sponsor philosophical, educational, educational or cultural activities which would promote understanding, study and research in Chinese Philosophy as a Philosophical Discipline;
    3. To endorse and promote distribution of the international research academic quarterly known as the Journal of Chinese Philosophy ;
    4. To support and sponsor research projects in Chinese Philosophy and a series of publications in Chinese Philosophy;
    5. To support publication of a Newsletter for the members of the Society.


Appendix B
Declaration of Five Theses on the Importance of Chinese Philosophy, Distributed at  17th World Congress of Philosophy,
Montreal, Canada 1985*

1.   Chinese Philosophy as a Tradition is intrinsically valuable as a vehicle of human self-understanding and human self-realization;

2.  Chinese Philosophy as a Tradition can be developed analytically, critically and creatively on both rational and practical levels;

3.  The Chinese Philosophy Tradition is essentially concretion/ process/ humanity/community-oriented. It can complement and can be complemented by the Western Philosophy Tradition which is essentially abstraction / substance/ objects/individuals-oriented;

4.  Chinese Philosophy with its Holistic Metaphysics of Harmony and Polaristic Dialectics of Harmonization can provide a spiritual guidance as well as a pragmatic c procedure for problem solution or conflict resolution in this scientific-technological era;

    1. Chinese Philosophy as a Tradition and as a Discipline should be universally recognized as an important asset of the mainstream of world philosophy and be seriously taught in both China and West for the common good of humankind.



* In August 1985 I organized, participated in, and presided over the first Roundtable on Chinese Philosophy and World Philosophy on behalf of ISCP at the 1985 Montreal World Congress of Philosophy at the invitation of Professor Cauchy who was then the President of the World Congress. I   formulated and pronounced this Declaration of Five Theses on the Importance Chinese Philosophy for the Roundtable and distributed it in the Congress, Le Palais des Congres de Montreal . This Declaration of Five Points had been also used as a base and source of inspiration for the founding of the International Yijing Society in 1985 with the support of many delegates from many countries in the Congress.


Constitution of
International Society for Chinese Philosophy

(Revision effective since December 13, 2007)





This Society will be known as the International Society for Chinese Philosophy (hereafter abbreviated as ISCP). By “Chinese Philosophy” is meant the whole philosophical tradition and heritage within the span of Chinese history and the spectrum of Chinese civilization. The term “Chinese Philosophy” will also connote the logical, metaphysical, ethical, aesthetical, and epistemological thinking and reflection in reference to the Chinese philosophical tradition and heritage, Chinese language, Chinese society, and Chinese civilization.


This Society (ISCP) will be a non-profit, tax-exempt organization formed for the purpose of uniting persons affiliated with the study and research of Chinese Philosophy or interested in promoting the study and research of Chinese Philosophy in both academic and non-academic circles. This society encourages creativity, innovation, and respects people’s difference in belief. It is firmly committed to sexual and racial equality, prohibits any discriminatory practice in all its activities and officer appointment.

The objectives of ISCP are set forth as follows:

a. To support, sponsor or co-sponsor conferences, seminars, workshops and the like on Chinese Philosophy solely or in cooperation with local, national, or international philosophical congresses or academic institutions.

b. To sponsor or co-sponsor philosophical, educational, cultural or scientific activities in cooperation with educational, cultural, philosophical, or scientific institutions or organizations in connection with the study and research of Chinese Philosophy.

c. To support and sponsor the editing and publication of the international research journal known as the Journal of Chinese Philosophy for the philosophical and scholarly community interested in Chinese Philosophy.

d. To support and sponsor the editing and publication of a periodic newsletter for the ISCP which will report on the academic activities of the members of this Society and other pertinent matters in the field of Chinese Philosophy.

e. To support and sponsor research projects in Chinese Philosophy as well as projects on research tools in Chinese Philosophy such as bibliographies, chronicles, directories, indices, and the like.

f. To support and sponsor travel to and from national and international conferences, and the like for the purpose of promoting the study and research of Chinese Philosophy.

g. To support, sponsor or co-sponsor community-oriented activities which are meaningful and fruitful from the point of view of promoting or enriching Chinese Philosophy and which will enhance the cultural values of Chinese Philosophy.

h. To promote and support all other scientific, literary, educational and philosophical activities complementary with the foregoing objectives.




The permanent office of ISCP is located on the premises of the University of Hawaii at Manoa in Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S.A. Any official documentation should be sent to this office in Hawaii for permanent filing.




The membership of ISCP shall be classified as follows: (1) Regular, (2) Life, (3) Institutional, (4) Student, (5) Associate, and (6) Affiliate.



(a) Regular Members: Regular membership will be open to any person who wishes to be affiliated with actual study and research of Chinese Philosophy or the promotion of such.

(b) Life Members: Life membership will be open to any person who wishes to make a financial contribution to the ISCP in the amount specified by its Executive Committee.

(c) Institutional Members: Institutional membership will be open to any bona fide institution which subscribes to the Journal of Chinese Philosophy and which wishes to make an annual financial contribution to the ISCP at a minimum amount as determined by its Executive Committee.

(d) Student Members: Student membership will be open to any student enrolled in an educational institution who has an interest in Chinese Philosophy.

(e) Associate Members: Associate membership is open to any person who does not wish to be a regular member but still wants to enjoy some of its privileges.

(f) Affiliate Members: Affiliate membership is a dues-exempt associate membership granted to advisors, corresponding members and other individuals by the authority of the Executive Committee.

All application for membership is subject to the review and approval of the Executive Committee.



The annual dues for each of the five classes of paying membership shall be established by the Executive Committee of the Society and shall be renewable on January 1 each year. Membership status will be acknowledged after submission of a membership application form and payment of appropriate dues.



Only regular and life members are eligible to vote and to be an elected officer of the ISCP.




The governing body of the ISCP shall be a Board of Officers, which shall consist of the following:

The last six past presidents of the ISCP who are available and willing to serve;

The Vice-President or Vice-Presidents (if more than one has been nominated and elected) of the ISCP, during the term of office;

The President of the ISCP, during the term of office;

The various regional representatives of the ISCP, during the term of office;

The Secretary and the Treasurer of the ISCP, during the term of office;

The Executive Director of the ISCP, during the term of office;

And the Chair of the Board of Officers of the ISCP, during the term of office.



Only regular and life members of the ISCP are eligible to hold office.



The Vice-President(s) shall be elected by the membership for a non-renewable two-year term;

The President shall be elected by the membership for a non-renewable two-year term;

The various regional representatives shall be appointed by the Board for a renewable three-year term;

The Secretary and the Treasurer shall be elected by the membership for a renewable five-year term;

The Executive Director shall be appointed by the Board for a renewable five year term;

The Chair of the Board of Officers shall be elected by the Board from among past presidents (who need not be among the last six) for a three-year term, once renewable. When the terms of office of the Chair and the Executive Director terminate simultaneously, the term of the Chair shall be extended for one year.



a) Nominations of the President, Vice-President(s), the Secretary and the Treasurer shall be made by the members of an ad hoc Nominating Committee appointed by the Executive Committee. The nominating Committee shall recommend no more than two candidates for each position. All nominations shall be voted upon in a manner established for all members of the ISCP.

b) Nomination of the Executive Director to the Board of Officers shall be made by the Chair of the Board of Officers who shall appoint the selected candidate on behalf of the Board.

c) Nomination of the Chair of the Board of Officers shall be made by the members of an ad hoc Steering Committee composed of the last six presidents.



The President shall preside at annual and special meetings of the ISCP and shall act as representative of the ISCP at the meetings or conferences of learned or academic societies with which ISCP is affiliated. The biennial congress of the ISCP is a primary responsibility of his/her presidency. He/She shall organize a program committee, and appoint the program committee chair and coordinator of the biennial congress of the ISCP. He/She shall keep the executive committee informed about progress in the organization of the biennial congress of the ISCP and be receptive to inputs of the executive committee.



It shall be the duty of the Vice-President(s) to perform all the duties of the President either on his/her behalf or during his/her absence.


The Secretary of the Society shall keep the minutes of all officially convened meetings. He/she shall see to it that all notices are duly given in accordance with the provisions of this Constitution. He/she shall keep a membership roll which shall be current at all times. He/she shall, in general, perform all duties incidental to the office of the Secretary and such other duties as may from time to time be assigned to that office by the Chair of the Executive Committee.

The Treasurer shall be responsible for the custody of all funds belonging to the Society. He/she shall disburse funds only in accordance with the provisions of this Constitution and the rules established by the Executive Committee, and he/she shall make a full written annual financial report to the Society.

Deputy Secretary and Secretary Assistants may be appointed by the Executive Committee to assist the Secretary should the need arise.



The Executive Director is the overseer of the Society both in its day-to-day administrative functions and in the execution of its long-term plans or projects. He/She shall act as Chair of the Executive Committee and shall appoint on behalf of the Board, in consultation with the current officers, the various regional representatives of the Society as well as such standing and ad hoc committees as authorized by the Constitution of the ISCP or by its Executive Committee. He/She is automatically a member of the program committee of the biennial congress of the ISCP and responsible for communication between the program committee and the executive committee.

Two deputy executive directors, one from the region of North America, another from the region of China, shall be appointed for a renewable five year term by the Chair of the Executive Committee in consultation with the current officers. It shall be the duty of these two deputy executive directors to assist in their respective region the executive director and to perform there all the duties of the executive director either on his/her behalf or during his/her absence.



In addition to serving as Chair at Board meetings, the Chair shall be responsible for the nomination and appointment of the Executive Director on behalf of the Board.




The Society retains the option of electing an Honorary President for the purpose of honoring a senior distinguished scholar in the field of Chinese Philosophy. The Honorary President is a titular position carrying no duties whatsoever.




The Society shall have a Board of Directors consisting of founding and incorporating members and more members elected by them. Founding Directors will serve on a permanent basis and the elected Directors will serve for a tenure of four years and in the fourth year the Board will elect their replacement. The Board of Directors is headed by a Chairman elected by the Directors.



The Board of Directors is instituted for the purpose of inaugurating officers of the Society, supervising major decisions and major policy changes of the Society, and protecting the general stability and well-being of the Society.






There shall be a Board of Advisors consisting of all past presidents, selected past officers of the Society, and other experienced individuals invited by the Executive Director on behalf of the Society during his/her term of office.


The Board of Advisors shall advise the Society and its Executive Committee in all matters pertaining to the policies of the Society and the attainment of the objectives of the Society.





There shall be a Board of Sponsors consisting of life?time members and other individuals or institutions who have made substantial contributions to the Society.


The sponsors shall be highly regarded by the Society. They shall, however, in no way be allowed, in their capacity as sponsors, to influence or interfere with the policies of the ISCP.




There shall be an Executive Committee of this Society consisting of the Executive Director, President, Vice President(s), Secretary, Treasurer, Editor and Co?Editor of the Journal of Chinese Philosophy, the last six presidents who are willing to serve, and other members appointed by the Executive Director who shall serve as its Chair.



The Executive Committee shall make appropriate decisions regarding annual membership dues, acceptance of applications for membership into the Society, establishment of ad hoc Committees in accordance with the objectives of the ISCP and provide general guidelines for the preservation and maintenance of the ISCP.



The Executive Committee shall be convened at any time and place at the call of the Executive Director of the Society.




There shall be the following Standing Committees in this Society: (1) Academic Publication Committee, (2) Budgeting and Resource Committee, (3) Community and Publicity Committee, (4) Information and Communication Committee, (5) Membership Committee, (6) Program Committee, and (7) Research Committee.



The Chairs, Vice Chairs, and other members of all Standing Committees shall be appointed by the Executive Director on behalf of the Executive Committee.



In addition to the Standing Committees listed in Section 1, other Standing Committees may be appointed by the Executive Committee from time to time as the need arises.



The term of office for each member of each Standing Committee shall be three years, renewable indefinitely.





Revisions or changes to this Constitution may be made by the Executive Committee and approved by a majority decision of the membership of the Society who have been notified and respond to announcement of such revisions and changes.




The Board of Directors shall appoint a legal counsel with the approval of the Executive Committee. Such counsel will serve a renewable term of five years from the date of his appointment.