Nietzsche has been one of the most influential Western thinkers in twentieth-century China. Many prominent cultural and political figures, such as Liang Qichao, Lu Xun, and Mao Zedong, addressed Nietzsche's philosophy. Chinese interpretations of Nietzsche may sometimes sound outlandish, but they reveal their authors' habits of thinking and innermost concerns. Nietzsche in China can be read as an intellectual history of that country.
The Author: Shao Lixin, a Chinese-born American historian, studied at the People's University of China and worked as a researcher at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. He received his Ph.D. from the State University of New York at Buffalo, where he specialized in European and Chinese intellectual history. Dr. Shao Lixin is currently Assistant Professor at the University of Minnesota, Duluth.