Li Shenzhi

Philosopher, Deceased Person

1923 – 2003

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Who was Li Shenzhi?

Li Zhenzhi was a prominent Chinese social scientist and public intellectual. Long a trusted spokesperson of the Chinese Communist Party, he rose to become Vice-President of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.

Dismissed from this position for blunt criticisms of the regime, he emerged in the 1990s as a powerful critic of authoritarianism, and a prominent exponent of Chinese liberalism. His death in 2003, which had been preceded by a series of widely circulated professions of his liberal commitment, prompted an outpouring of adulatory writings, securing his posthumous status as a champion of intellectual freedom under difficult circumstances.

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Born
1923
Nationality
  • China
Profession
Died
2003

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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