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International Conference "Researching on Le Quy Don and Dasan (Jeong Yak Yong)'s thoughts"

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The purpose of this conference is to aim at a systematic comparative study between the philosophical thoughts of Le Quy Don and Dasan, and bring to light the contribution of these two figures in the history of thoughts of each country

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I. Theme

In Vietnam’s history thoughts, Le Quy Don (1726-1784) occupies a very special place. As “the pocket of wisdom of the era”, his thoughts are considered as the synthesis of Vietnamese knowledge in the 18th Century, with all its strengths and weaknesses. He has left behind a huge amount of works, such as Phủ biên tạp lục(Miscellaneous Chronicles of the Pacified Frontier ), Vân đài loại ngữ (Classified Sayings), etc. Those are the records of his contemplation on his era, the laws that govern nature and society, the people and the historical problems of his time. Le Quy Don looked at these problems through the lens of history, literature and especially, philosophy.

Under a strong influence of Confucianism as Vietnam, Korea also produced many intellectual figures that leave lasting influences until today. Among those is Dasan (Jeong Yak Yong) (1762-1836). He is considered an representative intellectual for the movement of pragmatic or practical (learning), at the same time, he is also a reformer who advocates “wealthy nation strong army” through opening to the world. He is also a philosopher, a scientist and an artist, a writer and an educator. He summarized the Confucius thoughts from Joseon Dynasty and left a huge amount of work with about 500 volumes. As a politician and a scholar, Dasan gave himself a mission to solve the social problems on his time. He was specially concerned about the life of the exploited people and wished to find practical solutions to help them. Dasan thought that the purpose of intellectual work is to improve society, to create a practical method to run a country and stabilize the life of the ordinary people. In practice, he accomplished many books which confer practical value for the people.

Recently, there has been a focus on comparative study between philosophical thoughts of Vietnam and other countries influenced by Confucianism, and particularly, Korea.  However, the comparative study between the thoughts of Le Quy Don and Dasan has not been given proper attention, even though, they were the outstanding intellectuals of both countries. Therefore, the research of the two great intellectual figures of the 18th Century, Le Quy Don and Dasan Jeong Yak Yong, is a meaningful project, it will bring about new understanding to the study of historical thoughts of both countries. This research, on the one hand, will help us understand the similarity and the difference in culture and the way of life of the two nations, on the other hand, it will help us appreciate the influences of Confucianism in many areas of life, especially, in ethics, spirituality, custom and tradition, way of life and way of thinking in the two countries. These contributions will be especially meaningful in our time, they will help us clarify the dark sides as well as the enlightened sides of society, which will help us build a more harmonious and thriving society.

At the same time, the intellectual exchange between Korea and Vietnam will bring about many interesting lessons from history, which will help us understand better the movement and development of each nation’s intellectual thoughts, as well as, help us determine the area of research worthy of pursuit.

II. The purpose of the conference

The purpose of this conference is to aim at a systematic comparative study between the philosophical thoughts of Le Quy Don and Dasan, and bring to light the contribution of these two figures in the history of thoughts of each country.

III. Sub theme

The conference will focus on the following issues:

Firstly, study the ontology, epistemology, methodology in the thoughts of Le Quy Don and Dasan.

Secondly, study comparatively the political thought, the focus on piety in the thoughts of Le Quy Don and Dasan.

Thirdly, study the historical significance of Le Quy Don and Dasan’s thoughts.

IV. Tentative time and place of the event:

1. Time: 26th-29th Oct 2016

2. Place: Hanoi, Vietnam

V. Conference format

1. Besides the opening and closing ceremony,  discussion sessions will be held according to specific topics.

2. Scholars participating in the conference will send their papers to the Organizing Committee. The Organizing Committee is responsible for assessment and classification of the papers into each specific topic.

3. After the conference, the papers will be edited to published in the Philosophy Magazine and published into a specialized book.

VI. Organizer:

Institute of Philosphy, Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences

Address: 59 Lang Ha str., Ba Dinh, Hanoi

Tel: +84 43 514 0528

Email: iop.vass.gov.vn

Website: www.philosophy.vass.gov.vn

VII. Sponsor:

National Foundation for Science and Technology Development

Add: 4F, 39 Tran Hung Dao Str., Hang Bai Ward, Hoan Kiem Dist., Hanoi 

Tel: +84-4.3936 7750

Fax: +84-4.3936 7751

Website: www.nafosted.gov.vn/; Email: nafosted@most.gov.vn

VIII. Contact:

Department of Scientific Management and International Cooperation, Institute of Philosphy, Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences

Address: P.109, 59 Lang Ha str., Ba Dinh, Hanoi

Tel: +84 43 514 0528

Email: iop@vass.gov.vn

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