[Biweekly Symposium] No. 576: Thoughts on the New Guoxue and the New Order for China.
Lecturer: YANG Peng
Host: QIN Sidao
Commentators: WU Si, ZHANG Shuguang, LIU Junning, ZHENG Yefu, SHENG Hong, MA Yong, QIAO Mu
Professor YANG Peng introduced his research framework on traditional Chinese culture. He distinguished two issues in his research of history of thoughts, that is the facts and the construction. He argued that in studying traditional Chinese culture(or “Guo Xue”, 国学), one needs to extract the part of objective facts before considering subjective construction. In explaining the Chinese cultural tradition, Professor YANG Peng summarized three institutions, and two cultures. The three institutions refer to the Shanrang（system of abdication）, the Qin system(秦制) , and the Zhou system(周制). And the two cultures refer to the culture of blood remuneration(血酬, a concept created by Mr. WU Si), and the culture of intellectual remuneration（学酬, a concept that climbing the ladder of the intellectual system pays off）. By laying this as the background for creative thinking, Professor YANG Peng then proposed what he thought the challenges faced by Chinese culture, the alternative of legalism and morality-based solutions, and the salvation of pragmatism.
Unirule Biweekly Symposium has been serving the Chinese public as an open platform for academic exchange.