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The Resource The path : what Chinese philosophers can teach us about the good life, Michael Puett and Christine Gross-Loh

The path : what Chinese philosophers can teach us about the good life, Michael Puett and Christine Gross-Loh

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The path : what Chinese philosophers can teach us about the good life
Title
The path
Title remainder
what Chinese philosophers can teach us about the good life
Statement of responsibility
Michael Puett and Christine Gross-Loh
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"Why is a course on ancient Chinese philosophers one of the most popular at Harvard? Its 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 possible. 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 that produce new possibilities. In other words, [this book] 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 differently. Sometimes voices from the past can offer possibilities for thinking afresh about the future"--Amazon.com
Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
181/.11
Index
no index present
LC call number
B126
LC item number
.P84 2016
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Label
The path : what Chinese philosophers can teach us about the good life, Michael Puett and Christine Gross-Loh
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Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 201-204)
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The age of complacency -- The age of philosophy -- On relationships: Confucius, and as-if rituals -- On decisions: Mencius, and the capricious world -- On influence: Laozi and generating worlds -- On vitality: the inward training and being like a spirit -- On spontaneity: Zhuangzi and a world of transformation -- On humanity: Xunzi and putting pattern on the world -- The age of possibility
Control code
ocn922034551
Dimensions
21 cm
Edition
First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition.
Extent
xvi, 204 pages
Isbn
9781476777832
Lccn
2015022551
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)922034551
Label
The path : what Chinese philosophers can teach us about the good life, Michael Puett and Christine Gross-Loh
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 201-204)
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The age of complacency -- The age of philosophy -- On relationships: Confucius, and as-if rituals -- On decisions: Mencius, and the capricious world -- On influence: Laozi and generating worlds -- On vitality: the inward training and being like a spirit -- On spontaneity: Zhuangzi and a world of transformation -- On humanity: Xunzi and putting pattern on the world -- The age of possibility
Control code
ocn922034551
Dimensions
21 cm
Edition
First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition.
Extent
xvi, 204 pages
Isbn
9781476777832
Lccn
2015022551
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)922034551

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