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Journal of Chinese Political Science

, Volume 23, Issue 3, pp 467–468 | Cite as

Kai Marchal & Carl K. Y. Shaw, eds., Carl Schmitt and Leo Strauss in the Chinese-Speaking World: Reorienting the Political

(Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2017), 290 P. $105.00 Hardback
  • Tristan Kenderdine
Book Review

This is not a volume about political philosophy, it is rather about political philosophy appropriated for a political purpose. The book tackles Chinese academic attempts to legitimise the radical antiliberal ideas of Schmitt and Strauss into a practical theory of governance. The book’s focus is not so much the scholarship, but rather a warning of the ongoing legitimation of this political theory spreading throughout institutions and into national value systems, eventually to be used as a tool of the executive government. In Schmitt and Strauss, China’s contemporary political theorists are looking for something in classical political philosophy to negate liberal democracy or something in post-enlightenment political philosophy to circumvent it.

The unversality of the Hegelian-Kantian-Rawlsian hegemony, is challenged as a normative institutional order. The appeal to China is not simply the rejection of the universalism of Western liberalism, but also the blending of legal and political...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.College of Asia and the PacificAustralian National UniversityCanberraAustralia

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