Western Political Thought in Dialogue with Asia
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Cary J. Nederman
Global Encounters: Studies in Comparative Political Theory
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Western Political Thought in Dialogue with Asia is a unique collection of essays that examines the exchange of political ideas between Western Europe and Asia from the Middle Ages to the early twentieth century. The contributors to the volume call for globalizing the scope of research and teaching in the history of political thought.
Given the rise of globalization and coinciding increase in cultural clashes among diverse nations, it has become eminently clear to scholars of political thought that there exists a critical gap in the knowledge of non-Western philosophies and how Western thought has been influenced by them. This gap has led to a severely diminished capacity of both state and nonstate actors to communicate effectively on a global scale. The political theorists, area scholars, and intellectual historians gathered here by Takashi Shogimen and Cary J. Nederman examine the exchange of political ideas between Europe and Asia from the Middle Ages to the early twentieth century. They establish the need for comparative political thought, showing that in order to fully grasp the origins and achievements of the West, historians of political thought must incorporate Asian political discourse and ideas into their understanding. By engaging in comparative studies, this volume proves the necessity of a cross-disciplinary approach in guiding the study of the global history of political thought.
1 Contents
Chapter 2 Introduction

Chapter 3 I. Comparative Approaches to Political Thought

Chapter 4 1. Comparative Political Theory: What Is It Good For?

Chapter 5 2. Toward a Global History of Political Thought

Chapter 6 II. Western Conversations with Asia

Chapter 7 3. Varieties of Dialogue: Dialogical Models of Intercultural Communication in Medieval Inter-religious Writings

Chapter 8 4. Asia and the Moral Geography of European Enlightenment Political Thought c. 1600-1800

Chapter 9 5. The Ebb and Flow of Peoples, Ideas and Innovations in the River of Intercivilizational Relations: Toward a Global History of Political Thought

Chapter 10 6. Viewing Islam through Enlightenment Eyes

Chapter 11 7. Dealing with Inequality: A Conversation with Islamic Economics

Chapter 12 III. Asian Dialogues with the West

Chapter 13 8. Islamic Responses to Europe at the Dawn of Colonialism

Chapter 14 9. From Political Thought in India to Indian Political Thought

Chapter 15 10. Indian Alternations: Aurobindo, Ambedkar and After

Chapter 16 11. Chinese Conceptions of the State during the Late Qing Dynasty (1860-1911)

Chapter 17 12. Is There a Confucian Perspective on Social Justice?

Chapter 18 13. Imagining the Body Politic: Metaphor and Political Language in Late Medieval Europe and Tokugawa Japan

Chapter 19 14. Meiji Intelligentsia's Riposte 20 Further Readings 21 About the Contributors 22 Index

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