What is the course about?
The contribution that Neo-Confucian thought has made to philosophy, an examination of its core ideas and some consideration of their ongoing relevance to worldy concerns.
What will we cover?
• Key Neo-Confucian thinkers such as Zhu Xi and Wang Yangming.
• Key concepts such as ‘Gewu’ (the investigation of things), ‘Taiji’ (supreme ultimate), ‘li’ (principle), ‘zhixing heyi’ (unity of knowledge and action).
• ‘Jing zuo’ (quiet sitting) as a philosophical means.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
Give a simple exposition of some of the basic ideas of ‘Neo-Confucianism’ .
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?
Nothing other than your own note-making materials.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
You might be interested in John Goff's one-day course on Kierkegaard and the possibility of God (HP032) in June 2019, or his trm-long course on Existentialism and the arts (HP112).
For the full range of philosophy courses on offer, please visit our website - www.citylit.ac.uk.
General information and advice on courses at City Lit is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details