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The 49th Gao Juefu Psychological Lecture— “A Learning Both Sound in Theory and Practice: The Completion and Development of Confucianism” by Prof. Huang Guangguo

On the afternoon of October 26, 2019, Prof. Huang Guangguo, who comes from Taiwan University, gave a lecture on “A Learning Both Sound in Theory and Practice: The Completion and Development of Confucianism”. With the combination of Western and Chinese cultures, Prof. Huang is devoted to developing Chinese cultural psychology based on the philosophy of science. The lecture was hosted by Prof. Liu Chang (the School of Psychology, Nanjing Normal University).

First, Prof. Huang explained why Confucianism had not been completed for that Confucianism is essentially the study of pursuing inner saint. Though the western cognitive psychology developed well, it does not pay much attention to emotion and willingness, which Confucianism can make up for it. Therefore, in order to exchange ideas with western scholars, we need to build an objective theoretical system on the basis of comprehension of Confucianism.

Next, Prof. Huang pointed out the three modernizations of Confucianism. It was the first time for Confucius to explain the six classics when Confucianism developed Chinese ethics and morality. For the second time, the neo-confucianists paid attention to the “theories of mind”. During this period, Confucianism separated into two groups who focused on either conscience or reason. The third time was the raise of the formal theoretical model of neo-confucianism in The Republic of China. Finally, Prof. Huang stressed that we must construct “culture-inclusive theories” based on “multiple philosophical paradigms” after fully absorbing the essence of western philosophy of science. The theory should be applied to each of the “folk” in Chinese society, not only "leaders".

In the last Question & Answer session, Prof. Huang had a positive interaction with the teachers and students who attended the lecture. The lecture arose the great interests of the audience and was ended in applause.