||After the end of martial law in late 1980s, the political discourse by Fang-ming Chen, one of the proponents of Taiwan’s nation building, has been taken as an indicator among Taiwan’s Pan- green group. While Chen has self-reported as an liberalist, how could he remains a die hard nationalist? How did he deal with the contradiction between liberalism and nationalism? Or the declaration and practice are two different things. This thesis departs from the statement that Chen is a classic liberalist, follows, as well as does detailed reading of the content of his personal life, observes the ingredients of liberalism which have been instilled into his life to cultivate his thought of liberalism. This thesis also explores Chen’s level of liberalism. Is it a deep belief, or just a mean of power |
struggling? The author deeply believe that as a belief, liberalism is a goal deserved for seeking without regrets, while as a mean, liberalism is disposable.
To examine the essence of Chen’s thought of liberalism, the author puts emphasis on analyzing Chen’s discourses on Taiwan nation, Taiwan independence, transitional justice as well as
Cross-Strait relations. The relation between Chen’s related political discourses and his perspective of classic liberalism is intriguing.
Even though Dworkin’s take of liberalism stresses precarious republicanism, public will and positive liberty rather than individual
liberty, will and negative liberty, scholars still regard him as a liberalist according to his way of discussion, not the nature of the object. Since Chen is neither a constructor nor an assistant of theory of liberalism, for the author to prove or disprove Chen’s stand of liberalism is to examine his discourses and practice. Is Chen
become more of liberalism or less of it? From the spirit of liberalism, any construction should be examined by time, including the author’s
argument. Whether Chen could become a liberalist as declared by himself has become the battle inside him.