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Title Comparative political philosophy : studies under the upas tree / editors, Anthony J. Parel, Ronald C. Keith
Imprint New Delhi ; Newbury Park, Calif. : Sage, 1992
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 RCHSS Library  JA81 S833    AVAILABLE    30560400386345
 Euro-Am Studies Lib  320.01 C73827 1992    AVAILABLE    30500100686784
Descript 260 pages ; 23 cm
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Note Includes bibliographical references and index
1. The Comparative Study of Political Philosophy / Anthony J. Parel -- 2. Classical Western Political Philosophy / Barry Cooper -- 3. Modern Western Political Philosophy / Barry Cooper -- 4. Law and Society in Confucian Thought / Ronald C. Keith -- 5. Mao Zedong and his Political Thought / Ronald C. Keith -- 6. What Good is Democracy? The Alternatives in China and the West / Robert X. Ware -- 7. Of Artha and the Arthasastra / K. J. Shah -- 8. Mahatma Gandhi's Critique of Modernity / Anthony J. Parel -- 9. Farabi and Greek Political Philosophy / Yusuf K. Umar -- 10. Khomeini's Doctrine of Legitimacy / Majid Tehranian
"For a long time, the study of political philosophy has assumed the centrality of western political philosophy. The underlying presumption is that the western tradition reflects not just modernity but that it is the product of universal reason itself. This claim of universality is being challenged by other cultures while many from within the western tradition have begun to question the assumptions underlying the concept of modernity." "This fascinating volume explores four major traditions of political philosophy - western, Indian, Chinese and Islamic - in order to identify 'equivalences' and thus engender respect for other traditions while deepening an understanding of one's own." "The contributors maintain that particular cultural and linguistic traditions condition the emergence of specific political philosophies. As such, each tradition produces texts which consciously develop a philosophic understanding of the theory and practice of governance. The strategy followed herein is to select significant representatives from each tradition. Thus, from the pre-modern west, Plato and Aristotle, Augustine and Aquinas; from pre-modern China, Confucius; from India, Kautilya; and from Islam, Farabi. In contrast are those who endeavoured to up-date or reshape their respective traditions of political philosophy: Hegel, Marx, Gandhi, Mao and Khomeini."
"Taken as a whole, this volume moves beyond a Eurocentric bias in order to facilitate an exchange of perspectives originating in major streams of political philosophy as a response to the perilous transition between tradition and modernity, and to the commonality of human distress which characterises such transitions. It will be of considerable interest to any student of political philosophy, political theory and intellectual history."--BOOK JACKET
Link Online version: Comparative political philosophy. New Delhi ; Newbury Park, Calif. : Sage, 1992 (OCoLC)614996482
Subject Political science -- History
Political science -- Philosophy
Politics Philosophy
Alt Author Parel, Anthony
Keith, Ronald C
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