Japanese philosophy in a nutshell

Course Dates: 14/10/19 - 04/11/19
Time: 18:00 - 19:30
Location: KS - Keeley Street
John Goff

Japanese philosophy extends well beyond Zen, with several philosophical traditions including that of the modern Kyoto School. Developing distinct cultural, aesthetic and political concepts, Japanese philosophers offer a rich field of thought.


What is the course about?

Centring on the core concept of ‘making everyday life sacred’, key strands of Japanese thought will be examined relative to this concept.

What will we cover?

Zen Buddhism: enlightenment in everyday life
Aesthetic ideas: transience and beauty
Shinto, ‘Native Studies’ (Kokugaku) & Ethics
Kyoto School: ‘absolute nothingness’.

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

Discuss critically ways in which the idea of ‘making everyday life sacred’ informs Japanese thought.

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

No prior knowledge is assumed. A willingness to critically examine concepts and some basic familiarity with discussion/debate, argument and evaluation will be beneficial.

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

The course will run in a seminar format with short slide presentation including Q&A and group discussion. No outside work is required.

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

No special equipment is required, other than for note-taking as preferred.

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

You might be interested in Buddhism in a nutshell (HP127) starting on 11.11.19. There are other '…in a nutshell' courses in Term 2, on Confucianism (HP117), Daoism (HP118) and Indian philosophy (HP119).

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Course Code: HP126

Mon, eve, 14 Oct - 04 Nov '19

Duration: 4 sessions (over 4 weeks)

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

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