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The "Other" Asia: In Search of a Possible World of Asia

「他者」亞洲:尋找亞州的可能世界

Abstracts


This present paper explores the problems concerning the conceptualization of Asia. To tackle this formidable problem, it undertakes a review of the well-known notion of "Asia as method," investigating its development in relation to the condition of humanity upon which Asia is conceptualized during various historical phases. Further, the paper proposes a new concept of Asia to emphasize its thinking movement that constitutes a philosophical event through creating new concepts. To illustrate this new concept of Asia, the term "the Other Asia" is coined and the famous novel Orphan of Asia by the Taiwanese writer Wu Zhuoliu is also introduced and discussed. This paper argues that the act of problematizing Asia not only has the potential to bring forth a new and better understanding of Asia, but also signals a particular moment in time when a revival of philosophical power in Asia can actually become possible.

Parallel abstracts


本文探索亞洲概念化的相關問題。面對這一棘手的問題,本文回顧「亞洲作為方法」這一廣為人知的觀念,討論此一觀念發展相關的人文條件,而亞洲正是在此歷史脈絡中被概念化。此外,本文引介一個新的亞洲概念,強調其思想運動,此運動透過建構新概念而形成哲學事件。為了闡述這一新的亞洲概念,本文新鑄了「他者亞洲」一詞,並以台灣小說家吳濁流的著名小說《亞細亞的孤兒》為例加以說明。本文認為,重新將亞洲問題化不僅可能更新且更好地理解亞洲,同時更標誌亞洲思考力量實際復甦的特定歷史時分。

References


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