Distinguished Speaker Series

"Contemporary Progressive Confucianism on American Society" by Robert Neville (Boston University)

Time: Oct. 31, 4:00pm - 5:15pm

Location: White Hall 101, Emory University, 201 Dowman Drive, Atlanta, GA 30322

Open and free to the public

The present situation in America is vastly different from the situation in Pre-Qin China in which Confucianism arose, and from the two and a half millennia in which it developed. Nevertheless, contemporary Confucians, especially those who are not of East Asian extraction, can apply fundamental Confucian themes to set an agenda for engaging our world. The presentation will discuss five themes and apply them to understanding American society: metaphysical coherence, the ubiquity of value, human relations to all the world, including other cultures, the ritual constitution of society, and obligation to human sagacity. These themes bear critically on many aspects of American society. 

About the speaker

B.A. Yale University; M.A. Yale University; Ph.D. Yale University; D.D. Lehigh University; Doctorate honoris causa, Russian Academy of Sciences. Robert Cummings Neville writes in the fields of philosophy, religion and theology. Before his appointment to the deanship in 1988, Dean Neville was the Director of the Boston University Division of Religious and Theological Studies and chair of the Religion Department. He was Dean of Humanities and Fine Arts at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, and has also taught at Yale, Fordham, and SUNY Purchase. An ordained elder in the Missouri East Conference of the United Methodist Church, Dean Neville has pastored in Missouri and New York. Dean Neville is the past president of the American Academy of Religion, the International Society for Chinese Philosophy, and the Metaphysical Society of America. He is currently a member of the Accrediting Commission of the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada and of the Commission on Theological Education of the United Methodist Church, and he is president of the Association of United Methodist Theological Schools and (for 1998-99) of the Trustees of the Boston Theological Institute. He is a member of the editorial boards of The Journal of the American Academy of Religion, Soundings, and Quarterly Review, as well as the Associate Editor for Behavioral and Neurological Articles, The Encyclopedia of Bioethics.