The 2015 Yip So Man Wat Memorial Lecture: Social Practices, Moral Education, and Decent Human Lives

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1871 West Mall
Vancouver, British Columbia

The Department of Asian Studies at the University of British Columbia is pleased to invite you to our Annual Yip So Man Wat Memorial Lecture, one of our largest lectures of the year. Professor Philip J. Ivanhoe of the City University of Hong Kong will speak on the subject of “Social Practices, Moral Education, and Decent Human Lives.”

Tuesday, September 29, 2015
4:00 PM Reception
5:00 PM Lecture
Auditorium, Asian Centre, 1871 West Mall, University of British Columbia, Vancouver
Registration required – Free and open to the public

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Event Abstract: It is widely noted that traditional Confucians have shown a deep, sustained, and revealing concern with “ritual” (li) and its potential to produce and exert a range of positive effects—some subtle, others more profound—on human life. In my talk, I shall argue that such social rituals in fact do play a critical and vastly under appreciated role in our lives and are especially important for living more satisfying and humane lives together. I will make my case by introducing some traditional Confucian views about ritual and suggesting ways in which such ideas still do, can, and should play important roles in contemporary life—East or West.

Speaker Bio: Dr. Philip J Ivanhoe has served as Associate Professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies at Stanford University, as Associate Professor of Philosophy and Asian Languages and Cultures at the University of Michigan, as Austin J. Fagothey, S. J. Distinguished Visiting Professor in Philosophy, Santa Clara University, and as the Findlay Professor of Philosophy at Boston University before moving to City University of Hong Kong in 2007. He specializes in the history of East Asian philosophy and religion and their potential for contemporary ethical, political, and social thought.

The Yip So Man Wat Memorial Lectures are made possible by the generous support of the Watt brothers, Alex and Chi Shum Watt, in honour of their mother, the late Mrs. Wat, and her passion for Chinese literature and culture.