This website explores and applies to the human condition the writings and philosophical perspectives of Dr. Ralph Siu. The International Society for Panetics founded by Dr. Siu is closing its doors, and opening these wonderful works of Dr. Siu to interested scholars, academic institutions, and interested parties.
A distinguished American author, scholar, military, and civil servant, Ralph Gun Hoy Siu was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, in 1917 and died in Washington, D.C., in 1998. Siu's lifelong creation is a diversely original synthesis of Eastern and Western philosophy, shaped by insights that are both witty and humble. His practical aim was to better understand our world in ways that enable us to recognize the causes of humanly inflicted suffering as a way to then help alleviate it.
This collection reveals and celebrates the research and writings contained in the Ralph Siu Papers at the Ward M. Canaday Center for Special Collections at the University of Toledo in Ohio, a university renowned for its East-West cultural focus. A finding aid for the Siu Papers is available online. Click here for Siu Archives
By exploring this website and the original documents in the Siu Papers we hope you will discover an original approach to humanity's ageless questions and quandaries. We hope, too, that you in turn use these materials to advance the human discourse.
The archive is organized by topics and themes. Topics include philosophical writings by Siu and his associates, while themes identify human endeavors seen in Siu's "panetic" perspective. He coined the term "panetics" to describe a new discipline that integrates knowledge about how suffering is inflicted and alleviated. (Based on the word paneti, meaning "to inflict" in Pali, the ancient language of the Buddha.
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