Monthly Archives: December 2009

Guest Lecture Eric Schwitzgebel – January 2010

Event Date: 19/01/2010

Eric Schwitzgebel, Professor of Philosophy, University of California at Riverside will present a talk entitled `An Empirical Perspective on the Mencius-Xunzi Debate about Human Nature`

Mencius and Xunzi were two of the early followers of Confucius with polarised opinions on the essential nature of humankind.
Our speaker, Eric Schwitzgebel, Professor of Philosophy at University of California at Riverside, is a prolific writer and a popular and accessible speaker. His areas of interest include philosophy of psychology; philosophy of mind; cognitive development; philosophy of science; classical Chinese philosophy; epistemology; perceptual and cognitive psychology; and metaphilosophy.

The Confucius Institute for Scotland is delighted to have secured him to present this talk on Tuesday 19 January in the Confucius Institute from 6pm. To reserve a seat please email

This talk while self-contained is linked to a seminar by Eric Schwitzgebel on the following evening, Wed 20 January. This will be held in the School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences. Entitled `The Moral Behavior of Ethics Professors: Empirical Evidence`

Three Times a Winner

For the third year running, the Confucius Institute for Scotland has received an award of excellence for its work.

Professor Gentz, Director of the Institute, received this third award at the 2009 Fourth Worldwide Conference of Confucius Institutes in Beijing, chaired by the State Councillor Chen Zhili and the Minister of Education Yuan Guiren.

This Award is given to 20 Institutes from the 282 Institutes worldwide in recognition of their outstanding performance. Among them only the Confucius Institute for Scotland has received the award three times in a row which marks it as the most successful Confucius Institute worldwide.

Among the various activities of the Institute to promote engagement between Scotland and China across education, business and culture in 2009, was the spectacular performance by the Beijing Film Academy during the Fringe Festival in the McEwan Hall, a programme of 60 days marking the 60th anniversary of the PRC comprising of lectures, dance performance, a student career networking day, as well as activities at Aberdeen and across Scotland. The Institute has also begun to deliver video conference teaching of Chinese language in collaboration with UHI.

Three Times a Winner