Finland Program 2014









International and Interdisciplinary Conference on

Culture, Value and Justice

University of Vaasa, Finland

21–23 May 2014

Auditorium Nissi at Tritonia building

Wednesday, 21 May 2014


9:00 am: Participants meet informally and distribution of the program, name tags and other details

9:15 am: Presentation by the Dean of the Faculty of Philosophy, Professor Hannu Katajamäki, University of Vaasa

9:25 am: Welcome by Chandana Chakrabarti, ICCSAE,USA


Session 1

9:35 am–10:45 am

Chair: Chandana Chakrabarti, ICCSAE, USA

Inaugural Address

“Justice as the Ability to Change the Point of View”, Tommi Lehtonen, University of Vaasa


Session 2

10:45 am–12:00 pm

Chair: Tommi Lehtonen, University of Vaasa

Keynote Address

“Perspectives on Euthanasia and Physician-Assisted Suicide: East and West”: Kisor K. Chakrabarti, ICCSAE,USA


Break: 12:00 pm–1:00 pm


Session 3

1:00 pm–2.30pm

Chair: David Carlson, Franklin College, USA

“The Literary Canon and Collective Identity”, Christoph Parry, University of Vaasa

“Wittgenstein and the Methodology of Semantics”, Fritz J. McDonald, Oakland University, USA


“Arrogance, Self-Respect and Power”, Robin S. Dillon, Lehigh University, USA




Session: 4



Meet the Authors:

Book Signing by : Kisor Kumar Chakrabarti and Tommi Lehtonen

“Major Doctrines of Hinduism and Buddhism”

Author: Kisor Kumar Chakrabarti

“After Secularization: A Philosophical Study of the Preconditions of Religion” Author: Tommi Lehtonen


Door Prizes



Session 5 A

3:20 pm– 5.25pm

Chair: Cristina Sanchez-Conejero,University of North Texas,USA


“The Shinto Religion’s Core Values: Their Convenient Match with the Environment and the Mechanism of Discrimination Utilizing Those Values”, Shusuke Yagi, Furman University, USA

“The Interrelationship of Buddhist Ethics, Interdependence, and Mindfulness”, Maxine Freed, Central New Mexico Community College, USA

“Calmness in Profound Love”, Aaron Ben-Ze ‘ev, University of Haifa, Israel and  Angelika Krebs, University of Basel, Switzerland


“Ethics and Humanistic Scholarship”, Isaac Nevo, Ben-Gurion University, Israel


Session 5 B


Chair: Christoph Parry, University of Vaasa, Finland

“Technology and Virtue in American Culture”, Sandra Jane Fairbanks, Barry University, USA

“Values in the Arabian Nights”, Rizwanur Rahman, Jawaharlal Nehru University, India

“Garden of Symbosis”, John Kortlander, Columbus College of Art & Design, USA, and Andrew McCauley, Columbus College of Art & Design, USA

“Harmony as the Goal of Confucian and Daoist Ethics”, Hyun Höchsmann, East China Normal University, Shanghai, China



Session 5



Invited Lecture


Justice, Reconciliation, and the Differend on the Margins”, Gordon Haist, University of South Carolina at Beaufort, USA






Thursday, 22 May 2014


Session 1

9:00 am–12:00 pm

Chair: Maxine Freed, Central New Mexico Community College, USA

“Cultural Encounters as a Gateway to Transformative Learning”, Nancy Southern, Saybrook University, USA

“Cultural Diversity Management in International and Private Schools in the Sultanate of Oman”, Wajeha T. Al-Ani, Sultan Qaboos University

“Teaching Justice”, JoAnne Myers, Marist College, USA

“Intersecting Culture, Values and Transformation in Shaping a Drastically Integrated Ethnic Identity within a Diastratically Variated Society: Employing Post-Apartheid South Africa as a Case Study”, Jennifer Slater, University of South Africa, Pretoria, RSA

“Chinese and Christian Identities”, Zoey Lu, Bingham Young University, USA

“From Medium to Message: Love, Escapism and the Nostalgia of Identity in Late-Modern Japan”, Maria Grajdian, Nagasaki University, Japan


Break: 12:00 pm–1:00 pm


Session 2A

1:00 pm–3:05 pm

Chair: Robin Dillion, Lehigh University, USA

“Ethics, Law and Trauma in No tengas miedo (2011) by Montxo Armendáriz”, Cristina Sánchez-Conejero, University of North Texas, USA


“Origins of Nuclear Disarmament: Henry A. Wallace and His Atomic Policy”, Mayako Shimamoto, Osaka University, Japan

“Reinforcing Threats. The Iranian Nuclear Crisis and Jack Mezirow’s Transformative Learning Theory as an alternative approach to cope with Crises”Saskia Eschenbacher and Andreas Bock, Universität Augsburg, Germany


“A Post-9/11 Ethic Based on Matthew 25:31-46 and Hadith Sahih Muslim, Book 32, No.6232,Discovering the Common Word among Those in Need

A Post 9/11 Ethic for Muslims and Christians” David Carlson, Franklin College, USA


“Forgiveness and Therapy”, Slonim Nevo, Ben-Gurion University, Israel




Session 2 B

1.00 pm-3.05pm


Chair: Wajeha T. Al-Ani, Sultan Qaboos University

“Introduction to the Effectuationism Philosophy System”, ”Peter Kinane, Ireland


“On the Idelogical and Political Dimension of Experimental Philosophy”,Hektor K. T. Yan, City University of Hong Kong


“Government as Drivers in the Evolution of Ethical Practice in Nigeria”

Dickson Omoregie, Office of Value and Ethics, Federal Republic of Nigeria




“Foundations of Ethics and Cultural Entity of the Mythological and Mortal Figures in Ferdawsi’s Shahname”, Farzaneh Azam Lotfi, Tehran University, Iran

“Cultural Elements in the Indo-Persian of Deccan”, Islamic Azad University, South Tehran, Iran

“Azan Faqeer: His Contribution to Assamese Society and Culture in Medieval India”, Bakshi Hazrat Ali Ahmed, Abhayapuri College Abhayapuri, Assam, India



Break: 3:05 pm–3:20 pm



Session 3A

3:20 pm–5. 25pm

Chair: Isaac Nevo, Ben Gurion University

“Law, Justice and Morality in Las trece rosas (2007) by Martínez Lázaro”, Cristina Sánchez-Conejero, University of North Texas, USA


“On the Axiological Content of Law”, Aymeric d’alton, New York, USA

“Negativity, Ethics, and Cultural Criticism”, Markku Nivalainen, University of Jyväskylä, Finland

“The Boundary Event and Critical Space in Trinh T. Minh-ha’s Cinema”, Antti Vesikko, University of Jyväskylä, Finland


“Turning the Other Cheek: Time to Fight the Global Persecution of Christians,” Audra L. Savage, Emory University School of Law ,USA


Session  3 B


Chair: Aaron Ben-Ze’ev, University of Haifa, Israel

“The Impact of Tourism Development on Georgian Cultural Identity”, Michael Long, and Sara Alexander, Baylor University, USA

“Indian Jewish Identity as Reflected in Their Literature”, Navras Jaat Aafreedi, Gautam Buddha University, Greater Noida, India

“Reflection of Indian Culture in Travelogues”, Kkwaja Mohammad Ekramuddin, Jawaharlal Nehru University, India

“The Constructive Role of Comparative Philosophy in the Making of Global Philosophy”, Quanhua Liu, Gonzaga University,USA



“Globalizing Identities: The Evolution of the NRI in recent Bollywood Films”, Renu Juneja, Valparaiso University, USA


“Iqbal an Exponent of Values”, Syed Akhtar Husain, Jawaharlal Nehru University, India



Session 4


5.25 pm-6.25 PM

Chair: Chandana Chakrabarti

Topic:    Morality and Religion

Kisor Chakrabarti, Maxine Freed, Gordon Haist, Tommi Lehtonen,Isaac Nevo

We are inviting all participants to informally share their views on this panel.




Friday, 23 May 2014


Session 1


Chair: Andreas Bock, Universität Augsburg, Germany

“To What Extent is Human Behavior Natural?”, Joel Wilcox, Barry University, USA

“Is There a Rawlsian Argument for Animal Rights?”, David Svolba, Fitchburg State University, USA

“Group Rights, Genetic Research, and the Question of Community Consent”, Dena Davis, Lehigh University, USA

“‘Cut-Throat’ US Capitalism or ‘Cuddly’ Nordic Social Policies: A False Dichotomy”,Rick Chew, University of Central Oklahoma, USA

“Ethics as the First Philosophy: Values and Justice in the Age of Globalization and Postmodernity”, Simi Malhotra, Jamia Millia Islamia, India


“Values in the Age of Uncertainty: Wittgensteinian Ethics and Postmodern Morality”, Saugata Bhaduri, Jawharlal Nehru University, India




Break:  12: pm–1: pm



Session 2

Chair: Kisor Chakrabarti, ICCSAE,USA

Special Address

“Relevance of Ethics and Values in Culture in Nation Building”, Her Excellency Sarah N. Jibril. The Special Adviser to the President on Ethics and Values, Federal Republic of Nigeria

Session 3


Chair: Dena Davis, Lehigh University, USA


“Showcasing Aboriginality: ‘If you don’t look it, you have to act it’”, Bronwyn Carlson, University of Wollongong, Wollongong, Australia, and Michelle Harris, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, USA


“Ethnicity, Culture, and Exile”, Ilana Maymind, Ohio State University, USA




“Time to Standardize Kurdish after a Century Linguicide”, Ahmed Ferhadi, New York University


“The Happiness of Citizens”, Elyse Platt, Queen’s University

The Importance of Intercultural Dialogue”, Stefana Zecevic,Faculty of Media and Communications, Singidunum University in Belgrade, Serbia.





Meet the Authors

Kisor Kumar Chakrabarti is a former Distinguished Professor of Philosophy and Religion of the Davis and Elkins College (where he has served as the Provost and Dean of the Faculty), the Bethany College, the Ferrum College, etc. and has taught at the University of California, Berkeley, the University of Maine, Orono, the Kutztown University and the University of Calcutta. He has held research fellowships at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, the Indian Institute for Advanced Study, Shimla, the University of Pittsburgh and the Australian National University. He has received numerous honors and awards and is a three times recipient of Fulbright grants. He is fluent in Sanskrit and studied for decades original Sanskrit works of classical Indian philosophical schools under the guidance of eminent pundits. He is a leading authority on Indian and comparative philosophy. He is also devoted to the study of Greek philosophy from original Greek sources and has taught modern and contemporary philosophy for several decades. He has authored (besides seventy eight research papers and articles mainly on topics of comparative logic, epistemology and metaphysics) The Logic of Gotama (University of Hawaii Press, 1978), Definition and Induction (University of Hawaii Press, 1995), Classical Indian Philosophy of Mind (State University of New York Press, 1999), Classical Indian Philosophy of Induction (Rowman and Littlefield, 2010) and Major Doctrines of Hinduism and Buddhism, Magnus Publications, 2012.



Tommi Lehtonen is University Lecture in Philosophy at the University of Vaasa, Finland, and has the title of Docent of Philosophy of Religion at the University of Helsinki, Finland. His primary fields of interest are philosophy of science, ethics, philosophy of language, and philosophy of religion. His current research focuses on the concept of a point of view, sustainable investment, values and ethics of governance, philosophical questions related to comparative research, and philosophy of secularization. He is the author of Punishment, Atonement and Merit in Modern Philosophy of Religion (Luther-Agricola-Society 1999) and After Secularization: A Philosophical Study of The Preconditions of Religion (Magnus Publications 2012) and many articles in different fields of philosophy.




The Society for Indian Philosophy and Religion has commenced publishing the Journal on Indian Philosophy and Religion annually from Fall, 1996. The Journal covers the wide range of philosophies and religions which are indigenous to South Asia. It includes scholarly work of comparative and critical studies of Eastern and Western philosophies and religions. The journal also includes sections on discussion articles and book reviews.

The Chief Editor: Kisor K Chakrabarti (USA). The editorial Board includes: Karuna Bhattacharyya (India), Ashoke Ganguly (India), Jay Garfield (USA)), Steve Laylock (USA), J. N. Mohanty (USA), Steven Phillips (USA), Karl Potter (USA), Sukharanjan Saha (India), J. L. Shaw (New Zealand), and Mark Siderits (USA).

All inquiries about submitting manuscripts should be mailed to the Associate Editor: Chandana Chakrabarti, Society for Indian Philosophy & Religion, PO Box 79, Elon, NC 27244, USA

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