By Hagen Schulz-Forberg
Participants to this quantity discover the altering recommendations of the social and the commercial in the course of a interval of basic swap throughout Asia. They problem permitted causes of the way Western wisdom unfold via Asia and convey how flexible Asian intellectuals have been in introducing eu techniques and in mixing them with neighborhood traditions.
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In his notion of Zeitschichten (layers of time), Koselleck connects three layers of temporal experience: a short-term, a mid-term and a long-term one. The Sattelzeit constitutes the long-term layer of time. The Introduction 17 crucial feature of the long-term layer is its apparent transcendental nature. It constitutes a seemingly immobile, unchanging normative horizon against which all experience and all expectation is projected and measured. 48 The hegemonic meaning of concepts creates the illusion of timelessness and thus constructs seemingly transcendental, universal truth.
They provide legitimacy for agency, and established meanings will continuously be challenged and subverted at some point in time – and this general condition of what can be done with concepts when they are activated implies that even within one linguistic sphere they neither converge nor diverge, their meanings change continuously. The appropriation of concepts from foreign languages and their role as a new element within the space of semantic contestation is all the more interesting and allows for a history of concepts that is able to integrate textual analysis on the one hand and the contextual settings of texts, actors and their agendas, in which concepts are applied, on the other hand.
The former needs to be put into its historical context, as a key term that was further developed theoretically in the 1950s and 1960s, providing a narrative for the West as a cohesive region. While modernization theory should in no way influence the methodological and theoretical perspective of global conceptual history, to perceive modernization as a certain form of comparison that is used by historical actors in non-European countries is nevertheless unavoidable. The notion of catching up with an imagined West was all-pervasive in Asian discourses.
A Global Conceptual History of Asia, 1860-1940 by Hagen Schulz-Forberg