[MaFLa] Invitation to the next lecture of 'The Human and the Sciences of Nature: Chinese and Comparative Perspectives' Series

Zsuzsanna Balogh baloghzsphil at gmail.com
Mon Mar 27 10:35:40 CEST 2017


Body and Mind in China and Greece: Perspectives from Philosophy and Medicine

Lisa Raphals (University of California Riverside)

*Tuesday, April 4, 2017 - 5:30pm; CEU -  Room 412, Zrínyi u. 14.*

*Part of the Human and the Sciences of Nature: Chinese and Comparative
Perspectives Series (Department of Philosophy)*

Event website

*Abstract.* During the ninth century, literati residing in the metropolises
at Chang’an and Luoyang made excursions into the countryside to restore a
sense of self in the fields and the hills, away from the noise and dust of
urban traffic, and they built gardens within the city to give material
expression to their individual character. Literati of the eleventh century
continued these practices, but they also discovered nature within crowded
streets and busy avenues, where traffic flowed and ebbed like the tides of
the ocean, goods and money circulated like the vital essences of the body,
and trades flourished and withered with the seasons. Whereas literati of
the ninth century had expressed their individual proclivities through their
relationship with natural landscapes and natural objects, literati of the
eleventh century developed a new, more precise sense of human subjectivity
by their engagement with the city. The anonymous crowds, the natural
patterns of traffic and trade, and the humanlike but unconscious machinery
of locks and watermills caused poets, painters, and philosophers to
objectify the self and to re-appropriate the subject through their
engagement with commodities and the material world.

*Lisa Raphals* (瑞麗) studies the cultures of early China and Classical
Greece, with interests in comparative philosophy, religion and history of
science. She is Professor of Chinese and Comparative Literature, University
of California Riverside, cooperating faculty in the departments of
Philosophy and Religious Studies, and serves on faculty of the Tri-Campus
PhD program in Classics. She is the author of *Knowing Words: Wisdom and
Cunning in the Classical Traditions of China and Greece* (Cornell,
1992), *Sharing
the Light: Representations of Women and Virtue in Early China* (SUNY,
1998), *Divination and Prediction in Early China and Ancient Greece*
(Cambridge, 2013). Representative scholarly articles include: “Skeptical
Strategies in the Zhuangzi and Theaetetus” (*Philosophy East & West*,
1994), “Debates about Fate in Early China” (*Études Chinoises*, 2014), and
"Sunzi versus Xunzi: Two Views of Deception and Indirection" (*Early China*,

This series is sponsored by a Lecture Series Grant from the *Chiang
Ching-kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange* (CCKF) in Taiwan.

*Zsuzsanna Balogh*

*Project Coordinator*
'The Human and the Sciences of Nature: Chinese and Comparative
Perspectives' lecture series
*Department of Philosophy*

Central European University
Nador u. 9. | 1051 Budapest, Hungary
| BaloghZs at ceu.edu | www.ceu.edu
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