November 03, 2008

Expert on Confucian philosophy, ethics to lecture

by Andrea Hahn

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- The Southern Illinois University Carbondale Department of Philosophy welcomes Professor Weiming Tu on Tuesday, Nov. 4, for a lecture about “Confucian Moral Subjectivity: An Imagined Spiritual Term in Philosophy.”

Tu is Harvard-Yenching Professor of Chinese History and Philosophy and of Confucian Studies at Harvard University. An internationally recognized expert on classical and modern Confucian philosophy and ethics, Tu is the author of several books on Confucian philosophy. His publications include “Humanity and Self-Cultivation: Essays in Confucian Thought,” “The Living Tree: The Changing Meaning of Being Chinese Today,” as well as volumes in such series as the SUNY Series in Chinese Philosophy and Culture, World Spirituality and American Academy of Religion Academy Series. Tu’s current studies include an examination of modern Confucian humanism in East Asia.

Tu’s lecture is from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. in Faner Hall, Room 1005. Those interested in meeting Tu may also attend a dinner reception for him at Hunan Village Restaurant at 710 E. Main St. in Carbondale.

For more information, call Douglas Berger at 618/453-7430 or email him at