Cosmopolitanism: An Invitation for Confucian-Catholic Dialogue
An event of the China Forum for Civilizational Dialogue, a partnership between Georgetown University and La Civiltà Cattolica
Wednesday, April 13, 2022, 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. EDT, online; REGISTER HERE.
The concept of cosmopolitanism, championed by philosophers East and West, ancient as well as modern, is newly relevant in a world deeply divided along national, ideological, ethnic, and other lines. The China Forum for Civilizational Dialogue is convening a panel of experts to address three key questions: What, if any, sense of cosmopolitanism finds resonance and support in both Chinese and Western cultures, and in particular the Jesuit tradition? Is such a conception thick and substantial, for example involving claims about universal human rights? Or is it thin and open-ended—centered on the importance of local practice and belief and a principled commitment to pluralism? How might different conceptions of cosmopolitanism contribute to dialogue and encounter in a divided world?
Fr. Antonio Spadaro, S.J., Editor in Chief, La Civiltà Cattolica
Thomas Banchoff, Vice President for Global Engagment, Georgetown University
Philip J. Ivanhoe, Georgetown University (moderator)
M. Antoni J. Ucerler S.J., Boston College
Sun Xiangchen, Fudan University
May Sim, College of the Holy Cross