Philosophy Talk: Classical Confucian Thought

23 March 2017 (Thu), 6:30 PM
At Cendana Rector's Commons (Tower A, Floor 26)

Confucian political thought is sometimes understood to focus primarily on inculcating virtue in its subjects. Against this, Prof. El Amine will argue Confucian political thought should be interpreted through “the lens of order,” rather than virtue. Her recent book, Classical Confucian Thought: A New Interpretation argues that Confucians were motivated primarily by concerns for maintaining political order, analyzing many of the institutional mechanisms that Confucius proposed for rulers. Prof. El Amine will also discuss how, growing up in Lebanon, she became interested in China.