Frank Flanagan explores significance Confucius' philosophy has for Western education systems today. Frank Flanagan explores the significance for western liberal/democratic educational systems of the philosophy of Confucius. He presents the central elements of Confucius' approach to education and government through an account of the biography of Confucius, an analysis of Analects, and an evaluation of the Confucian tradition through selected contemporary critical accounts. He assesses the value that the Confucian tradition has for the educational systems of advanced industrialised countries in the 21st century.
Frank M. Flanagan currently teaches in the School of Art and Design at the Limerick Instutite of Technology, Ireland, having retired from his position as Senior Lecturer in Education at Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick, Ireland.
Introduction: Confucius and the Analects; 1. The Phenomenon of Confucianism; 2. Who was Confucius?; 3. Confucianism and the Family; 4. The Confucian Conception of Community; 5. Confucianism and Language; 6. The Place of Ritual; 7. Pedagogy and Language; 8. The Confucian Gentleman; 9. Confucianism and the Modern Age; Conclusion; Index.