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The ivory tower and the marble citadel : essays on political philosophy in our modern era of interacting cultures
Metzger, Thomas A., 1933-
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Hong Kong : Chinese University Press, c2012.
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xxiii, 795 p. ; 24 cm.
Introduction: Political rationality and the uncovering of culturally inherited premises -- The problem of factual and normative continuity with the Confucian tradition in modern Chinese thought -- Selfhood and authority in Neo-Confucian political culture -- Confucian thought and the modern Chinese quest for moral autonomy -- Interpreting the hermeneutic turn: A "Neo-Hegelian" critique of Hans-Georg Gadamer's hermeneutic philosophy and of Liu Xiao-gan's critique of it -- Mou Zong-san and the four premises: Putting his political philosophy into critical perspective -- How serious is the divergence between Western Liberalism and the political logic of Chinese civilization? A critique of Stephen C. Angle's Human Rights and Chinese Thoughts: A cross-cultural inquiry -- The contemporary predicament of political philosophy east and west: The epistemological implications of culture -- Limited distrust of reason as a prerequisite of cultural convergence: Weighing Professor Lao Sze-kwang's concept of the divergence between "The Confucian intellectual tradition" and "Modern culture" -- In defense of political philosophy: Responding to some recent remarks by Professor Donald J. Munro -- 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 -- Overdosing on iconoclasm: A review of Sam Harris, The end of faith: Religion, terror, an the future of reason -- Rethinking U.S.-Chinese relations (2007) -- Understanding the Taiwan Experience: An historical perspective (1989) -- Acknowledgments and advertisements: A 1994 self-appraisal.
"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."--Publisher's website.


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Book 0334166 JA71 .M425 2012 Central Campus Library

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Metzger continues the effort started in A Cloud Across the Pacific (The Chinese University Press, 2005) by viewing modern Chinese thought as political philosophy; placing it in a sociological context, noting its causal relationship with paideia; examining its historical context by emphasizing the lines of continuity with the Confucian tradition; and exploring its comparative context by describing it as sharing an agenda with and diverging from the leading forms of Western liberalism. East and West, he argues, are ivory towers that use their rationalistic philosophies to insist that the great disasters of history are caused mainly by the bad decisions of political leaders, instead of seeing how their own philosophical discourses lend credibility to these decisions and trying to improve these discourses by uncovering their culturally inherited premises. In an increasingly democratic era when political philosophy is no longer viable as a theory of global-political evolution and as public criticism increasingly affects leadership decisions, Metzger seeks to vindicate a neo-Hegelian definition of political philosophy as the effort to influence public criticism by advertising an outlook more logically and thoroughly supported by a variety of cross-cultural textual evidence.

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