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September 27, 2013

The Tang Junyi Lecture Series 2013 - TWO TALKS

The Department of Asian Languages and Cultures presents:

The Tang Junyi Lecture Series

Tuesday, October 1, 2013
Time: 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Location: South Thayer Building, Room 1022

Intellectual History and the Inner Logic of Chinese Philosophy

Speaker: John Makeham, Australian National University

In this presentation Professor Makeham argues that whereas earlier generations of internal participants in the formation of Chinese philosophy as an academic discipline acknowledged that one or more non-Chinese philosophical traditions were essential to articulating China's philosophical past, influential modern commentators have instead argued that paradigms and norms derived from the West, in particular, are not only inappropriate to the articulation of China's philosophical heritage but are also fundamentally hegemonic. Professor Makeham also draws attention to the influence of what he calls the "inner logic" paradigm, which emphasizes the continued agency and relevance of the past in the present. He maintains that this paradigm has contributed to the conferral of methodological legitimacy on so-called epistemological nativism: the idea that the articulation and development of China's philosophical heritage must draw exclusively on the endogenous paradigms and norms of China's indigenous heritage.

Thursday, October 3, 2013
Time: 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Location: South Thayer Building, Room 1022

New Confucianism and The Revival of Yogacara Buddhism in Modern China

Speaker: John Makeham, Australian National University

Since the 1970s, New Confucian philosophy has been growing in influence in "cultural China" to become the dominant philosophical current in Chinese philosophy of the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. Its rise to pre-eminence in mainland China over the past two decades is nothing short of phenomenal. Its proponents claim that it is the legitimate transmitter and representative of orthodox Confucian values. It remains the case, however, that the negative and positive roles Buddhism has played in the construction of New Confucian philosophy generally remains muted or absent in contemporary accounts that emphasize the movement's connections with Confucian traditions of the Song and Ming periods. In this presentation Professor Makeham aims to show why an adequate understanding of New Confucian philosophy must include an understanding of the role that Buddhist thought played in its construction. This claim consists of two arguments. First, that Yogacara Buddhist thought was both a resource and a foil for major New Confucian figures. Second, that New Confucianism's most influential theorists, Xiong Shili and Mou Zongsan, both sided with Sinitic Buddhism -- that is, traditions such as Huyan, Tiantai, and Chan that first developed in China -- in construction their philosophical systems.

John Makeham, BA (hons) (ANU), MA (ANU), PhD (ANU), FAHA
Professor at School of Culture, History & Language; Australian National University

John Makeham is a specialist in Chinese intellectual history with a particular interest in Confucian philosophy. He is a past President of the Australasian Society for Asian and Comparative Philosophy and is editor of the monograph series, Modern Chinese Philosophy (Brill). He has also recently completed an edited volume on Neo-Confucian philosophy and an edited volume on the formation of Chinese philosophy as an academic discipline. Currently is preparing an annotated translation of Xiong Shili's Xin Weishi lun (New Treatise on Cognition-only), a seminal text in twentieth-century Chinese Buddhist and Confucian philosophy.-

For more information, please contact the Dept. of Asian Languages and Cultures at um-asia[at]umich[dot]edu, or 734-764-8286.

Posted by zzhu at September 27, 2013 02:56 PM