. Why the Classics Today?

Fred Dallmayr

in In Search of the Good Life

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print August 2007 | ISBN: 9780813124575
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813134994 | DOI:
. Why the Classics Today?

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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

Chapter.  4914 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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