East meets West in researchers fellowship award

A Brock researcher will spend his summer vacation searching German archives for answers to complex philosophical questions thanks to a prestigious fellowship award.Wing-Cheuk Chan, Philosophy professor, was recently awarded a three-month research fellowship from the prestigious Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. The award, valued at $14,000, will allow Chan to spend time in the Leibniz-Archives in Hannover to investigate his project, “The Labyrinth of the Continuum as a Metaphysical Problem.”According to Leibniz, a 17th-century German philosopher, there are two labyrinths in philosophy: while the first concerns freedom, the second concerns continuum. Chan aims to solve the second one, but from the perspective of Chinese philosophy.“This might also help clarify why this great German philosopher was so enthusiastic with the Yijing (The Book of Changes), which is perhaps the most ancient Chinese philosophical text,” Chan said. The research may also shed light on a new settlement of the priority-debate concerning the calculus between Newton and Leibniz.This is the second time Chan has received this fellowship award. A recipient of funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, he has also received research fellowships from the National Science Council of Taiwan; the Indo-Canadian Shastri-Foundation of India; and the CCK-Foundation of Taiwan.Chan, who has also adjudicated in philosophy for SSHRC, said his contributions are evidence that Brock’s philosophy department holds a unique place in Canada for its emphasis on comparative studies of Eastern and Western philosophy. read more

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Philippines church bomb attack kills 20

Two bombs at a Roman Catholic cathedral in southern Philippines have killed 20 people and injured dozens more, local officials say.The first blast happened as Sunday Mass was being celebrated at the church on Jolo island, where Islamist militants are active. As soldiers responded, a second device was detonated in the car park.The bomb attack devastated the church in Jolo (AFP/GETTY IMAGESThe attack comes days after a majority-Muslim area in the region voted for greater autonomy in a referendum.No group has so far said it was behind the attack. Jolo has long been a base for militants including those of the Abu Sayyaf group.The local officials say the first blast happened at 08:45 local time (00:45 GMT) inside the Cathedral of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, which has been hit by bombs in the past.The second explosion was shortly afterwards on the doorstep of the church. Local police initially put the death toll at 27 but later lowered it to 20, saying there was double counting in earlier official reports.The army has been deployed to the area after the bomb blasts (EPA)Most of the victims are civilians. Some of the wounded were evacuated by air to the nearby city of Zamboanga.Calling the attack a “dastardly act”, Defence Secretary Delfin Lorenzana urged the local population to work with the authorities to “deny terrorism any victory”.“We will use the full force of the law to bring to justice the perpetrators behind this incident.” (BBC) Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedSchool hit in Somali ExplosionSeptember 2, 2018In “latest news”Thailand rocked by eleven bombs in one dayAugust 12, 2016In “World”Sri Lanka attacks: Mass funerals held as nation mournsApril 23, 2019In “Crime” read more

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