Volume 50, 2008
Social and Political Philosophy
Hong-bing Chen, Yu-hai Chen
The connotation of the “Luddite Imagination” refers to the concepts of the “Luddite Movement” and the “Luddites”, those events and individuals who are seen as conservatives behind the times. The negative connotation of the “Luddite Imagination” changed from the political connotation to cultural connotation. Neo-Luddism identifys the rational advocacy in defense of the old Luddite Movement; There are deep-seated issues involved behind the rehabilitation of the
negative connotation of the “Luddite Imagination”; It has comparative implications on China’s modernization process.