Contemporary China Studies

The Classic of Documents and the Origins of Chinese Political Philosophy: An Oxford-Princeton Research Collaboration

Friday, 21 March, 2014 - 09:00 to Saturday, 22 March, 2014 - 17:00
The Queen's College, University of Oxford

As part of the Oxford-Princeton research partnership on the Classic of Documents, there will be a conference at the Queen's College, University of Oxford (21-22 March 2014). This meeting is the second of a series of conferences devoted to the study of th

Coercion or spontaneity? Ideal government according to the Laozi and Hanfeizi

Thursday, 13 February, 2014 -
17:00 to 18:30
Room 207, Institute for Chinese Studies, Walton Street

The main focus of this paper is the well known (but often downplayed) question of affinity between the Laozi and Hanfeizi. Both these texts claim that the ideal government is a state of harmony when all individuals spontaneously (without coercion) follow a pre-established order

Speaker(s): 
Dušan Vavrá (Masaryk University)

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