Chapter 23 – The Author

THORSTEN PATTBERG, D.Litt. is a scholar at the Institute for Advanced Humanistic Studies at Peking University. He received his Doctor of Letters in Comparative Studies and World Literature from Peking University.

Pattberg was born in Hamm, Germany, in 1977. He grew up in North Rhine-Westphalia, worked as an office clerk at the district court house, and later obtained his master’s degree in Asian Studies from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. He was a Foreign Researcher in the Historiographical Institute at the University of Tokyo, and a Research Fellow in the Sanskrit Department at Harvard University. In China he studied under the guidance of Ji Xianlin, Gu Zhengkun, and Tu Weiming, whom he considers his spiritual masters.

He has published four monographs and more than 20 articles on Comparative Studies that have been published in China Daily, Global Times, Shanghai Daily, Asia Times, German Times, Japan Times, Korea Herald, China Today, and Global Research. His monographs are The East-West Dichotomy, Shengren, Holy Confucius, and Inside Peking University. Pattberg also wrote the essays “Language Imperialism – ‘Democracy’ in China,” “Long into the West’s Dragon Business,” “Chinese Concepts Lost in Translation,” and “The End of Translation.”

            The views expressed in this work are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the above-mentioned institutions.



Induction and Deduction

The Dichotomy with Asiacentrism




Cultural Effects of the Dichotomy

Two Successful Models

Two Incommensurable  Realities

The Theory of Power and to Whom It Belongs

The Problem of Standard

A Loveless Darwinian Desert

The Psychology of Communion

Cultural Evolution

A Copernican Revolution

The Problem with Nature

Truths and Values



The Dialectics of Dichotomy

Problems with the Dichotomy

The Future of the Dichotomy

The Author


Pattberg, Thorsten (2013), The East-West Dichotomy, Foreign Language Press, Beijing

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