The University of Göttingen Centre for Modern East Asian Studies is hosting two more lectures on New Perspectives on Modernity in China. The lectures look at Chinese history, philosophy, religion, politics etc. presenting current research that is addressing unsettling questions triggered by these developments. Individuals must register for each event that they want to attend.
Justin Ritzinger — Push and Pull: Toward a Taylorian Theory of Alternative Modernities
May 6, 2022 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm (CET time); for more information and registration click HERE.
Viren Murthy — Conservative Radicalism: Watsuji Tetsuro’s Critique of Civil Society and Its Implications for Chinese Intellectual History
May 20, 2022 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm (CET time); for more information and registration click HERE.
I don’t mean disrespect, nor to make light of your subject. Have noticed that there are many essays on this and other philosophy blogs which get traction and mileage from topics that seem trivial, or are at best complex discussions of everyday facts and occurrences. This is safe territory, less disputable than other unsettled ground. All good. But, as a practical matter, new modernity IS the new perspective. Everywhere. Not just in China. The nanosecond frequency with which things unfold is often difficult to predict, much less intelligently assess. The economic revolution in the far east has rolled steadily since WWII. Technology has made much of that not only possible but inevitable.