Philosopher’s Café: Chinese Yin-Yang theory and its influence on Confucian view of conception and human relationship

Wednesday, February 14, 2018
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
St. Brendan’s Inn, 234 S. Washington Street, GB
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Christopher Martin
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http://calendar.uwgb.edu/EventDetails.aspx?EventDetailId=73529

Moderator: Hye-kyung Kim (Assoc. Professor of Humanities)

Is gender socially constructed? That is, are the differences people attribute to men and women invented by society, the way that spelling is invented by society? Or is gender a part of the order of the universe? That is, are the differences people attribute to men and women based on the nature of the world, the cosmological order, the way the differences between salt and sugar are based on the nature of the world? If the differences are based on the cosmological order, do they in fact justify the oppressive norms on women---the oppressive rules respecting women’s conduct---that Confucianism has been associated with? We will examine the theory of yin-yang and its implications for gender theory. We will also discuss what it means to live as a man or a woman---a gendered person---in a Confucian society, and critically evaluate whether Confucian gender theory, based on the yin-yang principle, could support gender equality.

at St. Brendan’s Inn, 234 S. Washington Street, Green Bay 

Philosopher’s Café: Chinese Yin-Yang theory and its influence on Confucian view of conception and human relationship

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