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characters The Path What Chinese Philosophers Can Teach Us About the Good Life Read & Download The Path What Chinese Philosophers Can Teach Us About the Good Life · PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Ssible”These astonishing teachings emerged two thousand years ago through the work of a succession of Chinese scholars exploring how humans can improve themselves and their society And what are these counterintuitive ideas Good relationships come not from being sincere and authentic but from the rituals we perform within them Influence comes not from wielding power but from holding back Excellence comes from what we choose to do not our natural abilities A good life emerges not from planning it out but through training ourselves to respond well to small moments Transformation comes not from looking within for a true self but from creating conditions. The Path is a reference book I know I will return to over the years I will read some of the reading suggestions from The Path eg The Analects and then return to The Path to make sure I have understood them correctly The writing style is completely non academic as the author wants the reader to understand the concepts rather than dazzling the reader with his academic knowledge Academic writers who can do this are rare eg Frank Close and should be treasured

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The Path What Chinese Philosophers Can Teach Us About the Good Life

characters The Path What Chinese Philosophers Can Teach Us About the Good Life Read & Download The Path What Chinese Philosophers Can Teach Us About the Good Life · PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook That produce new possibilitiesIn other words The Path upends everything we are told about how to lead a good life Above all unlike most books on the subject its most radical idea is that there is no path to follow in the first place just a journey we create anew at every moment by seeing and doing things differentlySometimes voices from the past can offer possibilities for thinking afresh about the futureA note from the publisher To read relevant passages from the original works of Chinese philosophy see our free ebook Confucius Mencius Laozi Zhuangzi Xunzi Selected Passages available on Kindle Nook and the iBook Store and at BooksSimonandSchustercom. I knew almost nothing about Chinese philosophy so an introduction like this was very welcome Puett and Gross Loh lead you through the thinking of the old Confucian masters They do this in a very didactic way and contrast this thinking nicely with the way we look at things in the West It was especially refreshing to have a completely different view than that of classical Buddhism for as far as I have understood Confucianism is much focused on the real world and also much pragmatic working through seemingly minor adjustments of gaze and behavior whilst Buddhism is much revolutionary I even dare say counternatural in a way that Christianity also is in the Nietzschean sense The only thing that bothered me about this booklet is the historical survey at the end in which the authors share a history view that was very popular among certain historians Joseph Needham for example a few decades ago This view claims that everything that was ever invented or initiated in the West can be attributed to China even the Enlightenment according to them It s a classic case of hyper correction seems to me On the other hand a lot of what the confucianist masters are telling corresponds with rather recent westerns theories like systems thinking and chaos and complexity theory That makes this booklet extra recommended reading

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characters The Path What Chinese Philosophers Can Teach Us About the Good Life Read & Download The Path What Chinese Philosophers Can Teach Us About the Good Life · PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook International BestsellerFor the first time an award winning Harvard professor shares his wildly popular course on classical Chinese philosophy showing you how these ancient ideas can guide you on the path to a good life todayWhy is a course on ancient Chinese philosophers one of the most popular at HarvardIt’s because the course challenges all our modern assumptions about what it takes to flourish This is why Professor Michael Puett says to his students “The encounter with these ideas will change your life” As one of them told his collaborator author Christine Gross Loh “You can open yourself up to possibilities you never imagined were even po. Good News From the East The Path like the Harvard lectures on which it is based is exceptionally popular for a book of its kind on the face of it an esoteric philosophy which doesn t offer self help so much as the re definition of what constitutes self I suspect however that the reason for its appeal is not its doctrines of which it has none but its offer of a sort of religion which has been lost in the West for almost two millennia The Path outlines a religion of ethical and ritual habit rather than a religion of faith and belief The loss of this sort of religion has been so total that many are likely to perceive its suggestions for this is what they are as no religion at all Religions of faith notably Christianity and Islam are relative exceptions in the theological world see The distinguishing characteristic of these religions separating them from the Judaism from which they derive and from the religions they like to term pagan including not just the state religion of the Roman and Greek empires but the other world religions of Buddhism Hinduism Jainism etc is the idea of doctrinal belief All other religions except Christianity and Islam articulate what they conceive as correct behaviour rather than correct belief which actions are necessary for a fulfilling satisfying and meaningful life not which thoughts or words of attestation are necessary for salvationThe introduction to The Path sums up its message succinctly you can wield that power of habit or ritual to achieve things that you never thought were possible given who you thought you are Such an idea is heretical in Christianity it smacks of Pelagianism the idea that human beings have some responsibility for and ability to affect their own spiritual state without the need for externally supplied grace and the system of intellectual beliefs which is purported to be its source Augustine of Hippo bitterly fought against such a view in the 4th century and embedded it in one form or another in every Christian sect Catholic Protestant and Pentecostal The logical conseuence of his doctrine is the rather dismal idea of pre destination and the overwhelming imperative to obey ecclesiastical authorityFor members of the religions of faith faith justifies It justifies not merely the sinful human being who is judged by God but it also justifies any behaviour thought necessary by ecclesiastical authority to protect what it deems the tenets of faith This principle is so inculturated among adherents of faith based religions that they can barely conceive of a religion without either doctrine or the authority to enforce it The fact that the perennial Chinese wisdom summarised in The Path is neither dogmatic nor authoritarian but suggestive and experimental comes as a pleasing surprise I think it also helps in its popularity that while this wisdom is social in terms of both its ethical norms and their interpretation it is not tribal in the mode of reuiring attestation to or in a group The concept of what might be called ethical habit is not new in the West It was an area of well developed thought in ancient Greek and Roman civilisation Socrates Aristotle the Stoic philosophers Cicero and Marcus Aurelius were all advocates of so called virtue ethics Christianity and its Pauline insistence on faith as the only necessary virtue however or less crushed any real discussion of this pagan practice Thomas Auinas had some positive things to say about virtue ethics in the 13th century but nothing that would compromise the pre eminence of faith as the only necessary condition for the good lifeInterestingly it is mainly Catholic moral philosophers of the 20th century who have revived interest in virtue ethics Elizabeth Anscombe established her reputation on the defense of virtue ethics in 1958 Since then a number of moral philosophers have followed suit Alasdair MacIntyre Philippa Foot and Stanley Hauerwas among others Collectively they have taken what has become know as the areatic turn from the Greek for virtue in moral philosophy that is a turn precisely in the direction suggested by Chinese thought and Michael Puett Nonetheless this areatic turn has had nothing like the impact that Puett s course or his book has had on the spiritual imagination especially among the young Puett is not peddling some new version of peace and love hippiedom among his Harvard students This is serious stuff and it is being taken seriously And I suspect the reason for its relative acceptance compared with modern virtue ethics is precisely because it is free from the dogmatic reuirements for faith that are implicit in the Western versions Virtue ethics when taken seriously is a contradiction to Christianity and I suspect in Islam for the same reason If faith saves then virtue either follows or it is irrelevant If faith is not necessary for the practice of virtue and it demonstrably isn t then faith itself seems fatally compromised What Chinese wisdom and Puett provide is a virtue ethics a way of living one s life without the baggage of faith and its spiritual as well as intellectual non seuiturs This kind of responsible freedom hasn t been available for public debate for some considerable time This alone makes Puett s thoughts important They also happen to be very interestingPostscript For on doctrinal religions and their conseuences see

  • Hardcover
  • 224
  • The Path What Chinese Philosophers Can Teach Us About the Good Life
  • Michael Puett
  • English
  • 16 February 2018
  • 9781476777832