On the Relationship between the Rujia Shuocong of Peking University Han Manuscripts and The School Sayings of Confucius (Kongzi jiayu)
歐亦修 Mr. Au Yik Sau（香港大學中文學院）
Date and Time: November 1, 2016 (Tuesday), 5:30-6:45pm
Venue: Room 730, Run Run Shaw Tower, Centennial Campus
The School Sayings of Confucius (Kongzi jiayu) is a book which records the words and philosophy of Confucius and his disciples. However, the authenticity of the book has remained controversial and therefore has long been debated among scholars in the field. In 2009, the Peking University acquired a batch of Western Han bamboo manuscripts, among which a text entitled Rujia Shuocong, literally “a collection of ideas from the Confucian School”, was discovered. Several sentences of Rujia Shuocong were found to be corresponding closely with a chapter in Kongzi Jiayu. Hence, the discovery of Rujia Shuocong provides the most up-to-date evidence for us to further examine the authenticity of Kongzi Jiayu. In order to have a better understanding of the relationship between Rujia Shuocong and Kongzi Jiayu, this talk will focus on locating and analyzing textual variants in the two similar texts. Based on the analysis, to what extent Rujia Shuocong could contribute to the determination of the authenticity of Kongzi Jiayu would also be explored.
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