Roger Ames awarded 2013 Confucius Culture Prize

October 15, 2013  |   |  1 Comment
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Confucius Culture Prize

Ji Xiangqi, vice governor of Shandong Province, presents Confucius Culture Prize to Roger Ames.

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Professor of Philosophy Roger T. Ames was presented with a 2013 Confucius Culture Prize at the Sixth Annual World Confucian Conference in Shandong, China. The prizes are sponsored by the People’s Republic of China Ministry of Culture and the provincial government of Shandong Province—the home province of the sage Confucius.

“Dr. Ames’ scholarly stature internationally is unparalleled, and he is one of our most distinguished humanities faculty,” said Peter Arnade, dean of the UH Mānoa College of Arts and Humanities. “He is perhaps the leading interpreter of classical Chinese philosophy, Confucianism above all. This distinguished award is richly deserved.”

The Confucius Culture Prize was established in 2009 to honor both institutions and individuals that are globally acknowledged to have contributed tremendously to Confucian studies. Commemorated work is recognized for “in the fullness of time, achiev(ing) a deep understanding of the value and significance of Confucius, Confucianism and Chinese culture; support(ing) the exchange of research results in Confucian studies; widely disseminat(ing) Confucian and Chinese culture; enrich(ing) world culture; and build(ing) and promulgat(ing) diversity, peace and harmony worldwide.”

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Ames is recognized internationally as a distinguished leader of the comparative philosophy movement, and his name has become synonymous with research in Chinese philosophy, both in China and the West. His most recent publication, Confucian Role Ethics: A Vocabulary (University of Hawaiʻi Press), is based upon his set of 2008 Chien Mu Lectures at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and attempts to define Confucian role ethics as a sui generis vision of the moral life.

Ames earned his BA from the University of British Columbia, master’s degrees from National Taiwan University and the University of British Columbia, and PhD from the University of London. A UH Mānoa faculty member since 1978, his campus awards include a 2012 Regent’s Medal for Excellence in Research, a 2010 College of Arts and Humanities Excellence in Scholarship Award, and a 1990 Regents’ Medal for Excellence in Teaching.

—A UH Mānoa news release

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  1. Danee McFarr says:

    I was privileged to take a Chinese philosophy class from Dr. Ames. It was my first philosophy class (aside from an intro class) and I knew of Dr. Ames’ reputation as a brilliant scholar. This would ordinarily make one feel intimidated, but Dr. Ames’ manner was such that I felt comfortable and enjoyed the class immensely. He was very personable and often quite humorous. I learned so much, had so much fun, and studying Confucianism made me look at life differently. He is an amazing teacher, scholar, and all-around nice guy! Congratulations on this latest honor, Dr. Ames!

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