Journal of East China Normal University(Educational Sciences) ›› 2023, Vol. 41 ›› Issue (12): 100-112.doi: 10.16382/j.cnki.1000-5560.2023.12.009

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Why Education is Transcendent: The Construction and Characteristics of the Transcendent Theory:That’s Why We Need Lu Jie Today

Jiangkun Zhang   

  1. Faculty of Education, Beijing Normal University, Beijing 100875, China
  • Accepted:2023-05-31 Online:2023-12-01 Published:2023-11-27


The Transcendent Theory is one of the most important academic criticisms and constructions of contemporary Chinese educators on realistic education. The problem of “no one”, that is, the problem that education alienates people and their whole life, is the object of reflection and criticism of The Transcendent Theory. Education is the education of “people”, and The Transcendent Theory responses to the problem of “no one” in education is based on the construction of “practical man” of the theory of human nature. Curing the problem of “no one” lies in “making people become transcendental beings”, that is, realizing “self-transcendence” and “transcending society”. For that, transcendental educational philosophy is a great effort to generate the possibility of human beings. As a defense and commitment to education, The Transcendent Theory has a tone of “intellectual honesty”. It’s helpful to break the illusion and prejudice in education. It is also of great value in solving modern educational problems. Recognizing The Transcendent Theory is a rational awareness of rethinking education, and it is also a possible way of having a good life.

Key words: education, transcendence, practice, The Transcendent Theory