Free-Love Discourses and the Philosophy of Life in Republican China: On ZHU Qianzhi’s Sentiment-only Theory and his Reception of Bergsonism
Refereed conference paper presented and published in conference proceedings



摘要John Dewey delivered a series of six lectures, titled “Three Contemporary Philosophers,” in Beijing, March 1920 which started the “Bergson Fever” in Republican China. This paper will mainly focus on the case of ZHU Qianzhi, who originally advocated anarchism and nihilism in the late 1910s. He gradually turned to Bergsonism and coined a new term, “sentiment-only theory” in the early 1920s. Zhu’s turn of thought completed with his love affair with YANG Molei. Zhu and Yang published their two love letters in a philosophical journal, The People’s Tocsin under the title, “A Rebirth of Nihilists” (1923). In this paper, I will analyze Zhu and Yang’s collection of love letters, Heart of Lotus (1924) and Zhu’s books, Philosophy of Revolution (1921) and Philosophy of I-Ching (1923). I regard Zhu and Yang’s love letter writing as a kind of philosophical and literary writing, and will investigate Zhu’s reinterpretation of I-Ching (Book of Change). I will probe in what sense Bergsonism and free-love discourses provided a new perspective for Zhu’s reinterpretation of Chinese traditional thought, and prompted him to propose the following new idea for radical politics: the personality of lovers as an ideal subjectivity for revolutionaries.
著者CHEUNG Lik Kwan
會議名稱2017 Annual Meeting of the American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA)
關鍵詞ZHU Qianzhi, YANG Molei, Henri Bergson, Philosophy of Life, Free-Love Discourses

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