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The beginning of Chinese Wisdom: An Introduction to the Early Chinese Philosophy

Friday, 10 March, 2017 - 12:00
Campus: Brussels Humanities, Sciences & Engineering campus
Gebouw D
Lokaal 3.11
Confucius Institute at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Open Courses

VUB-CI offers a general introduction course to the early Chinese philosophy from the perspective of comparative studies. Chinese philosophy has its own origin and categories. Tracing back the philosophical tradition to its beginning, the lecture examines different schools of thought in the Pre-Qin period (before 221 B.C.). This includes Confucianism, Taoism, Mohism and others. The course teaches about the nature and the characteristics of Chinese philosophy. By comparing the early beginning of Chinese philosophy with that of Western philosophy, different ways of thinking are developed. This prepares students for the dialogue in an increasingly multicultural world and teaches appreciation for the unique heritage of different cultures. 

Content of the Open Lectures

  • 10/03: Introduction: The Possibility of Chinese Philosophy
  • 17/03: Confucius and Confucianism
  • 24/03: Other Confucians
  • 31/03: Taoism: Lao Tzu and Chuang Tzu
  • 21/04: Mozi and His Philosophy
  • 28/04: Han Fei Tzu and the Legalist School
  • 05/05: The School of Names
  • 12/05: The Cosmology of the Yin-Yang School
  • 19/05: The Difference between early Chinese philosphy and early Greek philosophy
  • 26/05: The Development of Chinese Philosophy¬†
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