China - The Political Philosophy of the Middle Kingdom: The Middle Way of the Middle Kingdom (World Political Theories)

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But what is the message of China's rise as an economic and political power? Tongdong Bai addresses this pressing question by examining the history of political theories and practices from China's past, and showing how it impacts upon the present.Chinese political traditions are often viewed as "authoritarian" (in contrast with "Western" democratic traditions), but the historical reality is much more complex and there is a need to understand the political values shaping China. Bai argues that the debates between China's two main political theories - Confucianism and Legalism - anticipate themes in modern political thought and offer resources for thinking about contemporary political problems.This groundbreaking work offers a insight into the political history and thought of a nation.

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Tongdong Bai is a professor at Fudan University in Shanghai. He holds a BS degree (nuclear physics) and an MA degree (philosophy of science) from Peking University, and a PhD degree (philosophy) from Boston University. He was an associate professor of philosophy at Xavier University in Cincinnati. His most recent books are (both in Chinese): A New Mission of an Old State: Classical Confucian Political Philosophy in a Contemporary and Comparative Context and Tension of Reality: Einstein, Bohr, and Pauli in the EPR Debates. His research is focused on the contemporary relevance of Confucian political philosophy.

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“Bai’s volume is a welcome addition to the variety of introductory texts on Chinese philosophy that have recently or are about to hit the market. . . . Bai raises a range of thought-provoking ideas while very clearly demonstrating that the ideas of Chinese political thinkers from the Spring and Autumn and Warring States periods resonate with many contemporary issues in political philosophy and have the potential to provide us with interesting and in some cases extremely different ways of looking at political and social organization.”
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