Wisdom in Zen, Daoism and western philosophy
Time: 14:45 - 16:45
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
This course has now started
Course Code: HP112
Duration: 12 sessions (over 12 weeks)
What is the course about?
In examining the value and significance of human existence, the great philosophical traditions of Zen Buddhism, Chinese Daoism and the West intersect and differ. By comparing and contrasting these traditions we gain greater insight into the nature of our existence than we might by following one tradition alone. How compatible are these traditions? Is it possible to create a higher philosophical synthesis based on a contemporary conception of the ‘sage’ (wise person)?
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?
· Related and distinct concepts in Zen, Dao and Western Philosophy – e.g., dao, non-duality, logos
· Being\Nothing and Nihilism East and West
· A common existential-phenomenological basis?
· Differences in the role of reasoning – Pyrrhonian skepticism, Daoist paradox, Zen 'non-sense'
· Cultural backgrounds of East-West traditions
· The sage (wise person)?
· A common philosophy?
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
· Discuss, simply, the key differences between Zen, Daoism and Western thought using the ‘sage’ (wise person) as an example.
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. There will be some readings discussed in pairs or small groups in the sessions. 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?
Please see City Lit's website for further information about philosophy courses.
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.