The Chinese Intellectual Discourse on Confucianism and Its Impacts on China’s Transformation
He Li, Professor, Department of Political Science, Merrimack College, and Luce Resident Scholar, SAR
Colloquium, SAR Boardroom
Wednesday, October 2, 2013, 12:00–1:00 pm, Free
Confucianism is an ethical and philosophical system in China. It became the state ideology during the Han Dynasty (206 BC–220 AD) until it was replaced by the “Three Principles of the People” with the establishment of the Republic of China in 1911, then Maoist Communism in 1949. With the rapid economic growth that has occurred in the past three decades, an increasing number of Chinese intellectuals have become interested in revisiting their Confucian tradition. New-Confucianism refuses to invoke the Western ideas and conceptual schemes to interpret the Chinese experience and has become one of the most influential schools of thought in China. New-Confucianism has unveiled a provocative road map that seeks to reconnect the nation’s past with its future. This presentation explores the heated debate among Chinese scholars about the revival of Confucianism and its impacts on China’s transformation.