Zhuyi: From Absence to Bustle? Some Comments on Wang Jianjiang’s Article “The Bustle and the Absence of Zhuyi”


  • Aleš Erjavec




China, aesthetics, Zhuyi, republic of letters, voice and speech, national and international humanities


The article is a response to the article published in Filozofski vestnik in 2016 and written by Prof. Wanf Jianjiang who in recent years devoted much of his efforts to the influence of of Western aesthetics and philosophy on Chinese humanities. Thus a notion introduced by Prof. Wang Jianjiang – Zhuyi – became the center of discussion in the papers that are to be found in this volume of AM Journal. Prof. Jianjiang claims that Zhuyi has a similar meaning as Western -ism and argues that Chinese aestheticians and intellectuals in general must develop their own theories (-isms) if they want to gain speech and not remain stuck with voice (cf. Jacques Rancière).

Author Biography

Aleš Erjavec

Institute of Philosophy of the Center for Scientific Research of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Ljubljana

Aleš Erjavec (1951) is a Research Professor at the Institute of Philosophy in the Scientific Research Center of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts. He is author or editor of 15 books on aesthetics, philosophy, cultural studies, visual studies, contemporary art history, the avant-gardes, etc. published in Slovenian, Serbian, English and Chinese. His most recent book is Aesthetic Revolutions and Twentieth-Century Avant-Garde Movements(ed., Durham 2015, Belgrade 2016, Shanghai 2017). He teaches in Ljubljana and Hangzhou. He was President of the Slovenian Society for Aesthetics (1983–1998, 2001–2005) and President of the International Association for Aesthetics (1998–2001).


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How to Cite

Erjavec, A. (2017). Zhuyi: From Absence to Bustle? Some Comments on Wang Jianjiang’s Article “The Bustle and the Absence of Zhuyi”. AM Journal of Art and Media Studies, (13), 111–121. https://doi.org/10.25038/am.v0i13.189



Beyond the Main Topic: China and the West: Zhuyi and –isms