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Shanzhai: Dekonstruktion auf Chinesisch by Byung-Chul Han (review)

Shanzhai: Dekonstruktion auf Chinesisch by Byung-Chul Han (review) contributorsareWesterners,whichleavestheimpressionthatthesecondhalfgives greaterrepresentationtoWesternviews.Thechoiceforthefinalchaptercouldhave beenanessaywithalessdefensiveorlessconservativeperspective. Despitepossiblecriticismsregardingthebook'soverallconservatism,itcertainly takesanimportantstepinthephilosophicalanalysisofritualstudies.Thisbookis likelytoinspirescholarswhoareinterestedinritualtoparticipateandextendthe discussion. One possible counter-view is feminist philosophy. Evaluation of the Roe-versus-Wadedecision,anappreciationofpaternityintermsofritualstudies,and relatedgenderthemesrequireafeministanalysis,andanevaluationofmodernity calls for a deeper reflection on feminist philosophy.As George Khushf notes with respecttodevelopinganunderstandingofthemorallife:inestablishing"arubricfor integratingtheuniversalandparticular...[w]hether,intheend,ritualisthemost appropriatecategoryfordoingthis...mustremainopen.Wecanonlyconsiderthat questionaftermuchmorehasbeendonetocarryforwardtheproject"(p.235). Ritual and the Moral Life has certainly opened a new phase in philosophical studiesonritual. Shanzhai: Dekonstruktion auf Chinesisch.ByByung-ChulHan.Berlin:MerveVerlag, 2011.Pp.88.Paper11.00,isbn13:978-3883962948. ReviewedbyMario Wenning UniversityofMacau mwenning@umac.mo ShanzhaiistheChineseneologismdesignatingfakes.Etymologically,theterm referstothemountainstrongholdsinwhichbanditsusedtohideandtherebyevade the official grip of the authorities. In the Chinese imagination, these bandits serve ananalogousroletothatofRobinHoodintheWesternliterarytradition.Theyare heroescommitted to thetaskof(re)establishing justice.These bandits opposeand creativelyevadecorruptauthorityasrecountedinthefamousSongdynastynovel Outlaws of the Marsh(Shuihu zhuan ),inwhichagroupofoutlawsgathersto creativelyresistbotharbitraryandcorruptstatepowerand,lateroninthenovel,invadingforeignforces.Initscurrentusage,thetermshanzhaireferstocommodities including cell phones, clothes, purses, or other counterfeit consumer items that closelyresembleinternationalbrandproducts.Shanzhai: Dekonstruktion auf Chinesisch,Byung-ChulHan'selegantlywrittenessay,managesinlessthanninetypages tothrowanewlightonthepervasivephenomenonofandtheorybehindcreative productpiracyanditsrelevanceforcurrentdebatesaboutthenatureandstatusof originality. TheauthortracesthelongtraditionandvaluationoftheartofcopyinginChina. Infivechapters,dedicatedtointerpretationsoftheconceptsoflegalauthority(quan ),authenticity(zhenji),thesealofleisure(xianzhang),imitation(fuzhi ) and fake (shanzhai ), Han invites the reader to reconsider practices of shanzhaiproduction.Hechallengesallegedtruismsabouttheinherentvalueoforiginality,understoodasradicalinnovation.Whatmakesanoriginalanoriginalanda PhilosophyEast&WestVolume64,Number1January2014264­266 ©2014byUniversityofHawai`iPress copyacopy?Ratherthanseeingcopiesastheantithesistooriginality,stiflinggenuine creativity,theyareinterpretedintheChinesetraditionasstandinginalongheritage ofconceivingoriginalityinradicallydifferenttermsfromthosecommonintheWesterntraditionwithitsemphasisonrevolutionarycreativity.Hanintroducesthistradition as a specifically Chinese version of deconstruction. In contrast to Derridean deconstruction, Chinese thinking,accordingtoHan,proceeds in adeconstructive mannerfromtheoutset(pp.9,20).Itdoesnotreacttoatraditionwithametaphysics ofradicallyseparatinganoriginalessencefromaderivativecopysinceitdoesnot postulateradicalbeginningsorendings.Ratherthanemphasizingcreation,itoperm atesthroughde-creation(Ent-schöpfung).De-creativeactsaredepictedascom unal andjoyfulpracticesofproducingvariationsandcombinationsofworksratherthan emanatingfromthelonelyandsufferingsoulofanartisticgenius. Fakesandtheirproductionhavebeendebatedcontroversiallyforalongtime. Tocritics,fakespresentaviolationofcopyrightlawanddefytheethicalinstitution ofhonoringthecreativityofauthorship.Thereisalonghistoryofaccusingtheproducersofshangzhaitobeengagedinmorallyproblematicforgery.Thus,Hegelalready diagnosed a certain tendency to deceive in the Chinese mind, which he attributedtoBuddhismanditsvaluationofnothingness.Forothers,includingByungChulHan,theproductionofshanzhaipresentsawayofdemocraticemancipation.It useshighlycreativemeanstoreclaimcapitalfromexploitativetransnationalfirmsin ordertoredistributeittoworkingmiddle-classfamilies. Look-alikes expose the seeming original to be a commodity produced for the mass market.They compete against products that claim originality but that, upon closer observation, reveal themselves as fabricated by http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Philosophy East and West University of Hawai'I Press

Shanzhai: Dekonstruktion auf Chinesisch by Byung-Chul Han (review)

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contributorsareWesterners,whichleavestheimpressionthatthesecondhalfgives greaterrepresentationtoWesternviews.Thechoiceforthefinalchaptercouldhave beenanessaywithalessdefensiveorlessconservativeperspective. Despitepossiblecriticismsregardingthebook'soverallconservatism,itcertainly takesanimportantstepinthephilosophicalanalysisofritualstudies.Thisbookis likelytoinspirescholarswhoareinterestedinritualtoparticipateandextendthe discussion. One possible counter-view is feminist philosophy. Evaluation of the Roe-versus-Wadedecision,anappreciationofpaternityintermsofritualstudies,and relatedgenderthemesrequireafeministanalysis,andanevaluationofmodernity calls for a deeper reflection on feminist philosophy.As George Khushf notes with respecttodevelopinganunderstandingofthemorallife:inestablishing"arubricfor integratingtheuniversalandparticular...[w]hether,intheend,ritualisthemost appropriatecategoryfordoingthis...mustremainopen.Wecanonlyconsiderthat questionaftermuchmorehasbeendonetocarryforwardtheproject"(p.235). Ritual and the Moral Life has certainly opened a new phase in philosophical studiesonritual. Shanzhai: Dekonstruktion auf Chinesisch.ByByung-ChulHan.Berlin:MerveVerlag, 2011.Pp.88.Paper11.00,isbn13:978-3883962948. ReviewedbyMario Wenning UniversityofMacau mwenning@umac.mo ShanzhaiistheChineseneologismdesignatingfakes.Etymologically,theterm referstothemountainstrongholdsinwhichbanditsusedtohideandtherebyevade the official grip of the authorities. In the Chinese imagination, these bandits serve ananalogousroletothatofRobinHoodintheWesternliterarytradition.Theyare heroescommitted to thetaskof(re)establishing justice.These bandits opposeand creativelyevadecorruptauthorityasrecountedinthefamousSongdynastynovel Outlaws of the Marsh(Shuihu zhuan ),inwhichagroupofoutlawsgathersto creativelyresistbotharbitraryandcorruptstatepowerand,lateroninthenovel,invadingforeignforces.Initscurrentusage,thetermshanzhaireferstocommodities including cell phones, clothes, purses, or other counterfeit consumer items that closelyresembleinternationalbrandproducts.Shanzhai: Dekonstruktion auf Chinesisch,Byung-ChulHan'selegantlywrittenessay,managesinlessthanninetypages tothrowanewlightonthepervasivephenomenonofandtheorybehindcreative productpiracyanditsrelevanceforcurrentdebatesaboutthenatureandstatusof originality. TheauthortracesthelongtraditionandvaluationoftheartofcopyinginChina. Infivechapters,dedicatedtointerpretationsoftheconceptsoflegalauthority(quan ),authenticity(zhenji),thesealofleisure(xianzhang),imitation(fuzhi ) and fake (shanzhai ), Han invites the reader to reconsider practices of shanzhaiproduction.Hechallengesallegedtruismsabouttheinherentvalueoforiginality,understoodasradicalinnovation.Whatmakesanoriginalanoriginalanda PhilosophyEast&WestVolume64,Number1January2014264­266 ©2014byUniversityofHawai`iPress copyacopy?Ratherthanseeingcopiesastheantithesistooriginality,stiflinggenuine creativity,theyareinterpretedintheChinesetraditionasstandinginalongheritage ofconceivingoriginalityinradicallydifferenttermsfromthosecommonintheWesterntraditionwithitsemphasisonrevolutionarycreativity.Hanintroducesthistradition as a specifically Chinese version of deconstruction. In contrast to Derridean deconstruction, Chinese thinking,accordingtoHan,proceeds in adeconstructive mannerfromtheoutset(pp.9,20).Itdoesnotreacttoatraditionwithametaphysics ofradicallyseparatinganoriginalessencefromaderivativecopysinceitdoesnot postulateradicalbeginningsorendings.Ratherthanemphasizingcreation,itoperm atesthroughde-creation(Ent-schöpfung).De-creativeactsaredepictedascom unal andjoyfulpracticesofproducingvariationsandcombinationsofworksratherthan emanatingfromthelonelyandsufferingsoulofanartisticgenius. Fakesandtheirproductionhavebeendebatedcontroversiallyforalongtime. Tocritics,fakespresentaviolationofcopyrightlawanddefytheethicalinstitution ofhonoringthecreativityofauthorship.Thereisalonghistoryofaccusingtheproducersofshangzhaitobeengagedinmorallyproblematicforgery.Thus,Hegelalready diagnosed a certain tendency to deceive in the Chinese mind, which he attributedtoBuddhismanditsvaluationofnothingness.Forothers,includingByungChulHan,theproductionofshanzhaipresentsawayofdemocraticemancipation.It useshighlycreativemeanstoreclaimcapitalfromexploitativetransnationalfirmsin ordertoredistributeittoworkingmiddle-classfamilies. Look-alikes expose the seeming original to be a commodity produced for the mass market.They compete against products that claim originality but that, upon closer observation, reveal themselves as fabricated by

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