• Monday, 24 January 2022

Online Platform:

  • Zoom

Cooperation Partner:

  • University of Saint Joseph

Video Record:


  • 18:30 to 20:00


  • Free


  • English


Yves Vendé

After learning Mandarin Chinese at the University of Business and Economics in Beijing, Yves Vendee taught French and Latin for two years (2012-2014) at Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou. In 2014, he joined the Ph.D. program of Sun Yat-sen (2014-2018) under the direction of Chen Shaoming (陳少明) and finished his dissertation in 2018 (title: From Comparison to Dialogue. Research on Zhu Xi’s Method of Reading from the Point of View of Inter-cultural philosophy). After a postdoc at Loyola Marymount University (Los Angeles, USA), he is now teaching philosophy at the Catholic University of Lille (France).  



In the 80s, Pierre Hadot and Michel Foucault described Ancient Greek Philosophy as a "way of life". Using this expression, they wanted to highlight that in Greek Antiquity philosophizing implied a transformation of the person involved in the process. In the past years, more and more scholars investigating Chinese tradition have been using their expression of "philosophy as a way of life" to describe Chinese philosophy. One moment in Chinese tradition can especially echo an understanding of philosophy as a way of life: Neo-Confucianism as developed by Zhu Xi (1130-1200). This presentation will show how learning (xue學) in Zhu Xi's thought can echo to Hadot's understanding of philosophy.