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Confucian dialogue: Harmony in diversity

28 February 2024, 5:30 pm–7:15 pm

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Join this event to hear Qasir Shah offer a classical Confucian perspective on dialogue predicated on a personhood that is metaphysically tied to others embodying the virtues: Rén (humanity) and Lǐ (ritual propriety).

This event is free.

Event Information

Open to







Yuxin Su


Room 828
20 Bedford Way

Although the twenty-first century has seen unprecedented global interconnectivity, it has witnessed fragmentation, conflicts, and ethnic and religious warfare.

Qasir will discuss how Confucian dialogue – underpinned on a conceptualisation of personhood that seeks to cultivate interpersonal harmony (Hé), presupposing diversity – might be conducted between antagonists to possibly prevent one from seeing the other as someone to be feared, loathed and destroyed.

This event will be particularly useful for those interested in Confucian philosophy and its implications in education, and researchers and teachers interested in the philosophy of education and the idea of personhood.

PESGB seminar series

This event is part of the Philosophy of Education Society of Great Britain (PESGB) seminar series. PESGB is a learned society that promotes the study, teaching and application of philosophy of education. Its London Branch hosts seminars every Wednesday in conjunction with the Centre for Philosophy of Education. These seminars are led by national and international scholars in the field, covering a wide range of issues of educational and philosophical concern.

All are welcome to attend.

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About the Speaker

Qasir Shah

Co-Route Leader for UCL’s Education (Citizenship) MA programme

He is writing on Confucian ethics and education.

His interests are in a variety of subjects such as English education policy, citizenship education, democracy, and Confucian ethics and the role of the teacher.

More about Qasir Shah