Léon Vandermeersch on the Conception of History in Chinese Thought (7/24/13)


Title: Quelle conception de l’histoire s’est-elle construite dans la pensée chinoise?

Time: 15:00–17:00, July 24, 2013

Location: 207 The Third Teaching Building, PKU

Moderator: Prof. Tu Weiming

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


About the speaker:

Léon Vandermeersch, born in 1928, is a renowned French sinologist. He studied Chinese (1948) and Vietnamese (1950) at the National School of Oriental Languages, and philosophy at the Faculty of Arts of Paris (teaching and DES license 1946-1951) and received his Ph.D. in law from the Faculty of Law of Paris in 1951. He later obtained a degree from the Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes, Section VI, for a thesis on Chinese Legalism (1962), and Ph.D. in literature for a dissertation on the archaic institutions of China (1975).

In 1966, he joined the Faculty of Arts in Aix-en-Provence, where he taught Chinese from 1966 to 1973, before becoming a professor at the University of Paris VII, where he directd the EBU East Asia (1973-1979). He was, until his retirement in 1993, director of studies at the Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes, where he taught the history of Confucianism.