Thorsten J. Pattberg (*1977 in Hamm) is a German philosopher

Thorsten J. Pattberg, Peking University (2012)

and cultural critic from Peking University. He is the autor of the East-West Dichotomy" and "Shengren".


Pattberg was trained as civil servant at the local court houses in Hamm and Münster (Germany). He then studied Asian Studies and Sanskrit at the University of Edinburgh (U.K.), Fudan University, and Peking University (P.R.China). Pattberg was a Visiting fellow at University of Tokyo (Japan) and Harvard University (U.S.A.). He received his doctoral degree from Peking University in 2012. Pattberg is a disciple of Ji Xianlin and Tu Weiming.


Pattberg's main work focuses on Language imperialism and the Competition for terminologies. In "Shengren" he advocates cultural property rights by which certain cultural key terminologies may not be translated but adopted into the future global language. Pattberg's writings are considered pro-China or anti-Western. The East-West Dichotomy was re-publslihed by China's Foreign Language Press in 2013.[1]


The East-West Dichotomy: The Conceptual Contrast Between Eastern and Western Cultures. Beijing: Foreign Language Press. 2013. ISBN 9787119085821.

'Shengren: Beyond Philosophy and Above Religion. New York: LoD Press. 2011. ISBN 978-0984209118.

Lingualism: A New Frontier in Culture Studies. Asia Pacific World. Tokyo: Berghahn. Vol. 4, No. 1, pp. 32-35. 2013


Language Imperialism: "Democracy" in China. The Japan Times. Tokyo. Nov 17, 2011.

Translation Distort the Reality. China Daily. Beijing. Feb 22, 2013.

Western Translations Distort China's Reality. The Korea Herald. Seoul. Apr 30, 2013.

Chinese Dream May Get Lost In Translation. Global Times. Beijing. Jul 2, 2013.

The End of Translation. Asia Times. Hong Kong. Sep 29, 2012.


Knowledge is a Polyglot: The Future of Global Language. Big Think. New York. Oct 23, 2013.

China and the West Grow Closer through Higher Education Cooperation. China Today. Beijing. Sep 25, 2013.


Persönliche Website von Thorsten Pattberg


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