Prof. Tu Weiming Speaks About His Academic Journey (6/813)


Time: 19:00-21:00, June 8, 2013

Location: 109 The Second Academic Building, PKU

Organization: Institute for Advanced Humanistic Studies & World Ethics Institute Beijing


About the speaker:

Tu Weiming, Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Institute for Advanced Humanistic Studies at Peking University and Research Professor and Senior Fellow of Asia Center at Harvard University, was born in Kunming and grew up in Taiwan. He received his B.A. from Tunghai University in Taiwan, M.A. and Ph.D. from Harvard University.

Tu is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (1988-), executive member of the Federation of International Philosophical Societies (FISP, 2008-), and a tutelary member of the Institute of International Philosophy (IIP, 2010-). Tu has taught Chinese intellectual history, philosophies of China, and Confucian humanism at Tunghai University (1967-68), Princeton University (1967-71), University of California, Berkeley (1971-81), Beijing Normal University (1980), Peking University (1985), Taiwan University (1988), and École des Hautes Études in Paris (1989). He taught at Harvard from 1981 to 2010. He holds honorary professorships from Zhejiang, Sun Yat-sen, Suzhou, Renmin, Jinan, and Foreign Languages Universities and the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences, all in China. He has been awarded honorary degrees from Lehigh, Michigan State (Grand Valley), Shandong (the highest honor confided by the State Council of the People’s Republic of China), Tunghai (Taiwan), Lingnan (Hong Kong), King’s College in London, Macau University, and Soka University. He was invited by the United Nations as a member of the Group of Eminent Persons to facilitate the Dialogue among Civilizations in 2001 and gave a presentation on civilizational dialogue to the Executive Board of UNESCO in 2004.

Tu was the recipient of the grand prize of International T’oegye Society, the second Thomas Berry award for Ecology and Religion, Lifelong Achievement Award by the American Humanist Society, the first Confucius Cultural Award (Qufu, 2009), and the first Prides of China Award (Beijing, 2013) for promotion of Chinese culture. He has given keynote addresses and plenary session presentations at world congresses of several disciplines in the humanities and social sciences: the XVIII World Congress of Philosophy in Boston (1998), the Beijing Forum (2004), the World Congress of the History of Religion in Tokyo (2005), the Maimonides Lecture in the XXII World Congress of Philosophy in Seoul (2008), the 16th World Congress of Ethnology and Anthropology in Kunming (2009), the 24th World Congress of the Philosophy of Law in Beijing (2009), and the 3rd Annual Meeting of the UN Alliance of Civilizations (Vienna, 2013). He was elected to the Executive Committee of the Federation of International Philosophical Societies (FISP) in 2008.

Tu is the Chair of the Advisory Board of the Institute of Chinese Literature and Philosophy at Academia Sinica, the Honorary Chair of the Center for Confucian Entrepreneurs and East Asian Civilizations at Zhejiang University, the Chair of the Humanities Committee and Center for Spiritual Humanism and Business Ethics at Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business (CKGSB), and an Advisory Professor at Shanghai Jiaotong University. He is on the editorial boards of the Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies, Philosophy East and West, and Dao.

Tu is the author of Neo-Confucian Thought in Action: Wang Yangming’s Youth (1976), Centrality and Commonality: An Essay on Confucian Religiousness (1976, rev.1989), Confucian Thought: Selfhood as Creative Transformation (1985), Way, Learning, and Politics: Essays on the Confucian Intellectual (1993), and Global Significance of Concrete Humanity: Essays on the Confucian Discourse in Cultural China (2010). Tu’s eight-volume series of collected work in Chinese will be published by SDX Joint Publishing Company in 2013; his entire collected work will begin to be published by Peking University Press in 2013.

Tu has been instrumental in developing discourses on dialogue among civilizations, Cultural China, reflection on the Enlightenment mentality of the modern West, and multiple modernities. He is currently studying the modern transformation of Confucian humanism in East Asia and tapping its spiritual resources for human flourishing in the global community.