The Meaning of wen 文 in the “Analects of Confucius”
October 27 : 11:00 am - 12:30 pm$30
The Meaning of Wen 文 in the Analects of Confucius”
With Dr. Hans van Ess, Chair in Sinology (LMU Munich)
Thursday, October 27 at 11:00am ET (attend in person or online via ZOOM)
About The Lecture:
On first glance, the classic Chinese text, Analects of Confucius, looks like a rather haphazard collection of the sayings of Confucius (551-479 BCE) and his disciples that are only very loosely connected to each other. However, by taking the fifth chapter of this text as an example and looking more closely at the use of the word wen, usually translated into English as “writing,” “formation,” or “culture,” this presentation will attempt to clarify what this word actually meant in this chapter. By examining this term in context, we can furthermore see how it is possible to detect a logical structure for the text, one that must have originated with a conscientious editor.
About The Guest Speaker:
Dr. Hans van Ess: studied Sinology, Turkic Studies, and philosophy in Hamburg and Shanghai, and received his Ph.D. in 1992. He held an assistant position at the University of Heidelberg from 1995 to 1998. In 1998 he took over a chair at the Institute for Sinology at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich. Since 2013 he has been Vice-President for International Affairs at LMU, and since 2019 he has served as Vice-President for Research. His most important recent publications include Die 101 wichtigsten Fragen. China (“The 101 Most Important Questions: China”, München: C.H. Beck 2008), Hu Hong. Worte Kennen. Zhiyan (“Hu Hong, Knowing Words – Zhiyan”, Frankfurt am Main and Leipzig: Verlag der Weltreligionen 2009) and Der Daoismus. Von Laozi bis heute (“Taoism: From Laozi to Today”, München: C.H. Beck 2011).