Zhang Junmai 张君劢 (1886-1969), also known as Carsun Chang, is a towering yet controversial twentieth-century Chinese intellectual figure. This talk will critically explore the development of his thought in the context of his interpretation of Western and Confucian philosophy, constitutional democracy and socialism, and questions of modernity in China.
Eric S. Nelson is Associate Professor at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. He has published over seventy articles and book chapters on Continental, Chinese, and Comparative philosophy. He is the author of Chinese and Buddhist Philosophy in early Twentieth-Century German Thought (Bloomsbury, 2017) and is currently working on the early modern German reception of Chinese philosophy from Leibniz to Hegel. He is the co-editor of the Bloomsbury Companion to Heidegger(Bloomsbury, expanded edition 2016), Between Levinas and Heidegger (SUNY Press, 2014), Anthropologie und Geschichte: Studien zu Wilhelm Dilthey aus Anlass seines 100. Todestages (Königshausen & Neumann, 2013), Rethinking Facticity (SUNY Press, 2008), and Addressing Levinas (Northwestern University Press, 2005). He has also edited special topic issues of Frontiers of Philosophy in China and the Journal of Chinese Philosophy.