Adventures in Chinese Realism
Classic Philosophy Applied to Contemporary Issues
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Relates Chinese Realism to contemporary political and ethical challenges, such as in international relations and the morality of the public sector.
Realism, or Legalism, was once a significant influence in classical Chinese philosophy, later eclipsed by Confucianism. Its ideas, however, remain alive and powerful. Realists propose dealing with real-world problems using real-world instruments, such as incentives, rewards, institutions, and punishments. Adventures in Chinese Realism updates Chinese Realism to explain contemporary political and philosophical issues in a matter-of-fact, thought-provoking way. Contributors to this volume demonstrate how many of the Legalist recipes for creating strength, security, and order can be applied today. In many areas—international relations, corporate ethics, the organization of the public sector, and the roles that bureaucrats and politicians play—Realism offers unique ways to align these inherently particularistic actions with the broader common good.
Eirik Lang Harris teaches in the Department of Philosophy at Colorado State University. He is the author of The Shenzi Fragments: A Philosophical Analysis and Translation. Henrique Schneider is Professor of Economics and Philosophy of Economics at the Nordakademie University of Applied Sciences in Germany. He is the author of An Introduction to Hanfei's Political Philosophy: The Way of the Ruler.
"Adventures in Chinese Realism makes an important contribution to the field by highlighting and expounding with sophistication the contribution that a neglected part of classical Chinese thought—Chinese Realism—can make to contemporary issues in diverse fields." — Alejandro Bárcenas, Texas State University