Comparative Political Philosophy: Studies Under the Upas Tree

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New Delhi/Newbury Park/London 1992 hardcover First Edition Very Good in Very Good jacket Clean Copy Four major traditions of political philosophy-western, Indian, Chinese and ... Islamic. 260pp., slightly bend d/j. *****PLEASE NOTE: This item is shipping from an authorized seller in Europe. In the event that a return is necessary, you will be able to return your item within the US. To learn more about our European sellers and policies see the BookQuest FAQ section***** Read more Show Less

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For a long time, the study of political philosophy has assumed the centrality of western political philosophy. The underlying presumption is that the western tradition reflects not just modernity but that it is the product of universal reason itself. This claim of universality is being challenged by other cultures while many from within the western tradition have begun to question the assumptions underlying the concept of modernity. This fascinating volume explores four major traditions of political philosophy - western, Indian, Chinese and Islamic - in order to identify 'equivalences' and thus engender respect for other traditions while deepening an understanding of one's own. The contributors maintain that particular cultural and linguistic traditions condition the emergence of specific political philosophies. As such, each tradition produces texts which consciously develop a philosophic understanding of the theory and practice of governance. The strategy followed herein is to select significant representatives from each tradition. Thus, from the pre-modern west, Plato and Aristotle, Augustine and Aquinas; from pre-modern China, Confucius; from India, Kautilya; and from Islam, Farabi. In contrast are those who endeavoured to up-date or reshape their respective traditions of political philosophy: Hegel, Marx, Gandhi, Mao and Khomeini. Taken as a whole, this volume moves beyond a Eurocentric bias in order to facilitate an exchange of perspectives originating in major streams of political philosophy as a response to the perilous transition between tradition and modernity, and to the commonality of human distress which characterises such transitions. It will be of considerable interest to any student of political philosophy, political theory and intellectual history.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780803994126
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 9/3/1992
  • Pages: 260

Table of Contents

Preface 7
Acknowledgements 9
1 The Comparative Study of Political Philosophy 11
2 Classical Western Political Philosophy 29
3 Modern Western Political Philosophy 45
4 Law and Society in Confucian Thought 71
5 Mao Zedong and his Political Thought 87
6 What Good is Democracy? The Alternatives in China and the West 113
7 Of Artha and the Arthasastra 141
8 Mahatma Gandhi's Critique of Modernity 163
9 Farabi and Greek Political Philosophy 185
10 Khomeini's Doctrine of Legitimacy 217
Contributors 245
Index 247
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