City University of Hong Kong Dep
City University of Hong Kong
Department of Chinese, Translation and Linguistics & Centre for Cross-Cultural Studies
Truth and Text: Western Hermeneutic Theories,
the Neo-Confucian Commentaries on the Classic of
Changes (Yijing),and Religious Hermeneutics
Dr. On-cho Ng
Date: 20 March 2006, Monday
In light of the interpretive possibilities opened up by western hermeneutic theories, this lecture examines some major Neo-Confucian commentaries of the Ur-classic, the Yijing, and contends that such classical exegesis may be fruitfully construed as religious hermeneutics, to the extent that it presumes the communicative capacity of language in conveying the transcendent truths enshrined in the classical text..
Time: 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Venue: B7603 (Lift 3, 7/F, Blue Zone), Academic Building, CityU of HK
On-cho Ng is Associate Professor of History and Religious Studies at the Pennsylvania State University, where he is also Associate Head of the Department of History. Professor Ng specializes in the intellectual culture of late imperial China, with abiding interests in Confucian hermeneutics, religiosity, and historiography. Apart from Cheng-Zhu Confucianism in the Early Qing (State University of New York Press 2001), and Mirroring the Past: The Writing and Use of History in Imperial China (University of Hawaii Press, 2005), he has published scores of book chapters and articles in flagship academic periodicals, such as Journal of the History of Ideas, Journal of Chinese Religions, Philosophy East and West, Journal of Chinese Philosophy and Journal of World History. His forthcoming publications include the editorship of The Imperative of Understanding: Chinese Philosophy, Comparative Philosophy, and Onto-Hermeneutics (Global Publishers), and authorship of A Historical Dictionary of Confucianism (Scarecrow Press). Professor Ng currently serves as Associate Editor of the Journal of Chinese Philosophy, chairs the Seminar on Neo-Confucianism at Columbia University, and sits on two Boards of Directors: Society for the Study of Chinese Religions, and Forum: Newsletter of Society for Asian and Comparative Philosophy.
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