Chinese philosophy in a nutshell

Course Dates: 20/09/21 - 11/10/21
Time: 18:00 - 19:30
Location: Online
There is great richness of thinking in Chinese Philosophy. From the nature of nature to the human condition, Chinese thinkers offer much to ponder.
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £69.00 Concession £42.00

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Course Code: HP125

Finished Mon, eve, 20 Sep - 11 Oct '21

Duration: 4 sessions (over 4 weeks)

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What is the course about?

At the heart of Chinese philosophy is a concern with the way to live harmoniously with others. This core concern turns on an ethical and political understanding of the relation between human and non-human nature or between ‘heaven’, ‘humanity’ and ‘earth’.

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?

We will focus on the ‘classical’ formative period of Chinese philosophy:
• The diversity of Chinese philosophical thought; The book of changes (yijing)
• Confucianism – key concepts
• Daoism – key concepts
• Mohism – the challenge to Confucian thought.

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

• Discuss, simply, the significance of ‘the sage (wise person’ in Chinese philosophy.

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

The course does not assume any prior knowledge. However, some familiarity with or interest in East Asian culture/ideas would be beneficial.

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

The course will run in seminar format with short presentations including group discussion and Q&A. Slides and relevant links will be available online. No work outside class.

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

Notemaking equipment of your own choice. Handouts of portions of relevant texts will be provided during the course.

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

You might be interested in Japanese philosophy in a nutshell (HP126) starting on 18.10.21.

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 ''.

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