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Durham University

Institute of Advanced Study

Past Events

IAS Fellows' Seminar - The Summit of a Moral Pilgrimage: Confucianism on Healthy Ageing and Social Eldercare

4th November 2019, 13:00 to 14:00, Seminar Room, Institute of Advanced Study, Professor Jing-Bao Nie (University of Otago)

Abstract

Population ageing constitutes an emerging major social issue on a global scale. Ethical visions are needed to effectively address population ageing and develop adequate eldercare. A popular Western and Chinese viewpoint characterises ageing as a period of inevitable decline. However, Kong Zi (Confucius) treats life as an ongoing moral pilgrimage, with old age the summit of the journey. This perception of ageing as the culmination of a life-long moral pilgrimage underscores a series of themes including the essential role of learning in healthy ageing, the importance of social eldercare, and the necessity to respect the rights and dignity of each old person. The socio-ethical vision rooted in classical Confucianism can not only help identify contemporary failings in the area of eldercare, but also generate new ideas, inspiration and wisdom that will enable China and the world to face population ageing and elderly care in a more positive way.

Places are limited and so any academic colleagues or students interested in attending a seminar should register online in advance to reserve a place. Places will be confirmed within 48 hours of receipt (subject to availability). Alternatively please contact the Institute in advance to reserve a place.

Contact enquiries.ias@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.