“All-Under-Heaven” or “Asia”? On Utopian Premises of Modern Politics in the Far-Eastern Region

Publication type Article
Status Published
Occupation: Research professor
Affiliation: National Research University "Higher School of Economics"
Address: Russian Federation, Moscow
Journal nameProblemy Dalnego Vostoka
EditionIssue 1

<p >The article deals with the philosophical foundations and historical consequences of two influential political concepts in the Far East: “New All-Under-Heaven” and “Asia as method.” As the author shows, politics in the Far East have been traditionally based on the categories of the “Void” and “Transformation” which gave rise to the specific type of utopic consciousness with its motif of the universal co-being within the encompassing yet singular event. The “New All-Under-Heaven” reflects the global aspirations of PRC without negating local specificity. The concept of “Asia as method” aims at decolonization and deimperialization in the commonwealth of equal states and has become popular mostly in South Korea, Japan, Taiwan, and Hong Kong. The author examines the confrontation between these theories and suggests ways for their possible integration.

KeywordsFar East, politics, utopia, “New All-Under-Heaven,” “Asia as method,” globalization, locality
Publication date01.03.2021
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