Explorations in Confucian Philosophy

Is Confucianism synonymous with Chinese culture? While it may be an overstatement to equate the two, there is little doubt that Confucianism pervades every level of Chinese culture and society. To be sure, other traditions such as Daoism and Buddhism have also left an indelible mark; nevertheless, Confucianism remains central to the shaping of the Chinese imagination. The influence of Confucianism extends beyond China to East Asia and through migration and cultural diffusion, other parts of the world. Confucianism traces its origins to the teachings of Confucius. What makes Confucius so special and what did he teach? This course will explore some of the key concepts in Confucian philosophy. Much of the discussion will centre on the Analects of Confucius, the foundational text of Confucian wisdom, although attention will also be given to the subsequent unfolding of the Confucian tradition. We will attempt to situate Confucian philosophy in its own context and to bring out its contemporary significance. Confucianism is a living tradition. Its vitality hinges on not only its continuing relevance in Chinese society but also its contribution to meeting the global challenges confronting the world today. There are no prerequisites for this course, other than a keen interest in Chinese tradition and culture, and the willingness to engage the Analects of Confucius.

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Rating 5.0 based on 2 ratings
Length 7 weeks
Effort 6 weeks of study, 4-6 hours/week
Starts Mar 4 (in 6 weeks)
Cost $49
From Nanyang Technological University, Singapore via Coursera
Instructor Alan K. L. Chan
Free Limited Content
Language English
Subjects Art & Design Humanities
Tags Arts And Humanities Philosophy

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Another important Golden Rule of Confucianism is "Love or care for others".

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Pros:I've read the Analects & the Tao Teh Ching a few years back.

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It is goes very much in depth considering the short time it takes.Cons:The lecturer speaks too slowly for me, I had to run the videos at 1.5xDidn't feel like the interviews in week 4 really added anything new to further the course.

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These are the great concepts or ideas for me that may need to apply into practice for my society after study of this course in the pursuit of Harmony and Goodness to some extent.

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Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Rating 5.0 based on 2 ratings
Length 7 weeks
Effort 6 weeks of study, 4-6 hours/week
Starts Mar 4 (in 6 weeks)
Cost $49
From Nanyang Technological University, Singapore via Coursera
Instructor Alan K. L. Chan
Free Limited Content
Language English
Subjects Art & Design Humanities
Tags Arts And Humanities Philosophy