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Confucian Tradition and Global Education


reviewed by Huey-li Li December 12, 2007

coverTitle: Confucian Tradition and Global Education
Author(s): William Theodore de Bary
Publisher: Columbia University Press, New York
ISBN: 9629963043, Pages: 128, Year: 2005
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The primary contents of this book are three lectures by William Theodore de Bary, delivered at The Chinese University of Hong Kong in 2005 in honor of Tang Junyi, an influential Confucian scholar in the twentieth century. The central theme of de Bary’s lectures is Confucian humanism and global education. Echoing de Bary’s chosen theme, Cheung Chan Fai’s “Tang Junyi and the Philosophy of General Education” and Kwan Tze-wan’s “The Over-dominance of English in Global Education” are also included in this book. In line with Amartya Sen’s (2004) argument that “public reasoning” is the essence of democracy, de Bary’s lectures affirm the contribution of Confucian tradition to liberal democracy in East Asia as well as the larger world community. Specifically, he identifies the Confucian values, i.e., cultivation of socially responsible personhood, the advocacy of reasoned discourse, the promotion of social cooperation, and the pursuit of public good as vital cultural resources... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: December 12, 2007
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 14853, Date Accessed: 10/22/2017 8:51:17 PM

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  • Huey-li Li
    University of Akron
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