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The Reception of Western Philosophy of Technology in China
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Philosophy and History of Technology, Philosophy.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3811-0497
(English)In: Techné: Research in Philosophy and Technology, ISSN 1091-8264Article in journal (Refereed) In press
Abstract [en]

This project aims to examine the reception of the Western philosophy of technology in China. This process has undergone developmental phases of initiation, transition, and prosperity in China. Specifically, this article analyzes translations of Western works, critical receptions of disciplinary themes and topics, and the Chinese reception of the Western philosophy of technology in terms of the continental–analytic divide. This study originally argues for the theoretical and practical reasons underlying this reception and the subsequent influences. The Chinese reception of the Western philosophy of technology is theoretically related to ancient and modern intellectual traditions in Chinese history and culture. From a practical perspective, the phasic characteristics of the exchange and reception of the Western philosophy of technology correlate with Chinese political, economic, and societal changes. The Western philosophy of technology has greatly influenced Chinese philosophical views on technology and inspired developments of the Chinese philosophy of technology. This article argues that the Chinese reception of the Western philosophy of technology is critical based on principles of openness and caution, which mirrors the Chinese spirit of seeking truth from facts for technological practice. Therefore, Chinese scholars place the Western philosophy of technology in the Chinese context to encourage favorable developments of the Chinese philosophy of technology. Based on the family resemblance and critical reaction, the philosophies of technology in the West and China are cooperatively and competitively enhanced through intercultural exchange and critical reception. Finally, this study predicts new trends regarding Chinese interest in the Western philosophy of technology.

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Chinese reception of Western philosophy of technology, criticism, continental–analytic divide, family resemblance, critical reaction
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Philosophy, Ethics and Religion
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-178788OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-178788DiVA: diva2:878280
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NV 20160208

Available from: 2015-12-08 Created: 2015-12-08 Last updated: 2016-03-29Bibliographically approved

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