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The Idea of Order in Ancient Chinese Political Thought: a Wightian exploration

Martin Wight Memorial Lecture 2013


Is there any significant international thought in antiquity beyond the West? If there is, what insights can it offer? Inspired by Martin Wight’s profound contributions to international relations so steeped in historical and philosophical depth, this lecture explores how order as a pivotal idea of international relations is deliberated in ancient Chinese political thought. It investigates how alternative visions of order in international relations are imagined and the ways in which the moral and political pursuit of order is conducted in the relations among states in Ancient China. In establishing a broad claim that ancient Chinese political and philosophical deliberations are rich in international thought, it will be argued that a Wightian exploration of ancient Chinese thought is integral in our quest for international theory today.

Yongjin Zhang is professor of international politics at the University of Bristol and editor of International Orders in the Early Modern World: before the rise of the West.


Speaker(s):

Professor Yongjin Zhang | talks

 

Date and Time:

20 November 2013 at 6:30 pm

Duration:

1 hour 30 minutes

 

Venue:

Hong Kong Theatre
LSE Clement House
99 Aldwych
London
WC2B 4JF
020 7955 6043
http://www.lse.ac.uk/events
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London School of Economics & Political Science
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