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“Confucianism”: Ru (儒) School Mislabeled
By Sherwin Lu   2018-04-01
The English word “Confucianism” comes from “Confucius”, the name of one of the world-renowned great thinkers in China’s history, but the label “Confucianism” has often been wrongly applied to the later Ru school of thought, which actually deviated from and betrayed the authentic Confucian tradition. Therefore, it is essentially important to make a clear distinction between the two, which is the very purpose of this essay.... Nowadays, many scholars, both in China and abroad, are still mentally trapped in later Ru ideology. They always talk about the Ru school as representative of Chinese culture.... But this school did severe harm to Chinese civilization ranging from culture to political economy, brought about endless disasters to generations after generations of the masses of people, and reduced the once prosperous and powerful China to an ever more frail nation subjected to bullying by foreign aggressors.
The New Legalist Book Release -- The Gene of Human Civilization: Dualism in human perception and divergence in world culture (in words and pictures)
By Xinfajia   2018-01-01
This is an exploration into the human spiritual world in its relation to universal existence, which served as both its source and object of perception. This spiritual world was represented in artistic images, evolving throughout the long history and diverging between the East and the West while starting from certain commonality.... it explores the dualism in human perception as the gene of human civilization, and the evolution of its artistic symbol, i.e., the Taiji Diagram, over different regions of the globe. A major achievement is the re-establishment of the coordinate framework for presenting human civilization as an assortment of sub-cultures with differentiating characteristics -- a framework with Qinghai-Tibet Plateau as the origin of coordinates, which sets them apart in different directions over the globe.
Darshan Karwat: Living Zero Waste
By sustainability.umich.edu   2015-11-08
Legalism: Optimistic or Pessimistic
By Paul Farwell   2013-11-28
The reason for Legalism’s lack of understanding lies in the fact that most Westerners tend to group Machiavelli (who Wrote The Prince) and Shang Yang (who wrote The Book of the Lord Shang) together. As such, most Westerners label Lord Shang as a realist and an early example of totalitarian doctrine....
China’s Legalist Order: From the Qin to the PRC (1-2): Its origin, doctrine, and earlier years
By Paul Farwell   2013-10-01
When most people think of China today, they think of unparalleled economic growth, tremendous opportunity, and a rising power on the world stage. But the reason for this is never closely examined. If compared with western democracy, the reality lies in the fact that the current Chinese government is simply following a long line of regimes that share one common thread: Legalism.
China’s Legalist Order: From the Qin to the PRC (3): Legalism’s Legacy
By Paul Farwell   2013-10-01
China’s Legalist Order: From the Qin to the PRC (4): *Legalism in the Modern Era
By Paul Farwell   2013-10-01
China’s Legalist Order: From the Qin to the PRC (5): Legalism and China’s Future
By Paul Farwell   2013-10-01
The Classical Chinese Academic System: Anything But Backward, Actually Quite Advanced
By Zhai Yuzhong (翟玉忠)   2013-09-01
Chinese learning is characterized by profoundness, vibrancy, and systemic unity: profoundness in its preference for more use of symbolic-imagery (意象) than abstraction in the way of thinking, vibrancy in its emphasis on studying ever-changing live situations rather than on empty verbal reasoning, and systemic unity in guarding against fragmentization.
Eastern vs. Western: General Approach in Academic Work
By Zhai Yuzhong (翟玉忠)   2013-02-01
Civilizations differ, and so are correlated academic cultures... Classical Chinese learning was opposed to “talks of two extremes as the only alternatives”... advocated all-round integration of knowledge in the highest possible degree... laid emphasis on the cultivation of human character...
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