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.
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.