This workshop celebrates the partnership between the Berggruen Institute and the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics, thereby also taking advantage of the presence of the first group of Berggruen Fellows at Harvard. The topic of the workshop, also related to a major concern of the Berggruen Institute, is “Perspectives on Chinese Thought in the World.” Some of the presenters work on China in a rather straightforward way, others don’t, but China, and thus Chinese thought, concerns us all, and increasingly so. One way or another, the talks will address how it does. Advance reading of papers is not expected, though papers are available for some of the talks (upon request).
On February 9, 2017, the workshop convened for a successful session, featuring Viren Murthy, Tongdong Bai, and Sungmoon Kim, before the organizers were compelled to postpone the afternoon panels due to the onset of a blizzard. These panels have now been rescheduled as a featured event that will kick off the Center’s 30th Anniversary Celebration, May 4-6, 2017.
**Please register HERE no later than Monday, April 24.**
Thursday, May 4, 2017
10:00am – 10:15am: Opening Remarks
Danielle Allen, Tongdong Bai, and Mathias Risse, Organizers
10:15am – 11:45am: Morning Session
Melissa Williams, “Minben Legitimacy, Western Legitimacy: A Framework for Comparative Research”
Anna Sun, “The Irreligious Kingdom: Perceptions of Chinese Religious Life Today”
12:00pm – 1:00pm: Lunch (on site)
1:00pm – 2:15pm: Afternoon Session
Tongdong Bai, “A Confucian Version of Human and Animal Rights”
Mathias Risse, “Thinking about Global Justice in the Age of the Rise of China”
2:15pm: Closing Remarks