July 24, 2008
Confucian Scholar to Speak at Webster University Aug. 19
Author discusses human rights, poverty and the role of Ethics from the Confucianist perspective
ST. LOUIS, July 28, 2008 – Confucian scholar Henry Rosemont, Jr., Ph.D., will discuss, “Human Rights, Poverty and the Role of Ethics: A Confucian Perspective,” at Webster University, Tuesday, August 19 at 6 p.m. in Moore Auditorium, 470 E. Lockwood Avenue. The event is free and open to the public.
“Although over 160 nations have ratified the U.N. International Covenant on Social, Economic and Cultural Rights, the United States has not,” said Rosemont, who proposes using Confucianism to bridge the gap between Socialistic and Capitalistic perspectives regarding human rights. While civil and political rights are defended by Capitalistic societies, economic injustices are typically not. By looking at human rights through the Confucian lens, Rosemont believes one can easily champion both sets of rights.
Rosemont received his Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Washington, pursued postdoctoral studies in linguistics for two years with Noam Chomsky at MIT, and is George B. & Willma Reeves Distinguished Professor of the Liberal Arts (Emeritus) at St. Mary’s College of Maryland. He has written A Chinese Mirror (1991), Rationality & Religious Experience (2001), and with Huston Smith, Is There a Universal Grammar of Religion? (2008). He has edited and/or translated ten other books, including Leibniz: Writings on China (with D.J. Cook, 1994), and with Roger T. Ames, The Analects of Confucius: A Philosophical Translation (1998), and The Classic of Family Reverence (Xiaojing) (2008). He has spent 3 years as Fulbright Senior Professor of Philosophy & Linguistics at Fudan University in Shanghai, a year as a Visiting Scholar at the University of London’s School of Oriental & African Studies, and has lectured at over 150 colleges and universities in the U.S., Europe, and Asia. An anthology of essays dedicated to his work was published in 2008, edited by Marthe Chandler and Ronnie Littlejohn, Polishing the Chinese Mirror: Essays in Honor of Henry Rosemont, Jr. Since 2002 he has been affiliated with the Department of Religious Studies at Brown University, currently as a Visiting Scholar.
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