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Confucian “xiao” 孝 as Filial Love

April 28, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Free

Professor Chenyang Li
Nanyang University of Technology, Singapore/Stanford University
April 28, 2016
6:00 pm
280 Park Hall, UB North Campus
Free and open to the public
Refreshments will be provided

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The Confucian notion of xiao should be interpreted more appropriately as filial love rather than filial piety. It describes and prescribes the kind of love people ought to practice directly on their parents and, by extension, on family members of older. First, I will explicate the key Confucian concept of “qin 親” in describing a person’s relationship with her parents. Second, by investigating the three-stage historical evolution of the concept of xiao, I argue that the concept has grown not only out of the simple idea of supporting parents but also of filial piety or filial reverence, reaching a special kind of love that is best captured by filial love.

Chenyang Li is a professor and the founding director of the Philosophy Program at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. He is the author of The Confucian Philosophy of Harmony (2014), The Tao Encounters the West: Explorations in Comparative Philosophy (1999), and Confucianism in a Pluralist World (in Chinese, 2005). Currently, he serves as the President of the International Society for Chinese Philosophy and is a Berggruen fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University, 2015-16.

 

Details

Date:
April 28, 2016
Time:
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Cost:
Free
Website:
www.confuciusinstitute.buffalo.edu

Organizer

Confucius Institute, University at Buffalo
Phone:
716-645-9090
Email:
ubci@buffalo.edu
Website:
www.confuciusinstitute.buffalo.edu

Venue

280 Park Hall
University at Buffalo north campus
Buffalo, NY 14260 United States
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Phone:
716-645-7919
Website:
www.confuciusinstitute.buffalo.edu