"Human Being as Species Being: A Reconsideration of Xunzi's Humanism"

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Chen Chao-ying

(National Taiwan University)

"Human Being as Species Being: A Reconsideration of Xunzi's Humanism"

 

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: This paper attempts to tap into the humanist resources of Xunzi’s thought by reevaluating the contemporary Confucian scholars’ understanding of Xunzi. To do this reevaluation, I will provide a systematic elaboration of Xunzi’s humanism from the perspective of early Marxian concept of ‘species-being’.

 

Short Bio: Chen Chao-ying is a Professor in the Department of Chinese Literature at National Taiwan University. She is the convener of the ‘Monthly Seminar on Confucianism at National Taiwan University’ (sponsored byInstitute for Advanced Studies in Humanities and Social Sciences, NTU) and research fellow of Institute for Advanced Studies in Humanities and Social Sciences, NTU. She is the author of many books on Taiwan studies and Confucian aesthetics, including Taiwan Confucianism (2000) and Confucian Aesthetics and the Interpretation of the Classics (2005).

 

 

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