Philosophical discourse of postmodernity in the Chinese context

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New Literary History: A Journal of Theory and Interpretation

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As is suggested by the title of this article, the following discussion of postmodernism will be confined to the realm of philosophy, especially to the issue of whether it is possible to have some relatively stable cognitive criterion against which we can evaluate our day-to-day speech acts. Unlike other humanistic areas such as literature and art where the postmodernist movement has exerted a considerable impact upon the Chinese scene, the philosophical circle of contemporary China as a whole has not paid much attention to what they call "another fashionable trend of the West." This philosophical indifference, in my opinion, does not mean that the postmodernist discourse contains nothing valuable that can contribute to philosophical studies in China. Rather, it is an indication of failure on the part of Chinese scholars to recognize the nature and importance of postmodernism. It is therefore the aim of this paper to re-present the postmodernist debate about cognitive criteria in the hope that it can help resolve many related theoretical difficulties that keep besetting contemporary Chinese philosophy.

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Ding, E. (1997). Philosophical discourse of postmodernity in the chinese context. New Literary History: A Journal of Theory and Interpretation, 28, 21-29.