Knowledge and Knowing in Neo-Confucianism

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Sat, Feb 04 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

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Concord Hall, 1407 Chapala Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Saturday, February 4, 2023
2:00 – 4:00 pm
Concord Hall, 1407 Chapala Street, Santa Barbara, CA 
In- person and Live Webcast
Speaker: Ya Zuo, Department of History, UC Santa Barbara

IKnowledge has a fundamental role in Neo-Confucian philosophy, and “knowing” is a mandatory procedure via which one reaches the ultimate goal of Neo-Confucianism, the perfection of moral cultivation. A Neo-Confucian exercises her moral agency via knowing with the aspiration of attaining the Way (dao), the state of constant and spontaneous sagacity. In this talk, Ya Zuo will introduce the Neo-Confucian theory of knowledge and explain how it relates to personal fulfillment and flourishing.

Ya Zuo is an associate professor of History at University of California, Santa Barbara. She received her Ph.D. in history from Princeton University. She is a cultural and intellectual historian of middle-period and early modern China. Her first book, Shen Gua’s Empiricism (Harvard University Press, 2018) is a study of historical theory of knowledge, and she has also authored several articles which engage a wide and diverse spectrum of topics, such as the history of emotions, sensory history, medical history, musicology, and book history.  Click here for Ya Zuo’s CV

This talk will be live webcast and in person at 2:00 pm, and will be recorded and made available on our IWC YouTube channel for future viewing:  Link:


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