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NI Peimin Confucian Philosophy of Kungfu Lecture Series

Confucian Philosophy of Gongfu lecture series will systematically introduce the profound implications of interpreting Confucian classics from Song-Ming Neo-Confucians’ gongfu perspective. Meanwhile, it will help students understand the constructive functions of Confucian philosophy in the context of contemporary world philosophy.

Time: Every Thursday, 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., from Mar.16 2017

Location: Room 103, Institute for Advanced Humanistic Studies (IAHS) Bldg.4, Lee Shau-kee Humanities, Peking University

Presenter: Professor NI Peimin

Professor Ni is the Executive Vice-Director of IAHS, Researcher at WEIB, a Tenured Professor at Grand Valley State University (U.S.A.), Member of the Expert Committee and Senior Advisor of the Dialogue of Civilizations Research Institute (DOCRI). He currently serves as the Editor-in-Chief of the ACPA book series on Chinese and Comparative Philosophy (published through Global Scholarly Publications in New York). Professor Ni earned a Ph.D. in Philosophy at the University of Connecticut in 1991, and holds an M.A. of Philosophy (1982) and a B.A. of Modern Western Philosophy (1985) from Fudan University. He has taught in Trinity College, Montana State University and Grand Valley State University (GVSU). He was also a founding member and director of East Asia Studies Programme at GVSU, a visiting professor at the University of Hawaii and the University of Hong Kong, a founder and former president (1997-1999) of the Association of Chinese Philosophers in America (ACPA), former President of the Society of Asian and Comparative Philosophy (SACP), former President of West Michigan Association of Chinese-Americans and Principal of its Chinese Language School.(For more information on http://iahs.en.pku.edu.cn/organization/research/byyjry/

Topics and Arrangements of the Lectures:

2 hours every week, 16 lectures of this semester.



  Lecture 1 


  Introducing Gongfu to Philosophy 

  Lecture 2 

  Mar. 23 

  Gongfu Interpretation and Confucianism 

  Lecture 3 

  Mar. 30 

  (I) 'Interact with Things' and Science:

  Taking Traditional Chinese Medicine as an Example 

  (II) 'Interact with Things' and Ways of Conduct:

  Taking Consepts of Causation as an Example 

  Lecture 4 

  Apr. 6 

  Gongfu and Ontology: Comparing Rorty's

  and Mencius' Theories of Human Nature 

  Lecture 5 

  Apr. 13 

  Does Confucianism need Metaphysics?

  Lecture 6 

  Apr. 20 

  'Interact with Things' and Spirituality:

  The Theory of As-if-ism

  Lecture 7 

  Apr. 27 

  Plantinga and Confucianism Spirituality 

  Lecture 8 

  May. 4 

  Confucian Self-cultivation and Personal Health 

  Lecture 9 

  May. 11

  Interpreting The Zhongyong from the Gongfu Perspective 


  May. 18

  Human Desires and Gongfu 


  May. 25 

  (I) Confucian Approach to Freedom 

  (II) Confucian Approach to Human Dignity 


  Jun. 1 

  The Way of Family and the Gongfu of Regulating the Family 


  Jun. 8 

  (I) Confucianism and Democracy 

  (II)Rule of Ritual and Rule of Law 


  Jun. 15 

  (I) Harmony in Diversity and Dialogue of Civilizations 

  (II) The Languages for Dialogue and the Confucian Rectification of Names 


  Jun. 29 

  Artistic Life: The Goal of Confucianism 


  Jul. 6 

  World Philosophy under the Gongfu Perspective 

Note: For any changes, please refer to the notification on our official website (http://iahs.pku.edu.cn).


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