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Empathy with Devils: Lecture by Prof. Huang Yong

Empathy with Devils: Lecture by Prof. Huang Yong
Shen Junhui (沈俊繪), Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

Join us for a lecture by Professor Huang Yong from the Chinese University of Hong Kong, as he explores the concept of empathy within Wang Yangming's philosophy. In his upcoming presentation titled “Empathy with Devils: Wang Yangming's Contribution to Contemporary Moral Philosophy,” Professor Yong challenges the notion that traditional Chinese discussions on empathy have been overshadowed by Western perspectives.

November 29, 2023
18:00–19:30 CET (UTC +1)
Warsaw

Empathy with Devils: Wang Yangming's Contribution to Contemporary Moral Philosophy

East Asian Civilization Research Center at SWPS University’s Institute of Humanities, in cooperation with the Confucius Institute at Adam Mickiewicz University, is pleased to invite all interested parties to attend a guest lecture by the renowned scholar, Prof. Huang Yong. The upcoming presentation will focus on the enduring significance of Confucian insights, particularly in Wang Yangming's exploration of empathy with unempathic individuals.

While the philosophical discussion of empathy is acknowledged to have emerged in China earlier than in the West, it is often deemed outdated in contemporary Chinese philosophy by extensive contemporary Western studies. Professor Huang Yong challenges this belief, asserting that Confucian insights into empathy, particularly in Wang Yangming's work, have been overlooked. The lecture will delve into one such insight: empathy with unempathic persons, or, simply, empathy with devils.

The event will be conducted in English.

  1. Opening and Guest Speaker Introduction

    Marcin Jacoby, Ph.D. / Associate Professor, Head of the East Asian Civilization Research Center

  2. Empathy with Devils: Wang Yangming's Contribution to Contemporary Moral Philosophy

    Professor Huang Yong, Chinese University of Hong Kong

  3. Q&A Session, Discussion, and Closing Remarks

Guest Speaker

Huang Yong, portrait photo
Huang Yong
Ph.D.

Dr. Huang Yong holds a Ph.D. in Philosophy from Fudan University and a Th.D. in Religious Studies from Harvard University. He currently serves as a professor and chairperson of the Department of Philosophy at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. In addition to his academic roles, Dr. Huang is the editor-in-chief of Dao: A Journal of Comparative Philosophy and Dao Companions to Chinese Philosophy book series. He is the author of Religious Goodness and Political Rightness: Beyond the Liberal-Communitarian Debate, Confucius: A Guide for the Perplexed, Why Be Moral: Learning from the Neo-Confucian Cheng Brothers, as well as five books in Chinese. He has also authored more than 100 journal articles and book chapters, published in both Chinese and English.

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Marcin Jacoby, Ph.D. / Associate Professor
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Date and Location

November 29, 2023, 18:00–19:30 CET (UTC +1)

SWPS University in Warsaw, Chodakowska 19/31, room S111

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