Engaging Chinese Philosophical Classics: the Dilemma of University General Education in a Democratic World
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AbstractGeneral Education has emerged as an important curricular concept in recent higher education reforms. Inherited from liberal education, general education embraces the objective to promote whole-person education through engaging in values education and broad-based learning. Among the various curricular frameworks for general education, this paper examines the Essentialist approach to establish 'the core curriculum' in achieving common intellectual experience by using the example of the Great Books programme at a university in Hong Kong. While the ideals of whole-person education are supposed to be realized through engaging both western and eastern humanity classics, the dilemma of teaching Chinese philosophy classics, such as the Analects of Confucianism and Zhuangzi of Taoism, in a democratic society may arise, as some of the concepts advocated in these classics might be in conflict with qualities, like critical thinking, active civic participation and spirit of political equality, which a democratic citizen should embrace. This paper will propose solutions, based on the revised and new interpretation of Confucianism and Taoism, to ease the tensions.
All Author(s) ListLEUNG Cheuk Hang
Name of ConferenceThe 44th Annual Conference of Philosophy of Education Society of Australasia
Start Date of Conference22/11/2014
End Date of Conference25/11/2014
Place of ConferenceKingsgate Hotel, Hamilton
Country/Region of ConferenceNew Zealand
Year2014
LanguagesEnglish-United Kingdom

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