Confucius institute hosted scholar of Chinese philosophy

Date: 4/24/2009

College Station, Texas, April 24, 2009 – The Confucius Institute at Texas A&M University invited the community to two events featuring Dr. Melville Stewart on Thursday, April 9. Stewart is a renowned scholar in the fields of religion and philosophy, and is currently a Templeton Visiting Scholar at Beijing University. He visited Texas A&M at the invitation of the Confucius Institute.

His first lecture was April 9, at 3:00 pm in the Glasscock Library. The lecture was titled "Elements of Ancient Chinese Monotheism and the Ancient Hebrew Tradition". Stewart’s lectured on ancient codifications (as in the Shu Jing) of Chinese religious belief as well as the writings of China’s most well-known philosopher, Confucius (551-479 B.C.) and examined the similarities and differences with ancient Hebrew monotheism.

Stewart also presented a public lecture on “Confucianism and Christianity”. This lecture took an interesting look at the teachings of Confucius and the moral and religious codes which have historically guided the West. This lecture took place on April 9 at 6:00 pm in MSC, room 212.

Stewart has worked at several prestigious universities across the United States and China. His main areas of interest are philosophy of religion, epistemology, metaphysics, science and religion, and Chinese philosophy. In recent years, he has been teaching at Peking University in Beijing as a Pew Scholar, and then as a Fulbright Scholar, and is currently a Templeton Visiting Scholar at a number of universities in China. He is internationally known for his work in the philosophy of religion.

The Confucius Institute at Texas A&M University is an outreach effort of Texas A&M University to help to better prepare students and the State of Texas for a global future. The Institute, in keeping with Texas A&M’s profile as a research university, is focused on increasing cultural, academic, and scientific connections with China, in addition to strengthening Chinese language teaching. The institute also sponsors academic research, workshops and seminars, and cultural activities on and off campus.

Confucius is China’s best known philosopher, and his teachings undergird the societies of East Asia.

Melville Y. Stewart is Professor of Philosophy Emeritus and Adjunct at Bethel University in Minnesota. He has a B.A. from Gordon College, an M. Div. from Westminster Theological Seminary, an S.T.M. from Andover Newton Theological School, an M.A. from the University of Connecticut, a Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota and he did post-doctoral work at Oxford in 1986.

24 Apr 2009 - 11:50am


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