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    Tongdong Bai (2008). A Mencian Version of Limited Democracy. Res Publica 14 (1):19-34.
    The compatibility between Western democracy and other cultures, and the desirability of democracy, are two important problems in democratic theory. Following an insight from John Rawlss (...)later philosophy, and using some key passages in Mencius, I will show the compatibility between athinversion of liberal democracy and Confucianism. Moreover, elaborating on Menciuss ideas of the responsibility of government for the physical and moral well-being of the people, the respectability of the government and the ruling elite, and the competence-based limited political participation, I shall explore the Mencian criticisms of somethickdemocratic ideas. Through the discussion in this paper, I hope to show the relevance of Confucianism to contemporary political philosophy and society. (shrink)
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    Tongdong Bai (2008). Back to Confucius: A Comment on the Debate on the Confucian Idea of Consanguineous Affection. Dao: A Journal of Comparative Philosophy 7 (1):27-33.
  3. Tongdong Bai (2009). The Price of Serving Meat—on Confucius's and Mencius's Views of Human and Animal Rights. Asian Philosophy 19 (1):85 – 99.
    The apparent conflict between some fundamental ideas of Confucianism and of rights seems to render Confucianism incompatible with rights. I will illustrate the general strategies, based upon (...)
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    Tongdong Bai (2010). What to Do in an Unjust State?: On Confucius's and Socrates's Views on Political Duty. [REVIEW] Dao: A Journal of Comparative Philosophy 9 (4):375-390.
    Confucius argued for the centrality of the superior man’s political duty to his fellow human beings and to the state, while Socrates suggested that the superior man (the philosopher) may have no such political duty. However, Confucius also suggested that one not enter or stay—let alone save—a troubled state, while Socrates stayed in an unjust state, apparently fulfilling his political duty to the state by accepting an unjust verdict. In this essay, I will try to show how Confucius could solve (...)
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    Tongdong Bai (2011). Preliminary Remarks: Han Fei Zi—First Modern Political Philosopher? Journal of Chinese Philosophy 38 (1):4-13.
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    Tongdong Bai (2009). How to Rule Without Taking Unnatural Actions (无为而治): A Comparative Study of the Political Philosophy of the Laozi. Philosophy East and West 59 (4):pp. 481-502.
    In this essay, the understanding of naturalness and of ruling without taking unnatural actions in the "Laozi" will be clarified and elaborated on, and it will be (...)
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    Yi Jiang & Tongdong Bai (2010). Studies in Analytic Philosophy in China. Synthese 175 (1):3-12.
    This essay explores the history of studies in analytical philosophy in China since the beginning of the last century, by dividing into three phases. It shows that, (...)
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    Tongdong Bai (2008). An Ontological Interpretation of You (Something) (有) and Wu (Nothing) (无) in the Laozi. Journal of Chinese Philosophy 35 (2):339-351.
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    Tongdong Bai (2010). Guest Editor's Words. Synthese 175 (1):1-2.
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    Tongdong Bai (2007). Daniel Bell, Beyond Liberal Democracy: Political Thinking for an East Asian Context:Beyond Liberal Democracy: Political Thinking for an East Asian Context. Ethics 117 (4):739-742.
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    Tongdong Bai (2012). Philosophy of China. In Gerald F. Gaus & Fred D'Agostino (eds.), The Routledge Companion to Social and Political Philosophy. Routledge 181.
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  12. Tongdong Bai (2012). China: The Political Philosophy of the Middle Kingdom. Zed Books.
    But what is the message of China's rise as an economic and political power? Tongdong Bai addresses this pressing question by examining the history of political (...)theories and practices from China's past, and showing how it impacts upon the present. Chinese political traditions are often viewed as "authoritarian" (in contrast with "Western" democratic traditions), but the historical reality is much more complex and there is a need to understand the political values shaping China. Bai argues that the debates between China's two main political theories - Confucianism and Legalism - anticipate themes in modern political thought and offer resources for thinking about contemporary political problems. This groundbreaking work offers a insight into the political history and thought of a nation. (shrink)
     
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  13. Tongdong Bai (2004). Philosophy and Physics: Action-at-a-Distance and Locality. Dissertation, Boston University
    This dissertation is an attempt to defend two founders of quantum theories, Niels Bohr and Wolfgang Pauli, against various anti-realist readings. These readings claim that Bohr's and Pauli's interpretations of quantum mechanics are based on a denial of the reality of the external world, and that their debates with Albert Einstein are over realism. But I argue that the differences between their views and Einstein's are neither about the reality of the external world, nor about the reality of theoretical entities (...)
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  14. Yi Jiang & Tongdong Bai (2010). Studies in Analytic Philosophy in China. Synthese 175 (1):3-12.
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