By Hagen Schulz-Forberg
Individuals to this quantity discover the altering recommendations of the social and the commercial in the course of a interval of primary switch throughout Asia. They problem authorised reasons of the way Western wisdom unfold via Asia and exhibit how flexible Asian intellectuals have been in introducing eu techniques and in mixing them with neighborhood traditions.
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However, this does not allow the conclusion that this global phenomenon of the temporal logic of legitimacy claims makes for global sameness. Societies do not converge because semantic systems change their conceptual horizon through experience as well as through translation and appropriation of foreign concepts. g. ). Societies may have similar discourses of legitimacy evolving around similar concepts, they may also have similar legal structures or values, but these discourses may play out in very different social realities.
This is dependent on the context of its usage. While former president of the United States, George W. Bush, would claim the concept of freedom as a key concept to legitimize war against Iraq, the French president, Jacques Chirac, and the German chancellor, Gerhard Schröder, stressed that freedom may only be served and reached through peace. While hegemony constitutes the goal of any semantic struggle, from a theoretical perspective this struggle connects all actors within the framework of a common discourse.
As the Club’s official publication, Dongnip Sinmun was published in the vernacular script, and thus those who did not know Chinese characters or Confucian terminologies could gain exposure to modern discourses including new terms like ‘state’, ‘individuals’, ‘citizen’ and ‘nation’. Two newspapers, Hwangseong Sinmun (established in 1898) and Daehan Maeil Sinbo (founded in 1904) continued this task after the closure of Dongnip Sinmun in 1898. Intellectual discourses unfolded in the newspapers during the period of the enlightenment movement (1905–10), written by newly emerging intellectuals aiming at total reformation for the cause of preserving national sovereignty.
A Global Conceptual History of Asia, 1860-1940 by Hagen Schulz-Forberg