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Friday, November 1, 2013

Why Are Hundreds of Harvard Students Studying Ancient Chinese Philosophy?

By CHRISTINE GROSS-LOH
The Atlantic
Originally published October, 8 2013

Here is an excerpt:

Why are so many undergraduates spending a semester poring over abstruse Chinese philosophy by scholars who lived thousands of years ago? For one thing, the class fulfills one of Harvard's more challenging core requirements, Ethical Reasoning. It's clear, though, that students are also lured in by Puett's bold promise: “This course will change your life.”

His students tell me it is true: that Puett uses Chinese philosophy as a way to give undergraduates concrete, counter-intuitive, and even revolutionary ideas, which teach them how to live a better life.

The entire article is here.
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