22-H6 A Brief Introduction to Ancient Chinese Philosophy – McGeough, Jared

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Instructor: Jared McGeough
Course Date: May 2, 2022 to May 20, 2022
This course takes place from 9:15 AM to 10:15 AM:
Monday to Friday

SKU: 22-H6 Categories: ,

Over the past 70 years, China has become one of the most powerful and influential countries in the world, the transition into communism suggesting a decisive break from past traditions and philosophies. Yet, these philosophies have not only survived, but have expanded their influence beyond its borders. This course introduces students to some aspects of these traditions in ancient Chinese philosophy, focusing on two of its most influential schools, Confucianism and Daoism. We will discuss the similarities and differences between these schools, including Confucian notions of family, piety, and sincerity, and Daoist ideas of humour, performance, and the “way”. The course will also situate these philosophies in their time and place, while also suggesting ways in which they might be useful for us today.


Dr. Jared McGeough (PhD, Western) has taught courses in literature and philosophy at Concordia (Montreal), the University of Regina, and ELLA. Current projects include editing digital editions of 19th-century author William Godwin’s educational books for children, and a biography of his father, former NHL referee Mick McGeough.

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