Dao and Good Life: Laozi and Zhuangzi

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GCVM1006 REL (3,2,1)
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What is the course about?

What is good life? How should I live my life? What values and ethics should guide me? GCVM1006 will explore the answers that the Daoist philosophers Laozi and Zhuangzi have offered to these questions. Students will be introduced the major concepts and views of Laozi on the principles of Dao and the way of life in the Dao De Jing, including the notion of the constant Dao of emptiness, the idea of weakness, and the concept of reversion. The focus of discussion will be Laozi’s principles of Dao, and how these principles can be employed to tackle problems in life in order to achieve a good life. Students will also be introduced major concepts and views of Zhuangzi’s ethics and philosophy of life which include the notion of the Dao of transformation, the authenticity of the true self, the equality of things and opinions, the detachment from life and death, the aesthetic appreciation of life, the negative attitude towards politics, and the mode of living as ease wandering. Students will be encouraged to be actively engaged as commentators on philosophical issues that are relevant to their own everyday life experiences for the purpose of self-analysis and self-understanding.

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Notes for all GE courses

  • You can take a maximum of 6 additional units of GE courses from any categories as electives.