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The Study on Lao Siguang’s Philosophy of Culture

Author LiJiaWei
Tutor HongXiaoZuo
School Dalian University of Technology
Course The philosophy of Marxism
Keywords Lao Siguang cultural philosophy cultural spirit Hegel’s model Pasons’s model tradition and modern
Type Master's thesis
Year 2011
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Lao Siguang is a famous philosophical scholar in Hong Kong and Taiwan. In his philosophy of culture system, Lao Siguang has constituted two kinds of cultural theory models. In his early years, he adopted Hegel’s Theory Model, which focused on" cultural spirit", to regard the consciousness of cultural movements as the "external spirit ", so the accidental experience of reality, which is not unconscious come down to the "cultural phenomenon ". And then, he has carded the different cultural spirit between Chinese traditional culture and western traditional culture. These can have something in common with Modern Neo-Confucian. After middle-aged, he recognized that Hegel’s theory model which came into its functional limitations, could not explain the interactive impacts among the series of cultural forms. So he turned to adopt the sociological model-Parson’s Model to rethink and analyze the modern movements in China since the end of 19th century. Lao Siguang is aware that there is a series of movements in the fields of culture in China, the reason is that Chinese traditional culture is sufferd from the pressure by the western culture. So under the pressure, Chinese people have taken steps from passive cultural changes gradually to an active reflection and excavation of the value of traditional Chinese culture. In his sixty-year academic pursuits, Lao Siguang always has a sense of crisis consciousness and responsibility for Chinese traditional culture. But in his academic thought, he has always showed a strong criticism and antipathy to the Chinese culture ideology, which dominated by Marxism. It will hard to increase the cultural exchange for Hong Kong, Taiwan and mainland, and it will also misunderstand Marxist ideological. In general, to study Lao Siguang’s philosophy of cultural has an important reference meaning for us today to rationally understand and treat Chinese traditional culture, especially to carry forward the value of traditional culture actively, and so as to combine the traditional culture with modernization better.

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