About the book:
The Philippines entered the twentieth century newly free of Spanish rule and faced with the task of building a nation. Due in part to American control of the country for the first half of the twentieth century, liberalism played a dynamic role in shaping the government and philosophy of the Philippines.
Through the biographies of four Filipino scholar-bureaucrats—Camilo Osias, Salvador Araneta, Carlos P. Romulo, and Salvador P. Lopez—Lisandro E. Claudio argues that liberal thought served as the grammar of Filipino democracy in the twentieth century. Melding political philosophy and narrative history, he takes us through various articulations of liberalism in pedagogy, international affairs, economics, and literature. In this first book on Filipino liberals in the twentieth century, Claudio brings to light an obscured history of the Philippine state and also argues for a new liberalism rooted in the postcolonial experience, a timely intervention in light of the ascent of President Rodrigo Duterte and the current developments in Southeast Asian politics.
Publisher: Ateneo de Manila University Press
Publication Date: 2017
Size: 230 x 155mm
About the author:
Lisandro E. Claudio was a postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Kyoto University and Assistant Professor at the Department of Political Science of the Ateneo de Manila University. He is the author of Taming People’s Power: The EDSA Revolutions and their Contradictions and Basagan ng Trip: Complaints about Culture and Politics . Claudio is currently an Associate Professor of History at the dela Salle University.