The Great Civilized Conversation: Education for a World Community by Wm. Theodore de BaryThe Great Civilized Conversation: Education for a World Community by Wm. Theodore de Bary

The Great Civilized Conversation: Education for a World Community

byWm. Theodore de Bary

Paperback | November 4, 2014

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Having spent decades teaching and researching the humanities, Wm. Theodore de Bary is well positioned to speak on its merits and reform. Believing a classical liberal education is more necessary than ever, he outlines in these essays a plan to update existing core curricula by incorporating classics from both Eastern and Western traditions, thereby bringing the philosophy and moral values of Asian civilizations to American students and vice versa.

The author establishes a concrete link between teaching the classics of world civilizations and furthering global humanism. Selecting texts that share many of the same values and educational purposes, he joins Islamic, Indian, Chinese, Japanese, and Western sources into a revised curriculum that privileges humanity and civility. He also explores the tradition of education in China and its reflection of Confucian and Neo-Confucian beliefs. He reflects on history's great scholar-teachers and what their methods can teach us today, and he dedicates three essays to the power of The Analects of Confucius, The Tale of Genji, and The Pillow Book of Sei Shonagon in the classroom.

Wm. Theodore de Bary is the John Mitchell Mason Professor Emeritus and Provost Emeritus of Columbia University and past president of the Association for Asian Studies. He has written extensively on Asian civilizations and is the coeditor of Sources of East Asian Tradition, Sources of Chinese Tradition, Sources of Japanese Tradition, a...
Title:The Great Civilized Conversation: Education for a World CommunityFormat:PaperbackDimensions:432 pagesPublished:November 4, 2014Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0231162774

ISBN - 13:9780231162777

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Table of Contents

PrefaceIntroductionPart 1. Education and the Core Curriculum1. Education for a World Community2. "Starting on the Road" with John Erskine & Co.3. The Great "Civilized" Conversation: A Case in Point4. A Shared Responsibility to Past and Future5. Asia in the Core Curriculum6. What Is "Classic"?7. Classic Cases in PointPart 2. Liberal Learning in Confucianism8. Human Renewal and the Repossession of the Way9. Zhu Xi and Liberal Education10. Confucian Individualism and Personhood11. Zhu Xi's Educational Program12. Self and Society in Ming Thought13. The Rise of Neo-Confucianism in Korea14. Confucianism and Human Rights15. China and the Limits of LiberalismPart 3. Tributes and Memoirs16. Huang Zongxi and Qian Mu17. Tang Junyi and New Asia College18. Ryusaku Tsunoda Sensei19. Thomas Merton, Matteo Ricci, and ConfucianismAppendix. Wm. Theodore de Bary: A Life in ConversationIndex

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Perhaps [The Great Civilized Conversation's] most striking feature is the care, and indeed passion, with which core concepts from different epochs of the Confucian educational tradition in East Asia are articulated and interpreted for a wider world community... [A] lifetime of sustained and cumulative effort... is represented in this remarkable volume.Sino Western Journal