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The Limits of Confucianism in America

March 29, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Free

Professor Sam Crane, Williams College
March 29, 2016
6:00 pm
120 Clemens Hall, UB North Campus
Free and open to the public
Refreshments will be provided

China’s growing global economic and political prominence in the 21st century has brought with in an expectation that certain aspects of Chinese culture will become more influential internationally. When we examine the case of Confucianism in contemporary America, however, we find very limited cultural impact.  Why?  What are the limits to the expansion of Confucianism in the United States?  Drawing on recent work in comparative philosophy, Professor Crane will explore the material, social, and political factors that constrain the development of an American Confucianism.

Sam Crane is W. Van Alan Clark ’41 Third Century Professor at Williams College. His book Aidan’s Way (2004) is one by a scholar-father to ponder what it means to raise a special-needs child in an unforgiving world, drawing on Eastern philosophy, particularly the Tao Te Ching. His most recent book, Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Dao: Ancient Chinese Thought in Modern American Life (Wiley, 2013), applies insights from pre-Qin Confucianism and Daoism to contemporary American social and ethical issues.  He blogs Chinese thought at The Useless Tree.

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Details

Date:
March 29, 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