FAH/PHIL Guest Lecture – “Reformism vs. Conservatism Controversy: On the Different Interpretations of Dong Zhongshu in the Chunqiu Dongshi xue and the Chunqiu fanlu yizheng” and “The Relevance of Kang Youwei to Contemporary China: Rethinking about Kang Youwei’s Avocation of Constitutional Monarchy”


Speaker:

Prof. Guo Xiaodong, Fudan University, China and Prof. Zeng Yi, Tongji University, China

Date:

14 Dec 2018

Time:

10:00 - 12:00

Venue:

E21-3121

Description:

Reformism vs. Conservatism Controversy: On the Different Interpretations of Dong Zhongshu in the Chunqiu Dongshi xue and the Chunqiu fanlu yizheng

Speaker: Guo Xiaodong (Fudan University, China)

Due to centuries of negligence, Dong Zhongshu’s monograph Chunqiu fanlu (Luxuriant Dew of the Spring and Autumn Annals) became textually corrupted and contained many transcript mistakes and missing paragraphs. Lu Wenchao, a Qing Dynasty scholar, collated and restored the text and rendered it readable. Despite this, little scholarly attention was paid to the Chunqiu fanlu till the rise of New Text classicism. Among the New Text scholars’ studies, two works — Kang Youwei’s Chunqiu Dongshi xue (Dong’s Scholarship of the Spring and Autumn Annals) and Su Yu’s Chunqiu fanlu yizheng (Evidence on the Meaning of the Luxuriant Dew of the Spring and Autumn Annals) —particularly deserve our attention as they, unlike previous scholars, place a stronger emphasis on the philosophical content of the book and elucidate Dong Zhongshu’s essential ideas. In this lecture, Prof. Guo Xiaodong will elaborate on and evaluate the discrepancies between Kang’s and Su’s interpretations.

The Relevance of Kang Youwei to Contemporary China: Rethinking about Kang Youwei’s Avocation of Constitutional Monarchy

Speaker: Zeng Yi (Tongji University, China)

Two noteworthy theses, or political advocations, of Kang Youwei’s writings are the idea of constitutional monarchy and the idea of Kongjiao (or Confucius’ religion, as sometimes rendered). They are also considered to be the most controversial ideas Kang Youwei has ever put forward and endeavoured to realize in China. In this lecture, Prof. Zeng will focus on the issue of constitutional monarchy. He speculates and explicates Kang youwei’s political insights underlying his adherence to constitutional monarchy. Prof. Zeng also explains why contemporary Chinese should draw lessons from Kang Youwei’s insights in figuring out a better, feasible, and appropriate ways for China to establish its role in the modern world.

Audience:

All are welcome

Language:

Mandarin (with English translation when needed)

Enquiry:

Philosophy and Religious Studies Programme
Tel: (853) 8822 4768
Email: fah.philosophy@um.edu.mo