17 February 2017 Start
17 February 2017 End
Singapore Singapore University of Technology and Design (Lecture Theatre 2, Building 1, Level 2), 8 Somapah Road, Singapore 487372


Ideals of Leadership in Ancient Greece, Rome, and China

Friday 17 February 2017

Both in the Ancient Greco-Roman World and in Ancient China, philosophers of different  schools attempted to construct an ideal of a just ruler and a just society. They did so not only by writing treatises and educating future leaders, but even – as Plato and Confucius did – by advising rulers directly. Our purpose in this mini-conference is to examine how philosophers in East and West constructed ideals of political and moral leadership, how they tried to influence those in power, and what we can learn from their political philosophies today. 


Christina Tarnopolsky (Yale-NUS College), Leadership and Noble Lying in Sophocles’ Philoctetes and Plato’s Republic

Loy Hui Chieh (National University of Singapore), Getting Through to a War-loving Ruler: The Mohists and their Elite Audiences

Steven Green (Yale-NUS College), Seneca’s De Clementia: (Revised) Instructions for an Empire

Máté Veres (University of Hamburg), Sceptics and Tyrants: Conformism and Ethical Responsibility in Cicero and Sextus Empiricus

Chad Hansen (Hong Kong University, Emeritus), Contrasting Conceptions of Leadership: The Pathfinder Model in China

Winnie Sung (Nanyang Technological University), The Heart/mind of Ceyin and Mencius’s Conception of Ideal Leadership

Matthew Walker (Yale-NUS College), Non-Ordering Rule in Confucius and Aristotle

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Organizers: Christine Habbard (Singapore University of Technology and Design), Bart Van Wassenhove (Yale-NUS College)