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Border Crossings : Toward a Comparative Political Theory - Fred Dallmayr

Border Crossings

Toward a Comparative Political Theory

Paperback Published: 28th October 1999
ISBN: 9780739100431
Number Of Pages: 328

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Comparative political theory is at best an embryonic and marginalized endeavor. As practiced in most Western universities, the study of political theory generally involves a rehearsal of the canon of Western political thought from Plato to Marx. Only rarely are practitioners of political thought willing (and professionally encouraged) to transgress the canon and thereby the cultural boundaries of North America and Europe in the direction of genuine comparative investigation. Border Crossings presents an effort to remedy this situation, fully launching a new era in political theory. Thirteen scholars from around the world examine the various political traditions of West, South, and East Asia and engage in a reflective cross-cultural discussion that belies the assumptions of an Asian 'essence' and of an unbridgeable gulf between West and non-West. The denial of essential differences does not, however, amount to an endorsement of essential sameness. As viewed and as practiced by contributors to this ground-breaking volume, comparative political theorizing must steer a course between uniformity and radical separation--this is the path of 'border crossings.'

Dallmayr has done an excellent job of bringing together Western and non-Western scholars who have dared to cross borders and discuss the major questions of political philosophy from a comparative perspective... Dallmayr should be applauded for mapping new terrain and embarking on a most valuable exercise at the start of a new millenium.--Studies In Contemporary Islam

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introduction: Toward a Comparative Political Theoryp. 1
Mapping Modernities, "Islamic" and "Western"p. 11
Eastern Veiling, Western Freedom?p. 39
Islamic Constitutionalism and the Concept of Democracyp. 61
Rewriting Contemporary Muslim Politics: A Twentieth-Century Periodizationp. 89
Symbolic and Utilitarian Value of a Tradition: Martyrdom in the Iranian Political Culturep. 119
Radical Islam and Nonviolence: A Case Study of Religious Empowerment and Constraintp. 145
Indian Secularism and Its Critics: Some Reflectionsp. 173
Confucianism and Communitarianism in a Liberal Democratic Worldp. 185
Confucianism with a Liberal Face: Democratic Politics in Postcolonial Taiwanp. 213
Beyond "East and West": Nishida's Universalism and Postcolonial Critiquep. 237
Taoist Politics: An Other Way?p. 253
Postmodernity, Eurocentrism, and the Future of Political Philosophyp. 277
Indexp. 297
About the Contributorsp. 311
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ISBN: 9780739100431
ISBN-10: 0739100432
Series: Global Encounters: Studies in Comparative Political Theory (Paperback)
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 328
Published: 28th October 1999
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.71 x 14.78  x 1.65
Weight (kg): 0.42