Confucian Tradition and Global Education

Confucian Tradition and Global Education

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Confucian Tradition and Global Education by Wm. Theodore de Bary

Drawn from a series of lectures that Wm. Theodore de Bary delivered in honor of the Chinese philosopher Tang Junyi, Confucian Tradition and Global Education is a unique synthesis of essay and debate concerning the future of Chinese education and the potential political uses of Confucianism in the contemporary world.

Rapid modernization and the rise of English as a global language increasingly threaten East Asia's cultural diversity and long-standing Confucian traditions. De Bary argues that keeping Confucianism alive in China is not only a matter of "Chinese identity," but also a critical part of achieving a multicultural global education. Scholars take different views on what is worth preserving in Confucian tradition, and whether it is possible for the classical teachings to remain relevant in today's high-tech educational environment. De Bary and his contributors assert that the Chinese classics are the key to this survival, and therefore their inclusion in a global humanities curriculum is essential.

De Bary also believes in the power of the classics to humanize the modernization process and to shape a more democratic East Asia. Kwan Tze-wan discusses the difficulty of teaching the Chinese humanities in English when certain ideas and values are best expressed in a native language, and Cheung Chan Fai demonstrates how it is still possible for Confucian humanism to contribute to a modern liberal education. Timely and passionately argued, Confucian Tradition and Global Education is a major work emphasizing the importance of Chinese philosophy in the post-World War II era.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780231141208
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 04/10/2007
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 128
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Wm. Theodore de Bary is the John Mitchell Mason Professor Emeritus and provost emeritus of Columbia University and currently holds the title of Special Service Professor. He has written extensively on Confucianism in East Asia and is the editor of the first editions of Sources of Chinese Tradition, Sources of Korean Tradition, and Sources of Japanese Tradition.

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John Berthrong

Wm. Theodore de Bary makes an elegant case for why material from the various Asian traditions needs to be part of any contemporary general education. Just as de Bary's earlier works on topics such as the liberal tradition in China and current debates on human rights and dignity have introduced a generation of North American scholars to the richness of the Chinese tradition in general and the Confucian tradition in particular, so too does Confucian Tradition and Global Education do the same for the topic of general education.

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