2019 Academic Annual Meeting of Guizhou Philosophical Association Held at Confucius Academy

2019-12-12

The 2019 academic annual meeting of Guizhou Philosophical Association, hosted by the Guizhou Provincial Federation of Social Sciences and the Guizhou Provincial Philosophical Association and co-organized by the School of History and Politics of Guizhou Normal University, the Guiyang Confucius Academy Culture Communication Center and the School of Philosophy and Social Development of Guizhou University, was held on November 22, 2019 at Guiyang Confucius Academy. The annual meeting is themed with “‘Self-discipline’ and ‘Heteronomy’ in Social Life”, attended by more than 120 experts, scholars and students.

On behalf of the Guizhou Provincial Federation of Social Sciences, Song Jian, Class-I Counsel, extended warm congratulations on the successful meeting, and sincere thanks and profound respect to all experts, scholars and philosophy workers attending the meeting.

On behalf of the organizers, Suo Xiaoxia, Director of the Culture Communication Center of Guiyang Confucius Academy, extended sincere welcome and thanks to the experts and scholars attending the annual meeting. She believed that the theme of the meeting integrated the concern for the times and the pursuit of philosophical thoughts, reflecting the aim of Guizhou Philosophical Association in pursuing the ideal status and focusing on the real social life. She hoped that all experts and scholars can discuss academic theories in Confucius Academy, focus on practical problems, and refine the spirit of the times.

Professor Xu Qi, President of Guizhou Philosophical Association, made the keynote speech. He said that the meeting was themed with “Self-discipline” and “Heteronomy” under new philosophical consideration. The compulsion of law in heteronomy and the consciousness of morality in self-discipline have been understood and recognized by us. However, morality also contributes to heteronomy. What we intend to explore and discuss now are how to play the role of morality and where is its boundary. Xu Qi believes that the “heteronomy” of morality is different from that of law. The latter is a kind of coercion under the support of severe punishment, while the former mainly functions through advocacy, guidance, exhortation, public opinion and other channels under the premise of free choice. He pointed out that Confucius, the great sage of China, and Kant, the great western sage, believed that the boundary of heteronomy of morality was that “do unto others as you would be done”. Moreover, it has become an ethical “golden rule” universally recognized by different cultural communities around the world.

Professor Gong Zhenqian, former President of Guiyang University, delivered a concluding speech at the meeting. He summarized from the following five aspects. First of all, he emphasized the success of the annual meeting. The participants included scholars of different ages, the old, the middle-aged and the young. The interpretation of the theme of the meeting, “‘Self-discipline’ and ‘Heteronomy’ in social life” has profound significance at different levels. Secondly, the theme of the meeting was novel. He believed that it was a new height to discuss “Self-discipline”, “Heteronomy” and their relationship from the perspective of morality. The theme also showed the spirit of the Fourth Plenary Session of the Nineteenth CPC Central Committee. Thirdly, the discussion was very heated at the meeting. The scholars who delivered speeches at the meeting were passionate and affirmed. Fourthly, the atmosphere of the meeting was harmonious, so the discussion was held in a serious and relaxed manner. Fifthly, each attendant had his/her own gains, which may differ among individuals due to different perspectives. The attendants were all inspired to think profoundly. The meeting could be deemed as a success as long as there was any gain.

The Academic Annual Meeting of Guizhou Philosophical Association combined both serious theoretical analysis and easy discussion with examples. The meeting ended in the warm applause by the scholars and the earnest expectation for the next one.