School of Foreign Studies Invites Prof. Michel Prum from School of Applied Linguistics of Université Paris Diderot to Give an Academic Lecture
On May 10th, the School of Foreign Studies invited Prof. Michel Prum of the School of Applied Linguistics of Université Paris Diderot to give an academic lecture on the theme of “Not in Charles Darwin’s Name” at Classroom 120, Xiangdong Building. Michel Prum translated the Works of Darwin and the famous works of Adam Smith into French, achieving fruitful academic results. During the lecture, Prof. Prum held discussion with teachers and students of the School of Foreign Studies, about the research and translation concerning Darwin. The lecture was presided over by Dr. Su Mingming and Dr. Hao Li from the School of Foreign Studies.
Michel Prum offered his insights by analyzing the profile of Darwin’s life and the development of Darwin’s theory. He pointed out that the essential difference between Darwinism and the Social Darwinism was that Darwin emphasized the harmonious coexistence between nature and human beings, and he was also a pioneer of abolitionist movement. Darwinism emphasized the “survival of the fittest”, which should not be misinterpreted as “survival of the strongest”. In Darwin’s opinion, people should never say one is lower or higher and he emphasized the concept of adaptation, which was explained in Descent of Man that was originally published in 1871. But unfortunately, the later generations misunderstood his opinion.
In the interactive session, Michel Prum answered the questions raised by the students.
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