Chinese philosophy: an introduction

Course Dates: 11/01/18 - 15/03/18
Time: 14:30 - 16:30
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Tutor: John Goff

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.


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.

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?

For information regarding our philosophy courses, please check our website:

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Course Code: HP100

Started Thu, day, 11 Jan - 15 Mar '18

Duration: 10 sessions (over 10 weeks)

Full fee: £179.00
Senior fee: £143.00
Concession: £79.00
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