Chinese Philosophy

Chinese Philosophy Series

The rising dominance of China can be traced to centuries-old philosophical traditions that have influenced the modern Chinese character and behavior as well as its government, science, arts, and social structure. Confucianism, in particular, is undergoing a resurgence under President Xi Jinping, who frequently cites Confucius in his broad effort to remake the Communist Party.

Learn more about these ancient philosophical traditions and their impact on modern Chinese society with Hotchkiss School instructor and Harvard Divinity School graduate Emma Wynn.  Beginning on Monday, November 29 from 2-3 pm, Emma will teach a weekly Chinese Philosophy class in which she will introduce the major pillars of Chinese philosophy, including Confucianism, Daoism, and Neo-Confucianism. What are the qualities of a good political leader? Are human beings innately good or evil? These questions and others will be considered as the class explores the conceptions of human nature, the good life, political philosophy, and ethics from throughout Chinese history.

Emma graduated from Dartmouth College and earned an M.T.S. from Harvard Divinity School. She has been a member of the Hotchkiss faculty for over a decade and in 2016 was awarded the Class of 1942 Chair in recognition of her outstanding teaching and commitment to academic life. Please register below for a Zoom link.

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