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Конструктивният постмодернизъм, китайският марксизъм и екологичната цивилизация
Constructive Postmodernism, Chinese Marxism, and Ecological Civilization

Author(s): Zie Van
Subject(s): Philosophy
Published by: Институт по философия и социология при БАН
Keywords: constructive postmodernism; Whitehead; philosophy of organism; Chinese Marxism; ecological civilization;

Summary/Abstract: Constructive Postmodernism based on process philosophy or philosophy of organism has become a quite influential movement in China today. Why has it been so well received in China, where Marxism is the mainstream ideology? Why has Whitehead become so important there? There are many reasons: urgent environmental issues facing the nation, the help that Constructive Postmodernism can provide for China to reassess its own tradition, and the hope that the mistakes the West made can be avoided, among others. In this paper the author highlights one important reason, namely, that Constructive Postmodernism has deep convergences with Chinese Marxism. Both regard process as a central notion of their philosophies, reject the fallacy of misplaced concreteness, and hold a comprehensive and organic stance regarding the world. More importantly, both have a strong consciousness of social responsibility, caring for the poor, defending justice, and pursuing the common good. It is these deep convergences that have led some Chinese Marxists to become enthusiastic about Constructive Postmodernism and its eventual acceptance. The author argues that Chinese Marxism is a most important ally of Constructive Postmodernism both in resisting the power of capital and in creating an ecological civilization for the common good of mankind and nature.

  • Issue Year: XXII/2013
  • Issue No: 5
  • Page Range: 108-123
  • Page Count: 16
  • Language: Bulgarian