The Transformations of PRC Academic Philosophy

Maoist Features and Their Use under Xi Jinping

  • Yvonne SCHULZ ZINDA Professor
Keywords: academic philosophy, Mao Zedong, Xi Jinping, Dazhong zhexue, Xin Dazhongzhexue, Hu Shi criticism campaign, Debate on the Chinese philosophical heritage 1957


To mark a period of transformation in China, Xi Jinping has been drawing on elements of the Maoist legacy, not only in the political arena but also in academia. In 2014, New Philosophy of the Masses was published, an updated and expanded version of Ai Siqi’s Philosophy of the Masses. In May 2016, Xi Jinping (2016) delivered his “Talk at the Forum Discussing the Work in Philosophy and Social Sciences,” a title which is reminiscent of Mao Zedong’s (1980) “Talks at the Yan’an Forum on Literature and Art” of 1942. Drawing on the background of China’s 1950s academic philosophy, a comparison will be drawn to Xi Jinping’s effect on China’s academic landscape.


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SCHULZ ZINDAY. (2019). The Transformations of PRC Academic Philosophy. Asian Studies, 7(1), 219-245.