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Subjectivity, Human Agency, Hybris: On Progress and Other Dystopias in Modern China


Prof. Dr. Axel Schneider (Center for Modern East Asian Studies, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen)

Datum und Zeit

09. Dezember 2021, 16:15 - 18:00 Uhr


The belief in progress and concomitant notions of subjectivity and human  agency are core elements of the modern condition, and hence have been central in the Chinese intellectual encounter with the modern West. The intellectual mainstream adopted notions of progress, albeit in different variations and with some adjustments. There were, however, intellectuals who from very early on voiced serious doubts about notions of progress, seeing it not as a promise for the future, but as a dystopian endeavor characteristic of the hybris of the modern project. These doubts were marginal for most parts of modern Chinese history, but in our troubled times, they are double interesting.


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Asien-Orient-Institut - Sinologie