In the context of disrupting tensions between the United States (as representing or mis-representing ‘the West’) and the People’s Republic (as representing or mis-representing China), our book written in French and published last year (Orientalism, Occidentalism & Universalism : History & Methodology of Sino-European Cross-Representations) can function as an archeology of ‘Sino’-‘Western’ antagonisms. The book aims at de-essentializing both ‘the West’ & ‘China’. That both Europe as embodying the West and China as representing the East are diverse, multiple, and heterogeneous in historical, cultural, linguistic and social terms is not something new. Newer is the identification of cases of essentializion in intellectual discourses, both in positive & negative, Orientalist & Occidental terms. To some extent the book is less a critic of orientalist discourses per se than a critic of ‘Orientalism” as a totalizing category to frame all European discourses about ‘the East’ and China in particular. As well as a critic of its reinterpretations in an Occidentalist “post-colonial” and postmodern context in contemporary PRC. In this talk we will briefly present the different chapters of the book and start to engage the discussion about doing comparative “Sino-Western” philosophy in Taiwan today.
- 英文全文On Transcultural Philosophy: Interview with Jean-Yves Heurtebise：http://culturezine.ccstw.nccu.edu.tw/interview/2176/