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Eric Voegelin’s Asian Political Thought

The rise of Asia in global affairs has forced western thinkers to rethink their assumptions, theories, and conclusions about the region. Eric Voegelin’s Asian Political Thought brings together a mixture of established and rising scholars from both Asia and the West to reflect upon the political philosopher’s thought about China, Japan, Korea, Central Asia, and India. From Voegelin’s writings, readers will not only understand how Voegelin’s approach can illuminate the fundamental principles and issues about Asia but also what are the challenges and possibilities that Asia offers in the twentieth-first century. For those who want to move past the superficial commentary and clichés about Asia, Eric Voegelin’s Asian Political Thought is the book for you.


Table of Contents

Introduction: Eric Voegelin and Asia

Lee Trepanier

Chapter 1: Re-thinking Chinese Ecumene in the Global Age

Jarosław Marek Duraj

Chapter 2: The Theological Roots of Modern Chinese Political Thought: A Voegelinian Interpretation

Jin Li and Li Ma

Chapter 3: Contextualizing a Crackdown: Voegelin on China’s Falun Gong

Caylan Ford and Stephen Noakes

Chapter 4: The Decay of Order for the Progress of an Empire:

Shang Yang’s Proposal for Fundamental Reform in the Records of the Grand Historian

Jin Jin

Chapter 5: Masters of Political Theology: Eric Voegelin and The Mongols

Jonathan Ratcliffe

Chapter 6: Pyramids of Skulls: Unacceptable Violence, Transcendence, and the Image of Timur in the Thought of Eric Voegelin and Contemporary Scholarship

Todd Myers

Chapter 7: The Chinese, Japanese, and Korean Ecumene

Lee Trepanier

Chapter 8: Exile and Anamnesis in Selected Works of Natsume Soseki

Timothy Hoye

Chapter 9: The Bhagavad Gita: An Incomplete Breakthrough within the Drama of Humanity

Brendan Purcell

Chapter 10: The Figure of Socrates and its Significance for Liberal Education in Asia

John von Heyking

Lee TrepanierLee Trepanier

Lee Trepanier

Lee Trepanier is a Professor of Political Science at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama. He is author and editor of several books and also is the editor of VoegelinView (2016-present) and editor of Lexington Books series Politics, Literature, and Film (2013-present).

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