DR. LU SHAOCHEN
Visiting Scholar from the Centre for Contemporary Marxism Abroad, Fudan University
Confucianism and Western Marxism on Authority
Wednesday 22 August
3:00 – 3:30pm
Cultural Collections, Level 2 Auchmuty Library
Tea, coffee and nibbles provided for a sharp 3:00 pm start. All welcome.
In this paper, I will explore the two main views on authority in contemporary China. One is traditional Confucianism, and the other is western Marxism. Whereas Confucius summons humans to recognize an authority which derives from love and truth, most of western Marxists, such as Herbert Marcuse, think that authority derives from power, domination or force. Marcuse is steered from without, and Confucius from within. However, despite their apparent differences, they share a criticism of autonomous individualism. After briefly discussing the etymology of gauthorityh in Eastern and Western cultureCI will summarize major views in contemporary Western Marxism – deeply rooted in Western religious culture – that claim to sublate individual freedom and liberty. I will then do the same with Confucianism, before comparing and analyzing their advantages and disadvantages