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Frontiers of Philosophy in China

Front. Philos. China    2020, Vol. 15 Issue (3) : 509-531     https://doi.org/10.3868/s030-009-020-0029-7
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Husserl’s Intercultural Implication of Ethical Renewal and Theoretical Rationality: A Reappraisal from an East Asian Perspective
YU Chung-Chi()
Department of Philosophy, Sun Yat-sen University, Kaohsiung City 80424, China
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Abstract

In the Kaizo articles, written between 1922 and 1924, Husserl touched on the intercultural relationship between “the European” and “the non-European.” Husserl addressed Japan as he dealt with ethical and cultural renewal in his Kaizo articles. Husserl wished to spread the European spiritual gestalt, which he comprehended as a universal theoretical rationality to remote cultures. At that time, Husserl imagined China as unfamiliar and remote. He even used China as a typical example of alienworld when he dealt with the problem of cultural difference. This paper reappraises Husserl’s thesis by exploring Eurocentrism as a factor that might impede the willingness for non-Western or non-European cultures to accept the idea of European spiritual gestalt. This paper suggests that the non-Western or non-European cultures should take delight in learning from Europe and carry out what Husserl had in mind about the meaning of “renewal.”

Keywords Husserl      renewal      theoretical attitude      interculturality      the idea of Europe     
Issue Date: 28 September 2020
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YU Chung-Chi. Husserl’s Intercultural Implication of Ethical Renewal and Theoretical Rationality: A Reappraisal from an East Asian Perspective[J]. Front. Philos. China, 2020, 15(3): 509-531.
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http://journal.hep.com.cn/fpc/EN/Y2020/V15/I3/509
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