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The Second Annual Thomas Berry Seminar
“The Epic of Evolution and World Religions: An Exploration of Confucian Cosmology:
The Cosmology of Confucianism and the Cosmology of Science”
Whidbey Institute
Clinton, WA
July 25–28, 2000

The invitational conference on July 25–28 will consist of a small gathering of scholars of the world’s religions as well as scientists and educators. On Saturday July 29 there will be a public conference. Presentations will be given by various scholars including: Brian Swimme, Mary Evelyn Tucker, Anne Birdwhistell, and Mike Kalton. Our conversation in this three day conference will focus on Confucian cosmology and it’s relationship to the epic of evolution.

The conference will be held at the Whidbey Institute on Whidbey Island off the coast of Washington near Seattle. This beautiful learning center is located among the dramatic forested landscape of the Pacific Northwest and serves as an ideal venue for the conference by providing a setting that is both relaxing and conducive to rigorous thinking regarding this enormously challenging topic.

The conference is sponsored by the Forum on Religion and Ecology.

Second Annual Thomas Berry Seminar Participants
Brian Swimme California Institute of Integral Studies
Ursula Goodnenough Washington University
Larry Edwards California Institute of Integral Studies
John Palka University of Washington, Seattle
Historians of Religion
Brian Brown Iona College
John Berthrong Boston University
Anne Birdwhistell Richard Stockton College of New Jersey
Michael Kalton University of Washington, Tacoma
Mary Evelyn Tucker Bucknell University
Participants in Other Disciplines
Charlene Spretnak California Institute of Integral Studies
Whidbey Institute Board
Fritz Hull Editor, Earth Spirit
Vivienne Hull
Sharon Parks Co-author, Common Fire
Larry Daloz Co-author, Common Fire

For further information on the public conference please contact:


Conference Schedule and Participants
July 24, 2000
6:30 pm
Dinner and Introductions
July 25, 2000
Morning Overview of the Intersections of the Cosmology of Confucianism and the Cosmology of Science
Brian Swimme and Mary Evelyn Tucker

Reading: “Continuity of Being”*
Tu Weiming

“Philosophy of Ch’i as an Ecological Cosmology”*
Mary Evelyn Tucker
Afternoon A Systems Approach to Confucian Thought
Mike Kalton

Reading and Paper: “Extending the Confucian Tradition”*
Mike Kalton

Sharon Parks
July 26, 2000
Morning Chaos Theory and Confucian Thought
Larry Edwards

Reading: “Companionship with the World: Roots and Branches of a Confucian Cosmology”
Chung-ying Cheng

Paper: “The Trinity of Cosmology, Ecology, and Ethics”
Chung-ying Cheng

Brian Swimme
Ursula Goodenough
Afternoon Feminism and Confucianism
Anne Birdwhistell

Reading: “Some Thoughts on Confucianism and Ecofeminism”*
Huey-li Li

Article: Anne Birdwhistell


Charlene Spretnak
July 27, 2000

John Berthrong

Reading: “Motifs for a New Confucian Ecological Vision”*
John Berthrong

Reading: “Response and Responsibility”*
Joseph Adler

Johnny Palka

Afternoon Paper: “Comparison of Baboon Worldviews with Confucian Cosmology”
Barbara Smuts

Ursula Goodenough
*Readings are from Confucianism and Ecology: The Interrelation of Heaven, Earth and Humans, eds., Mary Evelyn Tucker and John Berthrong (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard Center for the Study of World Religions and Harvard University Press, 1997).



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