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The Path : What Chinese Philosophers Can Teach Us about the Good Life
by Michael Puett and Christine Gross-Loh


Overview - For the first time, an award-winning Harvard professor shares his wildly popular course on classical Chinese philosophy, showing you how ancient ideas--like the fallacy of the authentic self--can guide you on the path to a good life today.

Why is a course on ancient Chinese philosophers one of the most popular at Harvard?  Read more...


 
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More About The Path by Michael Puett; Christine Gross-Loh
 
 
 
Overview
For the first time, an award-winning Harvard professor shares his wildly popular course on classical Chinese philosophy, showing you how ancient ideas--like the fallacy of the authentic self--can guide you on the path to a good life today.

Why is a course on ancient Chinese philosophers one of the most popular at Harvard? Because it challenges all our modern assumptions about what it takes to flourish.

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? Transformation comes not from looking within for a true self, but from creating conditions that produce new possibilities. Good relationships come not from being sincere and authentic, but from the rituals we perform within them. A good life emerges not from planning it out, but through training ourselves to respond well to small moments. Influence comes not from wielding power but from holding back. Excellence comes from what we choose to do, not our natural abilities.

In other words, The Path "opens the mind" (Huffington Post) and upends everything we are told about how to lead a good life. 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 differently. "With its...spirited, convincing vision, revolutionary new insights can be gleaned from this book on how to approach life's multifarious situations with both heart and head" (Kirkus Reviews).

A note from the publisher: To read relevant passages from the original works of Chinese philosophy, see our ebook Confucius, Mencius, Laozi, Zhuangzi, Xunzi: Selected Passages, available wherever books are sold.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781476777849
  • ISBN-10: 1476777845
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster
  • Publish Date: February 2017
  • Page Count: 240
  • Dimensions: 7.8 x 4.9 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.55 pounds


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