Ban Zhao and the question of female philosophy in China
ID Rošker, Jana S. (Author)

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This article begins with an introduction to the general problems of women and philosophy and shows that female philosophical theorists worldwide still stand in the shadow of their male colleagues, regardless of where they live, their theoretical potential and the value of their research. Then, the article focuses upon the situation in China. The author considers and analyses some systemic problems related to the position and significance of women philosophers in the history of Chinese philosophy. The study challenges traditional views of this problem and argues that in this context we have to differentiate between classical discourses and later ideologies that openly promoted the inferior position of women in society. Through an analysis of the works of Ban Zhao (45 – 117 BCE), the first influential female thinker in Chinese intellectual history, the author also aims to expose the contradiction between dominant patriarchal conventions on the one hand and latent, often hidden criticism of gender relations in women’s writing in traditional China, on the other.

Keywords:Chinese philosophy, female philosophy, Ban Zhao, gender studies
Work type:Article
Typology:1.01 - Original Scientific Article
Organization:FF - Faculty of Arts
Publication status:Published
Publication version:Version of Record
Number of pages:Str. 239-260
Numbering:Vol. 29, no. 2
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ISSN on article:2585-8793
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Licenca CC BY 4.0 je navedena na pristajalni strani članka. (Datum opombe: 24. 12. 2021)
Publication date in RUL:10.02.2021
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Title:Asian and African Studies
Shortened title:Asian Afr. Stud.
Publisher:Institute of Oriental Studies of the Slovak Academy of Sciences in Bratislava
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Keywords:kitajska filozofija, ženska filozofija, Ban Zhao, študije spolov


Funder:Other - Other funder or multiple funders
Funding programme:Beijing Normal University, Institute for International Communication of Chinese Studies

Funder:ARRS - Slovenian Research Agency
Project number:P6-0243
Name:Azijski jeziki in kulture

Funder:ARRS - Slovenian Research Agency
Project number:N6-0161
Name:Humanizem v medkulturni perspektivi: Evropa in Kitajska

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