Partner Event | HKU Lecture Series

Who am I? In the twentieth century, this question tended to be answered with reference to a country. But nations are declining as a source of attachment, and many thinkers expected that national attachments would be replaced, if not supplemented, by global identities and cosmopolitanism. In fact, the best place to look for a supplement might be “down” to the city rather than “up” to the world. In this talk, Daniel Bell will discuss the following questions: Why are cities increasingly being viewed as important sources of identity and community? Is urban pride, or “civicism” (爱城主义), a good thing, and how can it be promoted in morally desirable ways? A majority of Chinese now live in cities, and how can “civicism” be promoted in a Chinese context?  Read more

Speaker    Daniel A. Bell
                  Department of Philosophy, Tsinghua University, Beijing
Venue       HKU Shanghai Study Center
                 298 North Suzhou Road, Shanghai