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W: Josef Gregory Mahoney – Harmony and Contradiction: Secular Society in Contemporary China

July 8, 2009
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

The Sweet House
254 E. Fulton
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States

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Organized by:
Jennifer Beahan
Phone: 616-698-2342 x801
Email: jbeahan@centerforinquiry.org


Professor Josef Gregory Mahoney will present Harmony and Contradiction: Secular Society in Contemporary China.

This presentation will examine the historical roots of “harmony” and review its contemporary discussion in China in the context of what are perceived by westerners to be a series of apparently unharmonious, insoluble paradoxes and contradictions indicated by China’s past, present and possible future. “Harmony” is one of the most ancient concepts in Chinese culture, and with President Hu Jintao’s ongoing “harmonious society” campaign underway in today’s “rising China,” the concept warrants perhaps closer attention than ever before. Indeed, for those committed to a secular, civil society, there are many important lessons to be drawn from Chinese expositions on harmony, lessons the Chinese themselves are exploring in-depth as both China as the rest of the world engage a host of integrated political, economic, and environmental problems.

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About Josef Gregory Mahoney, PhD

Assistant Professor, Liberal Studies Department, GVSU

Josef Gregory Mahoney received a Ph.D. in Human Sciences, an interdisciplinary program in language, culture, and philosophy, from George Washington University in 2003. Previously received degrees include an M.Phil. in Human Sciences from George Washington University in 2002, an M.P.A. in Public Administration from University of Alabama at Birmingham in 1995, and an M.S.P.H. in International Health from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 1994. He completed post-graduate studies in economics at Johns Hopkins University S.A.I.S. in 1997. His research and teaching interests center on classical Marxism, political praxis, and philosophy, with the bulk of his research occurring in China. He has worked as a visiting scholar at Minzu University (Beijing), Shaanxi Normal University (Xian). He is also the first non-Chinese to serve formally as a dissertation director at Peking University; to this end and others, he has an ongoing relationship with PKU’s School of Marxism. In June 2009, he presented two lectures at the national Academia de Ciencias in Havana, Cuba. He has recent publications in Science and Society, the Journal of Chinese Political Studies, and Political Affairs, among others.