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Noted scholar addresses Confucian humanism

by Margaret von Steinen

April 7, 2011 | WMU News

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Dr. Tu Weiming
Monday, April 18, 5:30 p.m.
Fetzer Center
KALAMAZOO--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