What does the Confucian heritage mean to modern East Asian education today? Is it invalid and outdated, or an irreplaceable cultural resource for an alternative approach to education? And to what extent can we recover the humanistic elements of the Confucian tradition of education for use in world education?
Written from a comparative perspective, this book attempts to collectively explore these pivotal questions in search of future directions in education. In East Asian countries like China, Japan, Korea and Taiwan, Confucianism as a philosophy of learning is still deeply embedded in the ways people think of and practice education in their everyday life, even if their official language puts on the Western scientific mode. It discusses how Confucian concepts including rite, rote-learning and conformity to authority can be differently understood for the post-liberal and post-metaphysical culture of education today. The contributors seek to make sense of East Asian experiences of modern education, and to find a way to make Confucian philosophy of education compatible with the Western idea of liberal education.
This book was originally published as a special issue of Educational Philosophy and Theory.
Table of Contents
Introduction: The Confucian Concept of Learning Revisited for East Asian Humanistic Pedagogies Duck-Joo Kwak, Morimichi Kato and Ruyu Hung
1. Ethics of Learning and Self-knowledge: Two cases in the Socratic and Confucian teachings Duck-Joo Kwak
2. Humanistic Traditions, East and West: Convergence and divergence Morimichi Kato
3. ‘‘The Source of Learning is Thought’’ Reading the Chin-ssu lu with a ‘‘Western Eye’’ Roland Reichenbach
4. A Theory of Learning in Confucian Perspective Chung-ying Cheng
5. The Corporeality of Learning: Confucian Education in Early Modern Japan Masashi Tsujimoto
6. Lixue, the Lost Art: Confucianism as a form of cultivation of mind Hyong-Jo Han
7. A Critique of Confucian Learning: On Learners and Knowledge Ruyu Hung
8. Two Concerns of the Confucian Learner Youn-Ho Park
9. Modern Versus Tradition: Are there two different approaches to reading of the Confucian classics? Chung-yi Cheng
Duck-Joo Kwak is Professor of Philosophy of Education at Seoul National University, Korea. She is the author of Education for Self-transformation: Essay as an Educational Practice (2011) and numerous articles on values education and teacher education.
Morimichi Kato is Professor of Philosophy of the Faculty of Human Sciences at Sophia University, Japan. He has a long-standing interest in the history of Platonism and humanism in the West, and has written extensively on Plato, Aristotle, Cicero, Renaissance philosophers, Heidegger, Charles Taylor and Gianni Vattimo.
Ruyu Hung is Professor of Philosophy of Education at National Chiayi University, Taiwan. She is the author of Leaning Nature (2010), Education between Speech and Writing: Crossing the Boundaries of Dao and Deconstruction (2017) and many other philosophical and educational articles.