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Creating the Civil Society East and West: Relationality, responsibility and the humane person

Ozoliņš, Jānis T. (2017) Creating the Civil Society East and West: Relationality, responsibility and the humane person. Educational Philosophy and Theory, 49 (4). pp. 362-378. ISSN 0013-1857

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Abstract

A recurring theme in many places concerns the nurturing and maintenance of a civil society that is committed to justice, to human fulfilment and a community that actively pursues the good of all its members. The creation of a civil society where there is respect for persons and a concern for the good of others is an important social aim and though it is not the sole responsibility of educational institutions, they have a crucial role to play in its development. It also evident that the creation of a civil society includes the family and the wider community and so in order to understand how a civil society is to be fostered, we need to understand relationality, a central concept in both the Western and Eastern understandings of human nature. If we reflect on contemporary education in both the East and the West, an important question to consider is the extent to which education measures up to developing in young people a sense of their responsibilities to one another, their families and to the wider community. In short the question of how well we are developing humane persons who are able to relate to one another and build a civil society. This article argues that there needs to be a rebalancing of the aims of education to include the development of those values and dispositions that will foster a civil society.

Item Type: Published Articles
Repository Version: Metadata Only
Keywords: civil society, Gramsci, confucianism, educational aims
Fields of Research: 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2203 Philosophy > 220399 Philosophy not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education
Type of Activity: Pure Basic Research
Subjects: D - Education Studies
College/Association with University of Divinity: CTC: Catholic Theological College
Depositing User: Dr Suman Kashyap
Date Deposited: 16 Apr 2019 03:02
Last Modified: 16 Apr 2019 03:02
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/3613

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