There’s a period of time in Chinese history — the late Qing iirc — when Chinese culture and the whole Chinese consciousness was severely challenged by the West. It’s not only that westernization and Eurocentricism have contributed to this diminishing, but the Chinese have doubted the significance and prowess as well.

Also, it’s difficult for China to compete with the west when it comes to modern scientific achievement, as it was constantly in political and social turmoil during that time. In fact, the scientific vision of progress wasn’t introduced to the Chinese until very late in history. That also explains why their inventions and knowledge stagnated for so long.

The intellectual history of modern China is an interesting subject. I’ll be writing on it some time later. ;)

I was once asked about the origins of the universe. So, here I am doing philosophy. Ethics | Intellectual History | Chinese Comparative Philosophy