Master Class: What was new in Neo-Confucianism?
21 August 2012
Neo-Confucianism (or daoxue道学) was an innovative movement both from the point view of its contents and its formal approaches. Although its novel messages have been studied at length, we will try to shed some light on the central issues of cosmology, moral behavior, and individual responsibility that characterized the Confucian Renaissance.
In this Master Class, Dr Michael Lacker will argue that much less inquiry has been made into the formal aspects of daoxue: on the basis of selected texts and other documents, we will study Neo-Confucianism as a practice of an emerging social stratum of literati that encompassed novel ways to deal with cultural heritage.
Following Dr Lacker's talk, there will be an open disussion with research students.
Michael Lackner has studied Sinology, Ethnology, Political Science and Philosophy in Heidelberg, Munich, and Paris. He has taught in Geneva, Göttingen and Erlangen, with stays as visiting professor at Fudan/Shanghai, Taida/Taipei, Kansai University/Osaka, Maison des Sciences de l'Homme and EHESS/Paris. Michael Lackner has been a member of the Institute for Advanced Study in Berlin and the Princeton Institute for Advanced Study. His fields of study encompass Song dynasty philosophical thought and learned practices, the Jesuit mission in China, the history of divination, and the formation of modern Chinese scientific terminology and disciplines. He has published monographs, databases and articles in these specialties.
Location: Room 310, China Studies Centre, Old Teachers College, the University of Sydney