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The Chinese Mind: Traditional Wisdom and Its Transformation in Modern Times

May 11, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Thursday, May 11, 6:30–8:00PM
Event Fee: FREE Members / $10 Non-Members
Speaker: YU Zhenhua
Location: 40 Rector Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10006

Confucianism, Taoism, and Buddhism constitute the “three teachings” that have historically had the largest influence on Chinese culture. This lecture by acclaimed scholar Yu Zhenhua will explore these three influential schools of thought from the perspective of world history, and examine what happened when Chinese society was confronted with the large-scale introduction of Western ideas, beginning in the 17th century. What were the foundations of these three major schools of Chinese thought? What effect has Western philosophy and thought had on these beliefs over time? How have these philosophies shaped the Chinese mind as it exists today?

This lecture will be the first in a series exploring Chinese thought, wellness, and beliefs and how they relate to our modern world.

YU Zhenhua, is a Professor of Philosophy at East China Normal University (ECNU), a Yangtze River Scholar at the Ministry of Education of China, the co-director of Knowledge and Action Lab, Joriss, between ECNU and Ecole Normale Superieure/Lyon, France and a Fulbright Research Scholar at New York University (2016-2017). Dr. Yu received his first Ph.D. from ECNU in 1998 and his second from the University of Bergen, Norway in 2006.

Dr. Yu’s main fields of interest include epistemology, metaphysics and comparative philosophy. His Chinese publications include How is Metaphysical Wisdom Possible? (2000, 2015), The Tacit Dimension of Human Knowledge (2012), and dozens of articles in Chinese academic journals. His English publications have appeared in journals such as International Philosophical Quarterly, Philosophy Today, and Dao: A Journal of Comparative Philosophy.

Please Register Online. For questions email Aaron Nicholson at: [email protected] or call 212-744-8181 ext. 138 


May 11, 2017
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm


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40 Rector Street
New York, NY 10006 United States
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