UH West Oʻahu Professor of Philosophy Li-Hsiang Lisa Rosenlee conducted a workshop at the “Asia on its Own Terms Endangered Bodies – Asian Formations” conference at Tel Aviv University, Israel, May 21-23. Tel Aviv University is the largest public university in Israel with more than 30,000 students. Her presentation was a preview of her upcoming second book, “A Feminist Re-imagination of Confucianism: A Practical Ethic for Life.”
Rosenlee discussed the question of compatibility between Confucian ren and care ethics, and engaged the feminist communities in reformulating Confucian ethics in order to adequately respond to feminist demands for gender equity. She proposed a uniquely hybridized ethic of care that is feminist and Confucian, and expands the theoretical horizons of feminism by incorporating distinctive Confucian conceptual tools such as ren (benevolent governance), xiao (filial care), you (friendship), li (ritual propriety) and Datong (Great Community), while at the same time confronts the issue of gender inequity in Confucian thought. Rosenlee’s presentation is a feminist re-imagination of Confucianism that enriches and is also enriched by feminism. It is a practical ethic that offers women of all colors distinctive Confucian conceptual tools to navigate the contours of existential experiences in their search for liberation.
Li-Hsiang Lisa Rosenlee
Rosenlee’s research areas of interest are Chinese philosophy, ethics, and feminism. She is the author of Confucianism and Women: A Philosophical Interpretation (State University of New York Press, 2006), and has published numerous book chapters and journal articles, including “Why Care? A Feminist Re-appropriation of Confucian Xiao,” in Dao Companion to the Analects (Springer 2014); “Review of Femininity and Feminism: Chinese and Contemporary [A Special Issue of the Journal of Chinese Philosophy] Vol. 36, No.2, June 2009,” Hypatia (2012); “How Do We Beat the Bitch?” in Beyond Burning Bras: Feminist Activism for Everyone (Praeger Press, 2010); “Neiwai, Civility, and Gender Distinctions,” in Asian Philosophy (2004) and “Ricoeur’s Hermeneutics of the Self and Its Aporia,” in International Studies in Philosophy (1998).