Publications

Forthcoming
Shi Jinbo and Hansong Li. Forthcoming. The Economy of Western Xia. Leiden: Brill. Publisher's Version
2020
Tangut Language and Manuscripts: An Introduction
Jinbo Shi and Hansong Li. 6/2020. Tangut Language and Manuscripts: An Introduction. Leiden: Brill. Publisher's VersionAbstract
This book is the first comprehensive introduction to the Tangut language and culture. Five of the fiſteen chapters survey the history of Western Xia and the evolution of Tangut Studies, including new advancements in the field, such as research on the recently decoded Tangut cursive writings found in Khara-Khoto documents. The other ten chapters provide an introduction to the Tangut language: its origins, script, characters, grammars, translations, textual and contextual readings. In this synthesis of historical narratives and linguistic analysis, the renowned Tangutologist Shi Jinbo offers a guided access to the mysterious civilisation of the ‘Great State White and High’ to both a specialized and a general audience.
2019
孟德斯鳩政治思想中的海洋空間理論
Hansong Li and Haoming Lin. 12/2019. “孟德斯鳩政治思想中的海洋空間理論.” Edited by Hongtu Li and Zhongjie Meng. 全球思想史論叢:概念的流動, 1, Pp. 50-74. Publisher's VersionAbstract
在海洋擴張和海洋貿易的高潮中,孟德斯鳩的政治語言裡充滿了將海洋作為物理空間和社會空間的表述。作為貫穿孟德斯鳩政治思想的一條顯線,隨著時間的推移和體裁流派的發展,孟德斯鳩看待海洋的視角不再靜止,而是隨著個人的發展而演變。孟德斯鳩在海外豐富的海上經歷讓他的思想變得成熟,這也正解釋了他思想闡述的片段性特征。因為儘管在關於孟德斯鳩著作和知識遺產的大多數傳統辯論中,海洋空間以各種各樣的方式分到一些筆墨,但是它很少被視為一個引領分析孟德斯鳩修辭選擇、歷史反思和時空關懷這一整體性問題的方法。而這一方法恰恰可以揭示他各類著作中潛在的具體政治問題和動態的哲學活動。在本文中,筆者從兩方面來追溯海洋在孟德斯鳩思想中的地位。一方面,從年代角度將他早年於波爾多、巴黎時期的繁雜學務,與他在意大利和英國的考察,以及他在法國的多產歲月相聯繫;另一方面,從論題角度將他關於海洋科學、文學和歷史的著作及其對社會生活的許多影響聯繫起來。筆者旨在突出孟德斯鳩思想發展過程中迄今尚未得到充分的探索的一個重要主題。而筆者相信,這一主題反過來又能更好地將其政治思想的形成置於其語境之中。
Time, Right and the Justice of War and Peace in Hugo Grotius’s Political Thought
Hansong Li. 2019. “Time, Right and the Justice of War and Peace in Hugo Grotius’s Political Thought.” History of European Ideas, 45, 4, Pp. 536-552. Publisher's VersionAbstract
The juridical force of time forms a critical, but hitherto unexplored part of Hugo Grotius’s discourse on the justice of war and peace. Grotius defines war as a span of time in which disputed rights and armed conflicts between states are examined in reference to temporal coordinates. This method allows him to adjust otherwise static laws to meet the demands of times and spaces in an increasingly expanded world. In doing so, Grotius is also able to reconcile multiple layers of laws in a temporal framework, which suspends one layer of law, to be revived at later times. Finally, cautious in the use of the language of time, Grotius admits both that right demands immediacy, and that justice suffers delays. By this nexus of delay (mora) and emergency (necessitas), Grotius warns against the abuse of ‘time’ as a legal concept to justify unlawful claims, which still rings with alarm today.
2018
The Space of the Sea in Montesquieu's Political Thought
Hansong Li. 9/25/2018. “The Space of the Sea in Montesquieu's Political Thought.” Global Intellectual History. Publisher's VersionAbstract
From the scientific and literary expression ‘flux et reflux’ to the political and juridical language of the ‘citoyens du navire,’ the ocean as a physical and social space is a salient thread over time and across genres in Montesquieu's political thought. Amidst the high tides of maritime expansion and oceanic trade, Montesquieu's perspective of the sea, far from static, evolved along with the thinker. This essay for the first time uses the space of the sea to navigate Montesquieu's rhetorical choices, historical perspectives, and temporal-spatial concerns, by tracing maritime themes in Montesquieu's oeuvres both chronologically and thematically. It points out that Montesquieu's early-expressed interest in the sea tides, which arose in the oceanographic context in a Résomption (1720), morphed into political metaphors in the Lettres Persanes (1721), the Pensées and L’esprit des Lois (1748). And through his study of the actual seas during his journey in Italy, recorded in the Voyages, Montesquieu further advanced his thought on the sea as a significant site of social and political activity. The goal is to bring to the fore an underlying strain of thought that preoccupied Montesquieu's intellectual development, which may in turn better contextualise his political thought in its formation.