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Leo Strauss in Northeast Asia

1st Edition

Edited by Jun-Hyeok Kwak, Sungwoo Park


240 pages

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Hardback: 9780367210977
pub: 2019-11-11
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This book analyses the reception of Leo Strauss and his political philosophy in Northeast Asia. By juxtaposing the central idea of Strauss’ political philosophy with the question of modernity, the contributors explore the eclectic adaptations of Strauss in Northeast Asian countries as a philosophical appropriation across cultures.

Examining how Strauss’ philosophy was first introduced in Northeast Asia, the book sheds light on the similarities and differences in experiences, challenging the dominant approach which attributes various receptions of Strauss in Northeast Asia solely to socio-political circumstances. This book also seeks to move beyond a China-centric approach to investigate the possible transcultural appeals of Strauss’ political philosophy by exploring the cases of Japan and South Korea.

Appealing to a wide network of scholars and practitioners in East Asia engaged in rethinking cultural particularities, this volume will be attractive to upper-level undergraduate students, graduate students, and advanced researchers in political philosophy, political theory, and Asian politics.

Table of Contents

Part 1: General Overview

1. Introduction: Receptions of Leo Strauss in Northeast Asia, Jun-Hyeok Kwak

Part 2: Leo Strauss across Culture

2. Leo Strauss and the Problems of Political Philosophy: A Brief Survey, Nathan Tarcov

3. Leo Strauss and the East-West Dialogue, Haig Patapan

Part 3: The Places of Leo Strauss in Northeast Asia

4. Studies on Leo Strauss in Japanese Academia, Shozo Iijima

5. Beyond Left and Right: Leo Strauss in China, Mingkun Li

6. Leo Strauss, China, and Political Utopianism, Jianhong Chen

7. A Review of Korean Studies on Leo Strauss, Yong-Min Kim

Part 4: Leo Strauss and Northeast Asia

8. Leo Strauss and Ancient Chinese Wisdom, Shiqi Tang

9: Leo Strauss’ Interpretation of the Republic Reconsidered: Limits of Politics in South Korea, Sungwoo Park

10. Civilization, Morality, and Pluralism: A Straussian Perspective on Japanese Modernity, Takashi Kibe

11. Reading Leo Strauss in Postmodern East Asia: To face the contemporary tyranny, Yoshihiko Ishizaki

About the Editors

Jun-Hyeok Kwak is Professor of the Department of Philosophy (Zhuhai) at Sun Yat-sen University, China. His publications include Republicanism in Northeast Asian Context (Routledge, 2017) and Patriotism in East Asia (Routledge, 2017).

Sungwoo Park is Professor of Political Science and International Relations at Seoul National University, Korea. His research interests include classical political thought, history of political thought and international political thought.

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:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / History & Theory
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies