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.
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...
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 will go into far more depth and breadth of all of them, but for someone new to the ideas, this is a nice way to encounter them, as they are related to contemporary life in concrete ways. The self-help component is represented by an ongoing "Self-Reflection Diary" which can be downloaded in its entirety at the end of the course. Knowledge checks and quizzes are not available to Audit students, but if you're really interested in grades you probably would be happier with one of the other, more academically focused courses. I found the "13 weeks/1-2 hours/week" to be absurdly overstated; i finished it all in about a week, maybe 8 hours (though I didn't do the Diary component). But the flexibility is good, so everyone can work it however they choose.
FMI see my personal blog post at https://sloopie72.wordpress.com/2020/08/18/happiness-is-a-chinese-philosophy-mooc/