Japanese philosophy in a nutshell
Time: 18:00 - 19:30
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: HP126
Duration: 4 sessions (over 4 weeks)
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.
This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
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 Buddhist philosophy in a nutshell (HP127) starting on 15.11.21. There are more '...in a nutshell' courses in Term 2, on Japanese aesthetics (HP117), Indian philosophy (HP118) and Chinese Buddhist philosophy (HP119).
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.