Carl Schmitt and Leo Strauss in the Chinese-Speaking World: Reorienting the Political

Carl Schmitt and Leo Strauss in the Chinese-Speaking World: Reorienting the Political


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Carl Schmitt and Leo Strauss in the Chinese-Speaking World: Reorienting the Political examines the reception of Carl Schmitt and Leo Strauss in China and Taiwan. The legacies of both
Schmitt, the German legal theorist and thinker who joined the Nazi party, and Strauss, the
German-Jewish classicist and political philosopher who became famous after his emigration to the United States, are highly controversial. Since the 1990s, however, these thinkers have had a powerful resonance for Chinese scholars. Today, when Chinese intellectuals debate the
Chinese state, the future role of China in the world, the liberal international order, and even the meaning of Confucian civilization, they often employ Schmittian and Straussian concepts like "the political," "friend-enemy," "state of exception," "liberal education," and "natural right." The very possibility of a genuine Chinese political theory is often thought to be tied to the legacy of these two thinkers.

This volume explores this complex phenomenon with a cross-cultural and interdisciplinary approach. The twelve essays in this volume are written from a range of perspectives by philosophers,
political theorists, historians, and legal scholars from China, Germany, Taiwan,
and the United States.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781498536288
Publisher: Lexington Books
Publication date: 08/06/2019
Pages: 290
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Kai Marchal is associate professor in the philosophy department of National Chengchi University.

Carl K. Y. Shaw is research fellow at the Research Center for Humanities and Social Sciences, Academia Sinica, and professor in the Department of Political Science, National Taiwan University.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Three Strategies for Criticizing Liberalism and Their Continued Relevance Chapter 2 Toward a Radical Critique of Liberalism: Carl Schmitt and Leo Strauss in Contemporary Chinese Discourses Chapter 3 From "Carl Schmitt on Mao" to "Carl Schmitt in China": Unsettled Issues and Unsettling Continuities Chapter 4 The Tyranny of Values: Reflections on Schmitt and China Chapter 5 Reading the Temperature Curve: Sinophone Schmitt-Fever in Context and Perspective Chapter 6 Carl Schmitt Redux: Law and the Political in Contemporary Global Constitutionalism Chapter 7 Carl Schmitt in Taiwanese Constitutional Law: An Incomplete Reception of Schmitt's Constitutional Theory Chapter 8 Leo Strauss's Critique of the Political in a Sinophone Context Chapter 9 Modernity, Tyranny, and Crisis: Leo Strauss in China Chapter 10 On Leo Strauss as Negative Philosopher Chapter 11 Mirror or Prism for Chinese Modernity? A Reading of Leo Strauss Chapter 12 Toward a Taiwanese Cultural Renaissance: A Straussian Perspective

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