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Hochelaga Lectures 2013: Professor Kwame Anthony Appiah – Civic Honour: At Home and Abroad
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Hochelaga Lectures 2013: Civic Honour: At Home and Abroad


Speaker: Professor Kwame Anthony Appiah
Laurance S. Rockefeller University Professor of Philosophy and the University Center for Human Values, Princeton University


About the speaker: Professor K. Anthony Appiah is Laurance S. Rockefeller University Professor of Philosophy and the University Center for Human Values at Princeton University. His work has spanned numerous fields, including the philosophy of mind and language, ethics, political philosophy and African and African- American Studies.

In his public lectures, Professor Appiah will consider what philosophy has to say about civic honor and shame and if—and how—they matter for the life of nations. Building on his work in The Honor Code, he will explore the revolutionary power of the twin principles of civic honour and shame, linking them primarily to three ongoing debates: democracy and self-government; human rights; and the cosmopolitan obligations of a people. He charts the role that the two concepts play in shaping the moral behavior of individuals and of nations, and how they might be applied to achieve what he terms ‘the actualisation of moral judgments,’ in essence, motivating people and nations to do what they ought to do. In his first lecture, Professor Appiah will explore the role of honor in the civic life of democracies. In the second, he will explore honor’s role in the global ethical discourse across nations.

Professor Appiah will also be speaking at a seminar entitled, ‘Does National Education Have a Role to Play in Hong Kong?’ There he will be discussing the role of civic education from the perspective of practical philosophy with a panel of distinguished persons.


First Lecture - How Shall I Save My Honour?
Date and Time: 6:30pm – 7:30pm, Monday 28 January 2013
Venue: Large Moot Court, 2/F Cheng Yu Tung Tower, Centennial Campus, HKU

Chairperson: Professor Johannes Chan SC, Dean, Faculty of Law, HKU

Second Lecture - A Decent Respect for the Opinion of Mankind
Date and Time: 6:30pm – 7:30pm, Thursday 31 January 2013
Venue: Large Moot Court, 2/F Cheng Yu Tung Tower, Centennial Campus, HKU

Chairperson: Professor Scott Veitch, Paul K.C. Chung Professor in Jurisprudence,
Faculty of Law, HKU

Seminar - Does National Education Have a Role to Play in Hong Kong?
Date and Time: 3:00pm – 6:00pm, Wednesday 30 January 2013
Venue: Large Moot Court, 2/F Cheng Yu Tung Tower, Centennial Campus, HKU

Moderator: Professor Anselmo Reyes, Professor of Legal Practice,
Faculty of Law, HKU

How should Hong Kong persons strive to reconcile the civic demands arising from their unique status of being both historically apart from and yet integrally a part of the People's Republic of China? The seminar discussion will touch upon some of the numerous questions that may need to be addressed when attempting to formulate an appropriate civic education model for a person living in a cosmopolitan society such as Hong Kong.

Professor Appiah and others will debate the role of civic education from the perspective of practical philosophy and other disciplines. There will be a moderated discussion among academic and non-academic persons drawn from a broad spectrum of circumstances. Each will offer reflections on the seminar question in light of personal and professional engagements.

Panelists include:-

Mr. Joshua Wong Chi Fung, Student, Convenor, Scholarism, Hong Kong.
Prof. Jose Diokno, Dean, College of Law, De La Salle University, Manila, Philippines.
Ms. Anna Wu, Non-Official Member, Executive Council of Hong Kong, speaking in her personal capacity.
Dr. Li Hui, Associate Professor, Department of Education, Hong Kong University.
Ms. Puja Kapai, Associate professor, Faculty of Law, Hong Kong University.
Mr. Vincent Chung, First Year Student, Faculty of Law, Hong Kong University.

RSVP: Lydia Bute by email at LBUTE@hku.hk

~ ALL ARE WELCOME! ~

Date/Time28/01/2013 18:30-19:30
VenueLarge Moot Court, 2/F Cheng Yu Tung Tower, Centennial Campus, HKU
LanguageEnglish

Registration Instruction

If you would like to attend the lectures and seminar, please email to Lydia Bute at LBUTE@hku.hk to reserve a seat.

Contact Information

For further information, please visit:
http://www.law.hku.hk/Civic%20Honour%20At%20Home%20and%20Abroad%20Final.pdf

Should you have any enquiries, please feel free to contact Lydia Bute by email at lbute@HKUCC-COM.hku.hk