Dr. Roger Ames, University of Hawaii, will discuss Confucian China in a Changing World Order.
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?
Dr. Roger Ames is one of the most effective interpreters of contemporary China from the North America today. His analyses of this emerging nation has reached deep into its history and core intellectual values. For more than three decades, Dr. Ames has traveled all of the world, teaching and lecturing on Confucianism, Daoism, and East-West comparative philosophy. His travels and lectures actively bridged and in fact transcended the boarder of the “West” and “East.” Dr. Roger Ames is the most prolific writer and translator in the field of sinology. He publication are numerous, and the ones that are most relevant to his upcoming talk include Democracy of the Dead, Confucius and John Dewey; Thinking Through Confucius and Anticipating China; and Thinking from the Han – the Self, Truth, and Transcendence in Chinese and Western Culture -- to name only a few. He is currently professor of Philosophy at the University of Hawaii, and editor of journal of “Philosophy East and West,” and series editor of “Chinese Culture and Philosophy” for the State University of New York Press.
The lecture is co-sponsored by the USF Philosophy Department and Confucius Institute.