Commentary Han


Han Sang-Jin Seoul National University, Korea; Beijing University, China

Every argument is organized by a conceptual strategy. When we assess an argument, especially a polemical one, we need to critically examine not only the claims put forward, but also the relevance and consequences of the conceptual strategy taken either explicitly or implicitly. From this perspective, I will respond to Jan N Pieterse’s article in three parts: first, I want to acknowledge what I understand and agree with; second, I want to address what may be considered controversial, or even questionable; third, I will try to raise the issues through which I hope to explain where and why I disagree with the author with respect to either his claims or strategy. To facilitate dialogue, I will be brief in the first part, pay more attention in the second, and try to articulate myself in the form of debate in the third part.

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