Dai Zhen and the Social Dynamics of Confucianism
Torbjorn Loden - Professor of Chinese Language and Culture, Stockholm University; Member of Swedish Royal Academy of Letters, History and Antiquities
Monday, April 14, 2008 - 4:00pm to 5:30pm
Room 103, Henry R. Luce Hall
34 Hillhouse AvenueNew Haven, CT 6511
Dai Zhen (1724-1777), a leading scholar of the Qianlong era, criticized the Confucian orthodoxy for “killing people in the name of principle”. In his talk Torbjörn Lodén will analyze Dai Zhen’s criticism and compare it to the criticism formulated by Wang Yangming (1472-1529) and his followers. On the basis of this comparative analysis he will discuss the relationship between the meaning and function of Confucian ideas as an important aspect of the social dynamics of Confucianism in Chinese history.