Keekok Lee has published many books
which are shown below. Details, short descriptions and purchasing are
available by following the links beneath each book. She has also
published a selection of articles and chapters in journals and edited volumes.
Her publications, both monographs and articles, have been submitted and accepted through the usual academic procedure. However, starting from Autumn 2021, she will make all forthcoming and future publications (monographs and articles) fully available under the Open Access mode for several reasons, of which the most compelling is the following. Many students and scholars have, over the years, approached her for copies of her work. Alas, she cannot release them to readers without violating copyright. Some have also told her that given the price of the monographs, they cannot afford to buy personal copies; some of them (from poorer economies) say that even their libraries may have some difficulty to buy them given their high cost. Open Access via keekoklee.org should solve these problems.
A Case Study of Intercultural Philosophy of Medicine: Biomedicine, Classical Chinese Medicine
and the Colonial Mind-set, 2021. Open Access, 12 October 2021.
This book attempts to assess the nature of the relationship between what, today, is commonly called Biomedicine (Bm) /Modern Western Medicine (MWM), on the one hand, and what may be called Chinese Medicine, on the other. These are two very different systems of medicine; they are rooted in very different theoretical/philosophical frameworks, the former in Modern Western Philosophy (MWP) and the latter in Classical Chinese Philosophy (CCP, or to be more precise in Daoist Philosophy). Each philosophy generates and underpins its own science and its own medicine. In other words, Bm/WWM upholds, implicitly or explicitly, its own paradigm of scientificity; so, does Chinese Medicine. It is also undoubtedly true that Bm, global-wise, is the dominant medicine, and Chinese Medicine is not. This, in turn, leads to Bm and its paradigm of scientificity being upheld as “the Paradigm of Scientificity”, and any rival to or deviation from it is judged by the same token to be inferior/flawed or even pseudo-science/mumbo-jumbo. Such an approach constitutes Essentialism of Method or Methodological Exceptionalism.
Essentialism of Method is an embodiment of what may be called The Colonial Mind-set, with its Janus-faced roles of The Coloniser and the Colonised – The Coloniser is Bm, The Colonised, Chinese Medicine. The book will also attempt to show that Essentialism of Method is not only ‘politically incorrect”, as it were, it is also philosophically flawed.
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Modern Western and Ancient Chinese Philosophy A Case Study of Intercultural Philosophy, 2021. Open Access. Autumn 2021.
The remit of this book is quite narrow; hence its title refers to “Intercultural Philosophy” rather than “Multicultural Philosophy”. This is because this author is not qualified to assess any other philosophical traditions, historical and/or extant, other than two: (a) the modern Western tradition (call this WPT) since its emergence in Western Europe in the 17th century, but which traces its provenance and roots back to ancient Classical Greek philosophy and, (b) the Chinese tradition, dating roughly back to the same period of history as ancient Greek philosophy (call this CPT). The book aims to explore the (obvious) differences but also the (not so obvious) similarities between these two traditions of philosophy/philosophy and philosophising/philosophising. The book contains “case studies” of problems which arise in WPT but which appear also to have counterparts in CPT. The domains involved cover ontology, logic, philosophy of mind, philosophy of medicine, philosophy of physics, ethics, philosophy of law.
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Plato and Democracy Today: 20/20 Reith Lectures. Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2018
This book uses an innovative narrative device to mount an exercise in (popular) political philosophy. It presents Plato as “the 20/20 Reith Lecturer” bringing up to date his critique of democracy which he began more than two thousand years ago in The Republic.
Such an exploration is prompted by the current interest in and reflection on the concept of democracy, following three recent political events in the UK and the USA: the UK Brexit Referendum and the US Presidential Election in 2016, followed by the General Election in the UK in June 2017. These three “unexpected” outcomes have inevitably led Plato to focus on populism and the role it plays in understanding the logic of democracy.
Plato relentlessly exposes its fundamental flaw as demagoguery, relying not so much this time on high abstract philosophical/political theorising but on empirical data to back up his critique. Ironically, he shows that Orwell’s Newspeak is its tongue.
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