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Global Justice in East Asia

1st Edition

Edited by Hugo El Kholi, Jun-Hyeok Kwak


224 pages

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pub: 2019-12-20
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As a fascinating study of global justice in Asia, this book presents a series of contributions reflecting upon the conditions of a greater involvement of East Asian traditions of thought in the debate on global justice.

Including chapters on diverse issues such as global social inequalities, human rights practice and the functioning of international institutions, this book examines the political cultures of East Asia in order to help political theorists better appraise the distinctiveness of non‐Western ideas of justice. Confirming the persistence of a strong social ethos, the contributions also demonstrate the long-lasting influence of Buddhism, Taoism and Confucianism in shaping East Asian public conceptions of justice.

Bringing much needed non-Western voices to the global justice debate, this book will appeal to students and scholars of politics, law and philosophy, as well as activists involved in the global justice movement.

Table of Contents

Introduction, Hugo El Kholi and Jun-Hyeok Kwak

Part 1: Critical reflections on Parochialism and Western-Centrism

1. Liberal Internationalism, Intervention and Moral Imperialism, Kok-Chor Tan

2. On the Compatibility of Global Democratic Justice and Confucianism, Julian Culp

3. Are Political Conceptions of Global Justice Parochial? Hugo El Kholi

Part 2: Contextual Appraisal

4. Anticipating Global Justice: Confucianism and Mohism in Classical China, George Tsai

5. Chinese Political Culture and the International Order, Li Shaomeng

6. State Coercion, "Tianxia", and the Idea of Egalitarian Global Justice, Tan Ankui

Part 3: East Asian Insights into Global Justice

7. All-under-Heaven and Liberty, Yu Yih Soong

8. A Confucian "Law of Peoples": Mencius’s Thought on Global Justice, Wang Binfan

9. Global Justice without a Center: Reappraisal of Tianxia with Non-domination, Jun-Hyeok Kwak

10. A Topography of Japanese Socialism: Kōtoku Shūsui and Global Justice, Umemori Naoyuki

About the Editors

Hugo El Kholi is a Research Fellow in the Department of Philosophy (Zhuhai) at Sun Yat-sen University, China. His current research interests are global justice, Enlightenment philosophy and contemporary Chinese political thought.

Jun-Hyeok Kwak is Professor of the Department of Philosophy (Zhuhai) at Sun Yat-sen University, China. His main research interests lie at the crossroads of political philosophy from Socrates to Machiavelli, contemporary political theory and comparative political philosophy.

About the Series

Political Theories in East Asian Context

Political Theories in East Asian Context aims to shed light on the essential theoretical issues spanning East Asia by situating them within cross-cultural frameworks that attend both to the particularity of East Asia as well as the potentially universal patterns arising from East Asia’s current issues that can be studied for the global prosperity. It reconsiders issues like historical reconciliation, nationalism, multicultural coexistence, political leadership, republicanism, and regional integration, with a view to opening the discourse of particular issues to a wider theoretical horizon. Including intellectuals in the field of political science, history, ethnic studies, sociology, and regional studies, this interdisciplinary endeavor is a deliberative forum in which we can reflect on ethical problems facing East Asia in the global era.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PHILOSOPHY / Political
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / Asian American Studies
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies