Why Classical Chinese Philosophy Still Matters

“Why Classical Chinese Philosophy Still Matters” presented by Michael Puett, professor of Chinese History, Harvard University.
Mar. 27, 4:00pm - 5:15pm
White Hall 207
Visions of human flourishing that developed in classical China are among the most complex in world philosophy.  This talk will explore these visions in relationship to those views that have developed in recent Western thought. Professor Puett will argue that the theories from classical China have much to offer contemporary discussions.
Michael Puett is the Walter C. Klein Professor of Chinese History in the Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations, Chair of the Committee on the Study of Religion at Harvard University, and Acting Director of the Asia Center.  His interests are focused on the inter-relations between anthropology, history, religion, and philosophy. He is the author of The Ambivalence of Creation: Debates Concerning Innovation and Artifice in Early China and To Become a God: Cosmology, Sacrifice, and Self-Divinization in Early China, as well as the co-author, with Adam Seligman, Robert Weller, and Bennett Simon, of “Ritual and its Consequences: An Essay on the Limits of Sincerity.”