Chinese philosophy

Course Dates: 11/01/21 - 22/03/21
Time: 14:45 - 16:45
Location: Online

There is great richness of thinking in Chinese Philosophy beyond the core Confucian tradition. From the nature of nature to the human condition, Chinese thinkers offer much food for thought.

This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.


What is the course about?

An introduction to the key ideas, schools and thinkers in Chinese philosophy from ancient to modern times with an emphasis on the philosophical concepts that have been developed over this period.

This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
- Earphones/headphones/speakers.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.

What will we cover?

The main ‘schools’ and their differences: Confucian, Mohist, Daoist, Yin-Yang, Names, Legalist, Chan & Chinese Buddhism with some consideration also of ‘Maoism’ - the emphasis will, however, be on the key philosophical concepts associated with these schools.
The key thinkers associated with the schools, for example: Confucius, Mencius, Mo Tzu, Lao Tzu, Chuang Tzu, Hui Shih, Han Fei Tzu, Lin ji.
The broader significance of Chinese philosophy.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

Explain simply some of the key ideas in Chinese philosophy with reference to several thinkers.
Evaluate simply the ongoing significance of Chinese philosophical thought.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

This is an introductory course that assumes no specific philosophical learning or ability other than an interest in thinking philosophically. A willingness to engage in thinking-through and discussing ideas will be of benefit – some perseverance in reading texts provided provided may be required.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

The course will run, in the main, in a ‘seminar’ format with brief tutor presentations followed by Q&A and open
discussion. There may be some small-group formats for discussion based on topics arising from the short readings. All slides used will be available online for later reference.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

No other costs. Participants may wish to take notes with pen & paper, laptop or tablet according to their preference.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

You might be interested in HP112 - Japanese Philosophy, starting in April 2021.

Tutor Biographies
John Goff Tutor Website

From reading Philosophy at a young age to the formal study of Cognitive Science, Philosophy & Psychology at the Universities of London and Sussex - after a prior career in video-arts - John Goff has been presenting philosophy courses to adults since the early 2000s. He uses a cross-disciplinary, seminar-based approach in his courses, drawing on Philosophy, Psychology and the wider Humanities & Social Sciences with an emphasis on the intersection of contemporary and classical European and Asian philosophical thought. He is the author of several works of philosophical fiction concerning artificial minds and organisms and alternative-human worlds including the novel 'The Last Days of the Most Hidden Man' and the novellas 'Eidopolis', 'Agents of Erasure' and 'Jupiter|Saturn'. His academic writings can be found on his page at ''.

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.

This course has now started

Course Code: HP100

Started Mon, day, 11 Jan - 22 Mar '21

Duration: 11 sessions (over 11 weeks)

Full fee: £209.00
Senior fee: £167.00
Concession: £127.00

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