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The Path to Happiness: What Chinese Philosophy Teaches us about the Good Life

Harvard University via edX

Overview

Today, finding happiness is about mindfulness and discovering your true self. You may have heard that happiness is found by looking within. Ancient Chinese philosophy challenges all of these modern assumptions. From Confucianism to Daoism, the philosophies developed over two thousand years ago are among the most powerful in human history.

This course brings voices from the past into modern contexts to explore the path to a good life today. The philosophical concepts discussed provide tools to change your life and increase personal happiness by focusing on your actions, the power of ritual, and the importance of sensing the world around you.

Through a series of lectures, animations, discussions, and reflection diaries, this course focuses on close readings from prominent Chinese philosophers. The course requires no prior knowledge of Chinese philosophy or history and all texts are in translation.

Adapted from one of the most popular classes at Harvard, this course is now available online for the first time. Learn from award-winning professor Michael Puett and start on your path towards happiness.

Taught by

Michael Puett

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  • Karen Carlson completed this course, spending 8 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.

    I'm a big fan of ancient Chinese philosophy, and a big fan fo Michael Puett; I'm not so big a fan of self-help activities. But on balance I greatly enjoyed this as a review of some "high points" of individual philosophers. There are other courses that...

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