Confucius: Learning to be a Sage

statue of Confucius from quotesblog.netInstructor – Seth Tichenor
Coordinator – Dave Zunkel, 503-861-8539,
Day/Time – Friday 10 – noon; 8 sessions
Dates – January 19 –  March 9
Location – Astoria Senior Center, 1111 Exchange Street, Astoria

This course discusses the legacy of the disciples of Confucius in ancient and medieval China.

No philosophical or moral tradition can be said to have had the impact on Chinese civilization that Confucius had.  However, what we have come to call “Confucianism” in the West can hardly be said to be the results of the Master’s teachings alone.  Many philosophers have commented upon, forwarded, and transformed this tradition of philosophical reflection and moral cultivation centuries after Confucius.

This course will look at the work of some of the most prominent of these scholars as they strove to follow in the footsteps of the Master and as the phrase goes, “learned to be a Sage”.

Week 1:  Confucius (551 BCE – 479 BCE) The Master
Week 2: Mencius (371 BCE – 289 BCE) The Humanist
Week 3: Xunzi (c. 280 BCE – 238 BCE) The Naturalist
Week 4: Zhou Dunyi (1017 CE) Teacher of the “Supreme Ultimate”
Week 5: The Cheng brothers (Cheng Hao, 1032 CE; Cheng Yi, 1033 – 1107 CE) The Great Proponents
Week 6: Zhu XI (1130 CE – 1200 CE) The Rationalist & Second Master
Week 7: Lu Xiangshan (1139 CE – 1193 CE) The Counterpoint
Week 8: Wang Yang Ming (1472 CE – 1529 CE) The Idealist


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