Educational Philosophy and Theory: Incorporating ACCESS Special Issue: Chinese Philosophy of Education 2018

Theme: Ecological Pedagogy: Humanity, Nature and Education in Modern World

Educational Philosophy and Theory

‘The harmony between humanity and nature’ (Tien-Rén Hé Yi天人合一) is a core idea of Chinese traditional culture. Chinese thought is taken as comprising environmentally friendly doctrines and values. Yet the deteriorating environmental crisis in modern China paradoxically induces a re-examination of the idea of the harmony between humanity and nature and the following analysis of the meanings of the involved concepts like ‘harmony’, ‘humanity’, and ‘nature’. What is the value of nature from the perspective of Chinese thought? What are the moral statuses of nature and nonhuman beings in Chinese tradition? Is the archaic idea of the harmony between humanity and nature workable in modern societies characterised by digital technologies, capitalist marketisation, and globalisation? For philosophers of education in Chinese cultural societies, it is important to examine, criticise, interpret, reinterpret, deconstruct or reconstruct Chinese philosophy of education with respect to nature and environmental issues. This special issue invites papers in any topic in Chinese philosophy of education concerning environment. We encourage papers aiming to explore the relationship between humanity and nature and its implications in education in the following areas:

  • Environmental humanity, environmental citizenship, environmental justice
  • Environmental ontology, environmental aesthetics, environmental ethics, environmental philosophy
  • Nonhuman beings, animal, technology
  • Place-based education, place pedagogy, outdoor education, education for ecological sustainability

Submission Instructions and Procedures

Papers for peer review should be no more than 6000 words in length, including references. Submitted papers should not have been previously published nor currently under consideration for publication elsewhere. A guide for authors, sample issues, and other relevant information is available on the EPAT website. For any questions, contact Ruyu Hung, professor at the Department of Education, National Chiayi University, Taiwan at or

All manuscripts should be made online at the Educational Philosophy and Theory ScholarOne Manuscripts site located at and clearly labelled that it is for this Special Issue.

We recommend manuscripts to be 6, 000 words in length including references, but excluding the abstract.

General guidelines and details about manuscript preparation can be found on the website.