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    China–India Relations in Eurasia: Historical Legacy and the Changing Global Context.Danil Bochkov, Ivan Safranchuk & Igor Denisov - 2020 - Human Affairs 30 (2):224-238.
    The relationship between the People’s Republic of China and the Republic of India has traditionally been seen in terms of the interaction of two different trends—cooperation and competition. At the same time, the positive or negative dynamics of China–Indian contacts have mostly been shaped by the extent to which the political leadership of China and India have been prepared at various times to be guided by pragmatic interests and the desire to overcome the legacy of the past. This set of (...)
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  2. CPEC: A Win-Win for China and Pakistan.Kiran Hassan - 2020 - Human Affairs 30 (2):212-223.
    The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor is believed to be Beijing’s most ambitious project so far. Two types of apprehensions are often voiced to support this claim. First, it is widely argued that despite enjoying enduring strategic partnership for over five decades, Pakistan and China don’t match economically. The Chinese will get weary of the many challenges coming with the corrupt, inefficient and globally isolated Pakistan, seriously undermining the conclusion of the Chinese mammoth investment in CPEC Secondly, Pakistan’s prevailing environment of insecurity (...)
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  3. The Origins of Modern Cross-Cultural European Interpretations of Chinese Philosophy. New Thoughts on China in the Work of G. W. Leibniz. [REVIEW]Břetislav Horyna - 2020 - Human Affairs 30 (2):146-163.
    Leibniz was not the one to discover China, as far as Western culture was concerned. His historical contribution lies in the fact he presented Europe and China as two distinct ways of contemplating the world, as fully comparable and resulting in types of societies at the same high institutional, economic, technological, political and moral level. In this sense he saw China as the “Europe of the Orient” and as such susceptible to investigation by the same tools of natural philosophy which (...)
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  4. Introduction: China’s Interactions in Eurasia.Marek Hrubec - 2020 - Human Affairs 30 (2):131-133.
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    The Historical Resources of China’s Model: Relevance to the Present.Marek Hrubec - 2020 - Human Affairs 30 (2):134-145.
    The article focuses on the historical resources of the China’s model. Understanding the model is one of necessary preconditions of an analysis of China’s dynamic rise and development in recent decades. First, the article analyses the concept of historical development of multiple civilisations and modernities. It then examines the characteristics of China’s old civilisation and the associated model. It ends by showing how the historical Silk Road lives on in an updated modernised global version.
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    China and Russia in the SCO: Consensus & Divergence.Anna Kolotova, Zhou Dongchen & Wang Li - 2020 - Human Affairs 30 (2):189-198.
    The Shanghai Cooperation Organization is the largest regional security and cooperation organization and has existed for nearly two decades. Since its inception China and Russia have acted as the driving force behind it, playing a leading role in its development. The main goals of the Big Two’s cooperation are to ensure the Eurasian corridor is developed, to promote collective security through regional cooperation organizations, including the United Nations, and to recast the world order on the basis of political dialogue, mutual (...)
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    Sino-Russian Cooperation as the Basis for Greater Eurasia.Alexander Lukin - 2020 - Human Affairs 30 (2):174-188.
    China and Russia are the main driving forces of Eurasian integration. Russia is pursuing its “pivot to Asia,” while China is branching out to the West through its Belt and Road Initiative. The interests of Russia and China meet in Eurasia and their friendly relations have led to several cooperation projects there. The most important are linkages between the Eurasian Economic Union and Silk Road Economic Belt Initiative and the plan to create a broader Eurasian Economic Partnership or Greater Eurasia. (...)
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  8. China’s Interests in Central Asian Economies.Lea Melnikovová - 2020 - Human Affairs 30 (2):239-252.
    In Post-Soviet Central Asia, China is emerging as one of the most influential players as a result of an overall increase in its global role. The Central Asian region forms a crucial part of the Belt and Road Initiative thanks to its strategic location and natural wealth. Relations between China and Central Asian countries have been developing very dynamically over the past two decades and China has had a substantial impact on the five economies. Although the Chinese approach is quite (...)
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  9. The Double Wave of German and Jewish Nationalism: Martin Buber’s Intellectual Conversion.Peter Šajda - 2020 - Human Affairs 30 (2):269-280.
    The paper provides an analysis of Martin Buber’s intellectual conversion and shows how it facilitates a deeper understanding of the phenomenon of nationalism. Buber, who is today known mainly as a key representative of dialogical philosophy, was in the 1910s part of the double wave of German and Jewish nationalism which strongly affected the German-speaking Jewish public. Buber provided intellectual support for this wave of nationalism and interpreted World War I as a unique chance for the spiritual unification of European (...)
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    China’s Approach to the Environmental Civilization.Richard Sťahel - 2020 - Human Affairs 30 (2):164-173.
    This study examines the origins and main aspects of the Chinese concept of ecological civilization. Originally a philosophical concept, it was later developed into a political and constitutional principle and became the basis of several public policies of the Chinese government. The author also draws attention to several contradictions and weaknesses in the concept, which has been seen as a Chinese version of sustainable development and ultimately as a Chinese concept of global civilization.
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  11. Artificial, Cheap, Fake: Free Associations as a Research Method for Outdoor Billboard Advertising and Visual Pollution.Kamila Urban, Miloš Bojović, Dany Josué Vigil Avilés & Marek Urban - 2020 - Human Affairs 30 (2):253-268.
    The free association method is often employed in marketing research to investigate perceptions of a particular product or brand in different socio-cultural groups of customers. In our research, international and domestic students produced free associations in response to photographs of outdoor billboards from two different locations in one city. The results indicate that free associations can depict qualitative aspects of outdoor billboards like poor quality, problematic content, and that they have the potential to capture the general atmosphere of the neighbourhood.
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    Building Narrative Identity: Episodic Value and its Identity-Forming Structure Within Personal and Social Contexts.Huiyuhl Yi - 2020 - Human Affairs 30 (2):281-292.
    In this essay, I develop the concept of episodic value, which describes a form of value connected to a particular object or individual expressed and delivered through a narrative. Narrative can bestow special kinds of value on objects, as exemplified by auction articles or museum collections. To clarify the nature of episodic value, I show how the notion of episodic value fundamentally differs from the traditional axiological picture. I extend my discussion of episodic value to argue that the notion of (...)
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    Belt & Road Initiative and Russia: From Mistrust Towards Cooperation.Ladislav Zemánek - 2020 - Human Affairs 30 (2):199-211.
    The aim of this article is to analyse relations between China and Russia over the Belt and Road Initiative in the context of deepening Sino-Russian relations and the general rise of Eurasia. China and Russia are pivotal non-Western Eurasian powers in political, economic and military terms and the key motors of Eurasian multi-faceted integration. Both countries pursue their own interests and present their own projects and initiatives. Nevertheless, over the last few years, Sino-Russian cooperation has become strategic and is starting (...)
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    Reputation and Morality.Yotam Benziman - 2020 - Human Affairs 30 (1):109-119.
    The concept of reputation has hardly been analyzed by philosophers. My analysis presents a puzzle: reputation is a portrayal of who one is. However, it is dependent on others. This description contradicts David Oderberg’s analogy between reputation and property. I discuss the relation of reputation to gossip and conclude that we should take spreading information seriously. We should go back to the original meaning of gossip: the term “Godsib,” meaning godfather. In our global village we are all entrusted with other’s (...)
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    “Any Surrogate Mothers?” A Debate on Surrogacy in Internet Discussion Forums.Ondřej Doskočil - 2020 - Human Affairs 30 (1):10-26.
    Surrogacy has long been discussed in reproductive medicine. In the Czech Republic, surrogacy is not legally regulated. Because of this legal vacuum, there are no official procedures or organizations that openly deal with surrogacy. Potential surrogate mothers and applicants do not have many options for obtaining or sharing information. The only source is the Internet. Online forums are a popular tool for gaining information and contacts regarding surrogacy. The goal of this research was to use qualitative research methods to survey (...)
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    On the Political Aspects of Agnes Heller’s Ethical Thinking.Vlastimil Hála - 2020 - Human Affairs 30 (1):60-71.
    The author describes Heller’s concept of ethics as a “quasi-sphere” intersecting with various fields relating to human relationships. Special attention is paid to the axiological aspects of her concept of ethics and the relationship between virtues and responsibility. The author also seeks to show how Heller integrated a traditional philosophical question—the relationship between “is” and “ought to be”—into her concept of “radical philosophy” at an earlier stage in the development of her philosophy. She initially considered the relationship between “is” and (...)
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    Economy and Political Distrust: Explaining Public Anti-Partyism in the Czech Republic.Vlastimil Havlík - 2020 - Human Affairs 30 (1):72-85.
    There is little doubt in the current comparative politics literature about the importance of political parties in modern democracies, nor is there any doubt about the centrality of political parties in the democratic transitions in Central and Eastern Europe after the fall of communism. This holds true for the Czech Republic as well. However, the three most recent general elections in the Czech Republic have shaken the country. Electoral earthquakes are becoming common in the region, and it seems that the (...)
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    Selected Legal Aspects of Surrogacy.Ivana Honzová, Anna Zemandlová, Leona Prudilová & Lukáš Prudil - 2020 - Human Affairs 30 (1):38-46.
    The aim of this article is to analyse the Czech legislation applicable to surrogacy cases while considering some basic social aspects. First the basic facts of surrogacy as a medical reproductive technique are discussed. Surrogacy is also considered as a social trend, and in terms of selected social aspects, such as the growing number of couples interested in surrogacy and their social status. Nevertheless, the main goal of the paper is to analyse selected legal problems as regards surrogacy and the (...)
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    Queering Kinship, Overcoming Heteronorms.Diego Lasio, João Manuel De Oliveira & Francesco Serri - 2020 - Human Affairs 30 (1):27-37.
    Although same-sex couples and their offspring have been legitimised in many European countries, heteronormativity is still embedded in institutions and practices, thereby continuing to affect the daily lives of LGBT individuals. Italy represents a clear example of the hegemonic power of heteronormativity because of the fierce opposition to recognising lesbian and gay parenthood among many parts of society. This paper focuses on the peculiarities of the Italian scenario with the aim of highlighting how heteronormativity works in contemporary neoliberal contexts. By (...)
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    Two Pictures of Non-Consumerism in the Life of Freegans.Kateřina Lojdová - 2020 - Human Affairs 30 (1):96-108.
    The growing consumerism has its opponents. Among these are environmental activists within the freegan subculture. The goal of the study is to describe how freegans construct and practice non-consumerism. The qualitative research on the freegan subculture was conducted in Brno, the Czech Republic. Two main categories were identified. Each category is conceptualized as a “picture of non-consumerism”, showing how freegans construct and practice non-consumerism. “Individual modesty” is an inward non-consumerist strategy, aimed at the individual life careers of the subculture members, (...)
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    The Politicization of Otherness and the Privatization of the Enemy: Cultural Hindrances and Assets for Active Citizenship.Terri Mannarini & Sergio Salvatore - 2020 - Human Affairs 30 (1):86-95.
    The purpose of the article is to discuss the cultural hindrances and assets that promote constructive self-to-others relationships and active citizenship. Building on Carl Schmitt’s friend-enemy distinction, we argue that in contemporary societies the public and the private dimensions of the enemy have conflated, as the result of two concurrent phenomena: the politicization of otherness and the privatization of enemies. An integrated framework including approaches of social psychology and semiotic cultural psychology is proposed to account for both phenomena. The notions (...)
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    Alternative Forms of Parenthood: Introduction to the Monothematic Symposium.Miroslav Popper - 2020 - Human Affairs 30 (1):07-09.
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    Quality of Life in Children Brought Up by Married and Cohabiting Couples.Miroslav Popper, Ivan Lukšík & Martin Kanovský - 2020 - Human Affairs 30 (1):47-59.
    Under the Second Demographic Transition, alternative forms of living arrangement are on the rise. The aim of this article is to compare quality of life in children living in married and cohabiting families. We present the results of representative research conducted in Slovakia in 2018. We tested whether children brought up in traditional married families had better material resources and healthcare, fewer behavioural problems, better peer relations and spent more leisure time with their parents than children brought up by cohabiting (...)
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    Reconceptualising Political Participation.Yerkebulan Sairambay - 2020 - Human Affairs 30 (1):120-127.
    This article offers a critical examination of various interpretations of “political participation” and shows that there is a lack of consensus among scholars concerning the definition of this particular concept. The lack of consensus has led to various conflicting outcomes in the research on political participation. The main purpose of this paper is to offer a new definition of political participation that effectively addresses the challenges facing modern civil societies and the emerging era of Web 3.0. The present study argues (...)
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