NOBILITY AND CIVILITY
Harvard University Press, 2004 - 272 pages
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.
Results 1-3 of 39
In the method Zhu spelled out in his commentaries on the Great Learning and the
Mean, an empathetic understanding of others and of all things was seen as
essential. The method of the Great Learning, known as the Eight Items or Steps, ...
consists in fathoming the principle of any thing or affair we come into contact with,
for the intelligent [spiritual] human mind always has principles inherent in the
capacity to know [learn], and the things and affairs of this world all have their ...
... and all things (Tiandi wanwuyitizhireri), 128 Humanity (jen), 184 Hunan report,
210 HuYuan (993-1059) Ieyasu, 113, 114, 115 Imperial: Conspectus of Great
Peace (Taiping yulan), 121; Court, 114; Institution, 197; Rescript on Education of
What people are saying - Write a review
Confucius Noble Person
The Noble Paths of Buddha and Rama
Buddhist Spirituality and Chinese Civility
9 other sections not shown