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Wen-hsin Yeh

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780520219236

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520219236.001.0001

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

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

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Becoming Chinese

Hui Wang

University of California Press

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

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