Chicago scholar to speak in Confucius lecture series

Published April 3, 2014

Brook Ziporyn, a leading scholar and translator of Chinese religion and philosophy, will speak on “The Daoist Unhewn: One Sort of Knowing” on April 10 at the next talk in the UB Confucius Institute Distinguished Lecture Series.

The talk will take place from 2-4 p.m. in 120 Clemens Hall, North Campus. It is free of charge and open to the public.

In his presentation, Ziporyn will 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, says Jiyuan Yu, UB professor of philosophy and director of the Confucius Institute.

A faculty member at the University of Chicago Divinity School, Ziporyn has published a number of important books, including “Evil And/Or/As the Good” (Harvard, 2000) and “Zhuangzi: The Essential Writings” (Hackett, 2009).

Before joining Chicago faculty, he taught at Harvard University and the National University of Singapore.