Humanity and Education in the Work of Hannah Arendt

By Hanako Koyama.

Published by The Humanities Collection

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In Japan, there are now a lot of debates on the future of education in general, and of higher education in particular. One of the focuses of these debates is the redefinition of humanity or humanness (often referred to as NingenRyoku, literally the power of human or the power of being human). Entering into the vocabulary of the Japanese higher education circle, the term is now one of the keywords in discussing especially the liberal arts curriculum. In this paper, I will try to rethink the meaning of humanity with regard to education by using Hannah Arendt’s work as a guide. By studying her two “crisis” essays, “The Crisis in Education” and “The Crisis in Culture,” I will highlight the curious contrast between the concepts of humanity and of education in her thought.

Keywords: Japanese Education, Ningen Ryoku

International Journal of the Humanities, Volume 8, Issue 10, pp.1-6. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 556.500KB).

Dr. Hanako Koyama

Assistant Professor, School of General Education, Shinshu University, Matsumoto, Nagano, Japan

Dr. Koyama received her ph.D. from the New School for Social Research in 2007. Her research focuses on the political philosophy of Hannah Arendt, the 20th century Jewish writers, and the Frankfurt School. Currently, she is working on the issues of peace, reconciliation, and forgiveness.


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