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Confucian Ren and Care

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This lecture aims to analyze and discuss the moral core of ren and care in the new book by Professor LI Chenyang, Reshaping Confucianism: A Progressive Inquiry (Oxford University Press, 2023). "Ren" is a central concept in Confucianism, traditionally interpreted by scholars as "love." "Care" is the central concept of care ethics, which has gained prominence in recent decades. Since Professor LI proposed the "Confucian Care Thesis" in 1992, there have been scholarly debates and an increasing number of scholars interpreting "ren" through the lens of "care." This lecture reviews the main viewpoints and examines the significance of these discussions within the context of the new book.

Speaker

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LI Chenyang
Professor of Philosophy, Nanyang Technological University
2015—2016 Berggruen Fellow

His primary areas of research are Chinese philosophy and comparative philosophy. He is the author of The Tao Encounters the West: Explorations in Comparative Philosophy, The Confucian Philosophy of Harmony, Confucianism in a Pluralist World (in Chinese) and of over 100 journal articles and book chapters. He was the founding president of Association of Chinese Philosophers in North America (ACPA), President of International Society for Chinese Philosophy (ISCP), Senior Visiting Fellow at the City University of Hong Kong, an American Council on Education ACE fellow.

Commentator

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XIAO Wei
Professor of Ethics, Tsinghua University

She is the author of 8 monographs and has published more than 200 articles. Her teaching and researching interests include: Ethics (Bioethics, Public Health Ethics, Mental Health Ethics, Feminist ethics) and Gender Philosophy. She has been the Chair of the 17th Symposium of the International Association of Women Philosophers and one of the board members of the Association. She has been a member of Chinese Technology and Science Ethical Committee (Bioethics Section).

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About The Berggruen Institute

About The Berggruen Institute

About The Berggruen Institute

About The Berggruen Institute

About The Berggruen Institute

About The Berggruen Institute

About The Berggruen Institute

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