Ethical Politics and Modern Society: T. H. Green’s Practical Philosophy and Modern China, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Ethical Politics and Modern Society

T. H. Green’s Practical Philosophy and Modern China, 1st Edition

By James Jia-Hau Liu


208 pages

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Hardback: 9781138505360
pub: 2019-10-03
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Ethical Politics and Modern Society introduces and critically examines British idealist philosopher, Thomas Hill Green, his practical philosophy and its reception in China between the late nineteenth century and the early twentieth century.

As a response to the modernity issue in Great Britain, Green's philosophy, in particular his ethical politics, anticipated a practical solution to the individual alienation issue in modern society. Witnessing the resemblance between Green’s ethical politics and classical Chinese ethical and political thought, some Chinese scholars became inclined to take Green’s thought as an intellectual approach to assimilate Western modernity. While Green and the Chinese scholars both intended to articulate an ethical conception of modern politics in response to the issue of modernity, their results were very different. In this book, James Jia-Hau Liu analyses why modern Chinese scholars introduced Green’s philosophy to China and why the studies of Green’s philosophy in China have since faded away. Modern Chinese scholars, such as Gao Yi-Han, Chin Yueh-Lin, Tang Jun-Yi, Chang Fo-Chuan and Yin Hai-Guang, are explored in greater detail. The contradictory standings towards modernity between Green and Chinese scholars illustrate how to understand the difference forms of modernity that can be embodied therein

Ethical Politics and Modern Society is a valuable resource to scholars of political philosophy, political theory, history of social and political thought, British Idealism and the work of Thomas Hill Green.

Table of Contents


1. Individual Emancipation after the Enlightenment

2. The Shadow of Metaphysics

3. Human Perfection and Moral Community

4. Ethical Politics and Sovereign Power

5. Green’s Practical Philosophy and Modern China


About the Author

James Jia-Hau Liu received his degree from Department of Politics and Internal Relations, Cardiff University, U.K. He is currently a post-doctoral fellow at Research Center for Humanities and Social Science, Academia Sinica, Taiwan.His research interests include democratic theory, sovereignty, human rights, comparative intellectual history and British idealism.

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BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / History & Theory
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Ideologies / Conservatism & Liberalism