International Relations Theory and Chinese philosophy

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Insights drawn from a comparison between International Relations theory and Chinese philosophy provide a timely vantage point for ‘Chinese Engagements’ at this historical juncture of China’s emergence as a twenty-first century global power. In this chapter, after a brief historical background, three major International Relations theoretical perspectives are examined: neorealism, neoliberal institutionalism, and social constructivism. In addition, hegemonic stability theory and global governance are selected as concepts relevant to the globalised political world. The theory of correlativity is discussed as an introduction to Chinese philosophy and this is followed by Daoism, Confucianism and Buddhism as the tripartite philosophical foundations of the Chinese tradition. Legalism and Mohism are two added perspectives that help elucidate the polarities of Chinese philosophy. Conclusions are drawn in terms of mutuality between the two, soft power and the correlative nature of the global governance phenomenon.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationChinese engagements
Subtitle of host publicationRegional issues with global implications
EditorsB McCormick, J H Ping
Place of PublicationRobina
PublisherBond University Press
Number of pages21
ISBN (Print)9780980618761
Publication statusPublished - 2011


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