FAH/PHIL Guest Lecture – “The Ethical Enigma of Sphinx: Zhuang Zi in Garden of Eden” by Prof. Wei Xiaofei, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China
|Prof. Wei Xiaofei, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China|
|12 Apr 2019|
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.
|All are welcome|
|Philosophy and Religious Studies Programme|
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