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  • Fu Peirong (傅佩荣)
    Born : December , 1950Gender : Male
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Occupation

Professor, Department of philosophy, Taiwan University

Education

Graduated from Philosophy Department of Furen University, Taiwan, master of Philosophy Institute of Taiwan University, Ph.D. of Yale University, USA (study under Yu Yingshi)

Experience

He once served as the director of the philosophy department and the director of the Philosophy Research Institute of Taiwan University, and the chair professor of Leuven University in Belgium and Leiden University in the Netherlands.

He has made great achievements in teaching, research, writing, speech and translation. He has been studying philosophy for nearly 30 years and Sinology for nearly 20 years. Because his parents believed in Christianity, the Western tradition had a great influence on him since childhood, so he first studied western philosophy. At the age of twenty-three or four, he began to study Chinese philosophy, entered the Philosophy Research Institute of Taiwan University, studied under the master of philosophy, Mr. Fang Dongmei, and understood the unique value of Chinese philosophy before he really began to study Chinese philosophy. After the age of 50, he devoted himself to the study of the《Book of Changes》, pay attention on annotation of traditional classics and had reinterpreted 《The Great Learning》, 《The Doctrine of The Mean》, 《The Analects》, 《Mencius》, 《Laozi》, 《Zhuangzi》, 《The Book of Changes》 and so on.

Contribution

Professor Fu has made outstanding achievements in teaching, research, writing, speech and translation. He was selected as the most popular professor by Taiwan's people's livelihood newspaper. Awarded the Teaching Excellence Award by the competent education department of Taiwan. "Successful life" won the highest literary and Art Award in Taiwan, and "The development of Confucianism and Taoism" won the Zhongzheng cultural award. So far, more than 100 kinds of books have been published in Taiwan.

Notable Works|Publications

Professor Fu reinterprets the《The Great Learning》, 《The Doctrine of The Mean》, 《The Analects》, 《Mencius》, 《Laozi》, 《Zhuangzi》, 《The Book of Changes》and so on. It is very important for the contemporary interpretation of classics to show the philosophical wisdom of learning from the past. In addition, there are more than 100 kinds of professional works, including 《Philosophy And Life》, 《The Development of The Theory of Heaven of Confucianism And Taoism》, 《The New Theory of Confucian Philosophy》, 《The Introduction To The Book Of Changes》, 《The Sky of Sinology》, and 《The History of Western Philosophy》.

Main Opnions

“Is life meaningful? I have been teaching in Taiwan University for more than 30 years. Every year, some students ask what's the meaning of life? My answer is very simple. The meaning of life is to ask what it means. Do not define it clearly, because there is no standard answer in the world to answer this question, which must be experienced by individuals in the process of life. Only human beings need meaning. There is no question about meaning in other creatures.”

Controversy

Fu Peirong: To regard Chuang Tzu as a negative person is to misunderstand Chuang Tzu. When Zhuangzi talks about life, he emphasizes "externalization and internalization". Externalization means assimilation of external aspects with others, without attracting others' attention. Internalization means inner stability and self-sufficiency after understanding "Tao". Does Zhuangzi avoid the world? In the middle of the Warring States period, it was a turbulent time full of dangers. Depending on Zhuangzi's ability, it was not a problem to be an official, but what was the price? It's not difficult to avoid the world. It's difficult to turn to cultivating the inner world after avoiding the world, so that it can transcend the heaven and the earth, so that you can enjoy the pleasure of enjoying yourself. Even if we live in governing the world, don't we often get upset by the interference of common people and things? Chuang Tzu's demonstration is very enlightening to us.

 

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