Confucian China in a Changing World Cultural Order

By Roger T. Ames

 
Tirsdag, 8 november, 2016 - 10:00 to 11:30

Abstract:
The Professor Roger T. Ames’ unique interpretations and translations of classical Chinese texts written by Confucius, Lao Zi and Sun Zi have changed a whole generation’s view of Chinese philosophy in the West and have made Chinese classics more accessible to Western readers. His works have addressed centuries-long misunderstandings of Chinese philosophical ideas that have prevailed in the West. Says Professor Ames: “Greek philosophy is basically about spiritual and theoretical development. In many Western religions the ultimate goal is the salvation that will bike one to another world after death. Confucianism is different. It focuses on our present life. Confucianism is about full social participation. In my opinion, the primacy given to vital relations in Confucian philosophy may revolutionize our understanding of global relations.

About the speaker:
Born in Canada in 1947, Roger T. Ames is professor of philosophy at the University of Hawaii, director of the Asian Studies Development Program of the University of Hawaii and former director of the Centre for Chinese Studies at the University of Hawaii. He is also Visiting Professor at the Department of Philosophy, Peking University. Professor Ames’ research concentrates on Chinese-Western comparative philosophy. Roger T. Ames is today the leading Western scholar on Chinese philosophy. In 1978, Roger T. Ames received his doctorate from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.
 
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