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In Search of the Good LifeA Pedogogy for Troubled Times$
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Fred Dallmayr

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780813124575

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813124575.001.0001

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. Why the Classics Today?

. Why the Classics Today?

Lessons from Gadamer and de Bary

(p.140) (p.141) 7. Why the Classics Today?
In Search of the Good Life

Fred Dallmayr

University Press of Kentucky

This chapter clarifies the meaning of the term classics using the German philosopher Hans-Georg Gadamer as the chief guide. Gadamer eloquently accentuated the continual timeliness of classical teachings and underscored the critical potential of these teachings. Theodore de Bary also used this potential in his classics of East Asian thought. The chapter concludes with a plea made by de Bary to contemporary readers, which is to allow the classics to guide them toward civility (wen) rather than warfare (wu).

Keywords:   classics, Hans-Georg Gadamer, classical teachings, Theodore de Bary, East Asian thought, contemporary readers, wen, wu, civility, warfare

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