Japan’s Scholastic Talent and its Confucianism as seen in Yoshikawa Kōjirō’s Confucian Scholarship—focusing on Japan’s Mentality, The Words of a Confucianist, and About the Classics.
Speaker: Yang Wen (PhD Candidate, Kyōtō University)
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On this day, sixteen people, including professors and graduate students, gathered at Kyōto University.
This time, PhD candidate Yang Wen was invited to give a talk on a particular subject. The theme was “Japan’s Scholastic Talent and its Confucianism as seen in Yoshikawa Kōjirō’s Confucian Scholarship—focusing on Japan’s Mentality, The Words of a Confucianist, and About the Classics.”
The outline of the presentation was as follows:
1. The Scope of Research on Studies of Chinese Classics
① The Trajectory and Method of the Transmission of Sinic Culture Overseas
② The Position of Sinic Culture in Other Cultures after Transmission—in other words, the Method of “Reception”
③ The Historical View on China as Formed by the Political, Economic, and Cultural Conditions of Various Countries Around the World
④ Sinic Culture as a Result of Concrete Scholarship and Methodology on Sinic Culture by Scholars Around the World in Each Region
2. Previous Scholarship on Yoshikawa Kōjirō
① Introduction of Fei Zhengqing and Yan Shaodang’s Evaluations of Yoshikawa
② Introduction of Previous Scholarship on the Academic Genealogy of “Yoshikawa Chinese Studies”
③ Introduction and Arrangement of Features and Perspectives in Yoshikawa Scholarship, including Kōzen Hiroshi (2002), Zhang Zhejun (2004), Zheng Lihua (2010), Meng Wei (2014)
Finally, Yang spoke of the aspiration to narrow down the focus of their research to Yoshikawa’s scholarship on Japanese Sinic literature.
Afterwards, free discussion began, and discussion developed on Yoshikawa Kōjirō about things such as the Kyōto School, Kaozheng scholarship, Edo-period kanbun scholarship as well as the change in ideas about Yoshikawa.
We would like to extend our gratitude to Yang Wen who gave us the topic, the professors who provided guidance, and all those who inspired discussion.
(Wang Yiran, PhD Candidate, Kyōto University)