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Dept. Seminar: Michael Slote

Topic: The Philosophical Reset Button: A Manifesto
Speaker: Prof. Michael Slote, Professor of Philosophy and UST Professor of Ethics, University of Miami
Date: 7 November 2014, Friday
Time: 4:30 – 6:30 pm
Venue: LT1, Lee Shau Kee Building, CUHK
Delivered in English
All are welcome

This talk is very different from other philosophy talks: it really is a manifesto addressed to Chinese philosophers and to intellectuals and academics in China more generally. On the whole Western thought has been exceedingly intellectualistic and rationalistic, and the talk outlines some of the ways in which these deep one-sided tendencies need to be corrected or rebalanced. But it is also claimed that the Chinese are in the best position to correct and rebalance philosophy as a discipline. Chinese thought has never gone to the extremes of Western rationalism, and there is every reason to think that as China gains in power and prestige throughout the world, Chinese philosophers and thinkers will be in a position to correct or reset Western philosophy through drawing on their own deepest historical traditions, traditions which have recognized the value of emotion and sane ordinary living much more than has been typical in the West. You Chinese should realize that you have much to offer the West and not be too modest with your self-image or reticent with your philosophical ambitions.