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    Is Filial Piety a Virtue? A Reading of the Xiao Jing (Classic of Filial Piety) From the Perspective of Ideology Critique.Hektor K. T. Yan - 2017 - Educational Philosophy and Theory 49 (12):1184-1194.
    The recent revival of Confucianism in the PRC raises questions regarding the legitimacy of cultivating Confucian virtues such as ren, li and xiao in an educational context. This article is based on the assumptions that education is an ideologically laden practice and that moral virtues have the potential of functioning to sustain hegemony and other forms of social control. By focusing on the Xiao Jing, a lesser known Confucian classic, it offers the Confucian account of filial piety a charitable reading (...)
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    Learning From the Barbarians? Reflections on Chinese Identity and ‘Race’ in the Educational Context.Hektor K. T. Yan - 2016 - Educational Philosophy and Theory 48 (12):1218-1232.
    This paper takes a reflective look at the notions of identity, ‘race’ and ethnicity using a few ancient and modern Chinese ‘texts’. It begins with an examination of the reforms known as ‘adopting the costume of barbarian/foreign people and practicing mounted archery [hufuqishe]’ carried out by King Wuling 武靈王 in 307 BCE as described in the Zhan Guo Ce 戰國策 and the Shiji 史記 by Sima Qian 司馬遷. Its cultural and educational significance is then discussed in order to show how (...)
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    Can Animals Sing? On Birdsong, Music and Meaning.Hektor K. T. Yan - 2013 - Social Science Information 52 (2):272-286.
    This article deals with conceptual questions regarding claims to the effect that humans and animals share artistic abilities such as the possession of music. Recent works focusing on animals, from such as Hollis Taylor and Dominique Lestel, are discussed. The attribution of artistic traits in human and animal contexts is examined by highlighting the importance of issues relating to categorization and evaluation in cross-species studies. An analogy between the denial of major attributes to animals and a form of racism is (...)
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    Is There a Geography of Thought for East‐West Differences? Why or Why Not?Ho Mun Chan & Hektor K. T. Yan - 2007 - Educational Philosophy and Theory 39 (4):383–403.
    Richard Nisbett's The Geography of Thought is one of several recent works that have highlighted purported differences in thinking patterns between East Asians and Westerners on the basis of empirical research. This has implications for teaching and for other issues such as cultural integration. Based on a framework consisting of three distinct notions of rationality, this paper argues that some of the differences alleged by Nisbett are either not real or exaggerated, and that his geography of thought fails to provide (...)
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    "A Rich Conception of the Surface": On Feng Zikai's Paintings to Protect Life.Hektor K. T. Yan - 2019 - Philosophy East and West 69 (2):535-558.
    … the capacity to see depends on having a rich conception of the surface, a rich conception of what it is to be a living thing and therefore how to describe what it does and what it suffers.In 2005, a Guardian news article appeared with the heading "Scientists say lobsters feel no pain."1 It was a report about findings from a group of Norwegian scientists who claimed that there is no evidence to suggest that invertebrates, including crustaceans and insects, feel (...)
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    Bruckner and the Third Reich: Philosophical Reflections on Taste: Yan Bruckner and the Third Reich.Hektor K. T. Yan - 2011 - Think 10 (28):89-100.
    Anton Bruckner, the Austrian composer famous for his monumental and sophisticated symphonies, has never been among the most popular composers in the English-speaking world. However, the fact that his works became the favourites of the Nazis before and during WWII has been the subject of an ongoing scholarly debate since the 1990's. Not only did Hitler show personal approval of the symphonist, the National Socialist Party used the orchestral music of Bruckner to accompany a number of important party events. For (...)
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  7. Cosmopolitanism and What It Means to Be Human: Rethinking Ancient and Modern Views on Discerning Humanity.Hektor K. T. Yan - 2010 - Philosophia 38 (1):107-129.
    This paper takes a conceptual look at cosmopolitanism and the related issue of what it means to be human in order to arrive at an alternative conceptual framework which is free from empiricist assumptions. With reference to a discussion on Homer’s Iliad , the author develops a ‘humanist’ model of discerning humanity. This model is then compared and contrasted with Martha Nussbaum’s version of cosmopolitanism. The notion of ‘aspect-seeing’ discussed by Wittgenstein in the second part of the Philosophical Investigations is (...)
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    Education and Philosophy in R. F. Holland’s Against Empiricism: A Reassessment.Hektor K. T. Yan - 2017 - Educational Philosophy and Theory 50 (13):1228-1239.
    In his 1980 book Against Empiricism: On Education, Epistemology and Value, British philosopher R. F. Holland exposes the inadequacies of a philosophy of education originating from an empiricist worldview. By following Plato’s view that the issue of what qualifies as knowledge has to be understood with reference to whether it is teachable, Holland’s critique of empiricism highlights the social and communal dimensions of education. The primary objective of this paper is to offer a reassessment of Holland’s thoughts on education and (...)
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    Epicurus, Death and Grammar.Hektor K. T. Yan - 2014 - Philosophia 42 (1):223-242.
    Using the Epicurean position on death as a starting point, this article re-examines the basic assumptions of philosophers regarding their views on whether death should be seen as a bad. It questions the positions of philosophers such as Thomas Nagel and Derek Parfit by applying Wittgenstein’s notion of grammar as developed by G. P. Baker and P. M. S. Hacker. While philosophers may characterize questions such as ‘What is the nature of death?’ and ‘Is death a bad?’ as metaphysical, I (...)
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    Hegemony or Philosophy? On the Legacy of Postmodernism.Hektor K. T. Yan - 2018 - Educational Philosophy and Theory 50 (14):1508-1509.
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    On Experimental Philosophy, Morality and Meaning.Hektor K. T. Yan - 2016 - Philosophy 91 (2):233-254.
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