FAH/PHIL Guest Lecture – “The Ethical Enigma of Sphinx: Zhuang Zi in Garden of Eden” by Prof. Wei Xiaofei, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China


Speaker:

Prof. Wei Xiaofei, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China

Date:

12 Apr 2019

Time:

- 16:00

Venue:

E22-G013

Description:

Abstract:

What is the significance of the ancient Greek aphorism in the pronaos of the Temple of Apollo at Delphi: “Know Thyself, Nothing Too Much.” Who am I? How to define man? What is humanity? What ethical characteristics differentiate man from animals? This is not only an unsolvable philosophical enigma, but also a perpetual literary proposition. In order to address this original issue, WEI’s speech will go back to the beginnings of Judeo-Christianity and Daoism, read the anecdote in Garden of Eden from Zhuang Zi’s perspective, explore the real secret of Sphinx Riddle, scrutinize the true reason of Hamlet’s procrastination in revenge, and finally resort to D. H. Lawrence and Robert Frost to illustrate the dual function of animality and rationality in human life.

Audience:

All are welcome

Language:

Chinese

Enquiry:

Philosophy and Religious Studies Programme
Tel: (853) 8822 4768
Email: fah.philosophy@um.edu.mo