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Liberalism and the Postcolony: Thinking the State in 20th-Century Philippines

Looks at liberal philosophy of 4 Filipino scholars in building the Philippines in the post-colonial era. Outlines history of the Philippines state and articulations of liberalism in education, economics, international affairs and literature. Traces Camilo Oasis’s argument that the American liberal thoughts has driven a democratic nationalism and cultural identity in the 20th century. Deals with Salvador Araneta’s study on American liberalism in terms of driving industrial economy, as well as Carlos P. Romulo’s vision of “The Third World” and anti-Communism. Narrates Salvador P. Lopez’s liberal principles at a crisis time of Marcos dictatorship.