Course Dates: 23/02/19
Time: 10:30 - 16:30
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Tutor: John Goff

Neo-Confucianism attempted to situate Confucian thought in a wider practical and ethical context by drawing on elements of Buddhism and Daoism and applying itself to worldy affairs.


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 -

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Book your place

Course Code: HP122

Sat, day, 23 Feb - 23 Feb '19

Duration: 1 session

Full fee: £49.00
Senior fee: £39.00
Concession: £25.00

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