The invention of Confucianism: from a religion to philosophy | University of Oxford

The invention of Confucianism: from a religion to philosophy

Prof Barend J. ter Haar
15:00 - 17:00
The Queen's College
High Street
Oxford
OX1 4AW

Shulman Auditorium

Lectures and seminars
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In this talk Prof Haar proposes to look at the invention of the term "Confucianism" and its contents in the course of the nineteenth century. He will show how the term was invented in 1804 and mainly used to describe a religious culture of which writings ascribed to Confucius formed the core. In the early 20th century the meaning of the term became restricted to the early writings of Confucius and his pupils, or their philosophy. Since the word Confucianism is a Western invention, there is no right or wrong interpretation. Registration is compulsory, either online, via email, or by calling 07770501513.