Public Lecture by Prof. Dr. Prasenjit Duara
Duke University
Wednesday June 22, 6 pm
KWZ 0.602 & KWZ 0.603, Heinrich-Düker-Weg 14, 37073 Göttingen

The rise of Asia and China in particular has been accompanied by the need to project a new, more just vision of the world that is not simply a new hegemony. Many Chinese intellectuals have sought to find inspiration in their historical and transcendent universalisms such as ‘all-under-heaven’ (tianxia). The paper is an effort to think through
the conceptual and political framework for understanding transcendence in post-Western modernity. Historically, universalisms have been the source of ideals, principles and ethics. Modern universalisms – developed from Kant to Marx – are apparently in retreat, yielding to nationalism and consumerism.

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