Prof Kai Vogelsang, 19 May
Distinguished Lecture: 6pm

Getting the Terms Straight: Politics, State & Law in the Discourse of Chinese ‘Legalism’

‘Legalism’ is a stepchild of Chinese tradition. Long neglected by Chinese and Western scholars alike, it has until today not been properly understood. The burden of traditional terminology especially seems to have weighted down sinological scholarship and blocked inter-disciplinary approaches to the topic.

This talk will focus on some central terms of ‘legalist’ discourse – including ‘legalism’ itself – in an attempt to reach a clearer understanding of this part of Chinese tradition which is by no means a quantité negligéable.


vogelsangKai Vogelsang is professor of Sinology at the University of Hamburg. He studied Sinology and Economics in Hamburg and Taipei receiving a PhD in Hamburg (1997) and subsequently in Munich (2004). His fields of research are Chinese history of the pre-Qin period and the late 19th/early 20th centuries with a focus on conceptual history. 

This is the third lecture in our 2016 Distinguished Lecture Series.The venue for the talk by Professor Kai Vogelsang is the Project Room, 50 George Square, Edinburgh, EH8 9JU from 6pm on Thursday 19 May 2016. Following on from the lecture and Q&A there will be a networking drinks reception.

All Welcome. No booking is required.