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Hun 魂 and Po 魄: An ancient Chinese approach to human psyche and soul

13. Juli 2022, 10:00 - 12:00

Dr. Dr. Dominique Hertzer
Visiting Lecturer, Department of East Asian Studies, University of Göttingen

July 13, 2022, 10:00 AM
On Campus: KWZ 0.701 Conference Room (University of Göttingen, Heinrich-Düker-Weg 14, 37073 Göttingen)
On Zoom: For online participation, please use this zoom link.

Is there only one soul? What is the relation between body and mind or is there only a body? We will explore the meaning and function of the Chinese concept of the human soul, as it is represented in the dynamic relation between spirit (shen 神), hun 魂 (etheral soul) and po 魄 (body soul). We will look into the ideas underlying the differentiation of these three aspects and see what are the consequences for the relationship of body and mind. Finally, we will discuss which impact this may have for our own understanding of the human psyche.

This lecture announcement is beyond our currently running lecture series.

Department of East Asian Studies, University of Göttingen


13. Juli 2022
10:00 - 12:00


Ostasiatisches Seminar


KWZ 0.701 or Zoom