The Philosophy of Chinese Civilisations: The rise and decline of civilisations
The Philosophy of Chinese Civilisations seeks to study the ebbs and flows in the evolution of Chinese society and the factors that have impacted on this. The research is meant to draw lessons firstly on, the significance of structured thought in societal organisation and secondly, clarifying processes responsible for impelling nations to attain higher realms in political, scientific, social and economic development and progression.
Objective of the Research
The research focuses on identifying socio-political, philosophical and cultural factors in both ancient and modern China, which saw to the rise of the Chinese nation-state as a leading global force in past centuries, its decline and its current achievements.
China’s relations with Africa are an important point of deliberation in a world competing for shrinking natural resources. Attendant questions relate to whether Sino-African relations can be posited as a natural consequence of geography, interrupted by European colonisation; and whether mutually beneficial relations can and are currently being forged.
While China is widely tipped to become an economic superpower, question remains to account for why China did not assert itself in wider geographic context during the Qing Dynasty (1644-1912 CE) as Europe did from the 15th century and North America has since done from the middle of the 20th century.
Philosophical underpinnings and implementation of Confucianism or Asian values in Chinese society, politics, state organisation, ethics, and economics during the various historical phases will be comparatively examined.
In this context, the research will interrogate the question whether culture and value systems contribute much to the long-term development trajectory of nations and regions.
Yacoob Abba Omar, Acting Head: Faculty of Humanities (MISTRA)
Jeffrey Sehume, Senior Researcher and Project Co-ordinator (MISTRA)
Mr Jinghao Lu, Frontier Advisory (Sinology)
Mr Erwin Pon, The Chinese Association in South Africa (TCA)
Dr Martyn Davies, Frontier Advisory (Sinology)
Ms Hannah Edinger, Frontier Advisory (Sinology)
Prof Thaddeus Metz, Univ. of Johannesburg (Philosophy Dept)
Prof Ma Yu, Rhodes University (Confucianism)
Prof Gauhar Raza, NISCAIR/CSIR India
Dr Hester du Plessis, HSRC
Dr Yongjun Zhao, Groningen University
Prof Marius Vermaak, Rhodes University
Ms Melanie Yap, Researcher
Mr Yin Yali, Chinese Embassy
Mr Wang Guiping, Chinese Embassy
Mr Richard Poplak, Researcher Sino-Africa Relations
Mr Joel Netshitenzhe, MISTRA
Mr Kevin Bloom, Researcher Sino-Africa Relations
Prof Anthony Mbewu, Government Printing Works
Dr Shadreck Chirikure, UCT Archaeology Department
Ms Medeine Tribinevicius, Researcher Sino-Africa Relations