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YUHAZU Kazuyori

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YUHAZU Kazuyori Professor

Division/Department
Linguistics and Literature / Sinology
Specialized Field
Scholarship and thought in ancient China
Research Subject
1) Thought in the Han period
2) History of Lunyu Studies
3) History of Confucianism
Website
Japanese page
Office/Lab.
Office/Lab.:405
E-mail.:yuhazu(at)let.hokudai.ac.jp
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TEL.:+81-11-706-2877
FAX.:+81-11-706-2877

Lab. Letters: Messages from the Laboratory

There is no single common interpretation of Lunyu (The Analects of Confucius).
The flow of Chinese thought interpreted based on commentaries

Lunyu, the Analects of Confucius, the ancient Chinese philosopher, is a classic that has been read for 2,000 years, but there’s no single common interpretation of it. The statements made by Confucius were so succinct that scholars have tried to imagine Confucius in various ways and have racked their brains in adding footnotes. Many people tend to think footnotes play a supplementary role to the body text; in fact, these footnotes undergo changes naturally in line with changing times. Therefore, they can be just as important a research subject to clarify the flow of thought and science as the body text is. It’s not too much to say that the profundity of this classic, which still has the possibility of various interpretations even all these years after its creation, is a fascination common to Chinese classics, as typified by The Analects.

  • Lunyu: A Gem of Thirty Chapters (Asia Books) Professor Yuhazu wrote this book at the request of a company owner fascinated by Chinese classics.
  • A manuscript of Lunyu from the Tang Dynasty, which is said to have been transcribed by a 12-year-old student

Dutiful wives and devoted mothers, as well as wicked women, focusing on decisions made by the former
Lunyu as a teaching material for cultivating the ability to choose paths in life

In the class on Lieh nü Chuan, biographies of exemplary women in ancient China, I provide students with opportunities to put themselves into the heroines’ place by presenting the moment when those women are forced to make a decision: “If I were that woman, I would…” Life consists of a series of decisions. I teach classes in the hope that students can foster their ability to make decisions independently while they study profound Chinese classics. As to thesis guidance in liberal education, I provide students with one-on-one instruction until they can draw up a decent report, not a mere book report. I was delighted to receive a message from a graduate saying, “That thesis guidance of yours prompted my interest in Chinese thought.”

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