Confucian Perspectives on Learning and Self-Transformation

International and Cross-Disciplinary Approaches

  • Roland Reichenbach
  • Duck-Joo Kwak

Part of the Contemporary Philosophies and Theories in Education book series (COPT, volume 14)

About this book


This book bridges the regions of East Asia and the West by offering a detailed and critical inquiry of educational concepts of the East Asian tradition. It provides educational thinkers and practitioners with alternative resources and perspectives for their educational thinking, to enrich their educational languages and to promote the recognition of educational thoughts from different cultures and traditions across a global world.

The key notions of Confucian and Neo-Confucian philosophy directly concern the ideals, processes and challenges of learning, education and self-transformation, which can be seen as the western equivalences of liberal education, including the German concept of Bildung. All the topics in the book are of fundamental interest across diverse cultures, giving a voice to a set of long-lasting and yet differentiated cultural traditions of learning and education, and thereby creating a common space for critical philosophical reflection of one's own educational tradition and practice. 

The book is especially timely, given that the vocabularies in educational discourse today have been dominantly “West centred” for a long time, even while the whole world has become more and more diverse across races, religions and cultures. It offers a great opportunity to philosophers of education for their cross-cultural understanding and self-understanding of educational ideas and practices on both personal and institutional levels.


Confucian philosophy of education Confucian learning Self-transformation Humanism in East Asia East Asian educational culture Cross-cultural understanding of education Today's educational discourse Educational thinking Eastern and Western traditions in education Educational theory and practice in East Asia East Asian concepts of learning

Editors and affiliations

  • Roland Reichenbach
    • 1
  • Duck-Joo Kwak
    • 2
  1. 1.Institute of EducationUniversity of ZurichZürichSwitzerland
  2. 2.Department of EducationSeoul National UniversitySeoulKorea (Republic of)

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2020
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Education
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-40077-4
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-40078-1
  • Series Print ISSN 2214-9759
  • Series Online ISSN 2214-9767
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