On Thursday, March 22, 2018 Professor Yi Jiang gave a fascinating lecture on philosophy in the Jingwen Library, “Learning to be Human: The Characteristics of Contemporary Philosophy and Some Reflections”.
Actually, “Learning to be Human” is also the theme of the 24th World Congress of Philosophy, which is to be held in Beijing, China, from August 13 to August 20, 2018. As a member of Chinese Organizing Committees, Professor Jiang has a deep understanding about the theme itself and profoundly interpreted it from several different angles.
To well understand the theme “Learning to be Human”, the notion of human must be fully explored. Professor Jiang not only explored different dimensions of “human” and later went on inquiring into the challenges facing humanity.
He pointed out that nowadays, the advance of modern science and technology not only improves human life but also causes unprecedented challenges and crises. Conflicts between civilizations and between nations, tensions between individual and community and between different individuals as well as creates a disquiet in each of us are all in need of philosophical wisdom.
Against such a backdrop, Professor Jiang commented that it is simply impossible to find out any ready-made solutions. However, rational reflection and dialogue may help to create a better world and to obtain an individual life more adapted to our times. That is exactly where philosophy comes into play.
In the Q&A section, students and teachers vied to grasp the opportunity to pose philosophical questions, which were all elaborately answered by Professor Jiang.
When asked about the tasks and functions of philosophy in the contemporary world, Professor Jiang smartly answered that nowadays, philosophy is quite different from what it used to be. In the new era, the community of mankind where we live together is undergoing all kinds of changes. Such changes call for a globalized philosophy. Professor Jiang’s analysis was loudly applauded.
In the very end, Professor Jiang reiterated the significance of philosophy and encouraged philosophical reflections upon the world.