Thoughts on “Throne Abdication” during the Warring States Period and the Theories of “Datong”/”Xiokang” in Li Yun

Thoughts on "Throne Abdication" during the Warring States Period and the Theories of "Datong"/"Xiokang" in Li Yun

Liang Tao - Visiting Scholar, Harvard-Yenching Institute, Professor of History, Renmin University

Thursday, March 29, 2007 - 4:30pm to 6:00pm
Room 217A, Hall of Graduate Studies (HGS) See map
320 York Street
New Haven, CT 6511

Please note this lecture will be given in Chinese. “Throne abdication” (“Shan Rang”) issues were mentioned by a few recently discovered bamboo texts such as “Tang Yu Zhi Dao” unearthed in Guodian, Hubei Province, “Ron Cheng Shi” and “Zi Gao” collected in Shanghai Museum. This suggests that thoughts on “throne abdication” emerged during the early and middle periods of Warring States, when Confucians, Mohists, Legists and diplomats (“zongheng jia” in Chinese) were all involved. At the same time, various practices of “throne abdication” were emerged in political arena as well. Thoughts on “throne abdication” declined after King “Kuai” of Yan State failed his “throne abdication” practice. Some Confuctian scholars such as Mencius and Xunzi changed their attitudes towards “throne abdication”. Li Yun, as a very influential text in Chinese intellectual history, emerged during this particular historical background. Based on the unearthed bamboo texts mentioned above, this lecture will present new analysis on the forming of Li Yun and its Datong/Xiokang theories. 战国时期的禅让思潮与《礼运》“大同”、“小康”说

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