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Doing Development Research in Asia: Problems and Perspectives

Because the notion of ‘relevance’ is deeply context bound, I argue that we need to broaden our understanding of development to include ‘conditions for development’. In this paper, I reflect on the well-known adage about ‘give a fish’ and ‘teach to fish’ by adding the following: ‘create the conditions for fishing, we will fish forever’. […]

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John Locke, Christian Liberty and the Predicament of Liberal Toleration.

Recently, scholars have disputed whether Locke’s political theory should be read as the groundwork of secular liberalism or as a Protestant political theology. Focusing on Locke’s mature theory of toleration, the article raises a central question: What if these two readings are compatible? That is, what would be the consequences if Locke’s political philosophy has […]

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