Prof. Dr. Axel Schneider (Center for Modern East Asian Studies, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen)
Date and Time
December 09, 2021, 4:15 - 6 pm
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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Institute of Asian and Oriental Studies - Chinese Studies