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Lecture: Confucian China in a Changing World Order by prof. R.T. Ames (Hawaii University)

Wanneer:do 18-06-2015 19:00 - 20:30
Waar:Zernike Room, Academy Building

On Thursday 18 June CEASG partner the Groninger Confucius Institute organizes a lecture: 'Confucian China in a Changing World Order' by prof. R.T. Ames (Hawaii University)

Confucian China in a Changing World

A perfect storm is brewing: climate change, food and water shortages, environmental degradation, pandemics, energy shortage, terrorism, nuclear proliferation, gross income inequities, and so on. An effective response to this human exacerbated predicament requires a radical change in values, intentions, and practices. The rise of China has precipitated a sea change in the world economic and political order, but what about the prevailing cultural order long dominated by a powerful liberalism? Confucian philosophy is being actively promoted both domestically and internationally by a collaboration of academic and political forces. Question: What impact will Confucianism—a philosophy that begins from the primacy of relationality—have on world culture in the ensuing decades?

Professor Roger T. Ames

Roger T. Ames is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Hawai’i and editor of Philosophy East & West and China Review International. He has authored several interpretative studies of Chinese philosophy and culture:

Thinking Through Confucius (1987), Anticipating China: Thinking Through the Narratives of Chinese and Western Culture (1995), and Thinking From the Han: Self, Truth, and Transcendence in Chinese and Western Culture (1998) (all with D.L. Hall), and most recently Confucian Role Ethics: A Vocabulary (2011).

Almost all of his publications are now available in Chinese translation, including his philosophical translations of Chinese canonical texts. He has most recently been engaged in compiling the new Blackwell Sourcebook of Classical Chinese Philosophy, and in writing articles promoting a conversation between American pragmatism and Confucianism.


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