Human nature and self-cultivation: a comparative study on the philosophies of Confucius and John Dewey

In this thesis, I have explored, explicated and argued for some specific areas of commonalities between the philosophy of John Dewey and the teaching of Confucius. Both theories start with the same fundamental assumption that there is no such thing as immutable human nature, and their shared emphasis on education is based on this supposition. John Dewey and Confucius agree that the self mainly consists of habits and that the transformation of the self implies growth, i.e., the acquisition of new and intelligent habits. The Deweyan conception of growth overlaps the Confucian doctrine of self-cultivation in that both concepts focus on the obtainment of inner moral qualities that are of great communal import. Dewey's construal of freedom seems to parallel jen, the Confucian ideal, because both thinkers maintain that human perfection is the ultimate goal for which we should strive unceasingly
Keywords No keywords specified (fix it)
Categories (categorize this paper)
 Save to my reading list
Follow the author(s)
My bibliography
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Revision history
Request removal from index
Download options
Our Archive

Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 27,220
External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
Through your library
References found in this work BETA

No references found.

Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

No citations found.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles
The Disappearance of the Public Good: Confucius, Dewey, Rorty.Joseph Grange - 1996 - Philosophy East and West 46 (3):351-366.
John Dewey's Experimental Politics: Inquiry and Legitimacy.Zach VanderVeen - 2011 - Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society 47 (2):158-181.
The Art of Becoming Human: Morality in Kant and Confucius.Katrin Froese - 2008 - Dao: A Journal of Comparative Philosophy 7 (3):257-268.
The Concepts of Jen, Yi and Li in Confucius.Chi-Wah Fong & 方子華 - 1986 - Dissertation, University of Hong Kong
Setting the Record Straight: Confucius' Notion of Ren. [REVIEW]Shirong Luo - 2012 - Dao: A Journal of Comparative Philosophy 11 (1):39-52.
The Philosophy of John Dewey.Paul Arthur Schilpp - 1939 - New York: Tudor Pub. Co..
Grange, Joseph, John Dewey, Confucius, and Global Philosophy.Amos Yong - 2007 - Dao: A Journal of Comparative Philosophy 6 (4):413-415.

Monthly downloads

Added to index


Total downloads

10 ( #429,149 of 2,164,654 )

Recent downloads (6 months)

1 ( #348,012 of 2,164,654 )

How can I increase my downloads?

My notes
Sign in to use this feature

There  are no threads in this forum
Nothing in this forum yet.

Other forums