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THEODORE de BARY

Theodore de Bary  

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Excerpts from "Asia in the Core Curriculum"

It is not just that "each generation chooses its own ancestors," as the saying goes, but that certain works perennially survive translation and critical scrutiny across time as well as cultures. ~ Theodore de Bary, "Asia in the Core Curriculum"


The curriculum promotes a shared discourse that, in an age of inescapable specialization, bridges the disciplines and sustains communication among educated persons. ~ Theodore de Bary, "Asia in the Core Curriculum"


If intellectual diversity and cultural pluralism are to survive in universities, they must tend the roots of their own cultures and nurture whatever there still is of distinctive excellence in their own traditions. ~ Theodore de Bary, "Asia in the Core Curriculum"


Can justice be done to the distinctive features of each tradition in a one-year survey? One can have something like "globality" in the academic equivalent of a one-year shopping mall, but nothing like the intimate personal experience of life in a village, or the sense of identification with a community for which one takes some personal responsibility. ~ Theodore de Bary, "Asia in the Core Curriculum"


In the study of cultures or civilizations, an understanding of one's own situation and one's own past is a precondition for understanding another's. ~ Theodore de Bary, "Asia in the Core Curriculum"


Not to come to terms with one's past is to remain hostage to it, and thus not to become fully master of oneself. In such a condition, being unable to take responsibility for one's own past, one is in a poor position to become truly responsive to others. ~ Theodore de Bary, "Asia in the Core Curriculum"


 

 

 
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