The Ivory Tower and The Marble Citadel: Essays on Political Philosophy in Our Modern Era of Interacting Cultures
English · 2012
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About the Book
The Ivory Tower and the Marble Citadel opens up a new way of pursuing the critical development of political philosophy in today’s intercultural intellectual arena. Metzger holds that political philosophies are linguistically unavoidable efforts to infer the principles of morally legitimate government from a maximally enlightened conceptualization of the universal human condition. Because these efforts depend on a vocabulary embodying culturally inherited premises, textual analysis uncovering these premises and debate about how they should be revised are crucial for the improvement of political philosophy.
About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s)
Thomas A. Metzger is senior fellow emeritus of the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, and professor emeritus of the University of California, San Diego. He was born in Berlin, Germany in 1933 and received his Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1967. A member of the Consultative Committee of the International Confucian Association, he has held visiting professorships at National Taiwan Normal University, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, East China Normal University, Wuhan University, Peking University, and the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.