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.
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 want , but as an introduction, this is very effect 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 in depth 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 not ac Really enjoyed this Simple concepts but powerful messages.
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 of practical 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 to even start changing the way I think about, let alone live, m 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 much focused on the real world, and also much pragmatic, working through seemingly minor adjustments of gaze and behavior, whilst Buddhism is much revolutionary, I even dare say counternatural in a way that Christianity also is, in the Nietzschean sense The only thing that bothered me about this bo 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.