The lecture will take place in KO2 F-152, Universität Zürich Zentrum, Karl-Schmid-Strasse 4, 8006 Zürich.
Roger T. Ames is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Hawai’i and editor of Philosophy East & West (since 1986). He has also been the director of the last two of the prestigious East-West Philosophers’ Conferences (2000 and 2005). Professor Ames joined the Department of Philosophy in Hawai’i as an assistant professor in 1978. He received his doctorate from the University of London and has spent many years abroad in China and Japan studying Chinese philosophy. He has been a visiting professor at National Taiwan University, the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and Peking University and he has been a fellow of Clare Hall, Cambridge. Besides many edited volumes, his publications include translations of a great number of Chinese classics: Sun-tzu: The Art of Warfare (1993); Sun Pin: The Art of Warfare (1996), and Tracing the Dao to Its Source (1997) (both with D.C. Lau); Focusing the Familiar: A Translation and Philosophical Interpretation of the Zhongyong (2001), and A Philosophical Translation of the Daodejing: Making This Life Significant (2003) (both with D.L. Hall); the Confucian Analects (1998) and most recently The Chinese Classic of Family Reverence: A Philosophical Translation of the Xiaojing (2009) (both with H. Rosemont, Jr.). He has also authored many interpretative studies of Chinese philosophy and culture: The Art of Rulership: A Study in Ancient Chinese Political Thought (1983), Thinking Through Confucius (1987), Anticipating China: Thinking Through the Narratives of Chinese and Western Culture (1995), and Thinking from the Han: Self, Truth, and Transcendence in Chinese and Western Culture (1997) (all with D.L. Hall). Recently he has undertaken several projects that entail the intersection of contemporary issues and cultural understanding. His Democracy of the Dead: Dewey, Confucius, and the Hope for Democracy in China (with D.L. Hall) (1999) is a product of this effort.