The Disintegration of the Study of Confucian Classics and the Corollary of Its Restoration
Keywords:經學, 消解, 原因, 回歸, 必要性, 條件, study of Confucian classics, disintegration, reason, restoration, necessity, conditions
LANGUAGE NOTE | Document text in Chinese; abstract also in English.
The study of Confucian classics represents a set of values commonly recognized by the Chinese community for thousands of years. It also forms the content for teaching the great Way that guides self-cultivation for a sense of social responsibility. Although Chinese civilization endured numerous impacts, it was still unceasingly inherited. This is ascribed to the study of Confucian classics, which have long become a gene of Chinese national culture and have been passed on to later generations. There are various, complex reasons for the disintegration of the study of Confucian classics in early modern and modern eras. The present essay examines this disintegration from academic, historical, and ideological perspectives. It unveils the necessity of three tasks for the restoration of the study of Confucian classics, namely “reconstruction,” “reconfiguration,” and “recombination.” It elucidates the important guarantee and substantial conditions for the restoration of the study of Confucian classics, thereby creating significant theoretical and practical values for the great renaissance of national spirit.
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