How to Read a Text:
Interpretation and Understanding in Early China
美东时间：2月26日，晚上8:30 – 10:30
新加坡/北京时间：2月27日，早上9:30 – 11:30
Michael Puett (普鸣)
Walter C. Klein Professor of Chinese and Anthropology
Harvard College Professor
Over the course of the fourth through first centuries BCE in China, a complex set of debates developed over the ways to read earlier texts and the types of hermeneutic strategies that should be employed in interpreting them. Out of these debates emerged many of the commentarial approaches that would continue to be appropriated and utilized thereafter in the Chinese tradition. My goal in this paper will be to trace some of the complexities of these interpretive strategies and to discuss their larger significance.
Michael Puett is the Walter C. Klein Professor of Chinese and Anthropology at Harvard University. He is also Harvard College Professor. His interests focus on the inter-relations between religion, anthropology, history, and philosophy. In his research, Michael Puett aims to bring the study of China into larger historical and comparative frameworks.
Michael Puett is the author of The Ambivalence of Creation: Debates Concerning Innovation and Artifice in Early China and To Become a God: Cosmology, Sacrifice, and Self-Divinization in Early China, as well as the co-author, with Adam Seligman, Robert Weller, and Bennett Simon, of Ritual and its Consequences: An Essay on the Limits of Sincerity.
Since 2012 his General Education Course, “Classical Chinese Ethical and Political Theory”, has been the third most enrolled undergraduate course at Harvard.
Qu Jingyi (曲景毅), Associate Professor with Tenure, NTU SoH Chinese
本系列讲座从第二讲开始，因故由“南大人文中国”(NTU China Humanities)更名为“南大中华文学与文化”(NTU Chinese Literature and Culture)