Yinyang: The Way of Ways
Prof. Robin R Wang, Loyola Marymount University
The concept of yin yang has been at the heart of Chinese thought and culture for thousands of years. The relationship between these two opposing, yet mutually dependent, forces is symbolized in the familiar black and white symbol that has become an icon in popular culture across the world. The real significance of yinyang is, however, more complex and subtle. Based on careful research and a newly published book, Yinyang: The Way of Heaven and Earth in Chinese Thought and Culture (Cambridge University Press, 2012), this talk will trace the historical development and diversified manifestations of yinyang, drawing together the different uses and models of yinyang, starting from its origins in early classical texts and laying out the ways in which yinyang functioned in the many intellectual and practical pursuits of Chinese thought and culture. It will give a more nuanced, synchronic account of the rich meanings and applications of yin yang.
The lecture will take place at 7pm in the KTS Lecture Hall, Academic Building, University of King's College, on Thursday, October 16, 2014.
All are welcome to attend