HOLIC Workshop 2022
Textual Analysis as the Basis for Understanding Chinese Logical Thought
January 15-17, 2022
HOLIC Workshop 2022 “Textual Analysis as the Basis for Understanding Chinese Logical Thought”
Time: January 15-17, 2022
Location: Tsinghua University, Online
Conveners: Yinlin Guan, Jeremy Seligman and Ai Yuan
There is a wealth of early Chinese philosophical texts from the Hundred Schools of Thought, dating from the 6th century BC to 221 BC. These texts are one of the main sources for understanding a wide variety of subjects in Chinese culture. For ideas on logic, the most important texts include the classics of Confucianism, Daoism, Mohism, Legalism, Names, as well as works of military science. These texts contain profound ideas on how to think, reason, and conduct argumentation, as well as the relationship between ming 名 (name) and shi 实 (object/reality), language and logic. Many ideas of these texts continued to be influential throughout Chinese history, and are still of great relevance to today’s world.
Prominent scholars have made great contributions in analysing and interpreting these texts, such as the ground-breaking works by A. C. Graham, Christoph Harbsmeier, and Chad Hansen. In China, Sun Yirang started the tradition of textual analysis in the late Qing Dynasty, and it has been continued by Hu Shi, Feng Youlan, Shen Youding, Wu Yujiang, among many others.
The HOLIC workshops are carrying on this tradition with particular attention to logical thought and to facilitate the Handbook project. Some of the previous events can be found at the website: www.holicnet.net. The workshop holds that any idea or theories presented should be firmly based on textual evidence, yet we are open to a variety of methodological approaches.
在国际汉学界，葛瑞汉（A. C. Graham）、瓦格纳（Rudolf G. Wagner）、何莫邪（Christoph Harbsmeier）和陈汉生（Chad Hansen）等著名学者在分析和解释哲学文本方面做出了巨大的贡献。在中国，孙诒让在晚清时期开创了文本分析的传统，胡适、冯友兰、沈有鼎、吴毓江等学者也继承了这一传统。