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
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.
Subjects: Education, Language & Literature
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