Dr. Tu Wei Ming Harvard University Lecture Series Winter-2001

Tu Weiming Harvard University Lecture Series Winter-2001
Confucianism and Moral Reasoning

Professor Tu Weiming in the following lecture series speaks on the subject of Confucian humanism and Chinese intellectual history. The lectures consider the basic concepts in Confucianism and the applicability of Confucian ethics in the global context of contemporary issues on the environment, modernity, feminism, and others. The first part of the series considers texts from Confucius, Mencius, Xunzi, Zhu Xi, and Wang Yangming. The second part reviews the applicability of this classical system of ethics as well as classical and modern critiques of the Confucian way (dao). The video for the lectures are provided below and followed by a bibliography of the literature of Confucianism humanism and its critics. Kindly note that the bibliography will expand as I continue to compile my research.

Part I. Video of the Lectures

February 2001 Lectures

Lecture 1 (2001/02/01)

Lecture 2(2001/02/06)

Lecture 3 (2001/02/15)

Lecture 4 (2001/02/20)

Lecture 5 (2001/02/22)

Lecture 6 (2001/02/27)


March 2001 Lectures

Lecture 7 (2001/03/01)

Lecture 8 (2001/03/06)

Lecture 9 (2001/03/08)

Lecture 10 (2001/03/13)

Lecture 11 (2001/03/15)

Lecture 12 (2001/03/20)

Lecture 13 (2001/03/22)


April 2001 Lectures

Lecture 14 (2001/04/03)

Lecture 15 (2001/04/05)

Lecture 16 (2001/04/10)

Lecture 17 (2001/04/17)

Lecture 18 (2001/04/19)

Lecture 19 (2001/04/24)

Lecture 20 (2001/04/26)


May 2001 Lectures

Lecture 21 (2001/05/01)

Lecture 22 (2001/05/03)


Part II. Bibliography of the Literature


Wing-tsit Chan (trans.), Instructions for Practical Living, and Other Neo-Confucian Writing, (New York: Columbia University Press, 1963)

Wing-tsit Chan (trans.), A Sourcebook in Chinese Philosophy, (New Jersey: Princeton University Press, 1969)

Li Chenyang (ed.), The Sage and the Second Sex: Confucianism, Ethics, and Gender, (Chicago: Open Court, 2000)

Herbert Fingarette, Confucius: The Secular as Sacred, (Illinois: Waveland Press, 1998)

James Legge (trans.), The Analects, Great Learning, and the Doctrine of the Mean, (New York: Dover Publications, 1971),

Simon Leys’ The Analects of Confucius (New York: W.W. Norton, 1997)

William Theodore de Bary, Neo-Confucian Orthodoxy and the Learning of the Mind-and-Heart, (New York: Columbia University Press, 1981)

Burton Watson (trans.), Hsun Tzu (N.Y.: Columbia University Press, 1967)

Tu Weiming, Centrality and Commonality: An Essay on Confucian Religiousness (Albany: State University of New York Press, 1989)

Chapters in Books

Kwong-loi Shun and David B. Wong (eds.), Confucian Ethics: A Comparative Study of Self, Autonomy, and Community, (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004)

Journal Articles

Sandra A. Wawrytko, “Kongzi as Feminist: Confucian Self-Cultivation in a Contemporary Context”, Journal of Chinese Philosophy, (Vol. 27, no. 2, June 2000), pp. 171-187

Li Chenyang, “The Confucian Concept of Jen and the Feminist Ethics of Care: A Comparative Study”, (Hypatia, Vol. 9, no. 1, 1994), pp. 70-89

Li Chenyang, “Revisiting Confucian Jen Ethics and Feminist Care Ethics: A Reply to Daniel Starr and Lijun Yuan”, (Hypatia, vol. 17, no. 1, Winter 2002), pp. 130-140

Daniel Star, “Do Confucians Really Care?”, (Hypatia, vol. 17, no. 1, Winter 2002), pp. 77-106

Tu, Weiming, “Implications of the Rise of ‘Confucian’ East Asia” in Daedalus: Journal of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, (129, no. 1, 2000), pp. 195-218.


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