This unusual gem is difficult to classify It s easier to say what it s not definitely not a dry philosophical tome or a comprehensive guide to ancient Chinese thinkers Also not a run of the mill, feel good, self help manual Instead it answers a need that, as a parent and educator, I see all around me Now that many of us are fortunate enough to have our basic needs met, we have the time and energy to think about the meaning of our lives to worry about authenticity and purpose, and to try to seek fulfillment through work and hobbies We also are raising children who feel pressured at ever earlier ages to know themselves, to find and pursue their passions The Path doesn t insult readers with easy answers Instead it presents startli My kid opened my mail sent me a picture of this book and told me he read two pages and it is very good so far.
It s clear why the Harvard course upon which this book is based ranks among the best loved classes at the university This is a powerful and inspiring introduction to intellectual history text, and I was particularly impressed by the causal connections drawn between Chinese thought and the Enlightenment in the West Including newbie friendly discussions of Confucius, Mencius, Laozi, the anonymous text The Inward Training, Zhuangzi, and Xunzi that provide plenty of springboards for further deeper research, this book should be considered a must read recommendation for anyone interested in broad cultural literacy, intellectual history, philosophy and the good life, and or religion Those already well versed in these traditions will The Path deals with two subjects I m very interested in, Chinese history philosophy and questioning how we should live, but sadly it left me distinctly uninspired.
The arguments and advice do not work coherently throughout the book I think it would have worked better to consider fewer philosophers but indepth as the analysis of different schools of thought seemed pretty glancing At times Chinese history was viewed through very rose tinted glasses, for example they promote Chinese legalism as some golden age of morality Buddhism on the other hand is dismissed as merely increasing our western self centeredness, an exotic self help The actual advice as to how we should apply these various philosophies is no Really enjoyed this Simple concepts but powerful messages.
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5 starsAn ultimately disappointing book It promises to change the reader s way of looking at life and thus transform how we live through highlighting the thinking of the ancient Chinese philosophers.
However, although the authors do accessibly summarise the approach of each of these key philosophers and try to place this within the context of our own 21st century lives, once you ve read about each of them, that s the end of the book Given that each of them had different approaches to offer, I was expecting the book to end with some sort ofpractical way in which we can start thinking about which approach would be best for us and how to apply it to our lives None of that is there So, although it was interesting reading about each of them, nothing really has stuck in my brain, and I have no framework with which t Bestseller For The First Time An Award Winning Harvard Professor Shares His Wildly Popular Course On Classical Chinese Philosophy, Showing You How These Ancient Ideas Can Guide You On The Path To A Good Life TodayWhy Is A Course On Ancient Chinese Philosophers One Of The Most Popular At Harvard It S 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 É The Path: What Chinese Philosophers Can Teach Us About the Good Life Ë Download by Ä Michael Puett 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 PossibilitiesIn Other Words, The Path 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 DifferentlySometimes Voices From The Past Can Offer Possibilities For Thinking Afresh About The FutureA Note From The Publisher To read Relevant Passages From The original Works Of Chinese Philosophy, See Our Free Ebook Confucius, Mencius, Laozi, Zhuangzi, Xunzi Selected Passages, Available On Kindle, Nook, And The IBook Store And At booksSimonandSchuster î The Path: What Chinese Philosophers Can Teach Us About the Good Life î I knew almost nothing about Chinese philosophy, so an introduction like this was very welcome Puett and Gross Loh lead you through the thinking of the old Confucian masters They do this in a very didactic way and contrast this thinking nicely with the way we look at things in the West It was especially refreshing to have a completely different view than that of classical Buddhism for as far as I have understood, Confucianism is muchfocused on the real world, and also muchpragmatic, working through seemingly minor adjustments of gaze and behavior, whilst Buddhism is muchrevolutionary, I even dare saycounternatural in a way that Christianity also is, in the Nietzschean sense The only thing that bothered me about this booklet is the historical survey at the end in which the authors share a history view that was very This book is not what I expected It s a really well written philosophy book that offers great day to day advice I hate self help books cause they always seem either so obvious or don t really acknowledge how complicated life is, but The Path avoids both of those problems and is just really enlightening So glad I read it.
I was looking for an introductory book on Chinese philosophy this book seemed to be the right one.
Unfortunately, this book failed to provide sufficient historical information on the works and lives of the Chinese philosophers, over, the book could also not provide any satisfactory philosophical ideas, especially not about the good life Instead, the book turned into a typical american how to be successful kind of book with some references to Chinese philosophers.

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