Progressive Confucianism & Its Critics

Stephen C. Angle

Professor of Philosophy and East Asian Studies, Wesleyan University

Progressive Confucianism & Its Critics

For more than 2500 years, the teachings of Confucius have been debated and developed as times have changed. New social or political circumstances and new knowledge have meant that Confucianism itself has continually been in a process of renewal. A recent moment in this development took place in the spring of 2017, when the U.S.-based Confucian philosopher Stephen C. Angle took part in a series of dialogues with Chinese Confucians in Beijing. The dialogues engage with topics like the relation between Confucianism and modernity; its status as philosophy, religion, and/or chief ingredient in a distinctively Chinese culture; the status of pivotal modern Confucians like Kang Youwei and Mou Zongsan; and more generally, the prospects for what Angle calls “Progressive Confucianism.”

The papers may be accessed here.

Friday, February 25th, 4:30PM, Swift 200

This workshop will focus on two pre-circulated documents and will be largely discussion based. The first is an Introduction to the project, the second a translated dialogue. Workshop participants should feel free to read as much or as little as they want!

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