"Harmony: Concepts, Practices, Intercultural Hermeneutics"

You are missing some Flash content that should appear here! Perhaps your browser cannot display it, or maybe it did not initialise correctly.

Ming Xie

(University of Toronto)

"Harmony: Concepts, Practices, Intercultural Hermeneutics"

 

Paper presented at:

Intercultural Humanism: Challenges, Experiences, Visions, Strategies

10-11 September 2010, Christ Church College, Oxford

 

Convened by The Berendel Foundation in association with the Modern European History Research Centre, University of Oxford

 

Abstract: Harmony is one of the most important and essential ideas throughout history and across cultures, both for individuals and societies. It is in fact a trans-cultural or universal value. We can talk about harmony in a number of related senses: musical, aesthetic, moral, political, religious, cosmological, and so on. The complexity of harmony as an idea can be suggested through a number of heuristic distinctions and paradoxes, arising from traditional definitions of harmony, both East and West. Questions such as the following can be asked. Is it descriptive or prescriptive, a realized condition or a regulative idea? Does it consist in process or outcome? Or does it imply accepting or accommodating existing conditions or transforming them into part of a “well-ordered” or superimposed totality? Is it only a matter of practical reality or of metaphysical significance? Is it human-centred only or should it be nature-centred? All these questions seem to point to a certain tension in the very idea of harmony.

 

Short Bio: Ming Xie is an assistant professor at the University of Toronto, where he works on modernist and twentieth-century poetry and poetics; comparative intercultural theory; hermeneutics; and the theory and practice of translation. Xie’s monograph on Conditions of Comparison: Reflections on Comparative Intercultural Inquiryis forthcoming with Continuum Press.

 

 

© 2011. All content, Pulse-Project.org