Tang Prize in Sinology winner proponent of civilized dialogue

Focus aiwan
Date: 2016/06/20
By: S.C. Chang

Taipei, June 20 (CNA) Professor William Theodore de Bary, whose calls for dialogue among

William Theodore de Bary.

different civilizations are vastly different from Samuel Huntington’s study on clashes of civilizations, has been awarded the 2016 Tang Prize in Sinology Monday.

“In his remarkable academic career spanning over seven decades, he has written and edited over 30 books with many of them making ground-breaking contributions that provide both enlightening insight and honest critique into Confucianism,” according to the Tang Prize citation.

The Tang Prize Selection Committee touted the laureate as “a rare exemplar of a scholar known not only for his monumental scholarship and leadership in the field of Confucianism, but also for his unflagging dedication to renewing and realizing a great civilized conversation to iron out differences and foster mutual understanding between the East and the West.”

De Bary, 96, will receive a cash prize of NT$40 million (US$1.23 million) and a research grant of up to NT$10 million to be used within five years, as well as a medal and a certificate.     [FULL  STORY]

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