Historical Responsibility with Reciprocal Non-domination

When:22 Mar 2019, 12:30pm - 2pm
Venue:Room 310, Morven Brown Building, Kensington Campus
Who:Jun-Hyeok Kwak (Sun Yat-sen University)
J_H Kwak

Abstract: This talk will present 'reciprocal non-domination' as a regulative principle for accomplishing a forward-looking historical reconciliation in Northeast Asia. Specifically, it intends to achieve the following aims: First, by analyzing the official apologies made by Kono and Murayama in the context of inherited responsibility, I lay out briefly which deficiencies of their efforts were inimical to the objective of accomplishing a ‘thick’ reconciliation between Japan and South Korea. Second, by juxtaposing the specific implications of ‘shame’ in Northeast Asian cultures with the psyche of victimhood underneath the Japanese nationalist backlash against external demands for an official apology, I argue that those modes of rectification which are preoccupied with a nationalistic shaming or a power-based realpolitik can actually harm the mutual trust that might otherwise enable a broader population to accomplish a ‘thick’ reconciliation in Northeast Asia. Third, by elaborating ‘reciprocal non-domination’ as a future-centered regulative principle that encourages both victims and wrongdoers to take a non-ethnocentric deliberation about historical reconciliation, I suggest a bilateral or multilateral compact with reciprocal non-domination as a viable solution for the forward-looking realization of thick reconciliation between the Northeast Asian countries.

Short-bio: KWAK Jun-Hyeok is 100 Talents Professor of Philosophy (Zhuhai) at Sun Yat-sen University in China. He received his PhD from the University of Chicago in 2002. Before joining Sun Yat-sen University in 2016, he taught at various universities including Korea University, Kyungpook National University, University of Bologna, and the University of Chicago. His research interests lie at the crossroads of political philosophy from Socrates to Machiavelli and contemporary sociopolitical theories. He has published numerous articles on Machiavelli, republicanism, patriotism, and global justice in various languages, including “Republican Patriotism and Machiavelli’s Patriotism” (Australian Journal of Political Science, 2017). He is currently serving as the General Editor of the Routledge Series, Political Theories in East Asian Context.

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