Xiyin ZHOU, lecturer and researcher in the department of East Asian Languages and Civilisations at Paris Diderot University, associated with CESPRA at l'École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Paris, holds a doctor’s degree of philosophy from l'École Normale Supérieure de Paris Ulm. Her research focuses on the diverse language problems that the Chinese contemporary scholars and intellectuals encounter in their practice in Chinese. She works also on the non-institutional ecology of the production and the diffusion of knowledge in contemporary China.
What does it mean by “philosophizing in Chinese” at present? We can’t take it for granted. What kind of obstacles and challenges have the Chinese contemporary intellectuals encountered in their theoretical practice in Chinese language? What language problems are they still taking pains to deal with? This sort of questions has triggered our research concerning the relationship between “language and philosophizing” in the Chinese context. We would bring forward a concept, “natural comprehension”, and clarify some pertinent problems with this very concept. In the end, we will argue that it is not only a problem of language or of philosophy, but also and particularly a question that has many significant political implications.