This chapter considers some ethical and educational questions opened up by Kurosawa’s Ikiru. Initially key events in the film are recounted. Thereafter the chapter discusses two accounts of how the experiences of Watanabe, the principal character in the film, may be construed as educative. The possibility that Watanabe may have undergone a process of aesthetic-human-transformation broadly in line with the Kyoto School of philosophy are first thought through. However, it is argued that given the narrative events presented in the film, there are good reasons for understanding the education of Watanabe in more MacIntyrean terms. It is claimed that the education of Watanabe entails a transformation of his desires. With his desires transformed he becomes able to do what he previously could not - pursue his own good and that of his local community. I conclude by discussing two ways in which viewers of Ikiru may be educated through watching the movie. I maintain Ikiru opens up possibilities for reflection on (1) a primary ethical question - how one should live in knowledge of one’s imminent death and (2) the nature of education and human transformation.
|Title of host publication||East Asian Pedagogies|
|Subtitle of host publication||Education as Formation and Transformation Across Cultures and Borders|
|Editors||David Lewin, Karsten Kenklies|
|Number of pages||14|
|Publication status||Published - 2020|
|Name||Contemporary Philosophies and Theories in Education|
|Publisher||Springer International Publishing|