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How Confucianism Departed From the Dao of Dynamic Balance
By Sherwin Lu   2019-08-16
The 18th century French pioneer of economic liberalism Francois Quesnay was extolled as “the Confucius of Europe”. It shows that the economic policy of the Confucianist school of ancient China was once a source of inspiration for Western liberalist economists. Nowadays, instead of Confucianist liberalism, people are talking about the importance of Confucianist morality. But history has proved again and again that Confucianism failed to bring about a moral and prosperous society; and today’s realty is that Western liberalism, after creating cancerous prosperity for a minority of people in limited areas of the globe at the cost of all others’ well-being, subsistence and even lives and at the risk of destroying mankind’s future, is now sending the whole world into a freezing winter.
Classical Chinese Philosophy: Basic Categories(3): Name and Substance
By Yuzhong Zhai   2019-05-01
In essence, the name-substance antithesis in ancient Chinese philosophy implies a system of discourse on “responsibility”. The legal code of Chin Dynasty embodies the application of the philosophical idea of “checking substance against name” in the institution of law ...
The New Legalist Book Release -- Convince the World: Chinese art of communication in Guiguzi (《鬼谷子》)
By Xinfajia   2019-02-01
Vindicating worthy ancients and clarifying wrong views for later scholars, this book clears away the miasma inundating two thousand years of history and presents the essence of ancient Chinese Diplomatic Strategists’ (纵横家) art of persuasion based on their internal sanctification and serving kingly (non-hegemonic) statecraft.... in this 21st century, an era of "global warring states", the Diplomatic Strategists’ art of persuasion is an important cornerstone for modern people’s spiritual and career life ...
Restore Chinese Culture of the Axis Age
By Zhai Yuzhong (翟玉忠)   2019-01-01
This is part of the 2018-2019 yearly work report by the general editor of this website (Chinese and English sections), further explaining our mission. In this 21st century, mankind faces unprecedented crises and challenges.... Hijacked by trends of thought ranging from atomism to democratic politics to hedonism, modern civilization seems to have dried up the rich ideological resources of the Greeks of the Axis Age.... We should not return to ancient Greece and Rome like the Renaissance, nor to the Chinese neo-Ru scholasticism [2] of Song and Ming dynasties or ... In the past fifteen years, we have sorted out the academic system of the Chinese civilization, focused on “internal sanctification externalized into kingly (non-hegemonic) statecraft” (内圣外王) and ...
“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
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