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Author De Bary, Wm. Theodore, 1919-2017.

Title Nobility & civility : Asian ideals of leadership and the common good / Wm. Theodore de Bary
Published Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 2004
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Description 1 online resource (xiv, 256 pages)
Contents Confucius' noble person -- The noble paths of Buddha and Rama -- Buddhist spirituality and Chinese civility -- Shōtoku's constitution and the civil order in Early Japan -- Chrysanthemum and civil society in Song China -- Civil and military in Tokugawa Japan -- Citizen and subject in modern Japan -- "The people renewed" in twentieth-century China
Summary 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
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 241-244) and index
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Subject Civil society -- Asia -- History.
Leadership -- Religious aspects -- Buddhism
Leadership -- Religious aspects -- Confucianism
Leadership -- Religious aspects -- Hinduism
Leadership -- Asia -- History.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2004042212
ISBN 0674030672 (electronic bk.)
9780674030671 (electronic bk.)
Other Titles Nobility and civility