Confucian China in a Changing World Cultural Order 

Roger T. Ames

A perfect storm is brewing: climate change, food and water shortages, environmental degradation, pandemics, energy shortage, terrorism, nuclear proliferation, gross income inequities, and so on. An effective response to this human exacerbated predicament requires a radical change in values, intentions, and practices. The rise of China has precipitated a sea change in the world economic and political order, but what about the prevailing cultural order long dominated by a powerful liberalism? Confucian philosophy is being actively promoted both domestically and internationally by a collaboration of academic and political forces. Question: What impact will Confucianism—a philosophy that begins from the primacy of relationality—have on world culture in the ensuing decades?

The lecture will take place at 7pm in the KTS Lecture Hall, Academic Building, University of King's College, on Thursday, 23 October, 2014.

All are welcome to attend.