Historian Xu Yue (徐跃) on Zhang Jian’s (张謇) engagement with Buddhism

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Not directly on questions of history, however, as a modernizer Zhang Jian’s attitude towards Buddhism is particularly interesting not the least, because quite a few modern historians (Zhang Taiyan, Liang Qichao etc.) who became criticial of notions of linear, causal historical progress were inspired by Buddhism.

从排诋佛教到提倡佛教——以清末民初张謇为主的讨论

徐跃

【摘要】作为中国早期现代化历程中的先驱性人物,国家存亡一直是张謇的基本关怀。晚清时期,受新思潮与反传统思想的影响,加之中国面临的困难、挑战,以及退虏送穷的强烈愿望,张謇希望彻底改变隋唐以降祀佛以求福田利益的虚妄和庞大的浪费,主张排诋佛教和提倡庙产兴学。但民国初年,因传统文化与政治秩序的基本结构崩溃,社会秩序、道德规范、人心维系的问题,逐渐成为张謇的基本关怀。而提倡佛教,不自觉地否定了晚清时期的反传统思想而回向传统。

 

【关键词】张謇;排诋佛教;提倡佛教

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