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Angus Graham Memorial Lectures

In the final Angus Graham Memorial Lecture of 2012, Professor Carine Defoort of the University of Leuven examines the idea of how the master teaches his students, in the Zhuangzi. She starts with reference to how her teacher, Angus Graham, himself taught Zhuangzi. Delivered at SOAS on 23 February 2012.

In the first Angus Graham Memorial Lecture of 2012, Professor Carine Defoort of the University of Leuven presents a case to overturn an accepted norm of how ten thesis or dogmas – presented now as chapter titles – define the work of the philosopher Mozi. The lecture sheds new light on early Mohism and our preconceptions when reading early sources. Delivered at SOAS on 21 February 2012.

The 2011 AC Graham Memorial Lectures were delivered by Professor Liu Xiaogan of Chinese University Hong Kong. Here he tells us about how the path of his studies converged with AC Graham’s, about his studies, and how Taoism can be applied to life today.

Photo by Yiming Shen.

On 21 February 2011 Professor Liu Xiaogan brought his audience insight from studying Chinese philosophy to scientific experimentation, liberalism, medical ethics, revolution in North Africa, serving the people, sagely leadership, and moral standards, and leadership.

Part of the A. C. Graham Memorial Lectures 2011 at SOAS.

In his examination of a term that appears a handful time in the Taoist text Laozi, Professor Liu Xiaogan takes us through Hobson, Russell, and the influence, through translation, of English and Japanese on the Chinese understanding of the term Ziran. Naturally he points out the difficulties of comparative discussion, with a philologist’s eye.

By Professor Liu Xiaogan of the Chinese University Hong Kong, delivered in SOAS on 23 February 2011, as part of the Angus Graham Memorial Lecture Series.

Photo by Yiming Shen.

Professor Emeritus Robert H Gassmann was the first AC Graham Memorial Lecturer.

In this public lecture, he presents a Deconstruction of 'Virtue' and an Exercise in Scientific Morality. The outcome is a novel and well-evidenced translation for the word 德 (dé),conventionally rendered as "Virtue".

The abstract of the lecture is available at

Treat this not as a video, but as a sound recording – if there are some Chinese quotes, look at the screen (on your computer, mp3 player, phone etc) and it will probably be there for you to read. Like the smartest radio you've ever seen.

Recorded at SOAS, in the Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre, on 23 February 2010. The lecture series was supported by The London Confucius Institute:

To mark the inaugural AC Graham Memorial Lecture, presents a profile of Angus Charles Graham.