Lecture on Confucianism and Taoism by Mr. Feng Dawen


On the mornings of June 22 and 23, No.705-706 sessions of the public lecture on traditional culture of Confucius Academy were held in Minglun Hall. Feng Dawen, Professor of the Department of Philosophy in Sun Yat-sen University, discussed the following themes: “the evolution of Confucian values and its contemporary significance” and “Taoist critical spirit and its value”. He talked freely about his experience in studying Confucianism and Taoism in decades. About 300 people of different professions attended the lectures mentioned above.

Mr. Feng Dawen, Professor of Sun Yat-sen University, graduated from the Department of Philosophy in Sun Yat-sen University in the 1960s and became a lector of the university after graduation. He has been offering philosophy courses to undergraduates. In the 1990s, he started to recruit doctors. He has successively served as a member of the academic committee of Sun Yat-sen University, director of the China Philosophy Institute of Sun Yat-sen University and the Institute of Comparative Religions of Sun Yat-sen University, and vice-chairman of the China Philosophy History Association and director of International Confucian Association. He has offered courses for undergraduates, postgraduates and doctoral students successively in: history of Chinese philosophy, metaphysics in the Wei and Jin dynasties, neo-Confucianism in the Song and Ming dynasties, history of Chinese Buddhist thought and history of thoughts of Chinese Taoist school and Taoism. The main research fields of his are: representative works on Chinese classical philosophy and religion: Exploration and Perplexity of Chinese Philosophy, Return to Nature – the Theme and Variation of Taoism, A Brief Introduction to Neo-Confucianism in the Song and Ming Dynasties, The Outline of Chinese Classical Philosophy, Reason and Consciousness: A Study of Buddhism and Confucianism; Editor-in-chief: A New History of Chinese Philosophy, A History of Chinese Philosophy (Volume I and II), etc.