Constructive Postmodernism in China Today
Talk Abstract: Coined by David Ray Griffin, the term “constructive postmodernism” refers to a pluralistic but integrative thinking, worldview, and practice. It is based on Alfred North Whitehead’s process philosophy. Eighteen years ago, almost no Chinese had heard the term. But today constructive postmodernism has become an influential movement in China, which is gaining a following among intellectuals and politicians alike. The lecture will explore China’s current shift toward an ecological civilization and address these questions: Why has it been so well received? What is the deep convergence between constructive postmodernism and Chinese tradition? What is its impact on China today, and what kinds of challenges is it facing?