A Confucian Constitutional Order: How China's Ancient Past Can Shape Its Political Future (The Princeton-China Series)

As China maintains to remodel itself, many think that the country will ultimately circulate past communism and undertake a Western-style democracy. yet might China improve a different type of govt in keeping with its personal specified traditions? Jiang Qing--China's most unusual, provocative, and debatable Confucian political thinker--says definite. during this ebook, he units out a imaginative and prescient for a Confucian constitutional order that gives a compelling substitute to either the established order in China and to a Western-style liberal democracy. A Confucian Constitutional Order is the main distinctive and systematic paintings on Confucian constitutionalism thus far.

Jiang argues opposed to the democratic view that the consent of the folk is the most resource of political legitimacy. as a substitute, he offers a accomplished approach to in attaining humane authority according to 3 resources of political legitimacy, and he derives and defends a suggestion for a tricameral legislature that may top signify the Confucian political excellent. He additionally places ahead proposals for an establishment that will cut back the ability of parliamentarians and for a symbolic monarch who might embrace the historic and transgenerational id of the kingdom. within the latter part of the e-book, 4 prime liberal and socialist chinese language critics--Joseph Chan, Chenyang Li, Wang Shaoguang, and Bai Tongdong--critically review Jiang's theories and Jiang provides specified responses to their perspectives.

A Confucian Constitutional Order offers a brand new common for comparing political growth in China and enriches the discussion of chances on hand to this quickly evolving kingdom. This e-book will fascinate scholars and students of chinese language politics, and is vital analyzing for an individual involved in China's political future.

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On Constitutional Ground

By John Hart Ely

John Hart Ely is a number one modern author on political thought from the point of view of yankee constitutional legislations. This assortment covers an entire diversity of subject matters of constitutional interpretation: federalism, separation of powers, freedom of expression, non secular freedom, legal approach, racial discrimination, "substantive due process," and honesty in executive. geared up less than those heads and associated by means of the author's witty explanatory and autobiographical feedback, the essays and different documents--many formerly unpublished in any forum--range chronologically during the last 3 many years, from memoranda he wrote as a scholar operating with lead information Abe Fortas at the landmark case of Gideon v. Wainwright to a touch upon the constitutional implications of the O. J. Simpson verdict.

Before starting his educational occupation, Ely was once the junior member of the Warren Commission's sixteen-lawyer employees, leader Justice Earl Warren's legislations clerk, and a public defender in San Diego; and through the Ford management he took day off to function the third-ranking legitimate of the U.S. division of Transportation. This publication displays his numerous adventure. It reviews on some of the prior sector century's "hot button" issues--including abortion, affirmative motion, anti-Communist laws, busing, flag burning, governmental show of nativity scenes, the Nixon impeachment, "trial through newspaper," the Clarence Thomas-Anita Hill contretemps, congressionally unauthorized battle within the Persian Gulf and Bosnia, and no matter if the Warren fee file may be formally reexamined.

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Democracy Disfigured: Opinion, Truth, and the People

By Nadia Urbinati

In Democracy Disfigured, Nadia Urbinati diagnoses the ills that beset the physique politic in an age of hyper-partisanship and media monopolies and provides a lively safeguard of the messy compromises and contentious results that outline democracy.

Urbinati identifies 3 kinds of democratic disfiguration: the unpolitical, the populist, and the plebiscitarian. each one undermines a vital department well-functioning democracy needs to shield: the wall isolating the unfastened discussion board of public opinion from the governmental associations that enact the need of the folk. Unpolitical democracy delegitimizes political opinion in desire of craftsmanship. Populist democracy extensively polarizes the general public discussion board within which opinion is debated. And plebiscitary democracy overvalues the classy and nonrational elements of opinion. For Urbinati, democracy involves an everlasting fight to make obvious the problems that voters deem vital to their lives. Opinion is hence a sort of motion as vital because the mechanisms that set up votes and mobilize decisions.

Urbinati focuses much less at the overt enemies of democracy than on those that pose as its associates: technocrats wedded to technique, demagogues who make glib appeals to "the people," and media operatives who, given their choice, might flip governance right into a spectator recreation and electorate into lovers of opposing teams.

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Alienation (New Directions in Critical Theory)

By Rahel Jaeggi

The Hegelian-Marxist notion of alienation fell out of style after the postmetaphysical rejection of humanism and essentialist perspectives of human nature. during this booklet Rahel Jaeggi attracts at the Hegelian philosophical culture, phenomenological analyses grounded in glossy conceptions of enterprise, and up to date paintings within the analytical culture to reconceive alienation because the absence of a significant dating to oneself and others, which manifests in emotions of helplessness and the despondent attractiveness of ossified social roles and expectations.

A revived method of alienation is helping severe social idea interact with phenomena resembling meaninglessness, isolation, and indifference. by means of severing alienation's hyperlink to a tricky belief of human essence whereas preserving its social-philosophical content material, Jaeggi offers assets for a renewed critique of social pathologies, a much-neglected predicament in modern liberal political philosophy. Her paintings revisits the arguments of Rousseau, Hegel, Kierkegaard, and Heidegger, putting them in discussion with Thomas Nagel, Bernard Williams, and Charles Taylor.

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Green Imperialism: Colonial Expansion, Tropical Island Edens and the Origins of Environmentalism, 1600-1860 (Studies in Environment and History)

Eco-friendly Imperialism is the 1st ebook to rfile the origins and early background of environmentalism, concentrating specifically on its hitherto unexplained colonial and worldwide elements. It highlights the importance of Utopian, Physiocratic, and clinical considering within the background of environmentalist principles. The booklet indicates how the hot critique of the colonial effect at the atmosphere relied on the emergence of a coterie scientists, and demonstrates either the significance of the oceanic island "Eden" as a automobile for brand spanking new conceptions of nature and the importance of colonial island environments in stimulating conservationist notions.

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Order and History (Volume 2): The World of the Polis (Collected Works of Eric Voegelin, Volume 15) (v. 2)

By Eric Voegelin

This moment quantity of Voegelin's magisterial Order and background, the realm of the Polis, explores the traditional Greek symbolization of human truth. Taking us from the origins of Greek tradition within the Pre-Homeric Cretan civilizations, during the Iliad and Odyssey, Hesiod, and the increase of philosophy with the Pre-Socratics Parmenides and Heraclitus, this masterful paintings concludes with the historians of the classical period.

In The international of the Polis, Voegelin lines the emergence of the varieties of the city-state and of philosophy from the traditional symbolism of fable. He continues that the bounds and supreme ambitions of human nature are consistent and that the valuable challenge of each society is the same—"to create an order that might endow the very fact of its lifestyles with which means when it comes to ends divine and human." hence, Voegelin exhibits how "the that means of lifestyles" completed concrete expression within the standard political, social, and spiritual associations of Greece and within the productions of its poets and thinkers. He bargains with greater than fifty Greek writers during his research of the increase of delusion and its illustration of the divine order of the cosmos because the first nice symbolic kind of order, one later supplanted via the jump in being mirrored within the emergence of philosophy.

The ebook is a travel de strength, a virtuoso functionality through a student and thinker of serious energy, studying, and mind's eye that areas its material in a brand new gentle. The editor's severe advent locations The international of the Polis within the broader context of Voegelin's philosophy of heritage. students and scholars of political technology, philosophy, and the historical past of principles will locate this paintings invaluable.

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Introduction to Political Theory

Introduction to Political conception is a textual content for the twenty first century. It indicates scholars why an figuring out of conception is essential to an figuring out of matters and occasions in a swiftly transferring international political panorama. Bringing jointly vintage and modern political suggestions and ideologies into one booklet, this new textual content introduces the main ways to political concerns that experience formed the fashionable global, and the information that shape the foreign money of political debate.

Introduction to Political idea relates political rules to political realities via potent use of examples and case stories making conception vigorous, contentious and relevant.

This up to date 3rd version comes with major revisions which mirror the newest questions dealing with political concept, equivalent to the French burqa controversy, ethnic nationalism and the price of analysis from sociobiology. Accompanying those debates is a wealth of latest and thought-provoking case reviews for dialogue, together with (consensual) sadomasochism, affirmative motion and same-sex marriage. a brand new bankruptcy on distinction has additionally been further to counterpoint these on feminism and multiculturalism.

The revised thesaurus, made over web site for additional studying and new streamlined structure make advent to Political concept 3rd variation the right accompaniment to undergraduate research.

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Political Innovation and Conceptual Change (Ideas in Context)

This booklet units out to shield the declare that politics is a linguistically constituted job, and to teach that the thoughts that tell political views and behaviour have traditionally mutable meanings that experience passed through alterations relating to genuine political occasions. The members pass directly to research the evolution of not less than 13 specific innovations, all crucial to political discourse within the western global. They contain revolution, rights, democracy, estate, corruption, and citizenship.

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Tocqueville: A Very Short Introduction

By Harvey C. Mansfield

Nobody has ever defined American democracy with extra actual perception or extra profoundly than Alexis de Tocqueville. After assembly with americans on vast travels within the usa, and severe learn of files and professionals, he authored the landmark Democracy in America, publishing its volumes in 1835 and 1840. Ever when you consider that, this ebook has been the simplest resource for each severe try to comprehend the US and democracy itself. but Tocqueville himself is still a secret at the back of the attractiveness of his type.
Now one among our top professionals on Tocqueville explains him during this superb new access in Oxford's acclaimed Very brief Introduction sequence. Harvey Mansfield addresses his topic as a philosopher, essentially and incisively exploring Tocqueville's writings--not in basic terms his masterpiece, but additionally his mystery Recollections, meant for posterity on my own, and his unfinished paintings on his local France, The previous Regime and the Revolution. Tocqueville was once a liberal, Mansfield writes, yet no longer of the standard style. the various components of his lifestyles chanced on expression in his proposal: his aristocratic ancestry, his ventures in politics, his voyages in a foreign country, his hopes and fears for the United States, and his unhappiness with France. All his writings convey a fondness for political liberty and insistence on human greatness. might be most vital, he observed liberty no longer in theories, yet within the perform of self-government in the United States. Ever an opponent of abstraction, he provided an research that forces us to contemplate what we really do in our politics--suggesting that thought itself might be an enemy of freedom. And that, Mansfield writes, makes him a very important philosopher for today.
Translator of an authoritative version of Democracy in America, Harvey Mansfield right here deals the fruit of a long time of study and mirrored image in a transparent, insightful, and marvelously compact introduction.

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