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Zhang Taiyan's Concept of the Individual and Modern Chinese Identity

Hui Wang

in Becoming Chinese

Published by University of California Press

Published in print April 2000 | ISBN: 9780520219236
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520924413 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520219236.003.0007
Zhang Taiyan's Concept of the Individual and Modern Chinese Identity

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This chapter re-examines the political and philosophical ideas of Zhang Taiyan and addresses the question concerning the place of the individual in modern Chinese political thinking. It argues that implicit in Zhang's rejection of the collectivity was a much broader rejection of the ontological assumptions and epistemological positions that naturalized the rise of nation-states as a universal historical process for all people. It shows that Zhang's individuated self was freed from the materially determined collectivity only to be subsumed in a broader stream of subjectivity.

Keywords: Zhang Taiyan; individual; political ideas; philosophical ideas; Chinese political thinking; collectivity; nation-states

Chapter.  14892 words. 

Subjects: Asian History

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