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The "Exotic" Nietzsche--East and West

The "Exotic" Nietzsche--East and West 030 moller (57-69) 10/27/04 12:49 PM Page 57 Hans-Georg Moeller I. Introduction s it is generally known (specifically to readers of this journal), Friedrich ANietzsche has thoroughly “haunted” the history of twentieth-century Western philosophy, and he continues to do so into the beginning of the twenty- first. It is less known, however, that this has not only been the case in the “West,” that is, in Europe and America, but also in Asia, and particularly in China. Although the immense intellectual influence exerted by Nietzsche (or rather: by what was perceived to be his philosophy) in China has been academically documented in the West, this has been done only relatively recently, and mainly in the field of Chinese Studies. Philosophers, even those with an interest in “Nietzsche and Chinese thought,” concentrate more on comparative issues than on historical ones—which is, of course, partly due to the fact that the Chinese reception of Nietzsche can only be thoroughly studied by looking into materi- als that are often inaccessible to Western scholars. This essay tries to bridge the gap between, on the one hand, the Sinological research on the Chinese recep- tion of Nietzsche focused on intellectual history and, on the http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Journal of Nietzsche Studies Penn State University Press

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Copyright © 2004 The Friedrich Nietzsche Society.
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Abstract

030 moller (57-69) 10/27/04 12:49 PM Page 57 Hans-Georg Moeller I. Introduction s it is generally known (specifically to readers of this journal), Friedrich ANietzsche has thoroughly “haunted” the history of twentieth-century Western philosophy, and he continues to do so into the beginning of the twenty- first. It is less known, however, that this has not only been the case in the “West,” that is, in Europe and America, but also in Asia, and particularly in China. Although the immense intellectual influence exerted by Nietzsche (or rather: by what was perceived to be his philosophy) in China has been academically documented in the West, this has been done only relatively recently, and mainly in the field of Chinese Studies. Philosophers, even those with an interest in “Nietzsche and Chinese thought,” concentrate more on comparative issues than on historical ones—which is, of course, partly due to the fact that the Chinese reception of Nietzsche can only be thoroughly studied by looking into materi- als that are often inaccessible to Western scholars. This essay tries to bridge the gap between, on the one hand, the Sinological research on the Chinese recep- tion of Nietzsche focused on intellectual history and, on the

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The Journal of Nietzsche StudiesPenn State University Press

Published: Nov 29, 2004

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