NOBILITY AND CIVILITY
Globalization has become an inescapable fact of contemporary life. Some leaders, in both the East and the West, believe that human rights are culture-bound and that liberal democracy is essentially Western, inapplicable to the non-Western world. How can civilized life be preserved and issues of human rights and civil society be addressed if the material forces dominating world affairs are allowed to run blindly, uncontrolled by any cross-cultural consensus on how human values can be given effective expression and direction?
In a thoughtful meditation ranging widely over several civilizations and historical eras, Wm. Theodore de Bary argues that the concepts of leadership and public morality in the major Asian traditions offer a valuable perspective on humanizing the globalization process. Turning to the classic ideals of the Buddhist, Hindu, Confucian, and Japanese traditions, he investigates the nature of true leadership and its relation to learning, virtue, and education in human governance; the role in society of the public intellectual; and the responsibilities of those in power in creating and maintaining civil society.
De Bary recognizes that throughout history ideals have always come up against messy human complications. Still, he finds in the exploration and affirmation of common values a worthy attempt to grapple with persistent human dilemmas across the globe.
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11 In this passage the unboundedness of the Buddha ' s body and the
principle of universal emptiness in the Prajñāpāramitā ( expressed in the
negation of all determinate views ) could also be understood in the more
affirmative terms of the ...
It does , he says , have a proximate use , but nothing to compare with art . The
law ( dharma ) has no speech , but without speech it cannot be expressed .
Eternal truth ( tathatā ) transcends form , but only by means of form can it be
Substance referred to classical Confucian values , function to their contemporary
application , and literary expression to ... This last concept was expressed in the
term wen , which stood not only for written discourse but for the whole range of ...
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