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Philosopher Kings and Oriental Despots : Leibniz and the Enlightenment Debate Concerning China
November 27, 2017 - 16:00-18:00
Guest lecture by Eric S. Nelson, Associate Professor of Humanities at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.
In this guest lecture Eric. S. Nelson will discuss the ethical-political and political theological contexts of Leibniz’s reception and interpretation of Chinese political culture and thought. He examines Leibniz’s political philosophy and “political theology” in order to clarify how he interpreted the Chinese political system and Confucian political thought as providing a model of benevolent enlightened kingship rooted in natural theology in the context of the early Enlightenment.