Dao: A Journal of Comparative Philosophy 17 (1):81-98 (2018)
AbstractXunzi’s 荀子 advocacy for moral education is well-documented; precisely how his program bolsters moral development, and why a program touting study of ritual could be effective, remain subjects of debate. I argue that these matters can be clarified by appealing to the theory of learning and development offered by Lev Vygotsky. Vygotsky posited that development depends primarily on social interactions mediated by sociocultural tools that modify learners’ cognitive architecture, enabling increasingly sophisticated thought. Vygotsky’s theory is remarkably similar to Xunzi’s account of how studying and practicing ritual restructures learners’ moral psychology. Specifically, both Vygotsky and Xunzi offer nonnativist accounts of psychosocial development that emphasize the centrality of sociocultural tools for learning. This comparison yields a more nuanced and empirically supported interpretation of Xunzi’s account of moral education, as well as an account that has applications in contemporary work in moral education and development.
Similar books and articles
Situationism and Confucian Virtue Ethics.Deborah S. Mower - 2013 - Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 16 (1):113-137.
A Trans-Actional Approach to Moral Development.Matthew Pamental - 2010 - Ethics and Education 5 (1):15-26.
Turning Vygotsky on His Head: Vygotsky' `Scientifically Based Method' and the Socioculturalist's `Social Other'. [REVIEW]S. Rowlands - 2000 - Science & Education 9 (6):537-575.
Xunzi’s Theory of Ritual Revisited: Reading Ritual as Corporal Technology.Ori Tavor - 2013 - Dao: A Journal of Comparative Philosophy 12 (3):313-330.
Before and After Ritual: Two Accounts of Li as Virtue in Early Confucianism. [REVIEW]Sungmoon Kim - 2012 - Sophia 51 (2):195-210.
Vygotsky and Lenin on Learning: The Parallel Structures of Individual and Social Development.Wayne Au - 2007 - Science and Society 71 (3):273 - 298.
Implications of Vygotsky's Theory of Development for Moral Education.Jae-Ho Lee - 2000 - Journal of Moral Education 12 (2):157.
Method Mourning: Xunzi on Ritual Performance.Thomas Radice - 2017 - Philosophy East and West 67 (2):466-493.
Ritual and Religion in the Xunzi Ed. By T. C. Kline III and Justin Tiwald.Kurtis Hagen - 2016 - Philosophy East and West 66 (2):676-678.
Xunzi on Moral Expertise.Justin Tiwald - 2012 - Dao: A Journal of Comparative Philosophy 11 (3):275-293.
Moral Development of Children with Intellectual Disability in Light of Vygotsky's Defectology.Bong-Rye Kim - 2013 - The Journal of Moral Education 25 (2):171.
Epistemological Interpretation on Vygotsky's Development Theory.Chae-Hyeong Park - 2006 - Journal of Moral Education 18 (1):135.
Added to PP
Historical graph of downloads
Citations of this work
Virtue and Virtuosity: Xunzi and Aristotle on the Role of Art in Ethical Cultivation.Lee Wilson - 2018 - Journal of Confucian Philosophy and Culture 30:75–103.
Virtue Through Habituation: Virtue Cultivation in the Xunzi.Siufu Tang - 2021 - Journal of Chinese Philosophy 48 (2):157-169.
Xunzi’s Ritual Model and Modern Moral Education.Colin Joseph Lewis - 2021 - European Journal for Philosophy of Religion 13 (2):17-43.
Vygotsky and Moral Education: A Response to and Expansion of Tappan.Colin J. Lewis - 2019 - Educational Philosophy and Theory 51 (1):41-50.
References found in this work
The Ways of Confucianism: Investigations in Chinese Philosophy.David S. Nivison - 1996 - Open Court Publishing.
Minor Tweaks, Major Payoffs: The Problems and Promise of Situationism in Moral Philosophy.Hagop Sarkissian - 2010 - Philosophers' Imprint 10.
The Ethics of Confucius and Aristotle: Mirrors of Virtue.Jiyuan Yu - 2007 - Routledge.