Persons in the World: Perspectives on Human Ecology, East and West



April 17, 2012


Brewer-Hegeman Conference Center

University of Central Arkansas

201 Donaghey Avenue

Conway, AR 72035


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Both the Greco-Roman philosophy of Stoicism and the Chinese philosophy of Daoism understand persons as fundamentally situated within in the world.  The ideal of both of these traditions is to achieve and maintain a harmonious interaction between persons and their environments.  Although they share in this basic general belief, their respective approaches to the harmonization and characterizations of persons and the natural world are fundamentally different.

In this seminar, we will discuss these two ancient philosophies, which represent two very different but equally interesting and powerful perspectives on what it means to be human.  Both Daoist and Stoic philosophers generated a wealth of powerful strategies and enduring wisdom for dealing with the challenges of being persons-in-the-world, much of which remains useful for us today.

Human Ecology, Comparative Philosophy, Daoism, Stoicism


Benefit of attending:
Enhance our understanding of different cultural perspectives on the human-nature relationship.


How can this benefit educators?:
Help to develop a multicultural and pluralistic understanding of persons and their environment.



Presented By:
Nicholas Brasovan is an Instructor of Philosophy and Religious Studies at the University of Central Arkansas.  His areas of specialization include East Asian Philosophy and Religion and Comparative Philosophy.

Benjamin Rider is an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of Central Arkansas.  His areas of specialization include Classical Greco-Roman Philosophy and Comparative Philosophy.