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The Ivory Tower and the Marble Citadel
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The Ivory Tower and the Marble Citadel opens up a new way of pursuing the critical development of political philosophy in today’s intercultural intellectual arena. Metzger holds that political philosophies are linguistically unavoidable efforts to infer the principles of morally legitimate government from a maximally enlightened conceptualization of the universal human condition. Because these efforts depend on a vocabulary embodying culturally inherited premises, textual analysis uncovering these premises and debate about how they should be revised are crucial for the improvement of political philosophy.

Table of Contents

  1. Title Page, Copyright Page
  2. pp. 1-4
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  1. Dedication
  2. pp. 5-6
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-xv
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  1. Foreword
  2. pp. xvii-xxiii
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  1. 1. Introduction: Political Rationality and the Uncovering of Culturally Inherited Premises
  2. pp. 1-223
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  1. 2. The Problem of Factual and Normative Continuity with the Confucian Tradition in Modern Chinese Thought
  2. pp. 225-273
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  1. 3. Selfhood and Authority in Neo-Confucian Political Culture
  2. pp. 275-303
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  1. 4. Confucian Thought and the Modern Chinese Quest for Moral Autonomy
  2. pp. 305-346
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  1. 5. Interpreting the Hermeneutic Turn: A “Neo-Hegelian” Critique of Hans-Georg Gadamer’s Hermeneutic Philosophy and of Liu Xiao-gan’s Critique of It
  2. pp. 347-443
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  1. 6. Mou Zong-san and the Four Premises: Putting His Political Philosophy into Critical Perspective
  2. pp. 445-508
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  1. 8. The Contemporary Predicament of Political Philosophy East and West: The Epistemological Implications of Culture
  2. pp. 535-607
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  1. 10. In Defense of Political Philosophy: Responding to Some Recent Remarks by Professor Donald J. Munro
  2. pp. 667-682
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  1. 11. The Cunning of Unreason in the Ivory Tower as well as the Marble Citadel: A Review of John Dunn’s Setting the People Free: The Story of Democracy
  2. pp. 683-706
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  1. 12. Overdosing on Iconoclasm: A Review of Sam Harris, The End of Faith: Religion, Terror, and the Future of Reason1
  2. pp. 707-715
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  1. 13. Rethinking U.S.-Chinese Relations (2007)
  2. pp. 717-729
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  1. 14. Understanding the Taiwan Experience: An Historical Perspective (1989)
  2. pp. 731-758
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  1. 15. Acknowledgments and Advertisements: A 1994 Self-Appraisal
  2. pp. 759-774
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  1. Glossary and Index
  2. pp. 775-795
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