Wat Lecture: Social Practices, Moral Education, and Decent Human Lives

2015 Yip So Man Wat Memorial Lecture

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With Guest Speaker Dr. Philip J. Ivanhoe (City University of Hong Kong). 

Tuesday, September 29th, 2015
4:00PM Reception with refreshments
5:00PM Lecture
Auditorium, Asian Centre, 1871 West Mall
Free and open to the public – registration required

Abstract:

It is widely noted that traditional Confucians have shown a deep, sustained, and revealing concern with “ritual” (li 禮) and its potential to produce and exert a range of positive effects—some subtle, others more profound—on human life. In my talk, I shall argue that such social rituals in fact do play a critical and vastly underappreciated role in our lives and are especially important for living more satisfying and humane lives together. I will make my case by introducing some traditional Confucian views about ritual and suggesting ways in which such ideas still do, can, and should play important roles in contemporary life—East or West.

Speaker Bio:

Philip IvanhoeDr. Philip J Ivanhoe has served as Associate Professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies at Stanford University, as Associate Professor of Philosophy and Asian Languages and Cultures at the University of Michigan, as Austin J. Fagothey, S. J. Distinguished Visiting Professor in Philosophy, Santa Clara University, and as the Findlay Professor of Philosophy at Boston University before moving to City University of Hong Kong in 2007. He specializes in the history of East Asian philosophy and religion and their potential for contemporary ethical, political, and social thought.