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Intellectual Narratives

Theory, History and Self-Characterization of Social Margins in Public Writings

Alex Ching-Shing Chan

This book aims to study the intellectual lives of three Hong Kong intellectuals by narrating their lives as self-reflections on theories related to social margins. Drawing on insights from Paul Ricoeur, Hannah Arendt and Zygmunt Bauman, the author analyses their narratives through in-depth interviews. Their stories point to an interpretative understanding of the works they had cursorily read when creating their historical narrations of Hong Kong from the 1970s to 2003. These stories of individual intellectuals, together with their interpretations of what they have individually read about various western theories, challenge theoretical prescriptions of historical contingent events in their narration. Such narration unfolds self-characterizations of intellectuals the author interviewed, and represents a neglected social marginal which demands that immediate attention in the public through their intellectual writings.


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235 Index A Adorno, Theodore W., 102, 210 (n. 31) Alasuutari, Pertti, 61, 63 Alexander the Great, 190 Althusser, Louis, 91 Annals of Saint Gall, 51 Antigone, 199 aporias, 55; versus phronesis, practical reasoning, 56 Appiah, K. Anthony, 7 Aquinas, Thomas, 24, 93, 176 Arendt, Hannah, 21; on character and autobiography, 47–48, 52 on the irreversibility and unpredictability of human action, 200; promise and for- giveness as ethics before action, 200 Aristotle, 38, 40, 45, 55, 66, 96, 121, 140, 143, 190, 199; on the universal value of justice, 193; Poetics, 15, 39, 41, 45; characters to act, 45; the effects of tragedy, 185, 199 Aron, Raymond: The Opium of the Intellectuals, 33 Atkinson, Paul, 68; analytical stance of narrative, 75; critique on narrative, 67 B Bakhtin, Mikhail, 62 Barrington Moore Jr., 195 Barthes, Roland, 113, 146 Baudelaire, Charles, 58 Baudrillard, Jean, 157 Bauman, Zygmunt, 72, 97, 107, 117, 130, 154, 180; against Habermas’ procedural reasoning of morals, 55; against Kant’s practice of reason, 55; critique on Habermas’ public sphere, 53; critique on value freedom. See Max Weber; demise of ethnomethodology. See Popper, Garfi nkel; ethics of care, 17, 37, 54, 55, 200; ethics of care as taking responsibility for the other, 56; his formative years at Warsaw University, 97; intellectuals as strangers, 186; involvement/estrangement of intellectuals, 46; Modernity and the Holocaust, 2, 55; obligations of intellectuals, 185; on phronesis, practical wisdom of situated ethics, 55; on praxis, 1, 3, 12, 15, 18, 25, 43; on social injustice, 82,...

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