Chinese Philosophers and Philosophy: Personal Reflections

Tuesday 29 November 2022 / 10:00 - 11:30 / Zoom

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Nicholas Bunnin critically explores his four decades of engagement with outstanding Chinese philosophers and philosophy students, focusing on the Philosophy Summer School in China, which he co-founded with Professor Qiu Renzong. Their joint aim was to renew the creative development of Western philosophy in China that flourished in the first half of the twentieth century. On the basis of his own studies of Chinese philosophy, he also explores what contemporary Chinese and Western philosophers have to offer one another in our own increasingly troubled times.

Nicholas Bunnin is Director emeritus of the Philosophy Project at the Oxford China Centre and a retired member of the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Oxford. He holds an AB summa cum laude from Harvard College and a DPhil in literae humaniores (Philosophy) from University of Oxford, where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar. His most significant publications include Bunnin and Yu, compilers, Dictionary of Western Philosophy: English and Chinese; Cheng and Bunnin, eds, Contemporary Chinese Philosophy; Qiu and Bunnin, eds, Zhengzhi Zhexue [Political Philosophy]. His papers on Chinese Philosophy mainly appear in Journal of Chinese Philosophy.