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History of Chinese Philosophy - Understanding Confucianism

Chinese Philosophy’s Most Ancient Beginnings and the Triumph of Confucianism

by Laszlo Montgomery

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History of Chinese Philosophy - Understanding Confucianism

Chinese Philosophy’s Most Ancient Beginnings and the Triumph of Confucianism

by Laszlo Montgomery

What you'll learn

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The development of Chinese philosophy from the earliest times up to the 16th century.

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Who Confucius was, his philosophy and its impact on Chinese society.

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Who were Confucius’s disciples and what impact did they have on his thought?

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Who were the other important philosophers before, during and after Confucius’s time?

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What was Legalism and why so many found it appealing

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What were the other schools of thought besides the Confucianist Ru School?

Overview

Humankind, across all civilizations, has been asking the same philosophical questions since the beginning of time.

In this course, Laszlo Montgomery will explore the philosophy that came from China’s most renowned thinkers from pre-Confucian and Confucian times. A special focus will be on The Great Sage himself, Confucius, as well as those who followed in his wake such as Mengzi, Mozi and Xunzi.

Laszlo will explore the different philosophies of these Ru School thinkers, as well as their detractors. Laszlo will also show how Confucian Thought triumphed in the Han Dynasty (206 BCE to 220 CE) and how it became intertwined with the government bureaucracy for the next thousand years.

Course structure

01

Course Intro and Chinese Philosophy’s Ancient Beginnings

General intro to course, Early Western Understanding of Chinese Philosophy, Intro to the ancient Chinese sages as role models, Karl Jaspers Theory of the Axial Age


02

Pre-Confucian Philosophy during the Zhou Dynasty

Philosophy during the Eastern Zhou, Pre-Confucian Philosophy, Yuzi, Guan Zhong, the concept of the Junzi and the rise of the Knights Errant, the Earliest Beginnings of the Ru School, Duke Hua of Qi as a benefactor to scholars


03

Confucius Part 1

The life and philosophy of Confucius (Kongsi) - Part 1


04

Confucius Part 2

The life and philosophy of Confucius (Kongzi) - Part 2, introduction to Confucius’s disciples, Confucian core beliefs, the Confucian concept of the Junzi 君子, A selection of quotes from the Analects


05

How the Government Embraced Confucianists

Introduction to the School of Names, the Sophists, Deng Xi, Confucian classics become a pathway to a career in the government


06

The Ru School of Philosophy Part 1

The Ru School, introducing Mozi, Yang Zhu, Mengzi


07

The Ru School of Philosophy Part 2

The Ru School continued, introducing more about Mengzi and Xunzi


08

Legalism as an Alternative to Confucian Thought

Legalism during the Qin, Han Fei, Li Si, Shen Buhai, Shang Yang. How did Legalism differ from the other schools?


09

The Triumph of Confucianism during the Han

Dong Zhongshu and the triumph of Confucianism during the Han Dyansty, Sima Tan and the Six Schools, The first explainers of Confucianism: Liu Xin, Wang Chong, Yang Xiong.

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About Laszlo Montgomery

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Laszlo Montgomery is the creator and presenter of the long-running China History Podcast. The program is listened to around the world and brings hundreds of different topics to eager learners of China’s long history. Laszlo has also been involved in China business since 1989, primarily in manufacturing and exporting consumer products to the US mass market. He lived in Hong Kong from 1989 to 1998 and has traveled extensively to China since 1980.

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First lesson will be released on September 15th, 2021.


Starting on September 15, 2021 new lessons will be posted twice a week, every Tuesday and Thursday, through the completion of the course.

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History of Chinese Philosophy - Understanding Confucianism

by Laszlo Montgomery


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