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an der Universität Tübingen

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On the Shoulders of Giants: The Global Ethic Project After Hans Küng and Tu Weimin


Dr. Jonathan Keir


On the Shoulders of Giants: The Global Ethic Project After Hans Küng and Tu Weiming


Seminar; Bachelorveranstaltung



Max. Teilnehmerzahl




Wochentage / Uhrzeit

Mittwoch, 10:00 – 12:00 c.t.


22. April 2015

Ort / Raum

Weltethos Institut, Hintere Grabenstraße 26


Bachelorstudierende ab dem 1. Fachsemester


Hans Küng (1928-) and Tu Weiming (1940-) are the leading Western and Eastern symbols respectively of the post-Cold War attempt, reinvigorated after September 11, 2001 and the 2008 global financial crisis, to build a meaningful ethical ecumenicism for a world in urgent need of convergence on a range of moral issues from climate change and nuclear disarmament to economic inequality and territorial justice. Küng and Tu claim that the examples of Jesus and Confucius are necessary but not sufficient for this brave new world faced with the challenge of what primatologist Frans de Waal has called ‚globalisation for a tribal species‘; each sought to break out of his own civilisational tradition and to embrace the ‚best that has been thought in said‘ in foreign civilisations, culminating, after hundreds of publications and thousands of lectures and interviews, in the founding of sister Global Ethic Institutes at Tübingen and Peking Universities in recent years. This course compares Küng and Tu’s ecumenical doctrines and asks what kind of research can build on them to face the challenges of the coming decades without the presence of these pioneering founders.


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Freitag, 10. April 2015


Referat und Hausarbeit




             ·          Arnold, Matthew, Culture and Anarchy and Other Writings (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1993 (1869)). See also

        ·         Dworkin, Ronald, Religion Without God, (Harvard University Press, 2013).

        ·         Küng, Hans, Was bleibt: Kerngedanken, (Piper, 2013).

        ·         Kuschel, Karl-Josef and Stephan Schlensog (eds.), Hans Küng: Eine Nahaufnahme, (Piper, 2008).

        ·         Tu Weiming, The Global Significance of Concrete Humanity: Essays on the Confucian Discourse in Cultural China, (Munshiram Manoharlal Publishers Pvt. Ltd, 2010).