Chinese philosophy in a nutshell

Course Dates: 16/09/19 - 07/10/19
Time: 18:00 - 19:30
Location: KS - Keeley Street
John Goff

There is great richness of thinking in Chinese Philosophy. From the nature of nature to the human condition, Chinese thinkers offer much to ponder.


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’.

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 14.10.10.

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Book your place

Course Code: HP125

Mon, eve, 16 Sep - 07 Oct '19

Duration: 4 sessions (over 4 weeks)

Full fee: £69.00
Senior fee: £69.00
Concession: £30.00

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