Confucianism in a nutshell

Course Dates: 13/01/20 - 03/02/20
Time: 18:00 - 19:30
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Tutors:

‘If one learns from others but does not think, one will be bewildered. If, on the other hand, one thinks but does not learn from others, one will be in peril.’ Confucius, ‘Analects 2.15’.

Description

What is the course about?

Confucian thought has had a major influence on Chinese philosophy. However, what it amounts to is often unclear. Is it merely an arbitrary ‘moral’ system full of pithy admonitions or does it harbour greater depths than might at first appear?

What will we cover?

• Confucius – key ideas: ‘benevolence’ (ren), ‘propriety/ritual’ (li) and the ‘cultivated person’ (junzi)
• ‘Warm-hearted’ confucianism: Mencius
• ‘Cold-hearted’ confucianism: Xunzi
• ‘Neo-confucianism’: Zhu Xi – ‘the investigation of things’ (gewu).

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

• Discuss, simply, the significance of ‘benevolence’ in the Confucian tradition.

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 Daoism in a nutshell (HP118) starting on 10.2.20.

Reviews
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 academia.edu page at 'https://independentscholar.academia.edu/JohnGoff'.

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.

Book your place

Course Code: HP117

Mon, eve, 13 Jan - 03 Feb '20

Duration: 4 sessions (over 4 weeks)

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

Or call to enrol: 020 7831 7831

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