025. Invito: Lectio Magistralis 2009

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Il Centro Studi Cinesi dell'Università Urbaniana
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LECTIO MAGISTRALIS DI STUDI CINESI 2009
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tenuta dal Chiarissimo Professore
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BERNARD CHIEN-CHIU LI
Rettore Magnifico della Fu Jen Catholic University di Taipei, Taiwan
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Auditorium Giovanni Paolo II
Pontificia Università Urbaniana
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Lunedì 16 marzo 2009 ore 10.30
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Programma
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Saluto
Prof. CATALDO ZUCCARO
Rettore Magnifico, Pontificia Università Urbaniana
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Introduzione
Prof. ALESSANDRO DELL'ORTO
Direttore del Centro Studi Cinesi, Pontificia Università Urbaniana
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LECTIO MAGISTRALIS
DAO-LOGOS: LAOZI AND PHILO.
Prof. BERNARD CHIEN-CHIU LI
Rettore Magnifico, Fu Jen Catholic University, Taipei, Taiwan
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Dibattito
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Conclusioni
Prof. ALBERTO TREVISIOL
Decano della Facoltà di Missiologia, Pontificia Università Urbaniana
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La Lectio è in inglese con traduzione simultanea in italiano
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Abstract of the Lectio Magistralis by Professor Bernard Chien-Chiu Li
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The Chinese character for Dao (道) consists of two elements: one is “a head” and the other “to run”; together the word is taken to mean “on which someone goes, a path or road,” and has extended meanings such as, “method, norm, and principle.” These various connotations are well summed up in the English term “the Way.” While in Confucianism Dao (儒家之道) is employed to signify the way of heaven or humans, in Laozi (老子 ca. 6th B.C.) Zhuangzi (莊子 ca. 4th B.C.), Dao acquires a metaphysical meaning. Dao is the ultimate reality as well as the first principle underlying form, substance, being and change.

In the Neo-Platonists, Philo of Alexandria (ca. 25 B.C.—A.D.25) proposed the Logos theory, which stands at the center of his entire system of thought. I perceive a striking affinity between Laozi’s Dao and Philo’s Logos. It is commonly agreed that, in spite of the use of stoic terminology, Philo’s thought is strongly influenced by Middle Platonism, which I believe, provides a terrain for comparison between the two philosophers from east and west.
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Pontificia Università Urbaniana
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18 febbraio 2009