HONOLULU (Oct. 15, 2013) — University of Hawai‘i at Manoa Philosophy Professor Roger T. Ames has been 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 (PRC) 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 one of our most distinguished humanities faculty,” said Peter Arnade, UH Manoa Dean of the 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.”
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 Manoa 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 Regent’s Medal for Excellence in Teaching.
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 Hawai‘i 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.