07/15【四合开讲】美国困境的道家答案

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如果老庄再世,他们将如何回应当代的社会问题?

Can Laozi offer any insights into the debate on abortion in the US?  What could Zhuangzi contribute to the controversy over same sex marriage?  These are not questions the ancient philosophers pondered themselves, but the books they left us can provide new perspectives on contentious modern controversies.
如果老子再世,他会如何评论美国国内关于堕胎的讨论?如果庄子复生,他又会如何看待当下围绕着同性婚姻的喧嚣争论?古代先贤当然不曾考虑过这些问题,但是他们留给我们的经典著作也许会为我们面对这些争议的时候提供一些新的思考维度。
You’re invited to a July 15 talk by Dr. Sam Crane on “Daoist Answers to American Questions,” in which he will explore how the Daodejing and Zhuangzi can cast light on contemporary American social debates.
如果您对这些话题感兴趣,欢迎您参与我们7月15日的讲座,来听听Sam Crane博士对此的真知灼见。

 

About the Speaker: Sam 4

Dr. Sam Crane is a professor of political science at Williams College in Massachusetts, where he teaches courseson Chinese politics, East Asian international relations, and ancient Chinese philosophy.  His most recent book – Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Dao: Ancient Chinese Thought in Modern American Life (Wiley, 2013) – uses insights from pre-Qin Confucian and Daoist texts to reflect upon contemporary US social and ethical issues.
Sam Crane博士是美国麻省威廉姆斯学院的政治学教授,他平日教授的课程有中国政治,东亚国际关系和古代中国哲学。他最新的大作“Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Dao: Ancient Chinese Thought in Modern American Life”(《生活、自由与 对道的求索:中国古代思想之于美国现代生活的意义》)
Reviews about Dr. Crane’s Book:

“Sam Crane’s new book is a richly rewarding exploration of the ancient Chinese values and insights that have been the focus of his academic research, in connection with the deepest questions of personal and public ethics in the modern United States. Every chapter draws from Crane’s scholarship but also from his unsparing description of wrenching choices in his own life. Readers who are China specialists will learn more about its traditions; readers who are not will have new tools and concepts with which to understand their own societies, institutions, and creeds.

—James Fallows, of The Atlantic, author of China Airborn
“Sam Crane has written a lively and insightful guide to China’s two key philosophical schools—Confucianism and Daoism—by looking at how they would deal with today’s problems in western countries. Abortion, education, crime, dealing with the mentally challenged: by exploring how China’s greatest philosophical schools might have dealt with them, we learn not only about these ancient ways of thought but also take away innovative ways of looking at our own society. Sprinkled with humorous and touching first-person anecdotes, Crane has given us a truly innovative and fascinating book aimed at general readers.”

—Ian Johnson, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Wild Grass: Three Stories of Change in Modern China
“Sam Crane’s erudite writing on ancient Chinese philosophy in the modern era gives us a new window on some of the most hotly discussed issues in American society today, from democracy to sex.

—Edward Wong, China Correspondent, The New York Times

 

Date: July 15, 2015 (Wednesday)

Time: 19:30 – 21:00

Language: English

Admission: RMB50 (RMB20 for students)

RSVP: Please click on the following link to reserve a ticket online: https://yoopay.cn/event/76897859

 

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