The IIP Conference (2015) Opened at Peking University

On 16 September 2015, the 2015 Conference of the International Institute of Philosophy (IIP) opened at Peking University (PKU), Beijing, China. The two main sponsors of this Conference are the Institute for Advanced Humanistic Studies (IAHS) of PKU and Songyang Academy. The theme of this conference is “Dimensions of the Human.” In addition, nine other Institutes and Departments of Philosophy in China co-organized it. They are from the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Peking University, Tsinghua University, Renmin University of China, Beijing Normal University, Fudan University, East China Normal University, Wuhan University, and Sun Yat-sen University.

Founded in 1937, IIP is the highest academic organization and distinguished honorary group of the global sphere of philosophy. It undertakes a significant mission to promote the first class philosophical research and exchange worldwide. It has communication and relation with 102 nations and more than 300 universities. The IIP’s aim is to unite in a common effort of thought and action of qualified representatives from the world philosophical community in endeavoring to improve the welfare of all human beings.

This is the first time for IIP to hold the general assembly of its members in China. 23 international scholars and 40 professors in philosophy from Chinese key universities participated in this Conference. From September 16 to 19, there were 14 academic lectures, all open to the public. Public as well as teachers and students majored in philosophy were all welcome to attend. The special Session for Chinese Philosophy is an unprecedented event for IIP, which demonstrated the sincerity of the international community of philosophy to understand Chinese philosophy. This is surely a great opportunity for Chinese thinkers and philosophical researchers to present Chinese thought and communicate to the world a message of Chinese culture.

At the opening ceremony the following representatives gave speeches: the President of PKU, Professor Lin Jianhua; the Vice President of PKU, Professor Wu Zhipan; the Chairman of Chinese Organizing Committee, PKU Chair Professor, Director of IAHS, Professor Tu Weiming; the Chairperson of IIP, Professor Ioanna KUÇURADI and the General Secretary of IIP, Professor Bernard BOURGEOIS. On behalf of the hosts, President Lin Jianhua welcomed all participants and wished a success to the Conference and its participants. Professor Tu Weiming reflected the suffering of China as a nation and the challenges faced by Chinese Culture in the past 170 years. At present, how to be a real human being has become an urgent problem for humanity. People are not passive on this issue, but able to cultivate a full-fledged personality, which is not a romantic vision, but a realistic consideration. People should seek for consensus and solve problems by communication, negotiation, and collaboration. Other values should be tolerated, recognized and respected whole heartedly. People will benefit from this attitude in self-enrichment. We invite philosophers worldwide to China to discuss the topic “Dimensions of the Human” and to explore the human value. Philosophy should not only be a highly selective academic discipline, but should be a wisdom open to all people. The socio-economic development nowadays needs the guidance of the philosophical wisdom. As a specie, whether human being can survive in a long term has been threatened. Our exploitation of natural resources is without regard to the whole earth as a “living being”. Confucian orientation is the life-world of ordinary people, however, it also contains profound spirituality. The ultimate goal can be described by a famous saying in the Confucian Classic text Zhongyong: “only the person as sincere as a sage can fully realize his nature. Once he fully realized his nature, he is able to realize other people’s nature, then, the nature of all things are revealed to him. So he can take part in transforming the lives on Earth and under Heaven. In this way, he stands side by side with the Earth and Heaven.”

This IIP Conference at Peking University will create an academic atmosphere anticipating the 2018 World Congress of the International Federation of Philosophical Societies (FISP) at Peking University. It will also provide opportunities for Chinese philosophers, thinkers, and researchers for learning and academic exchange. This Conference introduces Chinese philosophy to, and promotes the status of Chinese philosophy in the world. The wisdom of Chinese philosophy should be considered as a possible resource in the development of the philosophical theory and in the solution of the existing problems in the world. Chinese civilization should be involved in, as well as contribute to the future of human civilization.

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Interview with Prof. Tu Weiming in ftchinese.com

Chinese edition of Financial Times published on 28 January 2012 an interesting interview with Prof. Tu Weiming .

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2012.06.04 Istanbul University, Eurasia Institute Presentation

On Monday, 2012.06.04, Prof. Tu Weiming visited Istanbul University in Istanbul, Turkey where he gave a lecture on “Alliance of Civilizations in the Perspective of Confucian Thought.” A YouTube post with the recording of this lecture is accessible below.

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Delivered a commemorative lecture at Soka University

News from Soka University, Japan:

On Saturday, October 8, 2011, the 41st Soka University and 27th Soka Women’s College graduation ceremony was held at the Ikeda Auditorium. Student representatives and their guardians, faculty members, administration staff, and donors attended the event. The ceremony was originally scheduled to be held in March this year, but was delayed due to the giant earthquake and tsunami that struck northeastern Japan on March 11, 2011.

In conjunction with the graduation ceremony, Soka University presented an honorary doctorate to Tu Weiming, Research Professor and Senior Fellow of Harvard University’s Asia Center and Lifetime Professor of Philosophy and founding Dean of the Institute for Advanced Humanistic Studies at Peking University. Professor Tu then delivered a commemorative lecture on Confucianism and the significance of what it means to be human.

Source: http://www.soka.ac.jp/en/newstopics/2011_1008.html

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Dialogue: Fred Dallmayr and Tu Weiming (杜维明) 2011.06.10

Prof. Fred Dallmayr and Prof. Tu Weiming found time in the evening of June 10th, 2011 away from a conference organized by Institute for Human Sciences (Institut für die Wissenschaften vom Menschen ) in Vienna, Austria. They decided to follow up on their previous dialogue (see the video “Dialogue: Fred Dallmayr and Tu Weiming 2009-11-18” below). This time their dialogue was on prerequisite conditions for a successful dialogue. Fred Dallmayr is Packey J. Dee Professor at the University of Notre Dame. Prof. Tu Weiming is the Director of Institute for Advanced Humanistic Studies and a Lifetime Professor of Philosophy Peking University. He is also Professor Emeritus, Harvard University and a Senior Fellow of Asia Center at Harvard University.

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Dialogue b/w Prof. Tu & Prof. Taylor in Vienna

On June 11th, 2011, Prof. Tu Weiming and Prof. Charles M. Taylor held a dialogue at the Institute for Human Sciences (Institut für die Wissenschaften vom Menschen) in Vienna, Austria.

Prof. Charles Taylor is a philosopher best known for his contributions in political philosophy, the philosophy of social science, and the history of philosophy. His contributions to these fields have earned him both the prestigious Kyoto Prize and the Templeton Prize. Prof. Taylor is currently a Professor Emeritus at McGill University in Canada and a Permanent Fellow at the Institute for Human Sciences in Austria.

Prof. Tu Weiming is the Director of the Institute for Advanced Humanistic Studies and a Lifetime Professor of Philosophy at Peking University. He is also a Professor Emeritus and Senior Fellow of Asia Center at Harvard University. Prof. Tu has been instrumental in developing dialogues among civilizations, Cultural China, reflections on the Enlightenment mentality of the modern West and multiple modernities. He is currently researching the modern transformation of Confucian humanism in East Asia and tapping its spiritual resources for human flourishing in the global community.

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Video: Keynote Address at 2011 NCLC


Prof. Tu Weiming’s keynote presentation entitled “New Confucianism in a Global Age” can be viewed here. Note that you can also download the original to your computer, so you can share with the members of your community. It is large, about 600MB, and you will need reliable internet connection to download it. You can do it from here (look for “Download this video” in the “About this video” box).

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Keynote Address at 2011 NCLC

In the early afternoon of April 15, 2011, the participants of National Chinese Language Conference gathered in the Grand Ballroom at San Francisco Hilton Hotel for Prof. Tu Weiming’s keynote address entitled “New Confucianism in a Global Age.”

Prof. Tu was introduced to the audience by Madam Vishakha Desai, the President of Asia Society. In his address, Prof. Tu Weiming discussed the challenges that Confucianism faces in the contemporary world. He has called for “New Confucian Humanism” to become “a source of inspiration for human flourishing in the twenty-first century” by contributing to the development of a worldwide “culture of peace that emphasizes communication, negotiation, dialogue, and reconciliation.”

Audience responded to Prof. Tu’s insightful and inspiring speech with great enthusiasm. Following his keynote address, Prof. Tu continued with a conversation with Madam Desai; he also answered questions from the audience members.

“Language teachers are ambassadors of the cultures,” said Prof. Tu to educators in the packed grand ballroom.

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Noted Scholar Addresses Confucian Humanism

Western Michigan University News Report
by Margaret von Steinen
April 7, 2011

Harvard’s Dr. Tu Weiming will present “An Interreligious Perspective on Confucian Humanism,” at 5:30 p.m. Monday, April 18, in the Fetzer Center’s Putney Auditorium at Western Michigan University. The lecture is open to the public free of charge.

Tu is chair professor of Chinese history and philosophy at Harvard University and Distinguished Lifetime Professor of Philosophy at Peking University. He will present Confucianism as a spiritual humanism that seeks to integrate self, community, nature, and Heaven into a coherent ecumenical vision for human flourishing. He believes Confucian humanism in the 21st century can play a significant role as a mediating theory and practice in the dialogue among world religions.

The lecture will be sponsored by the Timothy Light Center for Chinese Studies. For more information, write to hige-lightcenter@wmich.edu.

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Upcoming Events that Prof. Tu Plans to Attend (Tentative)

Click here to view a list of upcoming events that prof. Tu is scheduled to attend.

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