Registration to Seminar, Research Centre for Chinese Philosophy and Culture (23 Apr 2024)

Title: Confucius as a Cosmopolitan: Thought and Practice

Speaker: Prof. Guoxiang Peng
(Qiushi Distinguished Professor, Zhejiang University)

Date: 23 April 2024 (Tue)
Time: 4:30pm-6:30pm (HK Time)
Venue: Room 101, Fung King Hey Building (Limited seats. Registrations will be handled on a first come, first served basis)

Abstract:
Drawing from the Analects and other classical texts related to Confucius, this lecture explores the characteristics and significance of what we term "rooted cosmopolitanism" as manifested in Confucius' thought and practice. This nuanced perspective not only encompasses cosmopolitan ideals of transcending territorial and ethnic boundaries but also maintains a delicate equilibrium between unity and diversity, often overlooked in more radical interpretations of cosmopolitanism. Additionally, a comparative analysis with contemporary perspectives on rooted cosmopolitanism, such as those proposed by Appiah, will be briefly explored. By delving into Confucian rooted cosmopolitanism, this lecture illuminates the connection between Confucianism and global perspectives, highlighting its enduring relevance in contemporary discussions on cosmopolitanism.

The seminar will be delivered in English and face-to-face only.