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Kojève and China: An Interpretation of Kojève’s Comments on LIANG Qi-chao’s The Concept of Law and the Theories of in the Pre-Qin Period
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Pages: 102-106+154-155
Year: Issue:  5
Journal: Journal of East China Normal University(Philosophy and Social Sciences)

Keyword:  KojèveChinaLIANG Qi-chaouniversalityparticularity;
Abstract: This paper tries to interpret Alexandria Kojève’s view of China according to his unpublished book review written in 1927. In this review,Kojève denies LIANG Qi-chao’s idea expressed in his History of Political Thought in the Pre-Qin Period that legalism is similar to Western theories of law. Kojève believes that the relation between Legalism and the Confucianism is merely that between a practical politics and a theoretical philosophy,and China and the Western world belong to two completely different worlds. In fact,the deeper reasons of Kojève’s belief of the particularity of Chinese culture can be found in his consideration of the particularity of the Russian road of development in 1920s. In his reflection on cultural universality and cultural particularity,Chinese culture obviously becomes a strong defense for the particular road in Russia. What’s interesting is that in all his life,Kojève has experienced intellectual transformation from the East to the West and again to the East,which is always accompanied by an attention to China or the East.
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