Zhang Yibin (1956-), who publishes under the pseudonym of Zhang Yibing, teaches philosophy in the Department of Philosophy at Nanjing University, and is one of the most important contemporary philosophers in China. He serves as Chancellor of Nanjing University.
Professor Zhang has authored more than ten monographs and over three hundred articles. In his book Back to Marx: Changes of Philosophical Discourse in the Context of Economics (First Chinese version, 1999; English translation: Universitätsverlag Göttingen, 2014), he initiated a textological method to interpret a wide range of Marxian textual resources, including, in particular, the newly published second edition of the Marx-Engels-Gesamtausgabe (MEGA2). Back to Marx became a milestone in the formation of Chinese Marxist Studies after its diversion from the Soviet orthodoxy. He later applied the textological method to interpret a variety of philosophical works, including works of Lenin, major representatives of Western Marxismsuch as Heidegger, Lacan, Baudrillard, Foucault, and other important contemporary philosophers. Besides Back to Marx, five of his works have been translated into English: A Marxist Reading of Young Baudrillard: Throughout His Ordered Masks (Canut Int. Publishers, 2014), Althusser Revisited. Problematic, Symptomatic Reading, ISA and History of Marxism: A Textological Reading (Canut Int. Publishers, 2014), Lenin Revisited. His Entire Thinking Process on Marxist Philosophy: a Post-Textological Reading of Philosophical Notes (Canut Int. Publishers, 2012), The Subjective Dimension of Marxist Historical Dialectics (Canut Int. Publishers, 2011), A Deep Plough: Unscrambling Major Post-Marxist Texts. from Adorno to Zizek (Canut Int. Publishers, 2011). Since 2006, Professor Zhang has started to formulate an originative theory of “situating”, which is a combination of western and eastern philosophical thinking.
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