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Dr Ellen Zhang: Philosophy of Peace: Thinking through Laozi’s Daodejing

  • University of Edinburgh Martin Hall, New College EH1 2LU (map)

Tuesday 28 February

4pm-5.30pm Martin Hall,

New College, EH1 2LU

The Daodejing (DDJ) is an ancient Chinese text traditionally taken as a representative Daoist classic expressing a distinctive philosophy from the Warring States Period (403–221 BCE).  It is one of the most influential examples of its genre in the intellectual tradition of China with hundreds of commentaries, written over two millennia.
There have been many Western studies of the text over the past one hundred years either from a philosophical or religious point of view. These offer a wide range of interpretations due to the laconic and polysemic nature of the text, as well as the hermeneutic interests of contemporary readers. This lecture analyses the ethical dimensions of the DDJ paying attention to issues related to war and peace. The lecture also locates the Daoist thinking in the matrix of contemporary explications and comparative discussion.

Dr. Ellen Zhang holds a PhD in Philosophy of Religion from Rice University (USA). She is currently serving as associate professor in the Department of Religion and Philosophy at Hong Kong Baptist University. She is also a research fellow at the Centre for Applied Ethics at HKBU and editor-in-chief for the International Journal of Chinese and Comparative Philosophy of Medicine. Her research projects and publications are related to Chinese philosophy (Buddhism and Daoism), ethics, and comparative studies.

This talk is organised by the School of Divinity’s Project on Religion and Ethics in the Making of War and Peace with the support of the Confucius Institute for Scotland in the University of Edinburgh.  It  will take place in Martin Hall, New College, University of Edinburgh, EH1 2LU from 4pm-5.30pm on Tuesday 28 February 17.  No booking is required.