UB Confucius Institute Distinguished Lecture Series
“The Daoist Unhewn: One Sort of Knowing”
Brook Ziporyn (Professor, University of Chicago) Professor Ziporyn is a leading scholar and translator of Chinese religion and philosophy, and he has published a number of important books, including: Evil And/Or/As the Good (Harvard, 2000), Zhuangzi: The Essential Writings (Hackett, 2009). Before joining faculty of the Divinity School, University of Chicago, he has taught at the Harvard University and the National University of Singapore. In this presentation, Professor Ziporyn explores the metaphor of Dao (the Way) as the “unhewn” to show the Daoist attempt to undermine definitive and rational knowledge, and its alternative view of knowledge, action, and goodness.