Dr. Steve Laumakis, Philosophy Department, will present a talk, "Confucius and Plato on Family Values" at 11: 45 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 26, in Room 247, John R. Roach Center for the Liberal Arts.
According to Laumakis, "This paper in comparative philosophy considers three distinct but related questions: What is Confucius account of xiao or filial piety? Does Plato share this view? How are their accounts related?"
It begins by outlining the central features of the classical Confucian view of xiao as they are presented in his four books — the Analects, Doctrine of the Mean, Great Learning and Mencius — and the Xiao Ching or Classic of Filial Piety.
It then considers Platos account of "filial piety," and concludes with a critical comparison of their views. While noting the obvious differences between a Confucian and Platonic approach to ethics, it argues that a more careful reading of both The Republic and the Crito reveals some interesting similarities and an important difference between Confucius and Plato on the question of "family values."
This talk is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.