China Talks: Distinguished Speaker Roger Ames
- When: 10th July
- Time: 6:00pm - 10:00pm
- Location: Central Lecture Block Theatre 7
Distinguished Speaker Roger Ames
Catriona Mackenzie, Professor of Philosophy at Macquarie University and Director of the Macquarie University Research Centre for Agency, Values and Ethics, will be responding to Professor Ames’ address
Tuesday 10 July, 2012. 6pm for 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Central Lecture Block (CLB) Theatre 7, Kensington Campus (PDF) (2 Mb) (PDF) (Map reference E19)
Précis of Professor Ames’ Lecture: “In the introduction of Chinese philosophy and culture into the Western academy, we have tended to theorize and conceptualize this antique tradition by appeal to familiar categories. Confucian role ethics is an attempt to articulate a sui generis moral philosophy that allows this tradition to have its own voice. This holistic philosophy is grounded in the primacy of relationality, and is a challenge to a foundational liberal individualism that has defined persons as discrete, autonomous, rational, free, and often self-interested agents. Confucian role ethics begins from a relationally constituted conception of person, takes family roles and relations as the entry point for developing moral competence, invokes moral imagination and the growth in relations that it can inspire as the substance of human morality, and entails a human-centered, a-theistic religiousness that stands in sharp contrast to the Abrahamic religions.”
This event is open to the public and is free. However, bookings are essential.
Please RSVP here
or contact Benedict Porter at the Confucius Institute on (02) 9385 8996
Professor Ames will also be speaking at the New South Wales Art Gallery on Saturday, 7 July at 2pm. Click here for more details.
Professor Roger Ames: Dr Roger T. Ames joined the Department of Philosophy at the University of Hawai'i as an Assistant Professor in 1978. He received his doctorate from the University of London and has spent many years abroad in China and Japan studying Chinese philosophy. He has been Visiting Professor at National Taiwan University, Chinese University of Hong Kong, and Peking University, a fellow of Clare Hall, Cambridge, and has lectured extensively at various universities around the world. Professor Ames has been the recipient of many grants and awards, including the Regents' Merit and Excellence in Teaching 1990-91, and many grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Professor Ames has authored, edited, and translated some 30 books, and has written numerous book chapters and articles in professional journals. He was the subject editor for the Chinese, Japanese, and Korean entries in the Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy. Currently he continues to work on interpretive studies and explicitly "philosophical" translations of the core classical texts, taking full advantage in his research of the exciting new archaeological finds.
Professor Catriona Mackenzie. Dr Catriona Mackenzie has a BA (Hons) in Philosophy (ANU, 1983) and a PhD in Philosophy (ANU, 1992). She has taught at the ANU, Monash University, Macquarie University and Utrecht University. Catriona is Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Macquarie University Research Centre for Agency, Values and Ethics. She is a current member of the Humanities and Creative Arts Panel of the ARC College of Experts. Her research expertise is in moral psychology, social and political philosophy, feminist philosophy and applied ethics.
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