Encountering China: Michael Sandel and Chinese Philosophy


Link to video: https://youtu.be/rBAp_D4tUvc

A HYI roundtable discussion with:

  • Michael Sandel (Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Professor of Government, Harvard University)
  • Joseph C.W. Chan (Professor, Department of Politics and Public Administration, University of Hong Kong)
  • Hahm Chaibong (President, The Asan Institute for Policy Studies, Korea)
  • Inoue Tatsuo (Professor, Graduate Schools for Law and Politics, University of Tokyo, Japan)
  • Qu Hongmei (Professor, Department of Philosophy, Jilin University, China)

Chaired by Elizabeth Perry (Henry Rosovsky Professor of Government, Harvard University; Director, Harvard-Yenching Institute)

The roundtable was held in conjunction with the publication of Encountering China: Michael Sandel and Chinese Philosophy (Harvard University Press, January 2018). In the book, leading scholars of Chinese philosophy explore points of contact between Michael Sandel’s work and the Confucian and Daoist traditions. In a concluding chapter, Professor Sandel replies to their commentaries. This roundtable elaborated and expanded upon this dialog between Western and Chinese political thought, and assessed the response to Sandel’s work in China, Japan, and South Korea.

This event was organized by the Harvard-Yenching Institute, and co-sponsored with the Asia Center, the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics, the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies, and the Korea Institute.