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Following the successful launch of the RAS Philosophy Club's series From Dao to Zen: Conversations on Asian Thought and Contemporary Society, our second event will feature a discussion of the early Chinese philosopher Mozi. Duke Kunshan University professors Daniel Stephens and James Miller will host a conversation about the impact of Mozi and why he continues to be relevant today. The conversation format is designed to provide a more interactive experience and to encourage a critical, constructive atmosphere.

Mozi (c.470-391 BCE) was a powerful figure in classical Chinese philosophy, whose ideas about universal love, meritocratic government, and even ghosts(!) differed radically from mainstream Confucian or Daoist thought, yet were profoundly influential on the development of Chinese thought and culture. In our conversation we will explore:

  • Why is Mozi so important for understanding early Chinese thought?
  • Why might we want to call Mozi's school "early China's best philosophers"?
  • Why are some ideas from Mozi as important today as they've ever been?
  • Why are the debates that occurred between Mozi's school and other early Chinese philosophers still worth having today?

Please join us in the intimate and beautiful setting of the RAS Library for this fascinating discussion and to contribute your voice to the continued success of the Royal Asiatic Society's focus group on Asian Philosophies and Religions.

Due to space limitations, all attendees must register in advance. RAS Members and Friends of RAS will be given priority for registration; non-member registrants will be processed according to availability.

Please note that the dress code to enter the RAS Library is business casual.