Aktivitet: Typer för deltagande i eller organisering av evenemang › Public Talks
Speaker: Prof. Torbjörn Lodén, Sweden
For two thousand years Confucius served as an ideological pillar of the Chinese empire. In the nineteenth century internal problems and military defeats threatened the empire, which finally collapsed in 1911. Radical intellectuals concluded that Confucius had to be rejected as an obstacle to China’s modernization. From around 1920 until after the death of Mao Zedong in 1976, Confucius was the ideological arch enemy of China’s radical intellectuals and the Communist Party. After the death of Mao Zedong China has gone through a period of phenomenal economic growth, and in this new situation many people turn back to Confucius as a source of national pride. Politically Confucius seems to be resuming his position as an ideological pillar of the Chinese state, this time in the company of Marx and Mao Zedong. In his lecture, Torbjörn Lodén will analyze this renaissance for Confucius in China.