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I was in the library looking for some critical articles to assign my class this fall and ran across this passage:

In China, self is largely a function of one’s social identity (shaped by the Confucian values of duty, filial obligation, and piety). Confucianism, Taoism (China’s indigenous religion), and Buddhism share the central belief that “self-cultivation involves the development of selflessness, and therein lies the perfection of the self” (Hegel 7).

And my eyes about popped out of my head. They’re citing Hegel as an authority on Chinese society? I showed it to J., we goggled, then I said, “I’d better check the bibliography and make sure it’s not a Chinese scholar named Bob Hegel or something.”

And in fact:

Hegel, Robert E. “An Exploration of the Chinese Literary Self.” Expressions of the Self in Chinese Literature. Ed. Robert E. Hegel and Richard C. Hessney. New York: Columbia UP, 1985. 3-30.

wait, wait... The Phenomenology of Mind was written by a chinese scholar named Bob Hegel? The hits keep coming!

No, that's the Phenomenology of Spirit! I know it's easy to confuse them.

 

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