‘Quadrilateral’ in Philosophy and Bie-modernism (Comments on Aleš Erjavec’s “Zhuyi: From Absence to Bustle? Some Comments on Wang Jianjiang's Article ‘The Bustle and the Absence of Zhuyi’”)


  • Wang Jianjiang




philosophical quadrilateral, Bie-modern, time-spatialization, four-phase development theory, great leap forward pause theory, ‘Sino-West-Marxism- I’, Bie-modernism


Aleš Erjavec proposed the global philosophical quadrilateral, giving Chinese philosophy, aesthetics, and humanities an expectation. However, the realization of this expectation hinges on the question whether Chinese philosophy as well as aesthetics and the humanities can rid themselves of the staggering level of ‘voice’ and develop their ‘speech’. To make ‘speech’, any nation should have its own idea, theory and Zhuyi. How to overcome the embarrassment that ‘quadrilateral’ expectation implies? Time spatialization and four-phase development theories of the Bie-modern, and great leap forward pause theory have provided an answer. The quadrilateral expectation as shown by Aleš Erjavec, is encountering the antagonism between ‘cosmopolitanism’ and ‘nationalism’. The key to resolving this antagonism is ‘my’ original achievement consisting of ‘Chinese traditional philosophy, Western philosophy, Marxism and I (myself)’. Bie-modernism is a Zhuyi of self-regulation, self-renewal and self-transcendence and of their practical implementation.

Author Biography

Wang Jianjiang

School of Humanities and Communication of Shanghai Normal University

Wang Jianjiang is Professor and doctoral supervisor at the College of Humanities and Communication, Head of Aesthetics & Aesthetic Education Institute in Shanghai Normal University, and the President of Gansu Province Association for Aesthetics in China. He is the author of 10 books on aesthetics, philosophy, and Dun-Huang cultural studies that were published in China and Germany. His Bie-modern theory has influenced American artists and scholars. The Center for Chinese Bie-modern Studies (CCBMS) has been set up since May 2017 in Southwestern State University, Georgia, USA.


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How to Cite

Jianjiang, W. (2017). ‘Quadrilateral’ in Philosophy and Bie-modernism (Comments on Aleš Erjavec’s “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), 123–142. https://doi.org/10.25038/am.v0i13.190



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