The Confucian Concept of Learning: Revisited for East Asian Humanistic Pedagogies

1st Edition

Duck-Joo Kwak, Morimichi Kato, Ruyu Hung

Routledge
Published May 9, 2018
Reference - 122 Pages
ISBN 9781138489196 - CAT# K349795
Series: Educational Philosophy and Theory

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Summary

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 Is it invalid and outdated, or an irreplaceable cultural resource for an alternative approach to education?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.

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