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|Title:||At the Center of the Universe|
|Publisher:||Padova, Studio Editoriale Gordini|
|Abstract:||An essential part of the Chinese identity is the well-rooted conviction that China represents a political and cultural unicum founded on an ancient tradition and on the awareness of a deep continuity with the past, the admiration for a mythical golden age, and the cult of the ances-tors. Just how vital the roots of the various traditions of ancient thought persist today is demonstrated by the history of the last few centuries and the new relationship with the West. To understand recent events, then, calls for a deep knowledge of China’s historical and philosophical background. Without it, political and ideological positions nurtured on a sort of pragmatism that is well informed by traditional principles risk being viewed as contradictory and inconsistent. This paper presents one of the founding concepts of Chinese identity, that of “centrality”(zhong), and its relevance to the history of ancient Chinese political thought from the perspective of its current importance.|
|Appears in Collections:||Annali di Ca' Foscari. Serie orientale|
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