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About Us

Center for Political Thought

 

The Center for Political Thought is one of the leading research institutes for social and political philosophy in East Asia. In view of the interdisciplinary nature of political thought, the Center coordinates scholars from diverse fields, such as political science, philosophy, history and jurisprudence, and conducts large-scale research projects.

The Center also sponsors the publication of Societas: A Journal for Philosophical Study of Public Affairs.


Executive Officer 

(Executive Officer; Research Fellow; research interests: Contemporary Political Philosophy)



 Research Agenda

Our research agenda consists of:

1. Interpreting modern political, social and legal thought from both the East and the West

2. Exploring the development of Chinese and Taiwanese political and social ideas, especially the modern revolutionary and constitutional discourses

3. Scrutinizing the evolution of political values in modern democratic societies


Ongoing Research Projects


The Center is currently conducting four research projects:

1. Civic Consciousness in Taiwan: Normative Theory and Empirical Study: This project focuses on emerging issues in Taiwanese society, and attempts to bridge the gap between normative political theory and empirical studies in the field.

2. Comparative History of Political Ideas: This project involves in-depth comparative research on political thoughts in different countries, especially the intellectual history of the modern Western and Chinese traditions. The Center also participates leads the journal Intellectual History.

3. History of Western Political Thought: The history of western political thought serves as an important foundation for political thought studies, on which new interpretations, research methods and discourses develop. This project analyzes Eastern and Western constitutionalist ideas and experience, in hopes of discovering useful lessons for the future of Taiwan’s constitutional democracy.

4. Contemporary Sinophone Thought: New Perspectives and Debates
: The rise of populism has led to an increasingly polarized political climate around the world. Given that scholarship on populism has been predominantly focused on western societies, this project intends to shed light on the state of affairs in East Asia, with particular emphasis on sinophone societies. Our project will take into consideration issues such as regional political interactions and economic freedom, growth and inequity in the Asia-Pacific. In view of this, this project seeks to provide critical and comprehensive studies on contemporary sinophone thought.

Researchers

 
Carl K.Y. Shaw
Director of RCHSS; Distinguished Research Fellow; research interests: History of Political Thought
I-Chung Chen
Executive Officer of the Center for Political Thought; Research Fellow; research interests: Contemporary Political Philosophy
Research Fellow; research interests: Western Political Philosophy
Associate Research Fellow; research interests: Political Theory
Assistant Research Fellow; research interests: History of Political Thought, Enlightenment
 

Joint Appointment Researchers
Joint Appointment Research Fellow; Institute of Political Science; research interests: Comparative Politics
Joint Appointment Research Fellow; Institutum Iurisprudentiae; research interests: Public Law Theory
Joint Appointment Associate Research Fellow; Institute of History and Philology; research interests: History
Joint Appointment Professor; NTU College of Law ; research interests: Jurisprudence

Adjunct Research Fellows
Adjunct Research Fellow; research interests: Political Methodology
Adjunct Research Fellow; research interests: Political Philosophy
Adjunct Research Fellow; research interests: History of Political Thought
 
Postdoctoral Fellows 


George Nee
PhD, Department of Political Science, National Chengchi University
Jia-Hau Liu
PhD, Politics and International Relations, Cardiff University
Mingcong Shen
PhD, Department of Political Science, National Sun Yat-sen University
Yu-He Hsiao
PhD, Department of Political Science, National Taiwan University
Yun-I Lai   
PhD, Department of Political Science, National Taiwan University

Doctoral Candidates

Cheng-yu Wu
Department of Political Science, National Chengchi University
Jui-Ling Hsieh 
Department of Political Science, National Taiwan University
Wayne Lee
Department of Political Science, National Chengchi University 
Yu-Ming Liu
Sociology, Politics, and International Studies, University of Bristol
Home-hua Chen
Department of Political Science, National Chengchi University

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