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Title: Husserl on Ethical and Cultural Renewal
Subtitle: An Intercultural Reappraisal
Author(s): YU, Chung-Chi
Journal: Etudes phénoménologiques - Phenomenological Studies
Volume: 5 Date: 2021
This paper explores the intercultural implication of Husserl’s idea of renewal that is demonstrated in the Kaizo articles written between 1922 and 1924. In his treatment of the relation between Europe and non-Europe, his intention is to spread the European theoretical rationality to non-European cultures. Even though Japan is the country that Husserl addresses in these articles, this paper elaborates Husserl’s comprehension of China, insofar as China was regarded by him as a typical alien culture at that time. This paper supports the idea of introducing European theoretical rationality to non-European cultures, because by learning from Europe the non-Western cultures can renew themselves in the sense intended by Husserl. Non-European cultures do not become European cultures just by learning from Europe. Rather, they become new cultures by transforming themselves.