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The Hypothetical Mandarin: Sympathy, modernity, and Chinese Pain

Eric Hayot


This book begins with two simple questions: Why has the West for so long and in so many different ways expressed the idea that the Chinese have a special relationship to cruelty and to physical pain? And what can the history of that idea and its expressions teach us about the politics of the West's contemporary relation to China, and, more broadly, about the historical development of the universal subject of modernity? Insofar as it responds to those questions, this book is a history of the Western imagination. But it is also a history of the interactions between Enlightenment philosophy, the ... More

Keywords: China, sympathy, suffering, torture, modernity, Asian American, ecliptic, example-effect

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780195377965
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195377965.001.0001


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