Priit Kelder

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Priit Kelder graduated Tartu University in 1975, where he specialised in history.

He was particularly interested in cultural history, mainly in the philosophy of oriental countries and in the history of religious teachings.

He has published various works on the history and philosophy of China, also written about the history of oriental martial arts and aesthetic concept.

What is common about his works, is comparing the east with the life and traditions of the west.

As an expert of oriental countries, he has worked in many institutions of higher education in Tallinn as a lecturer, as well performed in various conferences.

During the Soviet era, Priit Kelder gave lectures about atheism in various universities in Tallinn, where he explained eastern religions, philosophy and culture.

In the 1980s he gave lectures in Tallinn, Estonian Academy of Arts , as well in the University of Culture, which made people curious about buddhism and martial arts.

Priit Kelder is one of the first to teach eastern martial arts in Estonia, the most favourite of them being Taijichüan. Priit Kelder is currently working as a lecturer in the Academy Nord .



PhD, Estonian historian, graduated from Tartu University in 1975

Kelder was the first to teach martial arts in Estonia, the most favourite of them being Taijichüan. His lectures of eastern and Chinese philosophy in Art Academy were extremly popular already in socialist times.

As an expert of oriental culture, he has worked as a lecturer of eastern philosophy and history in many institutions of higher education in Tallinn –in Estonian Art University, Tallinn University, Music Academy, Academy Nord.

He has published various works on the history and philosophy of China, also written about the history of oriental martial arts and aesthetic concept as well performed in various conferences.

President of Estonia- China Society

Kelder is an author of 4 books and numerous articles on Chinese history, philosophy and martial arts.

Publications

  • The Historical Analysis of the Main Categories of Cosmology and Ontology in Neo-confucianism Philosophy
  • Academy Nord, Tallinn 2005. 198 p.
  • Iseloomulikke lehekülgi keskaja hiina filosoofiast (Specific Pages of a Medieval Chinese Philosophy). Academy Nord 2001
  • Philosophy of Nature or Natural Philosophy. Academy Nord 2003
  • Legendary Confucius. ERR 2006