Creative Education

Volume 11, Issue 1 (January 2020)

ISSN Print: 2151-4755   ISSN Online: 2151-4771

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Ethical Issues of Globalizing Liberal Education: The Case of Japan

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Is it ethically justifiable to teach liberal education in non-Western countries, which might have a negative impact on the career of those programs’ graduates, because they could be regarded as troublemakers, who destroy their own culture? In this paper, I will show that a fundamental value conflict exists between liberal education with its emphasis on autonomy and Japanese culture with its emphasis on harmony. But if this is the case, is the application of liberal education in Japan not cultural imperialism? I will argue that the moral dilemma can be dissolved by infusing Japanese area studies throughout the curriculum of a liberal arts program with its emphasis on the Western tradition. Such an integration would not privilege any kind of knowledge, and would give students real choices about what kind of values are better for their life and their society.

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Etzrodt, C. (2020) Ethical Issues of Globalizing Liberal Education: The Case of Japan. Creative Education, 11, 1-15. doi: 10.4236/ce.2020.111001.

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