The Ivory Tower and the Marble Citadel
Essays on Political Philosophy in Our Modern Era of Interacting Cultures
Publication Year: 2012
Published by: Chinese University Press
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In this book I continue my effort in A Cloud Across the Pacific: Essays on the Clash between Chinese and Western Political Theories Today by noting their causal relationship with paideia (socialization, education, propaganda) and so, in the long term, with political life; putting them into historical context by emphasizing their ...
1. Political Rationality and the Four Premises
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Fate has certainly been kinder to me than I deserve, but like many old persons, I think much about matters I regard as distressing, and it is these dark thoughts that have motivated the preparation that have greatly benefited me: the U.S., which blessed me with enormous opportunities after I arrived here in 1941 as a Jewish ...
2. Factual and Normative Continuity
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...celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of a research institute that intellectual history and global sinology, namely the development at Harvard, brought about especially by John K. Fairbank and the equally incomparable L. S. Yang, of a new and fruitful approach to the study of China. Having had the privilege of being a student of ...
3. Selfhood and Authority in Neo-Confucian Political Culture
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Despite much emphasis on the interplay of class interests, many scholars continue to believe that cultural orientations have greatly modern times. There is also a considerable consensus that despite China’s cultural heterogeneity, a single, tradition-rooted set of shared orientations has been extremely widespread and has played ...
4. The Confucian Concept of Moral Autonomy
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...was first turned into a central intellectual problem when Chang Chih-tung (1837–1909) put forward his famous formula in 1898, instrumental adaptation” (Chung-hsueh wei t’i, hsi-hsueh wei yung). Gradually thereafter, there was an increasing tendency for Chinese and Western intellectuals to believe that Chinese modernization ...
5. Gadamer, Liu Xiao-gan, and “Neo-Hegelianism”
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...consuming and rewarding task, because this erudite, formidable, form a pattern of “inner” values (what Mou Zong-san called wen-hua jiao-yang [culture and moral cultivation] and Werner Jaeger, paideia [socialization, education, and propaganda]) meeting the “outer” needs of a technologically and institutionally modern ...
6. Mou Zong-san and the Four Premises
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...cultures. Philosophizing, as I see it, is pursuing an enlightened understanding of an object that is metaphysical in that it cannot be sensorially observed, namely, the human condition as a whole, examining its epistemological-ontological and ethical-political aspects. Thus philosophy asks what exists, how to know what exists, ...
7. Stephen C. Angle and the Human Rights Discourse in China
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The currently rising tide of Moslem hostility to the doings of the U.S. and its allies has various causes and was not necessarily inevitable, but it cannot but make one take seriously Samuel P. Huntington’s seminal book about the persisting divergences between the world’s major cultural complexes. Conversely, it cannot but make one react ...
8. Epistemological Implications of Culture
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As illustrated by the publications of Leo Strauss and his school, the idea of “political philosophy” in modern times has usually been those of Thucydides (c. 460–c. 400 B.C.) and Plato (427–347 B.C.) to those of John Locke (1632–1704), Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712–1778), John Stuart Mill (1806–1873), and even Martin Heidegger ...
9. Lao Sze-kwang’s Concept of Modernity
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A central feature today of the intellectual scene east and west continues to be the dialogue between Alex Inkeles, with his thesis of the increasing “convergence” of all modernizing societies, divergences between culturally different civilizations.2 Undoubtedly referring to an important aspect of global history, the thesis of ...
10. Donald J. Munro’s Utilitarianism
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So graciously phrased, Professor Donald J. Munro’s challenging response (Zhong-guo zhe-xue yu wen-hua, vol. 4) to my critique of yu wen-hua, vol. 3) does not take issue with the premise shared interests and values, will be better off if these values and interests increasingly homologous ideas about what is a rational and moral ...
11. Revisiting John Dunn’s Liberalism
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Professor of political theory at the University of Cambridge, John Dunn is a famous, brilliant scholar with an extraordinary talent for producing highly readable, aesthetically enticing prose. His many books, so far as I can see, have developed the most thought-ignorantly criticized than carefully examined. Devoting a chapter to ...
12. Overdosing on Iconoclasm
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...mysticism, Harris’s 2004 book is an unusually interesting one full of remarkably fresh formulations challenging beliefs prevalent in the liberal West. One of its strengths lies in the statistics with which it notes what is often brushed aside, namely, the fact that the modern era is not an age of secularization, because most of the world’s ...
13. Rethinking U.S.-Chinese Relations
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...problems that in fact are probably manageable, such as the trade Japan, and China, peace on the Korean peninsula, and respect for international law in the ocean area off China’s south-east coast. to discuss the really major conflicts of interest now on the horizon, measures in outer space, prevention of the proliferation of WMDs ...
14. Understanding the Taiwan Experience (with R. H. Myers)
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European scholarly circles. It has been summed up by America’s Taiwan is part of China, but only a peripheral part. In 1949, it became “the island refuge of the defeated Nationalists,” that is, by the Chinese Communists. He adds that Taiwan’s economic and circumstances absent in the case of the mainland, such as United ...
15. A 1994 Self-Appraisal
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Richard Kluckhohn died some years ago. He was an anthropologist, a very dynamic and distinctive person. It’s a different world without him. He was a close friend of mine since the 1940s, when we both were in the fourth grade at Shady Hill, a well-known “progressive” absolutely incredulous, first learned about the mechanics of sexual ...
Glossary and Index
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Page Count: 820
Publication Year: 2012