The Metaphysical Foundations of Political Economy in China and the West

The Political Economy of Chinese Finance International Finance Review, Volume 17, p. 15-35, 2016

Posted: 27 Dec 2016

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Robert Keith Shaw

Guangdong University of Foreign Studies (GDUFS)

Date Written: December 21, 2016

Abstract

This paper extends our understanding of the concept and global practice of political economy. The paper sets out the limits of conceptual analysis regarding political economy. It then applies Heidegger’s theory of metaphysics to the cultures of China and the West. It is possible to construct an account of Confucianism metaphysics which contrasts with modern western metaphysics. The paper suggests some implications of the contrast.The paper is exploratory and broad-brush. It suggests the potential of further systematic enquiries. National and business leaders seek to understand the global business environment. This requires insights into the nature of culture and the foundations of cultures. The paper provides a way to make sense of national aspirations and global political/business responses to changed circumstances. The paper continues a research programme which seeks to explicate Chinese decision-making and relate it to the western decision-making. It is the first paper to use Heidegger’s concept of metaphysics in relation to Confucianism.

Keywords: Phenomenology, Ontology, Heidegger, Management, Confucianism, Modernity

JEL Classification: A11, A13, F39, F43, P48

Suggested Citation

Shaw, Robert Keith, The Metaphysical Foundations of Political Economy in China and the West (December 21, 2016). The Political Economy of Chinese Finance International Finance Review, Volume 17, p. 15-35, 2016. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2888669

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